Anatomy of a Meltdown

Ok, back to real time from now on. Still a few interesting things to wrap up with. As we saw, the Philadelphia Athletics won the 1929 World Series rather handily over the Chicago Cubs, though it is interesting how much different the Series could have been if not for one inning. The Mack Attack, as it came to be known, is still one of the most remarkable innings in World Series history. There was an interesting post a few days later in the Philadelphia Bulletin about how the A’s got into pitcher Charlie Root’s head.

According to a prominent major league star who sat behind the Cubs bench, something very much out of the ordinary occurred after Simmons opened the round with a booming homer…Taylor, the Chicago catcher, got flustered and began to cover up his signals evern better than before. Then two more hits from the bats of Foxx and Miller, one of which got lost in the burning rays of the sun by Hack Wilson. Pitcher Charley Root (left) got nervous. 

(2nd Baseman Hornsby) began to get the signals from the bench, and Taylor picked them up from him at 2nd base. Then they switched to Charlie Grimm at first base. Our informant says the set of signals used were being improvised every other minute, and Taylor was going crazy behind the plate. Then the Cubs went into a huddle and hit on another plan. They put on fake signs with their fingers and called the pitches by word of mouth. First Root gave up in disgust. Then (relief pitcher) Nehf complained he couldn’t understand what was going on.



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