The Philadelphia A's took the 1929 World Series in five games against the Chicago Cubs, who were -- and are -- no stranger to Series hardships. Here are some of the other headlines from the 1929 baseball season.
Rogers Hornsby Scores 156
Not even in the tumultuous 1880s did any great player change teams more often than Rogers Hornsby. In 1929, he was playing with his fourth different club in four years. If his play suffered from the constant change, it was certainly never manifest in his year-end stats. His first year with the Cubs was his best overall since 1925, as he posted a .380 average and a league-leading 156 runs scored in 1929.
Howard Ehmke Has Last Hurrah
Howard Ehmke’s stunning victory in the opening game of the 1929 World Series was his last triumph in the majors. Six years earlier, then with the Red Sox, he was prevented only by a controversial scorer’s decision from becoming the first pitcher to throw two consecutive no-hit games.
Charlie Gehringer Best at Second
Owing to his Sphinx-like demeanor, Charlie Gehringer had attracted no particular notice anywhere except for Detroit before 1929. His performance that year (131 runs scored, 215 hits, 45 doubles, and 19 triples -- all highs in the American League) made him the loop’s top second baseman, a label he retained for the next decade. In a 14-year span, Gehringer’s average dropped below .300 only once.
Miller Huggins Dies
Tormented by his failure to motivate the complacent Yankees, exhausted almost beyond endurance, Miller Huggins entered the hospital on September 20 after an ugly blemish under his left eye refused to disappear. Five days later, he was dead of blood poisoning. Several of the pallbearers at his funeral were players whom he managed.
Carl Hubbell Arrives in NY
In 1928, after six seasons in the minors, Carl Hubbell had advanced no higher than the Texas League. He then drew the attention of Dick Kinsella, a Giants scout who was an Illinois delegate to the Democratic National Convention that summer at Houston. Within days, Hubbell was in New York where he stayed until 1943. In 1929, he went 18-11 with a 3.69 ERA.
Mule Haas: Two 1929 World Series HRs
Mule Haas is best known today for his two key homers (one apiece in games four and five) in the 1929 World Series. However, he himself considered his finest achievement to be the three spectacular running catches he made to squelch potential Cleveland uprisings in the Indians’ 18-inning, 18-17 loss to the A’s in 1932.
Max Bishop Ties Up Game Five
Max Bishop of the A’s scored ahead of teammate Mule Haas following Haas’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the final game of the 1929 World Series at 2-2. Minutes later, Bing Miller doubled home Al Simmons from second base to give the A’s their first championship since 1913.
1929 A’s Take World Title
Bing Miller's hit won the decisive game five of the 1929 World Series. The A’s had been trailing the Cubs 2-0 in the ninth, but Mule Haas cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame to tie the score. Al Simmons then doubled, Jimmie Foxx walked, and Miller doubled Simmons home, thus winning the game and the Series. For the Cubs, this was just another in a series of World Series hardships. In ten fall classic appearances, the Cubbies have lost eight times. Their only wins came in 1907 and 1908; since then they’ve lost seven straight World Series. They haven’t played in the tournament since 1945.
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