“Stuffy” McInnis Partied Like It Was 1911, 1913, 1918 and 1925

By Glen Sparks

So, how did you do on the Dazzy Vance Chronicles Excruciatingly Hard, Nevertheless Enjoyable, Tremendously Informative, Annual at Least for Now, Amazing, Semi-Official World Series Quiz? Check below for the answers. Bonus points if you answered No. 4 correctly. The questions were posted yesterday.

  1. The Boston Pilgrims (a.k.a.,the Americans), forerunner of the Red Sox, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 games to 3 in the first World Series, held in 1903.

    Frank Chance

    Frank Chance

  2. Baseball cancelled the World Series in 1904 and 1994. Business rivalries led to the first cancellation, a labor stoppage led to the second.
  3. The first World Series game broadcast on radio was Game 1 in 1921 between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. The Yankees won the game 3-0, but the Giants won the Series 5 games to 3.
  4. John Phalen “Stuffy” McInnis played on three World Series winners in the American League (the 1911 and 1913 Philadelphia A’s and the 1918 Boston Red Sox) and one in the National League (the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates).
  5. The Yanks’ Ralph Terry gave up Bill Mazeroski’s Series-ending home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Two years later, in another Game 7, Terry gave up Willie McCovey’s screaming line out to end that Series, this time in favor of New York.
  6. Lefty Harry Brecheen won three games for the Cardinals in the 1946 World Series, the first southpaw to reach a trifecta in one Fall Classic.
  7. Frank Chance batted .421 (8-19) in the 1908 World Series as a player-manager for the Cubs.
  8. Bucky Harris, all of 27 years, 11 months, led the Washington Senators to the World Series title as a player-manager in 1924.
  9. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson led the White Sox with a .375 batting average in the 1919 World Series.
  10. Believe it or not, the Cardinals were the last National League team to get to the Series. It was worth the wait, though. The Cards beat the Yankees in seven games in 1926.
  11. Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers’ ace, struck out 10 Twins in games 5 and 7 of the 1965 Series. He struck out nine in Game 2.
  12. The Yanks’ Enos Slaughter, 40 years and 162 days old, hit a home run in Game 3 of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers. He is the oldest player to ever hit a round-tripper in the Series.
  13. The Cubs, butt of jokes they may be, won two World Series titles (1907-08) before anyone else.
  14. Kirk Gibson, doing it on one good leg for the Dodgers, hit his historic 1988 World Series home run on a 3-2 count off the A’s Dennis Eckersley.
  15. The Cards’ Ken Boyer hit home runs in games 4 and 7 of the 1964 World Series. Ken’s brother, the Yankees’ Clete, hit a round-tripper in Game 7.
  16. No National Leaguer had hit a grand slam in the World Series until the Giants’ Chuck Hiller did it in Game 4 of the 1962 Classic.
  17. On Oct. 10, 1970, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, the Reds and Orioles played the first World Series game on a field that a horse could not eat.
  18. Bob Gibson is the only pitcher to win seven straight World Series games. He lost his first start and his last start.
  19. Lou Brock stole seven bases in the 1967 Series against the Red Sox. The Cardinal speedster stole seven again in 1968, this time against the Tigers. Oddly, Brock did not steal any bases for the Cardinals in the 1964 Series.
  20. John Wetteland saved all four of the Yankees’ wins in the 1996 World Series against the Braves.

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