- #1. First Time Two Teams Played From The Same City
- #2 The Chicago Cubs Had The Highest Winning Percentage
- #3 Mordecai Brown Disappointed In The Series
- #4 Game Five Was The Turning Point
- #5. Doc White Saved The Series
- #6. The Chicago Cubs Would Lose But Win The Next Two Series
- #7 Patsy Dougherty Becomes The First Two Time World Series Winner
#1. First Time Two Teams Played From The Same City
The 1906 World Series was the first appearance in the World Series for both teams and the first of three in a row for the Cubs.
The White Sox next appeared in the World Series in 1917.
The next season that both Chicago teams qualified for the postseason was 2008.
This was the first modern World Series contested between two teams based in the same city.
Between 1921 and 1956, 13 World Series were held that had both teams based in New York City, which came to be called the Subway Series.
#2 The Chicago Cubs Had The Highest Winning Percentage
In a 154-game season, the Chicago Cubs posted the best record in baseball. It would be tied later by the 2001 Seattle Mariners. However, they had more games to complete that in. Therefore, the 1906 Chicago Cubs had the best winning percentage in MLB history.
The team included four future Hall of Famers: manager and first baseman Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker, and pitcher Mordecai Brown.
Brown finished second in the NL in wins to Joe McGinnity, but his 1.04 ERA set a major league record.
Although the record was broken by Dutch Leonard in 1914, Brown's mark still stands as the National League record and most likely will never be broken.
The pitching staff led the majors with a team-earned run average of 1.76. Six members of the pitching staff had double-digit victories – Mordecai Brown (26), Jack Pfiester (20), Ed Reulbach (19), Carl Lundgren (17), Orval Overall (12), and Jack Taylor (12).
In addition, Mordecai Brown set a major league record with the lowest earned run average attained with at least 250 innings pitched (1.04). The offensive star was third baseman Harry Steinfeldt, who led the NL in both hits and RBI.
#3 Mordecai Brown Disappointed In The Series
Mordecai Brown, known as Three-finger-brown, is regarded as one of the best pitchers during the dead-ball era. However, during the 1906 World Series, he disappointed by losing 2 games.
Mordecai won Game 4 with an electric performance. This performance was similar to his Game 1 performance when he was out-dueled by Nick Altrock.
However, in Game 6, the future Hall of Famer pitched on one day's rest and proceeded to get rocked for 7 runs before he end of the 2nd inning resulting in him getting removed from the game.
#4 Game Five Was The Turning Point
Game 5 was a wild affair with a total of 18 hits, 10 walks, six errors, two hit batsmen, three wild pitches, and a steal of home.
The Cubs allowed a first-inning run to the Sox, then scored three unearned runs on two Sox errors to take an early lead.
The Sox tied the game in the third on George Davis' theft of home on the front end of a double steal and then took the lead for good with a four-run rally in the fourth and held on for the victory to take a 3–2 lead in the series.
A 12-hit attack led by Frank Isbell's four doubles was enough to overcome seven unearned runs by the Cubs caused by six errors committed by the normally solid Sox defense.
"Big" Ed Walsh earned his second win of the series, although he needed three innings of relief help from Doc White.
#5. Doc White Saved The Series
Literally, Doc White had the first save in World Series history and then proceeded to pitch the winning game the following day.
He was the first to complete this accomplishment and afterward became a popular figure in baseball.
After losing Game 2, Doc would regroup and post great stats for the series. to help redeem himself.
#6. The Chicago Cubs Would Lose But Win The Next Two Series
Although the Cubs scored a run and loaded the bases in the ninth, White got Frank Schulte to ground out for the final out of the series, and the White Sox won the World Series.
The powerful Cubs went on to win the next two World Series from the Detroit Tigers, despite falling far short of 116 wins in either season, for the last Cubs win in a World Series for over a hundred years.
This game remains the only time the Chicago White Sox have clinched a postseason series in their home ballpark.
It was the only time a Chicago-based team had ever clinched a series at home until the Cubs won the 2015 National League Division Series on their home field.
#7 Patsy Dougherty Becomes The First Two Time World Series Winner
White Sox outfielder Patsy Dougherty became the first player both to play in and to win two World Series. He had previously played for the Boston Americans in the 1903 World Series.
During the 1903 World Series, he was a major player who was the first to hit two home runs in a game and the first to hit an out-of-the-park homerun in the World Series.
In the 1906 World Series, he would only have 2 hits out of 20, which was much less impressive than his first appearance.