Pivotal World Series Plays
A's Rally to End Series
1929 World Series Game 5: Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Athletics
Down three games to one, the Cubs were on their way to extending the Series as they entered the bottom of the ninth. Pat Malone was cruising through the A's lineup with a two hitter, both singles, before a crowd of 29,921 including President Herbert Hoover and his wife. The Athletics "were virtually handcuffed by Malone's dazzling curves and uncan­ny control."
Meanwhile, Malone's mates had scored two in the fourth off Philly starter Howard Ehm­ke, whom Manager Connie Mack had started a second time after the 35-year-old righthander tamed the Cubs 3-1 in Game One at Wrigley Field.
Mack Brings in Walberg
Unwilling to concede the game, Mack called on 33-year-old southpaw George "Rube" Walberg to put out the fire. Walberg had gone 18-11 during the season with a 3.60 ERA. He struck out Malone to end the fourth and keep the score 2-0 Cubs. Rube pitched the rest of the game, allowing only two hits in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts. Still, the excellent relief pitching would be worth nothing if the A's could not break through against Malone.
Mack admitted after the game that he had resigned himself to losing. "Mentally, I was on the train to Chicago, wondering who I'd pitch Wednesday (for Game 6)."

L-R: Pat Malone, Rube Walberg, Wally French
Malone started the ninth by striking out Wally French, who was pinch-hitting for Wal­berg.
When Malone jumped ahead of 2B Max Bishop with two quick strikes, many thought the game was as good as over. But Bishop worked the count to three-and-two before slashing a single just inside the third base bag.
That brought up CF Mule Haas, a left-handed batter from Montclair NJ who replaced the great Tris Speaker in center field in 1928. Haas had hit a three-run inside-the-park homer in the stupendous ten-run rally in the seventh inning of Game 4 two days earlier. Malone put everything behind his first pitch, a fast ball that Haas drove over the right field fence to tie the score.

L-R: Max Bishop, Mule Haas, Zach Taylor, Mickey Cochrane
George Kirksey of the United Press described what happened next in his article the next day. "Malone walked half-way to the plate, with his arms behind his back, chewing ner­vously on a stick of his boss' chewing gum. Zach Taylor, Cubs catcher, walked out to meet him.
"Malone said something sharply, nodding his head for emphasis. Captain Charley Grimm and Rogers Hornsby walked to the pitcher's box to steady Malone. ... The stands were in bedlam."
Malone got hard-hitting C Mickey Cochrane to groundout second-to-first.
That brought up LF Al Simmons, who led the A's in batting average (.365), home runs (4), and RBI (157) during the season.
Kirksey: Simmons "spit in his hands, rubbed them together and stepped into the bat­ter's box. The first pitch was a ball inside. The next one, Simmons rode to deep center field for a double."

L-R: Al Simmons, Joe McCarthy, Jimmie Foxx, Bing Miller
Miller Spoils McCarthy's Strategy
With a runner on second, Cubs manager Joe McCarthy ordered an intentional walk to the A's powerful 1B Jimmie Foxx (.354, 118 RBI, 33 HR).
RF Bing Miller stepped in. The first pitch was a ball. The next was a called strike as was the third pitch. Miller had yet to take his bat off his shoulder.
"He stepped back out of the batter's box, knocked the dirt out of his spikes with two taps of his bat."
The next pitch was the last of the World Series.
Miller drove it to deep center field to score Simmons with the winning run.
"The Athletics went delirious with joy, hugging and hitting each other as they swarmed in front of their dugout."