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The 1903 World Series : the Boston Americans, the Pittsburg Pirates, and the "first championship of the United States"
Dabilis, Andy.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2004]

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ix, 218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Today they assault the citadel -- End of the Elysian field -- Barney builds his dynasty -- Murnane's baseball -- Play them, but you must beat them -- An awful boom in the ninth inning -- They didn't do a thing but turn the -- City upside down -- "Tessie" -- Echoes of the game -- Conclusion: the bronze man.
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GV878.4 .D33 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The first World Series was a best-of-nine series between the Boston Americans and the Pittsburg Pirates, with the first three games to be played in Boston starting at the Huntington Avenue Grounds on October 1, 1903. The series started with baseball's winningest pitcher, Cy Young, throwing the first pitch, and ended with baseball's greatest hitter, Honus Wagner, striking out on the last pitch. Boston won the series, five games to three. Each game of the 1903 World Series and its key plays and players are thoroughly covered here, and the authors also pay special attention to the great significance that first World Series held for the future of baseball. Not only was the survival of the American League at stake, but baseball's place as the preeminent sport in America. The 1903 World Series drew more than 100,000 people to the ballparks, and there was no doubt about the popularity of the game. It was, as the authors point out, played by men, who, had they not been baseball players, would have been among the working class that made up most of the audience.

Author Notes

Andy Dabilis is a journalist and lives in Charlestown, Massachusetts
Nick Tsiotos is a teacher and lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: An Invitation to Playp. 1
1 Today They Assault the Citadelp. 5
2 End of the Elysian Fieldp. 17
3 Barney Builds His Dynastyp. 30
4 Murnane's Baseballp. 38
5 Play Them, But You Must Beat Themp. 47
6 An Awful Boom in the Ninth Inningp. 67
7 They Didn't Do a Thing But Turn the City Upside Downp. 103
8 "Tessie"p. 141
9 Echoes of the Gamep. 174
Conclusion: The Bronze Manp. 185
Appendix 1903 World Series Statisticsp. 189
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 211