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Subject: 1903 Boston Americans vs. 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates rss

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This game looked like an interesting take on baseball. Colorful and not chart heavy. On a whim I ordered eight dead ball era world series teams printed the rules and charts from the publisher's website and got a game going.

I played the intermediate game using the fielding chart with individual fielding ratings. Pittsburgh was the home team, Sam Leever starting for the Pirates and Cy Young for the Americans. Through the 7th inning Leever surrendered five hits to Boston and Pittsburgh managed three singles against Young. The only scoring threat before the 8th inning came when Boston managed to get runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out in the 2nd inning but left the runners stranded on an infield ground out and strike out.

In the top of the 8th inning Boston got to Leever with a leadoff single by Jimmy Collins who moved to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Freddy Parent. Patsy Dougherty then singled scoring Collins. On a ground out by Buck Freeman, Dougherty got to 2nd. A run scoring single by Candy LaChance followed by a walk to Hobe Ferris and then a Jack O'Brien single got LaChance across Home Plate. Loul Criger ended Boston's rally by striking out. Cy Young was sitting pretty with a 3 run lead facing Pittsburgh in the bottom of the 8th.

Regrettably for Young, Pittsburgh's bats came alive. Pittsburgh started the inning by tagging Young with successive hits, a double from Fred Clarke, a single by Tommy Leach, followed by a bases clearing triple off the bat of Honus Wagner. Claude Ritchey grounded out scoring Wagner.

Young gave up another single, to Jimmy Sebring. Kitty Bransfied hit into a force out, Sebring being put out for the second out for Pittsburgh. Ed Phelps then doubled with Bransfield held at 3rd base. Gene Curtis was sent in to bat for Leever and delivered a run scoring single, putting the Pirates ahead 4-3. Young remained in, gave up a walk to Ginger Beaumont but then got Fred Clarke to line out to end the inning,

Gus Thompson came in to pitch to Boston in the top of the 9th and the Americans went down quietly in three at bats.

Both starters had four strike outs, striking out each other twice.

Pittsburgh wins 4-3 in a stunning comeback in the bottom of the 8th!

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