BY JOHN JOHNSON / Grand National Tribune
ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST, Pa. (Thursday, Oct. 7, 1915) —
Current Regular Season Standings
National League East: Philadelphia (90-62) over Boston (83-69)
National League West: Chicago (73-80) leads Pittsburgh (73-81) and St. Louis (72-81)
American League East: Boston (101-50) over Washington (85-68)
American League West: Detroit (100-54) over Chicago (93-61)
National League West Still Unsettled
Any of three teams could still win the National League West in the final game of the season. On Friday, the Cubs will host Philadelphia and the Cardinals will travel to Boston. A Chicago win would give them the league championship, while a loss ensures that Pittsburgh remains alive. If the Cubs lose, St. Louis could make it a three-way tie with a victory.
Chicago won more games than it lost among both remaining challengers, giving the Cubs home-field advantage in any potential playoff. St. Louis holds a similar edge over Pittsburgh in the event of a three-way tie.
A two-way tie between the Pirates and Cubs would be broken by a best-of-3 playoff, beginning Saturday in Pittsburgh before moving to Chicago for Sunday and perhaps Monday.
A three-way tie would be broken by a series of playoff games among the three teams involved. Each team will be eliminated upon its second loss, so as many as five games could be required.
The Cubs would host Pittsburgh on Saturday and St. Louis on Sunday, followed by the Cardinals and Pirates in St. Louis on Monday. If all three teams win once, the Tuesday game will again be St. Louis and Pittsburgh, with the victor returning to Chicago on Wednesday for the finale; if one team is eliminated by the end of Monday, play would continue among the other two teams until the second team loses twice.
Because the western team hosts each league’s championship series opener this year, there would be no day off between the western playoff and the National League championship, unless the schedule requires travel from Pittsburgh to St. Louis.
Postseason Schedule Unveiled
Because the season ended on Thursday, the usual method of allowing an off day before the playoffs would result in an unusual schedule in which the first three games were on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. In view of that, the commissioner has determined that the American League pennant series will not begin until Monday in Detroit. After two games there, the teams will move to Boston for three more beginning Thursday.
If the Cubs win the division on Friday or if the playoff is decided Sunday, the National League series would follow the same schedule, beginning in Chicago or Pittsburgh and moving to Philadelphia.
The American League champion will host the first, second, sixth and seventh games of the World Series, which will begin no earlier than Monday, Oct. 18. Whether or not travel days will be built into the schedule will be determined once the teams are known.
All playoff games will begin at 2 o’clock prevailing local time. With Detroit shifting to east coast time in May, Chicago and St. Louis are the only places in the major leagues observing central time.
If the Red Sox and Phillies meet in the World Series, Boston would be declared champion and we would move to 1916.
Red Sox To Turn Tables, Rent Field From Braves
With the Braves out of the running and their stadium available, the Red Sox have announced plans to play their postseason games in spacious Braves Field. The steel monolith opened in August to crowds of 46,000 – more than 10,000 above what Fenway Park can handle.
Umpires Set For Additional Affairs
The two league offices have announced the umpires who will handle postseason assignments.
The National League assigned Bill Klem and Cy Rigler to the World Series while Hank O’Day and Ernie Quigley work the pennant playoff.
The American League placed Frank O’Loughlin and Billy Evans on the Fall Classic, leaving Tom Connolly and Bill Dinneen on the league championship.
The National League’s games on Friday will include Klem and George Cockill in Philadelphia; Rigler and O’Day will work in Boston. Klem and Rigler will call the game Saturday if one is necessary.
Upcoming Schedule (all times east coast time)
Friday, Oct. 8, 1915 — Jan. 3, 2020
Cardinals at Braves, 2 o’clock: John Johnson
Phillies at Cubs, 3 o’clock: Pete Peters
Saturday, Oct. 9, 1915 – Jan. 4, 2020 (any game: Pete Peters)
If Cubs win: no game
If Phillies and Braves win: Cubs at Pittsburgh, game one, 2 o’clock
If Phillies and Cardinals win: Pittsburgh at Cubs, 3 o’clock
Sunday, Oct. 10, 1915 — Jan. 5, 2020 (any game: Pete Peters)
If Cubs win: no game
If Phillies and Braves win: Pittsburgh at Cubs, game two, 3 o’clock
If Phillies and Cardinals win: Cardinals at Cubs, 3 o’clock
Monday, Oct. 11, 1915 — Jan. 6, 2020
Red Sox at Detroit, game one, 2 o’clock
Pittsburgh at Cardinals (playoff), 3 o’clock
OR Phillies at NL West champion, game one, T.B.D.