BY JOHN JOHNSON / Grand National Tribune
DETROIT (Saturday, Oct. 21, 1911) — Christy Mathewson pitched 10 innings of 12-hit baseball to get the win and ensured there would be no 11th inning with his bat today in game one of the 1911 World Series at Bennett Park.
Donie Bush laced a two-out, two-run double into the right field corner to tie the game in the ninth inning, but the Tigers could not scratch out another run in the 10th inning and lost 4-3.
Art Fletcher and John Meyers had three hits apiece for the Giants, who recorded at least one hit in every inning. Murray scored three times and Meyers drove in two runs.
Jim Delahanty went 3 for 5 for Detroit and Bush added a pair of hits.
George Mullin started for the Tigers, allowing 11 hits and 3 runs over 9 innings before being lifted for a pinch-runner.
The Giants opened the scoring in the second, getting a double from Red Murray to lead into a Meyers single, before Detroit answered with a Cobb double and a Delahanty base hit in the fourth.
New York worked more one-out magic in the eighth inning when Murray singled and Meyers ripped a triple into left-center field. Devlin squeezed him home for an insurance run two pitches later.
Even down, the Tigers were not out. George Moriarty led off the ninth with a base hit and pinch-hitter Delos Drake moved him to second after legging out a one-out single. Bush doubled two batters later.
With reliever Ed Lafitte on the mound in the 10th, the Giants pushed out an unearned run. Red Murray reached base on a throwing error, prompting manager Hughie Jennings to call for the intentional walk to set up a force play. Art Devlin bunted both runners into scoring position for the inning’s first out.
Mathewson singled through the right side of a drawn-in infield to plate the go-ahead run, then erased the Tigers in order in the 10th. He finished with 4 strikeouts and 3 runs allowed.
Game two of the World Series will be played here at 2 o’clock local time (3 o’clock east coast time) on Sunday afternoon. Louis Drucke will pitch for the Giants against Bill Donovan of the Tigers.