1919 World Series Game One Play By Play

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Game 1

GAME 1 AT CINCINNATI - WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1, 1919
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Pitchers: CICOTTE, Wilkinson (4), Lowdermilk (8) vs RUETHER
Runners advanced: Cincinnati: By Ruether 5, Daubert 4, Wingo 3, Rath 2, Groh 2, Neale 1, Roush 1, Duncan 1; Total 19.
Chicago: By Jackson 2, Felsch 1, Gandil 1, Weaver 1; Total 5.
Runs Batted In: Cincinnati: Ruether 3, Groh 2, Daubert 1, Rath 1, Duncan 1, Wingo 1.
Chicago:Gandil 1.
Attendance:30,511

First Inning:
Chicago -- J. Collins lined to center for a single. E. Collins attempted to sacrifice, but bunted to Ruether, who threw to Kopf, retiring J. Collins at second. Eddie tried to steal second, but Wingo whipped the ball to Rath and Collins died. Weaver lifted a fly ball to left field. Roush raced over from his position in center and made a remarkable one-hand catch, retiring the side.
1 Hit, No Runs
Cincinnati -- Rath let the first ball sail past him without notice and it was called a strike. Cicotte's next offering landed plumb on Rath's back, and the Red infielder went to first. Daubert hit to right center for a single, sending Rath to third. Groh hit the third ball pitched into the hands of Jackson in deep left field for a sacrifice fly and Rath scored. Daubert tore off first for second. He was out, Schalk to Risberg. Roush walked and stole second. Duncan grounded to Risberg, who threw him out at first.
1 Hit, 1 Runs

Second Inning:
Chicago -- Jackson hit to Kopf, who fumbled and threw wild to first, Jackson goes to second. Felsch sacrificed on the first ball, Ruether to Daubert, Jackson goes to third. Gandil lifted the third ball pitched high in the air for a Texas Leaguer which rested in short left field after Ed Roush failed in his spectacular effort to catch it. Jackson scored from third, Gandil was caught at second by Wingo's accurate throw to Rath. Risberg walked. Schalk lifted a high fly to Roush for the third out.
1 Hit, 1 Runs
Cincinnati -- Kopf struck out. Neale send a grounder to Eddie Collins and was thrown out at first. Wingo lifted a high fly to Felsch in center to end the inning.
No Hits, No Runs

Third Inning:
Chicago -- Cicotte struck out. J. Collins lifted a fly to Roush. Eddie Collins send a grounder to Kopf, who shot the ball quickly to Daubert.
No Hits, No Runs
Cincinnati -- Ruether received a base on balls. Rath hit the first ball, which trickled along the first base line and was gobbled by Cicotte, who threw Rath out at first, While Ruether went to second. Daubert rapped a long fly to Joe Jackson in left. Groh flied out to Jackson to end the inning.
No Hits, No Runs

Fourth Inning:
Chicago -- Groh came in on Weaver's bunt and threw him out with plenty to spare. Jackson swung viciously for a first strike and then tapped weakly to Kopf, who threw him out. Kopf fielded Felsch's hot grounder faultlessly and whipped to Daubert for the third out.
No Hits, No Runs
Cincinnati -- Felsch raced to deep left center and pulled down Roush's long drive on the first ball pitched. Duncan hit to right. Cicotte made a dazzling stop of Kopf's torrid smash in time to throw to Risberg for the forceout of Duncan at second. Risberg's slow throw to Gandil failed to double up Kopf. The latter raced to second when Neale sent a floater back of short which Risberg knocked down but could not field. On the first ball pitched Wingo hit to right center for a long single, Kopf beating John Collins' throw to the plate, Neale taking third, Wingo second. Ruether hit over short into the crowd in left center for three bases, sending Neale and Wingo home. Rath kept up with single over Weaver's head, scoring Ruether. When Daubert followed Rath's single with a hot smash to right center, scoring Rath from second. Gleason jumped up, beckoned Cicotte in from the box and waved Wilkinson to go to the rescue. Cicotte slowly walked off the field, the more sportsmanly of the fans expressing their sympathy by cheers and handclaps. The ripple of applause was drowned out in the general roar of exultation. The exulting roar still boomed across the field as Groh, first to face Wilkinson, lifted to Felsch and ended the inning.
6 Hits, 5 Runs

Fifth Inning:
Chicago -- Gandil led off with a single to center. Risberg started to bunt, changed his mind and swung , lifting a fly to Roush. On Schalk's hot grounder Groh made one of his famous falling lunges, hurling himself on the ball and knocking it down. He bounded up, whirled and threw to Rath for a forceout of Gandil. Rath grabbed Wilkinson's grounder near second, stepped on the bag and forced Schalk.
1 Hit, No Runs
Cincinnati -- The sun bothered Felsch on Roush's high fly, but he managed to make the catch. Duncan, who started the bombardment of Cicotte, was cheered as he came up and responded with a single past Risberg. He died stealing, however, Schalk to Risberg. Risberg pulled off the best fielding stunt of the game when he went over behind second base and dug up Kopf's drive with one hand and whirled around for a beautiful throw that just nipped his man.
1 Hit, No Runs

Sixth Inning:
Chicago -- Roush killed a hit for J. Collins with a long run and a fine catch in deep left center. E. Collins scratched a hit that bounded off Ruether's glove, but he had to sprint fast to beat Rath's quick recovery of the ball. Weaver dropped a Texas Leaguer in back of Rath, E. Collins stopped at second. Jackson again failed, hitting the first ball to Daubert, who beat him in a race for the bag. This play advanced both runners, but Felsch flied to Neale for the third out.
2 Hits, No Runs
Cincinnati -- Neale led off with a single over second base. Wingo struck out. Ruether kept his batting average up to 1.000 with a line single to right field, Neale stopped at second. The rally was killed when Rath lined to Risberg, who tossed to E. Collins for a double play on Neale.
2 Hits, No Runs

Seventh Inning:
Chicago -- Gandil flied to Neale. Rath threw out Risberg. Although Ruether was going strong, Moran took no chances and started Eller to warming up. Schalk went out, Groh to Daubert. Ruether pitched only four balls in this inning.
No Hits, No Runs
Cincinnati -- Daubert caught one on the end of his bat and hit is so far to right field that it hopped into the crowd on the first bound. This was a ground rule triple and Daubert's third safe hit of the game. Groh scored him with the seventh Cincinnati run on a hit that caromed off Wilkinson's glove and passed Risberg. Roush bunted towards third for a sacrifice and was safe on Weaver's bad throw. The ball was knocked from Gandil's hands as the runner collided with him after reaching the base, and Groh dashed to third and slid in ahead of Gandil's return throw. The Sox infield moved in and Risberg passed Duncan's grounder to E. Collins, forcing Roush at second base, Groh scoring by beating Collins' fast return to the plate. Kopf hit into a double play, Risberg to E. Collins to Gandil.
2 Hits, 2 Runs

Eighth Inning:
Chicago -- McMullin was sent in to bat for Wilkinson and singled to center. J. Collins flied to Duncan. Roush ran over into right field and robbed E. Collins of a hit. Weaver drove deep to Roush.
1 Hit, No Runs
Cincinnati -- Lowdermilk was the third pitcher to face the Reds. Neale hit a single to left, his third hit of the game. Wingo sacrificed, Lowdermilk to Gandil. Ruether smashed to the center field fence for another triple, which scored Neale. This brought the Cincinnati pitcher's hits up to three for a total of seven bases. Seldom has any world series pitcher done such batting. Ruether remained on third base, as Risberg threw out Rath, and did not attempt to score even when Schalk chased a wild pitch forty feet back of the plate. Another wild shoot struck Daubert on the forehead and knocked him flat. The players rushed out from the Cincinnati bench, but Daubert was up immediately and said he had been stuck only a glancing blow. Groh walked, filling the bases. Roush forced Groh, E. Collins to Risberg.
2 Hits, 1 Run

Ninth Inning:
Chicago -- Crushed and cowed by the overwhelming score against them, the Chicago players strove to perk up under the lashing of Gleason and Eddie Collins, both of whom moved rapidly among the Chicagoans snapping that the game was not over till the last man was out. With the mighty Jackson up, Gleason begged him to start something. The best he could do, however was to lift an easy fly to Neale. Felsch tried desperately to launch the Sox off in a belated rally, driving the ball far into center, but the greyhound Roush raced back and made a glittering corral. Roush's great catch took whatever little starch was left in the White Sox out of them. The other players watched Gandil listlessly as Chick grounded to Rath, who scooped up the ball and with a toss to Daubert drove the last nail in Cincinnati's opening triumph.
No Hits, No Runs

Game 1 Box Scores
Cincinnati      AB R H TB P A E
Rath, 2b3212 420
Daubert, 1b4 1 3 5 9 00
Groh, 3b3 1 1 1 0 30
Roush, cf3 0 0 0 8 00
Duncan, lf4 0 2 2 1 00
Kopf, ss4 1 0 0 1 31
Neale, rf4 2 3 3 3 00
Wingo, c3 1 1 1 1 20
Ruether, p3 1 3 70 20
             
             
             
Totals 31 9 14 21 27 12 1
Chicago      AB R H TB P A E
J. Collins, rf4 0 1 1 0 0 0
E. Collins, 2b4 0 1 1 3 3 0
Weaver, 3b4 0 1 1 0 1 0
Jackson, lf4 1 0 0 3 0 0
Felsch, cf3 0 0 0 4 0 0
Gandil, 1b4 0 2 2 7 0 1
Risberg, ss2 0 0 0 5 6 0
Schalk, c3 0 0 0 2 2 0
Cicotte, p1 0 0 0 0 3 0
Wilkinson, p1 0 0 0 0 0 0
* McMullin1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Lowdermilk, p0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 31 1 6 6 24 16 1
* Batted for Wilkinson in the eighth inning.
Earned runs -- Cincinnati 8, Two-base hit -- Rath. Three -- base hits -- Ruether 2, Daubert. Sacrifice hits -- Felsch, Rath, Roush, Wingo. Sacrificed fly -- Groh. Stolen base -- Roush. Bases on balls -- Off Cicotte 2(Roush, Ruether); off Lowdermilk 1(Groh); off Ruether 1(Risberg). Stuck out -- By Cicotte 1(Kopf); by Wilkinson 1(Wingo); by Ruether 1(Cicotte). Hit by pitcher -- By Cicotte 1(Rath); by Lowdermilk 1(Daubert). Double plays -- Risberg to E. Collins; Risberg to E. Collins to Gandil. Pitching record -- Off Cicotte 7 hits and 6 runs in 3 2-3 innings; off Wilkinson, 5 hits and 2 runs in 3 1-3 innings; off Lowdermilk, 2 hits and 1 run in 1 inning. Fumbles-- Kopf, Gandil. Losing pitcher -- Cicotte. Left on bases -- Cincinnati 7, Chicago 5. Umpires -- At plate, Rigler; first base, Evans; second base, Quigley; third base, Nallin. Time -- 1h, 42m. Attendance -- 30,511. Scorers -- J.G. Taylor Spink for the National Commission; Joseph M. McCready, Harry Neily and Bob Newhall for the Base Ball Writers Association of America. Weather -- Warm.

A grand total of 179 balls was pitched, 88 by Ruether in nine innings and 109 by Chicago pitchers in eight innings. Cicotte threw 52; Wilkinson threw 37; Lowdermilk threw 20. The record for the fewest balls pitched in any one inning went to Ruether, who in the seventh inning tossed only four times. One of these was a ball , two were high flies out and one was a grounder on which the batter was thrown out.
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