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1909 World Series
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 1909 -- Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs. Detroit Tigers (3)
Game Date Winning Team Losing Team
1 Oct. 8 PITTSBURGH (Adams) 4 Detroit (Mullin) 1
2 Oct. 9 Detroit (Donovan) 7 PITTSBURGH (Camnitz) 2
3 Oct. 11 Pittsburgh (Maddox) 8 DETROIT (Summers) 6
4 Oct. 12 DETROIT (Mullin) 5 Pittsburgh (Leifield) 0
5 Oct. 13 PITTSBURGH (Adams) 8 Detroit (Summers) 4
6 Oct. 14 DETROIT (Mullin) 5 Pittsburgh (Willis) 4
7 Oct. 16 Pittsburgh (Adams) 8 DETROIT (Donovan) 0
Managers: Fred Clarke, Pirates; Hugh Jennings, Tigers
Notes: Pittsburgh's 110-42 regular season record denied Chicago a fourth consecutive series appearance. ... Honus Wagner led Pirates hitters with a .333 mark, seven RBIs and six stolen bases. ... Ty Cobb hit .231 with five RBIs in his final World Series appearance.
The highlight going in was the anticipated matchup between the two greatest ballplayers in the world, Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner and Detroit's Ty Cobb. The star of the Series would be neither of them, however, but a reserve pitcher named Babe Adams (12-3 during the regular season).

Adams got the start for Pittsburgh in Game 1, and bested the Tigers 4-1. Detroit evened the Series the next day, as Wild Bill Donovan beat Pirates ace Howie Camnitz, 7-2.

Following a travel day, the Series resumed in Detroit, but the Pirates knocked out Tigers starter Kickapoo Ed Summers in the first inning en route to a five-run frame. After six innings the Bucs boasted a 6-0 edge -- all six runs unearned -- but Detroit scored four times in the seventh on a pair of two-run singles from Donie Bush and Ty Cobb. The Pirates came up with two runs of insurance in the ninth, which proved handy when the Tigers scored a pair of their own in the bottom of the inning. Final score: 8-6, Pirates.

The next day, George Mullin tossed a five-hit shutout, Cobb knocked in a pair of runs and the Tigers evened the Series at two games apiece with a 5-0 win.

In a strange scheduling twist, the Series moved back to Pittsburgh for just one game, and Adams topped the Tigers again. He wasn't nearly as sharp as he'd been in Game 1, but he was sharp enough to beat Summers, 8-4.

Back in Detroit, Mullin won again, 5-4, thus forcing a seventh game.

Babe Adams, with just one day of rest since his Game 5 victory, came through with his best effort yet, a six-hit shutout. Meanwhile, the Pirate hitters pounded Donovan and Mullin for eight runs, the Pirates romping to the World Series. They'd made this one close, but for the third straight year, Ty Cobb's Tigers lost the Series. Though Cobb would play another 19 seasons, he would never play in another Fall Classic.