October 13, 2012
Game 2 of the 1929 World Series will take place today at 2 p.m. No surprises at pitcher today. On the mound for the A’s will be 29-year old righty George Earnshaw (left). Earnshaw had a splendid season, going 24-8 with a 3.29 ERA. “Moose”, as he’s called, intimidates opponents with his size, as he stands an imposing 6’4″, 210 pounds. A former 3-sport star at Swarthmore college, he later signed on with the Baltimore Orioles, the independent minor league team that paid it’s players as well as many major league teams. Therefore, Earnshaw never made it to the bigs until he was 28 years old. He struggled with control in his rookie season, but the patience of Mickey Cochrane behind the plate led him to settle down, and this year he was a real big six, leading the majors in wins. He’s got that combination of dominance and wildness that makes batters’ knees shiver: he led the league in walks and was second to Grove in strikeouts. He has an animated windup and an excellent curveball, though he leans very heavily on the fastball.
Opposing him will be Cubs pitcher Pat Malone, who led the National League in wins with 22 and in strikeouts with 166. He’s also not a half-bad hitter, as he hit .248 with 4 homers on the season. Pat’s known to be Hack Wilson’s drinking buddy, and the two of them drinking in Chicago is probably what keeps Al Capone rich. Let’s hope for the Cubs’ sake he stayed off the bottle last night. Action starts at 2 p.m.