1903 World Series

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The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball.wikipedia
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The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball.
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team.

1903 Boston Americans season

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It matched the American League (AL) champion Boston Americans against the National League (NL) champion Pittsburgh Pirates in a best-of-nine series, with Boston prevailing five games to three, winning the last four.
The Americans won the 1903 World Series in eight games over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1903 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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It matched the American League (AL) champion Boston Americans against the National League (NL) champion Pittsburgh Pirates in a best-of-nine series, with Boston prevailing five games to three, winning the last four.
They went on to participate in the 1903 World Series, the first to be played between the champions of the National League and American League.

Cy Young

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Boston pitchers Bill Dinneen and Cy Young led Boston to victory. Johnson and fellow owners raided the National League and signed away many star players, including Cy Young and Jimmy Collins.
In 1901, Young jumped to the American League and played for the Boston Red Sox franchise until 1908, helping them win the 1903 World Series.

Bill Dinneen

Boston pitchers Bill Dinneen and Cy Young led Boston to victory.
Dinneen recorded three wins for the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903.

Sam Leever

Pittsburgh pitcher Sam Leever injured his shoulder while trap-shooting, so his teammate Deacon Phillippe pitched five complete games.
He won 25 games in 1903 to help the Pirates win their third consecutive National League pennant, but lost both his starts in the World Series as the heavily favored Pirates were upset by Boston.

Deacon Phillippe

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Pittsburgh pitcher Sam Leever injured his shoulder while trap-shooting, so his teammate Deacon Phillippe pitched five complete games.
In 1903, Phillippe earned the honor of starting the first World Series game for the Pirates against the Boston Americans in 1903.

Tessie

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(The Pirates themselves repeated this feat in against the Baltimore Orioles.) Much was made of the influence of Boston's "Royal Rooters", who traveled to Exposition Park and sang their theme song "Tessie" to distract the opposing players (especially Wagner).
After the first four games of the 1903 World Series, Boston was down 1-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jimmy Collins

Johnson and fellow owners raided the National League and signed away many star players, including Cy Young and Jimmy Collins.
He was the winning manager in the first-ever World Series, as Boston defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1903 World Series, five games to three.

Chick Stahl

The Boston outfield, featuring Chick Stahl (.274), Buck Freeman (.287, 104 RBI) and Patsy Dougherty (.331, 101 runs scored) was considered excellent.
In 1899, he had six hits in a game, and in the 1903 World Series, he hit three triples.

Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)

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Due to overflow crowds at the Exposition Park games in Allegheny City, if a batted ball rolled under a rope in the outfield that held spectators back, a "ground-rule triple" would be scored.
The first World Series held three games in Boston before moving to Exposition Park with the Pirates leading the series 2–1.

Pittsburgh

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However, Johnson had spoken of putting a team in Pittsburgh and even attempted to raid the Pirates' roster in August 1902, which soured Dreyfuss.
Pittsburgh hosted the first professional football game and the first World Series.

Patsy Dougherty

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The Boston outfield, featuring Chick Stahl (.274), Buck Freeman (.287, 104 RBI) and Patsy Dougherty (.331, 101 runs scored) was considered excellent. The Americans' Patsy Dougherty led off the Boston scoring with an inside-the-park home run, the first time a lead-off batter did just that until Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals duplicated the feat in the 2015 World Series, 112 years later.
In Game 2 of the 1903 World Series, the first modern World Series, Dougherty became the first player to accomplish several feats; he became the first Boston player to hit a World Series home run, the first player to hit two home runs in a single World Series game, and the first player to hit a leadoff inside-the-park home run in a World Series game (a feat not matched until the 2015 World Series, by Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals in Game 1).

Royal Rooters

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(The Pirates themselves repeated this feat in against the Baltimore Orioles.) Much was made of the influence of Boston's "Royal Rooters", who traveled to Exposition Park and sang their theme song "Tessie" to distract the opposing players (especially Wagner).
They were especially important in the first World Series, in 1903, when the Americans played the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Fred Clarke

The Pirates won their third straight pennant in 1903 thanks to a powerful line-up that included legendary shortstop Honus Wagner, who hit .355 and drove in 101 runs, player-manager Fred Clarke, who hit .351, and Ginger Beaumont, who hit .341 and led the league in hits and runs.
In the first World Series, Clarke hit .265 but Boston's Cy Young and Bill Dinneen outpitched Pittsburgh overall and won the series in eight games.

Ginger Beaumont

The Pirates won their third straight pennant in 1903 thanks to a powerful line-up that included legendary shortstop Honus Wagner, who hit .355 and drove in 101 runs, player-manager Fred Clarke, who hit .351, and Ginger Beaumont, who hit .341 and led the league in hits and runs.
As the Pirates' regular leadoff hitter, he was the first player ever to bat in a World Series game.

Boston Red Sox

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1903 World Series (5–3): Boston Americans (A.L.) over Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.)
In addition, they won the American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series.

Inside-the-park home run

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The Americans' Patsy Dougherty led off the Boston scoring with an inside-the-park home run, the first time a lead-off batter did just that until Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals duplicated the feat in the 2015 World Series, 112 years later.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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1903 World Series (5–3): Boston Americans (A.L.) over Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.)
The franchise joined the NL in its eighth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three NL titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the inaugural World Series in 1903 and winning their first World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner.

Jimmy Sebring

They extended their lead to 7–0 on a home run by Jimmy Sebring in the seventh, the first home run in World Series history.
He played in the 1903 World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was the first player in World Series history to hit a home run.

Buck Freeman

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The Boston outfield, featuring Chick Stahl (.274), Buck Freeman (.287, 104 RBI) and Patsy Dougherty (.331, 101 runs scored) was considered excellent.
The 1903 World Series was the only postseason series that Freeman ever played in, and it proved to be lackluster by his own standards—he recorded an average of .281 (9-for-32) with three triples and four RBIs over the course of eight games, as Boston defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Barney Dreyfuss

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Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss added his share of the gate receipts to the players' share, so the losing team's players actually finished with a larger individual share than the winning team's.

2015 World Series

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The Americans' Patsy Dougherty led off the Boston scoring with an inside-the-park home run, the first time a lead-off batter did just that until Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals duplicated the feat in the 2015 World Series, 112 years later.
On the first pitch thrown by Harvey, Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run, the first in a World Series game since Mule Haas in the 1929 World Series, and the first hit by a leadoff batter since Patsy Dougherty did it for the Boston Americans in the 1903 World Series.

Huntington Avenue Grounds

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Thursday, October 1, 1903, at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts
The stadium was the site of the first World Series game between the modern American and National leagues in 1903, and also saw the first perfect game in the modern era, thrown by Cy Young on May 5, 1904.

Hank O'Day

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O'Day umpired in ten World Series – second only to Bill Klem's total of 18 – including five of the first seven played, and was behind the plate for the first modern World Series game in 1903.