The 1905 World Series matched the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Athletics, with the Giants winning four games to one. Four of the five games featured duels between future Hall of Fame pitchers.
Each of the five games was a shutout. Three of those, over a six-day span, were pitched and won by Christy Mathewson, a 25-year-old Giants hurler who established himself as a first-magnitude star in doing so.
NL New York Giants (4) vs. AL Philadelphia Athletics (1)
Monday, October 9, 1905 at Columbia Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A pitchers' duel took place between Christy Mathewson and Eddie Plank. Both pitchers got out of jams and were able to shut the offense down. In the Giants top of the fifth, Mathewson singled, but was forced by Roger Bresnahan, who stole second shortly afterwards. After George Browne popped out, Mike Donlin singled to left, scoring Bresnahan and Donlin advanced to second. After Dan McGann walked, Sam Mertes doubled, bringing home Donlin. In the Athletics half of the sixth, Ossee Schreckengost doubled, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. However, he would not score, and remained the lone runner to reach third base against Mathewson in the entire World Series. The Giants added an insurance run in the ninth, when Billy Gilbert scored on a single by Bresnahan. Christy Mathewson pitched the first of three complete game shutouts in this game.
Tuesday, October 10, 1905 at Polo Grounds (III) in New York, New York
The Athletics called on Chief Bender to turn the tables on the Giants. His opponent was 21 game winner Joe McGinnity. The game was silent until the top of the third. Ossee Schreckengost led off by reaching on an error by Dan McGann. Bender sacrificed, moving Schreckengost to second. After a ground out by Topsy Hartsel moved Schreckengost to third, Bris Lord singled to left and put an unearned run on the board for the A's. The slim margin held until the top of the eighth, where the A's looked to add more crooked numbers to the board. With one out, Schreckengost once again was the catalyst, as he singled to center field. Hartsel's double scored Schreckengost all the way from first, and a single by Lord brought Hartsel home, making it 3–0 in favor of the A's. There was little the Giants could do, as Bender continued to cruise and got out of late inning jams to pitch a complete game shutout and tie the Series at one game a piece.
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