The First Fall Classic Book Review

100 YEARS AGO, THE 9TH WORLD SERIES LASTED 8 GAMES…REALLY.

GAME 2…TIED AT 6 IN THE 11TH…WAS CALLED DUE TO DARKNESS.

 

IT WAS NEW YORK…IT WAS BOSTON.

IT WAS TRAIN TRIPS TO AND FROM EACH CITY FOR 8 DAY GAMES PLAYED OVER THE COURSE OF 9 DAYS;

NO BASEBALL WAS PLAYED ON SUNDAYS IN 1912.

 

IT WAS JOHN McGRAW’S JUGGERNAUT…THE GIANTS OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE…

AND THE AL’S RED SOX.

 

FORMER ROCKIE MARK SWEENEY, WHO GREW UP IN MASSACH– USETTS, LIVED THAT DREAM…PLAYING IN THE 94TH WORLD SERIES WITH THE PADRES:

 

It’s the ultimate. It really is. It’s the ultimate.

1998 changed my life as a player.

We all have passions to play the game.

And like I said, to be in the uniform.

But to be in the World Series, and go to Yankee Stadium, the old Yankees Stadium, and all the memories and understanding that you’re there with all the history and you go out to that monument stadium, you watch all that.

You take it all in, but it’s overwhelming.

But you also have your family there and all the people who have always been there for you.

The big flag on opening night.

There’s little things that will never change, and you always think about them the rest of your life.

 

 

IN THE FIRST FALL CLASSIC, AUTHOR MIKE VACCARO BRINGS TO LIFE HOW IMPORTANT BASEBALL WAS IN THE EARLY 1900’S.

 

THAT 1912 WORLD SERIES TRUMPED THE HEADLINES OF AN IMPENDING MAJOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION;

IN WHICH WOODROW WILSON BEAT INCUMBENT WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT…AND BULL MOOSE PARTY CANDIDATE

TEDDY ROOSEVELT.

WHO WAS NEARLY ASSASSINATED IN MILWAUKEE THAT OCTOBER.

 

ANOTHER FORMER ROCKIE, JEREMY AFFELDT, OF THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, HAS VIVID MEMORIES OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN 2 “FALL CLASSICS”.

IN 2010 AND 2007:

 

Everyone always says, you have won a World Series that is so awesome!

They always ask if the Giants are the best team that I have ever been on but you know that is such a difficult question to answer because you know the Rockies, it was such a different environment when I played here.

When I played here, I walked into a situation where you know everyone had been playing together forever since the minor leagues, or they just had some good quality veterans around.

It was a really good team atmosphere ya know, it was a family atmosphere.

When we went on roadtrips it was like you had two options, you either went to sushi for dinner with one group of guys or you went to a steak dinner with the other half. There was two options, you chose.

I had never really experience that, still really haven’t experienced that.

You know the team I am on right now with the Giants is phenomenal and we are really really close but we are close in a different way than I was over here with the guys.

I still see guys like Holliday and Fuentes, Fuentes and I still hunt all the time in the offseason together.

It is just a team where you look at them and you just realize that you have something with them that you don’t have with a lot of other teams.

I have a couple guys on this Giants team that I feel that way about but that Colorado team it was just like the whole team was like that.

It was just so different from anything I had ever experience and up until the day that I retire it will probably be the greatest all around teams that I was ever apart of.

 

 

THE “FIRST FALL CLASSIC” WAS EVENTUALLY WON BY A PITCHER WITH COLORADO TIES.

“SMOKEY JOE WOOD”…

WHO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN OURAY….AND WENT 34-5 WITH AN ERA OF 1.91 IN 1912.

 

HE CAME ON IN THE 8TH INNING…OF THE 8TH GAME…AND BEAT GIANTS’ GREAT CHRISTY MATHEWSON IN 10 INNINGS.

IT HAPPENED IN BOSTON,,,ON OCTOBER 16TH OF 1912…NEARLY 6 MONTHS TO THE DAY AFTER FENWAY PARK HAD OPENED…AND A DAY AFTER WOOD HAD STARTED GAME 7.

MLB’S HISTORIAN JOHN THIORN EXPLAINS:

When we talk about the final game of the 1912 World Series it is easy to say game 7 but what we really mean is game 8;

’cause there was a tie so in game 7 which would have corresponded to our game 6 Smokey Joe Wood, who had already won his first two starts. was thrown out there to warm up but there was a riot in the stands because Boston’s Royal Rooters, who typically had the same seats in there section game after game, found there seats had been sold out rom under them and they stormed around the field and delayed the start of the game by a good 40 minutes.

Smokey Joe Wood kept warming up…left his game on the sidelines…and went out to pitch the first inning and gave up 6 runs;

so we had a game 8 that went to the history books as one of the games classics.

MAY I RECOMMEND YOU READ ABOUT THE ROYAL ROOTERS, JOHN McGRAW, CHRISTY MATHEWSON, TRIS SPEAKER, AND ONE SMOKEY JOE WOOD…IN “THE FIRST FALL CLASSIC”.

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TJ in Phoenix
TJ in Phoenix
8 years ago

Wow…sounds like a great read, thanks Marc! Imagine if games weren’t played on Sundays nowadays…the Rockies would be contenders—especially last year! The other thing that caught my eye….Smokey Joe Wood was from Ouray?? Wow.

Good luck to Cargo tonight!

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Hey Marc. Thanks. Sounds like a great read.

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