In Game 1, right-hander Stan Coveleski tossed a complete-game five-hitter to lead the Indians past the Dodgers, 3-1. Catcher Steve O’Neill was the hitting star, with a pair of RBI doubles. Brooklyn evened the World Series in Game 2 when spitballer Burleigh Grimes pitched a seven-hit shutout. The Dodgers then took a 2-1 lead in the Series with a 2-1 victory in Game 3, unheralded left-hander Sherry Smith – a reliever most of the season – allowing just three hits and one unearned run.
The Series finally shifted to Brooklyn for Game 4, a near carbon-copy of Game 1 as Coveleski again pitched a complete-game five-hitter, this time winning 5-1. Cleveland took Game 5 easily, 8-1, and the contest featured three outstanding highlights.
In the first inning, Tribe right fielder Elmer Smith blasted the first-ever World Series grand slam over the right-field fence. In the fourth, Cleveland starter Jim Bagby connected for a three-run homer, the first round-tripper by a pitcher in Series history. And in the top of the fifth, with runners on first and second, Indians second baseman Bill Wambsgans snared Clarence Mitchell’s line drive, touched second base to retire Pete Kilduff and tagged Otto Miller coming over from first, thereby recording the first (and so far , only) unassisted triple play in Series history.
Cleveland hurlers continued their brilliant run in Game 6, as Duster Mails limited the Dodgers to three hits. The only run of the game scored when Indians first baseman George Burns doubled home Tris Speaker in the sixth. And in Game 7, Coveleski won his third game with his third five-hitter, this one a Series-clinching, 3-0 shutout. Thanks largely to Coveleski, in seven games Cleveland pitchers allowed only eight runs.
Managers: Tris Speaker, CLE; Wilber Robinson, BRO