On October 1, 1903, the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates began the first game of Major League Baseball’s first World Series. The Boston Americans, who later changed their name to the Boston Red Sox, won the best-of-nine series.Six future Hall of Famers played in the first World Series, the most famous being Americans pitcher Cy Young and Pirates slugger Honus Wagner. Today, the Cy Young Award honors the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. Wagner, often considered the greatest shortstop in baseball history, was actually injured and did not play to his potential during the World Series. He refused any accolades regarding the series: “What does it profit a man to hammer along and make a few hits when they are not needed only to fall down when it comes to a pinch?”
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry accolade Noun
award or honor.
contest between organisms for resources, recognition, or group or social status.
irrational, obsessive, or out-of-proportion devotion to something.
to hurt or cause harm.
Major League Baseball Noun
organization that regulates the sport of baseball in the United States and Canada.
money earned after production costs and taxes are subtracted.
baseball position covering the infield between second and third base.
person who is a strong hitter.
to mock or provoke by teasing.
movement from one place to another.