Episode Four, Wherein a Stadium Rises, a Dynasty Falls and History is Made

Game Two of the ’09 city series at South Side Park; Attendance: 20,657

The Cubs bounce back from their disappointing 1906 World Series loss to establish perhaps the greatest team in National League history. Cubs historian Ed Hartig joins the show to talk about the end of that great dynasty as the White Sox recapture the city’s interests with a brand new stadium and one of the great postseason performances of all-time.

Extra Notes

  • The Cubs-Giants tiebreaker game in 1908 was a classic pitchers’ duel between Christy Mathewson and Mordecai Brown, who pitched 8.1 innings out of the bullpen. The Cubs won 4-2 in front of 40,000 rabid spectators on a Thursday afternoon at the Polo Grounds.
  • The song, “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?” which is featured in this episode, is believed to have been inspired by William Veeck, who wrote about baseball under the pen name Bill Bailey for the Chicago American. Veeck later became the president of the Cubs.
  • The career city series stat lines for Ed Walsh and Mordecai Brown:
    • Walsh: 7-3, 1.24 ERA; 14 G, 11 GS, 8 CG, 101.2 IP, 60 H, 26 R, 14 ER, 30 BB, 70 K
    • Brown: 4-4, 3.08 ERA; 9 G, 7 GS, 5 CG, 64.1 IP, 53 H, 25 R, 22 ER, 10 BB, 37 K
  • Running totals through 1912 (including ’06 World Series):
    • Series – White Sox 3-2-1
    • Games – White Sox 21-20-2

Featured Songs

“High Society” by Abe Lyman
“There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” by Louis Armstrong
“Shine On Harvest Moon” by Jerry Gray and his Orchestra
“Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey?” by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
“When Irish Eyes are Smiling” by Bing Crosby
“Memphis Blues” by W.C. Handy
“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” by Irving Berlin

Mordecai Brown
Ed Walsh (Harris & Ewing Photo Collection)