The 1906 World Series
No club that wins a pennant once is an outstanding club. One which bunches two pennants is a good club. But a team which can win three in a row really achieves greatness. — John McGraw
New York Giants manager John McGraw never forgave the Cubs for what happened in 1906. His 1905 World Champion Giants were one of the strongest teams in baseball history. The '05 club was among McGraw's favorites because it was the first National League team to defeat the despised upstart American League in a World Series. The Giants had refused to play Boston in the 1904 World Series out of contempt, scorn, and outright hatred of the American League and its president, Ban Johnson.
McGraw's animus toward Johnson was due to their relationship when the Giants manager had been skipper of the American League Baltimore Orioles. The two clashed frequently over McGraw's abuse of umpires and other on-field behavior. While McGraw believed that Johnson arranged to throw him out of the league in 1902, in reality McGraw left for the National League before Johnson could have him removed. In truth, McGraw was happy to leave to manage the Giants. Johnson was equally glad to be rid of a major problem. Both men were