On October 14, 1905 – – At the Polo Grounds – New York Giants starter Christy Mathewson vs  Eddie Plank of the Philadelphia Athletics,

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Sam Mertes scored during a bizarre double play involving Bill Dahlen and Billy Gilbert; with one out, Mertes on third, and Dahlen on second, Gilbert hit a sacrifice fly that scored Mertes, but Dahlen was out attempting to advance to third, and this third out was recorded after Mertes had scored. In the eighth, the Giants got an insurance run when Mathewson scored on George Browne’s ground-out after Roger Bresnahan’s double had sent him to third with less than two out. Mathewson then took the mound for the top of the ninth and induced three ground-outs, thereby completing arguably the single greatest performance by any player in World Series history with his third complete-game shutout of the series. The final score 2 – 0, to give the New York Giants the World Series in five games.  It is the only World Series when every game is a shutout, Mathewson getting three, Joe McGinnity one, and Chief Bender of Philadelphia one.

 


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