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1920 World Series (5-2)

Cleveland Indians (98-56, AL) vs. Brooklyn Robins (93-61, NL)


In the 1920 World Series, the Cleveland Indians beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, then known interchangeably as the Robins in reference to their manager Wilbert Robinson, in 7 games, five games to two. This series was a best-of-nine series, like the first World Series in 1903 and the World Series of 1919 and 1921.

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This Series is noted for the unassisted triple play turned by Cleveland's Bill Wambsganss in Game 5. Wambsganss, playing second base, caught a line drive off the bat of Clarence Mitchell, stepped on second base to put out Pete Kilduff, and tagged Otto Miller coming from first base. It was the second of fourteen (as of the end of 2007) unassisted triple plays in major-league baseball history, and it remains the only one in postseason play. The fifth game also saw the first grand slam in World Series history (hit by Cleveland's Elmer Smith) and the first Series home run by a pitcher (Cleveland's Jim Bagby, Sr.). And in that same game, Brooklyn outhit Cleveland but lost 8-1.

Cleveland had won the American League pennant in a close race with the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. The Sox's participation in the Black Sox Scandal the previous year had caught up to them late in the season, and a number of their star players were suspended with 3 games left in the season, when they were in a virtual tie with the Indians. The Yankees, with their recently-acquired star Babe Ruth, were almost ready to start their eventual World Series dynasty. For Cleveland, it would prove to be one of their few successes in a long history of largely either poor or not-quite-good enough clubs.

Records: Cleveland Indians (W: 98, L: 56, Pct: .636, GA: 2) - Brooklyn Dodgers (W: 93, L: 61, Pct: .604, GA: 7)

Managers: Tris Speaker (Cleveland), Wilbert Robinson (Brooklyn)

Umpires: Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), Bill Dinneen (AL)

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[edit] Summary

AL Cleveland Indians (5) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (2)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Indians - 3, Dodgers - 1 October 5 Ebbets Field 23,759
2 Indians - 0, Dodgers - 3 October 6 Ebbets Field 22,559
3 Indians - 1, Dodgers - 2 October 7 Ebbets Field 25,088
4 Dodgers - 1, Indians - 5 October 9 Dunn Field 25,734
5 Dodgers - 1, Indians - 8 October 10 Dunn Field 26,884
6 Dodgers - 0, Indians - 1 October 11 Dunn Field 27,194
7 Dodgers - 0, Indians - 3 October 12 Dunn Field 27,525

[edit] Matchups

[edit] Game 1

October 5, 1920 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
W: Stan Coveleski (1-0)  L: Rube Marquard (0-1)

[edit] Game 2

October 6, 1920 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Brooklyn 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 x 3 7 0
W: Burleigh Grimes (1-0)  L: Jim Bagby, Sr. (0-1)

[edit] Game 3

October 7, 1920 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Brooklyn 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 6 1
W: Sherry Smith (1-0)  L: Ray Caldwell (0-1)

[edit] Game 4

October 9, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Cleveland 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 x 5 12 1
W: Stan Coveleski (2-0)  L: Leon Cadore (0-1)

[edit] Game 5

October 10, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 13 1
Cleveland 4 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 x 8 12 2
W: Jim Bagby (1-1)  L: Burleigh Grimes (1-1)
HR: CLEElmer Smith (1), Jim Bagby, Sr. (1)

The Cleveland Times ran the following article on Sunday, October 10, 1920. recounting Game 5 and Wambsganss' triple play:

Wamby Makes Unassisted Triple Play

  • CLEVELAND, Sunday Oct. 10, 1920 - Bill Wambsganss' unassisted triple play highlighted the most unusual game in World Series history today and helped the Cleveland Indians to a wild 8-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Elmer Smith hit a grand slam and Jim Bagby also homered as the Indians took the lead in games three to two. The triple play and grand slam were unprecedented in World Series history and Bagby became the first pitcher to homer in a World Series. "I've been in baseball 40 years," Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson said, "and I never saw one like this." The first Indian to face Burleigh Grimes was Charlie Jamieson, who singled. He stopped at second on Wambsganss' single. Then Grimes fell fielding Tris Speaker's bunt, loading the bases. Then Smith hit a 1-2 pitch over the right field screen for a 4-0 lead. In the home fourth, Doc Johnston singled to center and moved up on a passed ball. After Grimes put Steve O'Neill on, Bagby homered into the center field stands. Pete Kilduff began the top of the fifth with a single to left center. When Otto Miller singled to center, Speaker's quick throw to third drove Kilduff back to second. That brought up reliever Clarence Mitchell, who went six for sixteen as a pinch-hitter this season and sometimes fills in at first base and in the outfield. A lefthanded hitter, he drove the ball toward right center. Second baseman Wambsganss moved slightly to his right, tipped onto his toes, sprung a little bit and grabbed the ball with his gloved hand. Never hesitating, he continued to second base, easily doubling Kilduff. Then when Wamby turned to throw to first base he saw Miller frozen directly in front of him. Reaching out, Wamby tagged Miller easily. The crowd was silent momentarily, then, realizing what had happened, broke into thunderous applause. In the Brooklyn eighth, Ernie Krueger singled to center. But Mitchell grounded to first baseman Johnson, who started a double play. Thus, Mitchell made five outs in two at-bats.

[edit] Game 6

October 11, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 7 3
W: Duster Mails (1-0)  L: Sherry Smith (1-1)

[edit] Game 7

October 12, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 x 3 7 3
W: Stan Coveleski (3-0)  L: Burleigh Grimes (1-2)

[edit] Composite Box

1920 World Series (5-2): Cleveland Indians (A.L.) over Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 6 2 2 6 2 2 1 0 0 21 53 12
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 8 44 6
Total Attendance: 236,928   Average Attendance: 29,616
Winning Player’s Share: – $5,207   Losing Player’s Share – $3,254

[edit] Further Reading

  • Gary Webster: Tris Speaker and the 1920 Indians: Tragedy to Glory, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-6796-9

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