Re: Birthdays: 12/13
OK, here's what I found:
The triple-header was important to the Pirates because they had a chance to catch the Reds for third place if they swept, and the difference between third and fourth-place money was important to players back then. The first game started at noon on a chilly October day, with the Pirates sending their ace, Wilbur Cooper to the mound. The Reds, however, jumped on him quickly and ended up winning 13-4. With third place clinched, the remaining two games became somewhat of a farce with players playing out of position, etc.
Two other fun notes about the game:
-Pirate rookie Clyde Barnhart hit safely in all three games, becoming the only man to have a three-game hitting streak in one day.
-After playing three games, the Pirates had to travel by train to Chicago and play a day game against the Cubs the next day to close out the season. Good thing there was no players union back then...
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