The Chips repeated as regular season champs and faced
an unlikely opponent: the Reps. Coming off a last place finish
and with a Pythagorean projection of 7-11, the Reps led the league
in batting average (.361) and somehow managed to overcome a pitching
staff that, with the exception of Johnson, was pathetic. Seven of
the Reps' nine pitchers had ERAs of 4.16 or higher. By any account,
the Stickpins outplayed the Reps, but clutch hitting, and clutch
pitching from Johnson down the stretch, vaulted the Reps into 2nd
place. The Reps clinched a playoff berth when Johnson beat the Maids,
1-0, in those teams' regular season finale. The final game of the
season determined the Reps' opponent. The 9-8 Stickpins took on the
10-7 Chips, but the Stickpins held the tiebreaker. A Stickpins
victory would have given them a playoff berth, and the Reps the
regular season title. And the Stickpins led, 3-1 after 6 innings.
But the Chips scored 3 late runs to win the game 4-3, take the
regular season title, and eliminate the Stickpins.
In the World Series, the Reps matched the greatest comeback in
history in Game 1, and that set the tone. The great "pitchers'
duel" between the Chips' Juan Marichal and the Reps' Johnson was
anything but, as Johnson was lit up for 6 early runs. The Reps
then lit up Marichal, and the Chips bullpen, for 10 unanswered
runs, and hung on to win, 10-7. The teams split the next four
games, making it 3-2 Reps.
In Game 6, Rube Waddell, a late insertion into the rotation,
stepped up to the challenge. Down the stretch, Waddell was the
only Reps pitcher (other than Johnson) that could consistently get
hitters out. The enormous and loveable lefthander with one of the
best curveballs in the league went 3-0 in the Reps' bullpen in
Season 5, earning him the #3 starter spot in the rotation in the
Series. Waddell outdueled the Chips' Stan Coveleski as the Reps
won the game, and the Series, 4-2.