GIANTS WIN WORLD’S SERIES!
NEW YORK, N.Y. – (Oct. 30,1889) The New York Giants captured their second straight World’s Series championship yesterday with a 3 to 2 win over the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. After trailing in the Series three games to one, New York won five straight games.
The plucky Brooklyn boys didn’t go out without a fight. The Bridegrooms jumped off to a first-inning lead against Hank O’Day when Darby O’Brien walked, Hub Collins bunted his way on and Oyster Burns knocked in both men with a long double to the center field fence.
Adonis Terry, who had been badly battered by New York in the previous game, was in the box again for Brooklyn. The Giants quickly made the score 2 to 1 as Mike Tiernan doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by John Montgomery Ward. Brooklyn squandered several scoring chances against O’Day, and in the sixth inning New York finally tied the score 2 to 2 when Ward reached first on an error, stole second and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Richardson.
In the Giants’ seventh, Terry walked O’Day, Slattery hit into a force out and then stole second base. Terry buckled down and struck out the great Buck Ewing, which should have ended the inning. But Brooklyn catcher Doc Bushong muffed the pitch for a passed ball, allowing Slattery to score the go-ahead run. Terry got New York out without further damage, but now Brooklyn trailed 3 to 2.
The Bridegrooms were still down by a run when they came to bat in the bottom of the ninth in a do-or-die situation. Germany Smith bunted and reached first when pitcher O’Day bobbled the ball. Bushong, already the goat of the game because of his passed ball, then bunted into a double play. Darby O’Brien walked to keep Brooklyn’s hopes alive. But when O’Brien tried to steal second base, catcher Ewing gunned him down for the final out, giving New York the world’s championship for the second straight year.
Brooklyn put up a stronger battle than most experts had expected against the mighty Giants, but in the end the team from across the bridge was just too strong. Buck Ewing and John Montgomery Ward made all the difference.