1920 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
Cleveland Indians (5) Tris Speaker (player/manager) 98–56, .636, GA: 2
Brooklyn Robins (2) Wilbert Robinson 93–61, .604, GA: 7
Dates: October 5October 12
Umpires: Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), Bill Dinneen (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Indians: Stan Coveleski, Joe Sewell, Tris Speaker. Robins: Wilbert Robinson (mgr.), Rube Marquard, Zack Wheat.
World Series
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In the 1920 World Series, the Cleveland Indians beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, then known interchangeably as the Robins in reference to their manager Wilbert Robinson, in seven games, five games to two. This series was a best-of-nine series, like the first World Series in 1903 and the World Series of 1919 and 1921. (The 1912 World Series, where the {{Boston Red Sox]] defeated the New York Giants went 8 games, because of 7 games of decision plus a tie game). The only World Series triple play (unassisted by Bill Wambsganss), the first World Series grand slam (Elmer Smith) and the first World Series home run by a pitcher (Jim Bagby, Sr. all occurred in this Series.

The triple play was unassisted and turned by Cleveland's Bill Wambsganss in Game 5. Wambsganss, playing second base, caught a line drive off the bat of Clarence Mitchell, stepped on second base to put out Pete Kilduff, and tagged Otto Miller coming from first base. It was the second of fourteen (as of May 2008) unassisted triple plays in major-league baseball history, and it remains the only one in postseason play.

The fifth game also saw the first grand slam in World Series history (hit by Cleveland's Elmer Smith) and the first Series home run by a pitcher (Cleveland's Jim Bagby, Sr.). And in that same game, Brooklyn outhit Cleveland but lost 8–1.

Cleveland had won the American League pennant in a close race with the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. The Sox's participation in the Black Sox Scandal the previous year had caught up to them late in the season, and their star players were suspended with three games left in the season, when they were in a virtual tie with the Indians. The Yankees, with their recently-acquired star Babe Ruth, were almost ready to start their eventual World Series dynasty. For Cleveland, it would prove to be one of their few successes in a long history of largely either poor or not-quite-good enough clubs.


AL Cleveland Indians (5) vs. NL Brooklyn Robins (2)

1Cleveland Indians – 3, Brooklyn Robins – 1October 5Ebbets Field23,573[1]
2Cleveland Indians – 0, Brooklyn Robins – 3October 6Ebbets Field22,559[2]
3Cleveland Indians – 1, Brooklyn Robins – 2October 7Ebbets Field25,088[3]
4Brooklyn Robins – 1, Cleveland Indians – 5October 9Dunn Field25,734[4]
5Brooklyn Robins – 1, Cleveland Indians – 8October 10Dunn Field26,884[5]
6Brooklyn Robins – 0, Cleveland Indians – 1October 11Dunn Field27,194[6]
7Brooklyn Robins – 0, Cleveland Indians – 3October 12Dunn Field27,525[7]


Game 1Edit

Tuesday, October 5, 1920 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland 020100000 3 50
Brooklyn 000000100 1 51
WP: Stan Coveleski (1–0)  LP: Rube Marquard (0–1)  

Game 2Edit

Wednesday, October 6, 1920 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland 000000000 0 71
Brooklyn 10101000X 3 70
WP: Burleigh Grimes (1–0)  LP: Jim Bagby (0–1)  

Game 3Edit

Thursday, October 7, 1920 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland 000100000 1 31
Brooklyn 20000000X 2 61
WP: Sherry Smith (1–0)  LP: Ray Caldwell (0–1)  

Game 4Edit

Saturday, October 9, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Brooklyn 000100000 1 51
Cleveland 20200100X 5 122
WP: Stan Coveleski (2–0)  LP: Leon Cadore (0–1)  

Game 5Edit

Sunday, October 10, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Brooklyn 000000001 1 131
Cleveland 40031000X 8 122
WP: Jim Bagby (1–1)  LP: Burleigh Grimes (1–1)  
HRs:  CLE – Elmer Smith (1), Jim Bagby (1)

The Cleveland Times ran the following article on Sunday, October 10, 1920. recounting Game 5 and Wambsganss' triple play: Wamby Makes Unassisted Triple Play

  • CLEVELAND, Sunday Oct. 10, 1920 - Bill Wambsganss' unassisted triple play highlighted the most unusual game in World Series history today and helped the Cleveland Indians to a wild 8–1 victory over the Brooklyn Robins. Elmer Smith hit a grand slam and Jim Bagby also homered as the Indians took the lead in games three to two. The triple play and grand slam were unprecedented in World Series history and Bagby became the first pitcher to homer in a World Series. "I've been in baseball 40 years," Robins manager Wilbert Robinson said, "and I never saw one like this." The first Indian to face Burleigh Grimes was Charlie Johnson, who singled. He stopped at second on Wambsganss' single. Then Grimes fell fielding Tris Speaker's bunt, loading the bases. Then Smith hit a 1–2 pitch over the right field screen for a 4–0 lead. In the home fourth, Doc Johnston singled to center and moved up on a passed ball. After Grimes put Steve O'Neill on, Bagby homered into the center field stands. Pete Kilduff began the top of the fifth with a single to left center. When Otto Miller singled to center, Speaker's quick throw to third drove Kilduff back to second. That brought up reliever Clarence Mitchell, who went six for sixteen as a pinch-hitter this season and sometimes fills in at first base and in the outfield. A left-handed hitter, he drove the ball toward right center. Second baseman Wambsganss moved slightly to his right, tipped onto his toes, sprung a little bit and grabbed the ball with his gloved hand. Never hesitating, he continued to second base, easily doubling Kilduff. Then when Wamby turned to throw to first base he saw Miller frozen directly in front of him. Reaching out, Wamby tagged Miller easily. The crowd was silent momentarily, then, realizing what had happened, broke into thunderous applause. In the Brooklyn eighth, Ernie Krueger singled to center. But Mitchell grounded to first baseman Johnson, who started a double play. Thus, Mitchell made five outs in two at-bats.

Game 6Edit

Monday, October 11, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Brooklyn 000000000 0 30
Cleveland 00000100X 1 73
WP: Duster Mails (1–0)  LP: Sherry Smith (1–1)  

Game 7Edit

Tuesday, October 12, 1920 at Dunn Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Brooklyn 000000000 0 52
Cleveland 00011010X 3 73
WP: Stan Coveleski (3–0)  LP: Burleigh Grimes (1–2)  

Composite boxEdit

1920 World Series (5–2): Cleveland Indians (A.L.) over Brooklyn Robins (N.L.)

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland Indians 622622100 21 5312
Brooklyn Robins 301110101 8 446

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 178,557   Average attendance: 25,508</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $4,168   Losing player’s share: $2,420[8]</td></tr>



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  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2128. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1920 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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