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Spiders Win Temple Cup

BALTIMORE, Tuesday Oct. 8, 1895 -- Cy Young's pitching and hitting gave the rambunctious Cleveland Spiders the Temple Cup today and provided the city of Cleveland's first baseball championship.

Young opened the seventh inning of a scoreless deadlockwith a booming double that started the Spiders toward a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore orioles in the fifth game of this acrimonious Temple Cup series.

His third victory in the best-of-seven affair didn't come nearly as easy as the score indicates. The pennant-wining Orioles left the bases loaded in the ninth inning, heading home as bitterly disappointed as their fans.The Spiders, runners-up in the regular season race, needed police protection to leave the park.

Today's cold weather kept the crowd between 5,000 and 9,000 and slightly chilled this city's anti-Spider hysteria. Still, John McGraw's tooth-rattling tag at third base split Patsy Tebeau's lip and had the fans yelling for more blood. Passions raged again in the eighth when Tebeau and losing pitcher Bill Hoffer scuffled.

Tebeau also provided a second-inning thrill when he tried to score from third base on a grounder. McGraw threw him out at the plate.

There was a moment of embarrassment for the Spiders, too, when Jesse Burkett fell for Scoop Carey's hidden-ball trick in the third inning.

Young began the fateful seventh by hitting the ball nearly to the centerfield scoreboard. Then Burkett singeled to right and took second on the throw that held Young to third. After Ed McKean grounded to shortstop Hugh Jennings. leftfielder Joe Kelley dropped Cupid Childs' easy fly, Young scoring the game's first run. Burkett held second on the play, then scored when Jimmy McAleer singled to center. Tebeau's single to right scored Childs.

In the Oriole eighth, Boileryard Bill Clarke singled to right and stole. Hoffer grounded to shortstop McKean, whose throw beat Hoffer to first. But umpire Tim Hurst didn't see Tebeau pull his foot from the base. Crossing the bag, Hoffer stumbled over Tebeau's foot. Thinking Tebeau had meant to trip or spike him, Hoffer turned on Tebeau, grasping him and throwing him to the ground.

Only Tebeau's coolness prevented a free-for-all. The Orioles protested the call loudly but unsuccessfully. Clarke scored on McGraw's grounder, but rightfielder Harry Blake's nifty catch prevented further damage.

The Spiders scored twice in the eighth on Chippy McGarr's single, an error, Burkett's single and Childs' scratch.

In the bottom of the ninth, Young got Clarke to pop up and Hoffer to foul out. But after walking McGraw and Willie Keeler, he hit Jennings.

Amid frantic cheering, Kelley came to bat representing the tying run. He beat out a hot shot to McKean, scoring McGraw and leaving Steve Brodie to face the imploring din. It was somehow in keeping that Young fielded Brodie's grounder and threw to first base to end thing.

The season'r abrupt ending angered rooters. Hundreds swarmed the clubhouse, hoping to get at the Spiders. A plalanx of police escorted the new champions safely to their omnibus and from the area.

Rather than provide a friendly rivalry, this series was so combative that most magnates now favor abolishing the Cup.

Baltimoreans greeted the Spiders riotously Monday, throwing eggs, fruit and a few rocks.After the Orioles beat Nig Cuppy 5-0 that afternoon, rowdies stoned the Spiders. A stone hit Childs' head, and three fans were arrested and fined.

NOTES:Tebeau, the Spiders' combative little manager, was notorious for his nudges. Tripping Hoffer, then averting an unprofitable melee was vintage Tebeau. Although he was statistically ordinary, many people felt that he was the best of the Spiders because he'd do anything to win. When confrontations got too hot physically for Tebeau and his gang, they'd fall back behind barrel-shaped McKean, an off season wrestler.