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1913 Championship Series: New York Lincoln Giants def. Chicago American Giants, 8-5-1

In the summer of 1913, the consensus best baseball team in the East, the New York Lincoln Giants (NYL), and the consensus best baseball team in the West, the Chicago American Giants (CAG), faced off a total of 14 times over two months for the right to call themselves the best team in baseball.

The series got off to a rough start. The first scheduled game was called off because of a dispute over which team was going to use pitcher Frank Wickware who had apparently agreed to play for both teams. Another game was canceled five days later over a dispute over whether the Lincoln Giants could add outfielder Charles Earle from the Brooklyn Royal Giants to substitute for one of their outfielders, Judy Gans, who was ill.

After four games in New York, the series finished with ten games in Chicago spread out across three weeks. When all was said and done, the Lincoln Giants won 8 of the 14 games played (with one tie).



Newspaper box scores of this era frequently omitted batter at bats. Pitcher details were also sometimes omitted. Some of these details have been deduced in the box scores shown here.

July 18, 1913 at Olympic Field, New York, New York
CAG  000 003 000   3 11  2
NYL  014 000 03x   8 15  2
WP: Williams, LP: Dougherty
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July 19, 1913 at Olympic Field, New York, New York
CAG  004 400 300  11 13  2
NYL  700 000 031  11 16  2
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July 20, 1913 at Olympic Field, New York, New York, game 1
CAG  100 001 020   4 12  0
NYL  000 040 001   5 10  1
WP: Williams, LP: Lindsay
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July 20, 1913 at Olympic Field, New York, New York, game 2
CAG  000 010 203   6 15  5
NYL  002 021 000   5 11  1
WP: Gatewood, LP: Wade
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July 27, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois
NYL  003 003 110   8 10  0
CAG  000 000 000   0  6  5
WP: Williams, LP: Lindsay
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July 28, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois NYL 101 000 100 3 8 2 CAG 000 001 000 1 7 3 WP: Wade, LP: Gatewood Retrosheet box score and play-by-play July 29, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois NYL 100 000 014 6 12 4 CAG 221 001 001 7 11 3 WP: Lindsay, LP: Wade Retrosheet box score and play-by-play July 30, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois NYL 400 000 100 5 9 3 CAG 310 121 01x 9 15 3 WP: Gatewood, LP: Williams Retrosheet box score and play-by-play July 31, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois NYL 100 000 000 1 5 1 CAG 000 200 00x 2 5 2 WP: Lindsay, LP: Wade Retrosheet box score and play-by-play August 2, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois NYL 104 000 220 9 14 5 CAG 000 002 001 3 8 4 WP: Williams, LP: Gatewood Retrosheet box score The New York Lincoln Giants beat the New York Cubans, 6-5, in a game immediately preceding this one. Retrosheet box score and play-by-play of Lincoln Giants - Cubans game August 9, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois NYL 013 501 100 11 14 4 CAG 303 000 000 6 10 2 WP: Williams, LP: Gatewood Retrosheet box score The New York Lincoln Giants beat the New York Cubans, 14-2, in a game immediately following this one. August 12, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois, game 1 NYL 101 001 000 3 10 2 CAG 100 000 010 2 8 2 WP: Wade, LP: Crawford Retrosheet box score and play-by-play August 12, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois, game 2 NYL 000 000 000 0 4 2 CAG 001 000 02x 3 8 0 WP: Taylor, LP: Williams Retrosheet box score August 13, 1913 at Schorling Park, Chicago, Illinois NYL 000 010 030 4 11 0 CAG 000 000 001 1 9 0 WP: Gans, LP: Gatewood Retrosheet box score and play-by-play

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