In the 1911 World Series, the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Giants four games to two.

Philadelphia third baseman Frank "Home Run" Baker earned his nickname during this Series. His home run in Game 2 off Rube Marquard was the margin of victory for the Athletics, and his blast in Game 3 off Christy Mathewson tied that game in the ninth inning, and the Athletics eventually won in the eleventh. The Giants never recovered. An ironic sidelight was that Mathewson (or his ghostwriter) had criticized Marquard in his newspaper column after Game 2, for giving up the gopher ball, only to fall victim himself the very next day. Baker was swinging a hot bat in general, going 9 for 24 to lead all batters in the Series with a .375 average. According to his obituary, Chief Meyers, the catcher of the Giants, threw out a record number of runners in a World Series. According to his New York Times obituary [July 28, 1971] he threw out 12 runners, creating a records for the most assists by a catcher during the World Series.

The six consecutive days of rain between Games 3 and 4 caused the longest delay between World Series games until the earthquake-interrupted 1989 Series, which incidentally featured the same two franchises, albeit on the West Coast.


Philadelphia, 101-50

New York Giants, 99-54


Philadelphia, Connie Mack
New York Giants, John McGraw


Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), Bill Brennan (NL), Bill Dinneen (AL)

Hall of Famers:

Athletics: Connie Mack (mgr.), Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, Eddie Plank. Giants: John McGraw (mgr.), Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson.


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