Game 2 of the 1929 World Series will take place today at 2 p.m. No surprises at pitcher today. On the mound for the A’s will be 29-year old righty George Earnshaw (left). Earnshaw had a splendid season, going 24-8 with a 3.29 ERA. “Moose”, as he’s called, intimidates opponents with his size, as he stands an imposing 6’4″, 210 pounds. A former 3-sport star at Swarthmore college, he later signed on with the Baltimore Orioles, the independent minor league team that paid it’s players as well as many major league teams. Therefore, Earnshaw never made it to the bigs until he was 28 years old. He struggled with control in his rookie season, but the patience of Mickey Cochrane behind the plate led him to settle down, and this year he was a real big six, leading the majors in wins. He’s got that combination of dominance and wildness that makes batters’ knees shiver: he led the league in walks and was second to Grove in strikeouts. He has an animated windup and an excellent curveball, though he leans very heavily on the fastball.
Opposing him will be Cubs pitcher Pat Malone, who led the National League in wins with 22 and in strikeouts with 166. He’s also not a half-bad hitter, as he hit .248 with 4 homers on the season. Pat’s known to be Hack Wilson’s drinking buddy, and the two of them drinking in Chicago is probably what keeps Al Capone rich. Let’s hope for the Cubs’ sake he stayed off the bottle last night. Action starts at 2 p.m.
A fine pitching effort by the Cubs Guy Bush in Game 3 put the Chicago Cubs right back in this Series. The man with the unorthodox delivery kept the A’s off-balance all game. Of course, on the flip side, George Earnshaw did the same to the Cub. Funny game, baseball. Earnshaw pitched much better than he did in Game 2, when he got the win, and yet took home the loss in Game 3.
The Cubs had an opportunity to bring one home in the second, when Hack Wilson led off with a triple. But Earnshaw bore down, and after a ground out to short, Riggs Stephenson hit a sharp grounder to second. Little Max Bishop grabbed the pill and fired it home, where Mickey Cochrane slapped the cuffs on Hack. Rally extinguished.
The A’s introduced positive integers to the scoreboard with a run in the 5th, as a Bing Miller single brought Mickey Cochrane home.
As all baseball fans are aware, walking the opposing team’s pitcher almost always comes back to bite you, and the 6th inning proved no exception. Earnshaw led off the inning by walking .165 hitter Bush. That should have been no problem, as after a quick out Woody English then grounded one to Jimmy Dykes at third, who should have ended the inning by starting a double play. Instead he strangled the ball, and the Cubs now had themselves a bonafide rally. Singles by Hornsby (right) and Cuyler brought home three runs, and the game might as well have ended right there, as the rest of the scoreboard showed zeroes and the Cubs had a 3-1 win.
The A’s had no-one to blame but themelves after this one. “We had all kinds of opportunities to make it three in a row, but we just could not connect with men on the bases,” said Jimmie Foxx after the ballgame. “Bush pitched a great game, especially in the pinches, and well deserved the win.”
Indeed, the A’s generated a rally in the 7th, and with two runners on, an Al Simmons drive to deep center brought the crowd to their feet. But the ball was caught at the wall, and with runners on 2nd and 3rd, all Jimmie Foxx could do was dribble one in front of the plate for the third out. Rally extinguished.
Nonetheless, the A’s felt confident following the loss. “Today’s another day and, unless I miss my guess, the series will stand three to one in our favor by night,” said Foxx. Added Connie Mack, “I have plenty of good pitchers left for duty in the Philadelphia end of the Series. I believe that we will take both and end the Series here on Monday.” Game 4 starts today at 3 p.m. at Shibe.