May 17, 2011

Game 23 - Return to Chicago

May 14, 1911
Philadelphia 5, Chicago 6

Continuing their month-long road trip with a stop at Chicago’s year-old Comiskey Park, Connie Mack’s White Elephants failed to keep the momentum of their sweep of the Browns going. The 6-5 loss dropped the A’s to 13-10, though they remained two and a half games ahead of their hosts.

With Eddie Collins, easily his best position player, out with a sprained ankle, Mack handed the ball to his best pitcher, Chief Bender. But Bender was a bit banged up himself with a sore back, and he turned in his second poor start in a row. He gave up four hits and three runs in the second inning, which led to his replacement in the third by Cy Morgan. The A’s put together 11 hits, but they couldn’t bring enough across the dish against Doc White to match the Sox’ scoring.

This was the Athletics’ first trip to Chicago since they clinched the World Championship about four miles northwest at the Cubs’ West Side Park* back in October. 25,000 Chicagoans came out to Mr. Comiskey’s new stadium to see the Champs return to town.

Those in attendance enjoyed a brand new feature for a ball park. From Sporting Life: “President Comiskey of the White Sox has stationed a leather-voiced announcer, with a huge megaphone, on his ball grounds to tell the fans who is pitching and who is catching and to announce battery changes. This innovation has made a hit, few fans ever being able to hear the umpires.” I couldn’t find any mention in the magazine as to how big the stadium’s HD scoreboard was.

* They wouldn’t make it to the North Side and Wrigley until 1915.

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