A Game for the Ages
Even at the time, all present knew they had witnessed something special. It became one of the most talked about games of a generation. As noted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the two teams kept at it with the excitement at fever beat until three hours and a half had been consumed, suppers forgotten, engagements neglected, trains and boats missed, for very few would allow anything to interfere with their presence at the finish of such a game.” The paper also called the matchup “the greatest performance in the history of the league.” Cy Young would later state that it was the greatest game in which he ever participated and “the greatest performance either of us has ever shown.” In terms of his thoughts on Waddell, Young reminisced in 1943 that “there’s no doubt about it, Rube Waddell was the best left-hander of all time.” A’s manager Connie Mack stated the same sentiment on a number of occasions. As for Rube, he immediately took the game ball home with him to Philly, which he promptly displayed in his favorite saloon, in trade for free drinks. Amazingly many bars were soon “displaying” this trophy ball simultaneously.
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