The Red Sox and Dodger franchises last played in the World Series 102 years ago, in 1916. We’ll obviously get a lot of history from that series. Here’s a bit of it …

… when it came time for the World Series against the Red Sox, Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson steered away from Pfeffer, partly to avoid using the right-hander against a lefty-heavy lineup, though the Brooklyn Daily Eagle also wrote that his “inexperience in the biggest of the big shows is held up against him.” Pfeffer began Game 1 in the bullpen behind Marquard. Once again, Pfeffer pitched in relief after the Robins fell behind, once again the Robins rallied, but this time they fell short in a 6-5 nailbiter. Pfeffer was then on the sidelines as Smith and Boston’s star pitcher, 21-year-old Babe Ruth (who led the AL in ERA and didn’t allow a home run in 323⅔ innings), each went to the 14th inning before the Sox won Game 2, 2-1.

When Game 3 arrived for Ebbets Field’s World Series debut, it had been 10 days since Pfeffer had started a game for Brooklyn, but Robinson turned to 33-year-old veteran Jack Coombs, who had thrown half as many innings as Pfeffer in 1916. Pfeffer came out of the bullpen for the save (as Eric Enders notes, the first and only in Brooklyn postseason history until 1947). Only after Marquard then took his second loss in Game 4 did Pfeffer receive his first World Series start in Game 5, when he suffered a series-ending, 4-1 defeat.

Ruth (14 innings) and Smith (13 1/3 innings) hold the top two spots on the list of longest outings in postseason history by a pitcher.