1930 World Series

1930 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Philadelphia Athletics (4) Connie Mack 102–52, .662, GA: 8
St. Louis Cardinals (2) Gabby Street 92–62, .597, GA: 2
Dates October 1–8
Umpires George Moriarty (AL), Cy Rigler (NL), Harry Geisel (AL), Beans Reardon (NL)
Hall of Famers Athletics: Connie Mack (manager), Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Eddie Collins, Al Simmons
Cardinals: Jim Bottomley, Dizzy Dean (dnp), Frankie Frisch, Burleigh Grimes, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines
Radio NBC, CBS
Radio announcers NBC: Graham McNamee
CBS: Ted Husing
World Series

The 1930 World Series featured the defending champion Philadelphia Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Athletics defeated the Cardinals in six games, 4–2. Philly's pitching ace Lefty Grove, and George Earnshaw, No. 2 man in Mr. Mack's rotation, won two games apiece. Earnshaw also pitched seven scoreless innings as Game 5 starter, but ended up with a no-decision as Grove relieved him in the eighth and took the win on Jimmie Foxx's two-run homer in the top of the ninth for the game's only scoring.

The Cardinals led the National League in runs scored and averaged six runs per game in the regular season, but could manage only two runs per game in this World Series.

This was the Athletics' fifth World Series championship win (following 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1929), and their last in Philadelphia before moving to Kansas City in 1955 and then Oakland in 1968—where they have since won four more World Series titles (1972, 1973, 1974, and 1989). Their win this year tied them with the Boston Red Sox for most World Series wins as of that point (five) until 1937, when the New York Yankees surged ahead of both in World Series wins and have gone on to amass 27 World Series championships as of 2016.

The city of Philadelphia would have to wait 50 years until its next World Series championship, when the Phillies defeated the Kansas City Royals and thus becoming the last of the "Original Sixteen" MLB franchises to accomplish the feat.


AL Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs. NL St. Louis Cardinals (2)

1October 1St. Louis Cardinals – 2, Philadelphia Athletics – 5Shibe Park1:4832,295[1] 
2October 2St. Louis Cardinals – 1, Philadelphia Athletics – 6Shibe Park1:4732,295[2] 
3October 4Philadelphia Athletics – 0, St. Louis Cardinals – 5Sportsman's Park1:5536,944[3] 
4October 5Philadelphia Athletics – 1, St. Louis Cardinals – 3Sportsman's Park1:4139,946[4] 
5October 6Philadelphia Athletics – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 0Sportsman's Park1:5838,844[5] 
6October 8St. Louis Cardinals – 1, Philadelphia Athletics – 7Shibe Park1:4632,295[6]


Game 1

Wednesday, October 1, 1930 1:30 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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WP: Lefty Grove (1–0)   LP: Burleigh Grimes (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
PHA: Al Simmons (1), Mickey Cochrane (1)

The A's managed only five hits off of Grimes in Game 1, but all were for extra bases and each produced a run in five different innings. Al Simmons and Mickey Cochrane hit solo home runs for the A's, helping Lefty Grove to a 5-2 win.

Game 2

Thursday, October 2, 1930 1:30 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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WP: George Earnshaw (1–0)   LP: Flint Rhem (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: George Watkins (1)
PHA: Mickey Cochrane (2)

George Earnshaw allowed six hits and walked one, putting the A's ahead 2-0. The Athletics scored six runs in the first four innings to put the game out of reach.

Game 3

Saturday, October 4, 1930 1:30 pm (CT) at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri
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WP: Bill Hallahan (1–0)   LP: Rube Walberg (0–1)
Home runs:
PHA: None
STL: Taylor Douthit (1)

After the A's loaded the bases in the top of the first, Hallahan pitched a shutout. Philadelphia left a total of 11 men on base.

Game 4

Sunday, October 5, 1930 1:30 pm (CT) at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri
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WP: Jesse Haines (1–0)   LP: Lefty Grove (1–1)

An error by Jimmy Dykes in the fourth inning allowed the Cardinals to score two runs. Haines did not allow a hit after the third inning.

Game 5

Monday, October 6, 1930 1:30 pm (CT) at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri
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WP: Lefty Grove (2–1)   LP: Burleigh Grimes (0–2)
Home runs:
PHA: Jimmie Foxx (1)
STL: None

George Earnshaw dueled Burleigh Grimes 0–0 through seven innings before Lefty Grove took over for Earnshaw in the eighth. In the top of the ninth, Grimes walked Mickey Cochrane and then coughed up a home run ball to Jimmie Foxx. it must have been a patented Foxx blast, for Grimes said later, "he hit it so hard I couldn't feel sorry for myself."

Game 6

Wednesday, October 8, 1930 1:30 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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WP: George Earnshaw (2–0)   LP: Bill Hallahan (1–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
PHA: Al Simmons (2), Jimmy Dykes (1)

Earnshaw earned his second win on just one day of rest, pitching a five-hitter. Just like in Game 1, the A's seven hits came in five different innings, leading to two runs in the first and fourth innings, and single runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings. As in Game 1, all the A's hits were extra-base hits, including home runs by Al Simmons and Jimmy Dykes.

Although the A's hit only .197 (35-178) in the six game set, 18 of their hits went for extra bases, outscoring the Cardinals, 21-12. St. Louis only managed a .200 batting average in the series.

Composite line score

1930 World Series (4–2): Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.) over St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.)

Philadelphia Athletics51351211221353
St. Louis Cardinals01331021112385
Total attendance: 212,619   Average attendance: 35,437
Winning player's share: $5,038   Losing player's share: $3,537[7]



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