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How The New York Times Covered the 1916 World Series
Oct. 23, 2018
Red Sox outfielder Tillie Walker hit a triple in the first game of the 1916 World Series.Bettmann Archive, via Getty Images
The only other time the Red Sox and Dodgers franchises faced off in the World Series, things were a little different. The Red Sox opted to play their home games at Braves Field rather than the smaller Fenway to make some extra admission money. The Dodgers were known as the Robins, or sometimes the Superbas. And they played in Brooklyn. The event was lowercase and had an apostrophe: “world’s series.”
The New York Times was a little different too, as you can tell from the colorful (at times purple) prose it once used. Here’s how The Times reported the four-games-to-one Red Sox victory.
Game 1: “Red Sox Defeat Brooklyn, 6 to 5, in Erratic Game”
The lead : “The withered stalk of the baseball season burst with a crash into radiant bloom at Braves Field today. The Superbas, pride of Brooklyn and of the National League, and the carmine-hosed Boston warriors scrambled for the petals of the first blossom.”
Keen analysis: “The workaday laws of mathematics would make 6 to 5 pretty close, whether the enumerated objects were peanuts, subway tickets or runs. As a matter of cold fact, however, the initial contest of the champion teams of the major leagues for world’s honors and worldly wealth was one-sided.”
Colorful writing: “An unwelcome breeze played merrily, but frigidly, around the gaunt limbs in the press box eyrie, and shivering creatures thought lovingly and longingly of the ‘woolen ones’ reposing in bureau drawers at home.”
Puzzling prose: “He smote Cutshaw athwart the floating ribs with an inshoot.”
Game 2: “Red Sox Repeat in Second Game After 14 Innings”
The lead : “Under lowering gray skies that finally yielded splashing tears of sympathy for a team mighty even in defeat, the Brooklyn Superbas went down today before the Boston Red Sox in the second encounter of the world’s series.”
Keen analysis: “ In complexion, the game of this afternoon was as much like that of Saturday as Lillian Russell resembles Sun Yat Sen.”
Colorful writing: (On starting pitchers Sherry Smith and Babe Ruth, who each threw complete games) “Foot to foot through fourteen grueling innings they struggled, each averting many times by calm, masterly work threatening downfall. Repeatedly when the tiniest kind of a safe blow would have wrought damage, each man held the enemy in a grip of steel.”
Puzzling prose: “When the rays were ruddy to the onlookers boasting allegiance to the sacred codfish, they were tinged with indigo for partisans of the rubber-plant jungle just forninst the eastern end of the Brooklyn Bridge.”
A team photo of the 1916 World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Can you spot Babe Ruth?Bain News Service, Library of Congress
Game 3: “Brooklyn Downs Red Sox in First Contest at Home”
The lead : “It was not so much the way they did it, as what they did that boomed the Brooklyn Superbas’ world’s series stock yesterday.”
Keen analysis: “Almost any ball game would pale in comparison with the fiery battle fought in the second game of the series. Therefore, it is not unduly belittling yesterday’s encounter to rate it as decidedly inferior in interest and merit to its immediate predecessor.”
Colorful writing: “No better evidence of this could be adduced than the gyrations of joy indulged in all over the spacious greensward at the game’s close by thousands of dancing, yelling, leaping fans, who swarmed from stands and bleachers as Stengel’s fingers closed on Lewis’s fly for the final put-out, and moved in grotesque parade about the field.”
Puzzling prose: “The way they did it was by subtracting only 25 per cent of the spice from their gingery game of Monday’s Boston matinee, while the dish that Chief Carrigan set forth was minus at least 40 per cent of its previous seasoning.”
Game 4: “Robins Collapse in Fourth Game”
The lead : “Lord Ebbets, the Squire of Flatbush, had many callers yesterday at his spacious estate. They arrived in taxicabs and trolley cars. They departed in high dudgeon and low spirits.”
Keen analysis: “Yesterday all the punch they had after the first inning could have been applied to a baby’s cheek without inflicting serious damage.”
Colorful writing: (On Boston pitcher Dutch Leonard, who started shakily before settling down) “After giving the hopes of local fandom the pleasant thrills of a rapid ascent to the mountain peak, he cast them from the summit and they were dashed to bits on the cruel rocks below.”
Puzzling prose: “Marquard was an easy victim on a grasser to Leonard.”
Game 5: “Red Sox Are Again World’s Champions, Defeating Dodgers”
The lead : “The Red Sox celebrated Columbus Day in their home town by wresting the world’s championship banner free from the trembling, nerveless fingers of the Superbas.”
Keen analysis: “ The score of today’s final battle was 4 to 1. If it had been 40 to 1, it would have represented more accurately the respective merits of the two contending teams.”
Colorful writing: “As a contest it resembled a tug of war between an elephant and a gold fish.”
Puzzling prose: “ Dear old Tallapoosa College, of Thee I Sing, would have had quite as good a chance to halt the striding Boston team.”
The Aftermath: “Boston Takes it Calmly. Only After Championship Is Won Does Enthusiasm Break Forth.”
“They piled on to the field, and for half an hour indulged themselves in a parade with the Royal Rooters, in which they visited the dugouts of both teams, only to find that the players had vanished.”
Sox on the board first after a Betts single, stolen base and Benintendi double. Martinez single drives in Benintendi.
Kemp solo homer in the second.
Successive one-out singles to Turner, Freese and Machado tied it at 2-2
And J D Martinez regained the lead for Boston with an RBI single
Sale out after 4 plus.
Dodgers eke out another in the 5th on a walk, a Turner single, a wild pitch and an RBI groundout.
3-3 mid 5.
Machado brought the Dodgers back to 4-5 on a sac fly top 7, but Boston brought in Nuñez to face Wood and he hit one over the Monster to make it 8-4.
Big by Nunez who has been struggling…3 more outs
GAME 1 Red Sox 8-4
See ya tomorrow
Thought you were going to watch it after work.
Cant do it! haha too excited
Sox go up 1-0 on a Kinsler RBI in the 2nd
Dodgers now up 2-1 on a Kemp sac fly and Puig RBI single.
Ryu loads the bases, is replaced by Madson who then walks home Benintendi and Martinez drives in 2 more with a single.
4-2 after 5.
4-2 it is and onto LA. LETS DO THIS
Felt you needed to go 2-0 up at home to not feel the nerves in LA. Now all you need to do is win one on the road and wrap it up at home.
I can’t decide what I would love more. A Red Sox sweep OR a heartbreaking loss for LA in the bottom of the 9th in game 7…
I want a sweep so I get to enjoy it Sunday afternoon and not be at Work! plus to get back to Boston it would be game 6
Into extras in LA. Pedersen homer in the 3rd matched by a Bradley homer in the 8th, spoiling Buehler 7 scoreless innings for 2 hits.
Red Sox take the lead in the 13th.
Holt walks, moves up on a wild pitch, in the course of which Núñez hurts his ankle (but Red Sox have no more position players). He hits a grubber down the first base line moving Holt to 3rd, but the pitcher Alexander muffs the throw to first and Holt comes home.
Bottom 13, Muncy walks, Machado flies out, Muncy moves up on a foulout to third, Puig hits to second but Kinsler throws it away allowing Muncy to score.
Into the 14th but I want to watch the Cox Plate.
Longest game by time in WS history.
Haha didn’t think I’d be able to get home at 5pm and tune in to this.