On This Day: Pittsburgh beats Boston in first World Series game

In Boston on October 1, 1903, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Americans, 7-3, in the first professional baseball World Series game. Pirates right fielder Jimmy Sebring hits the first World Series home run—an inside-the-park shot to deep center field off Americans ace Cy Young—in the seventh inning to extend the Pirates’ lead to 7-0. Sebring is the game’s star, driving in four runs. 

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Pittsburgh’s Game 1 win came as a bit of a surprise to some because of the opponent, Young, whom the Pittsburgh Press described as the pitcher “admitted by all to be the best twirler in the American League.” Even though Young reportedly had “tremendous speed” and a fast delivery that day, the Pirates had 12 hits against him. Third basemen Tommy Leach led the Pirates with four hits.

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