Although this quiet, lefthanded slugger did not clear the fences in the 1917 WS,
his .500 average set the record for a six-game Series, a mark unmatched for 36 years.
His 12 HR in both 1916 and '17 were enough to tie him for the NL lead.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 10, 1917: The White Sox are stifled by Rube Benton, who becomes the first lefty to pitch a World Series shutout. Dave Robertson, the NL's leading home run hitter with 12, triples and scores the first of two 4th-inning runs for a 2–0 New York win. Robertson will lead all batters in the Series with a .500 average.
»October 15, 1917: After Red Faber and Rube Benton match three scoreless innings in Game Six, Eddie Collins leads off the 4th and hits a grounder to Heinie Zimmerman at 3B. Collins takes 2nd when the throw gets past 1B Walter Holke. Joe Jackson's fly to RF is dropped by Dave Robertson, and Collins goes to 3B. When Happy Felsch hits one back to the pitcher, Collins breaks for home. Benton throws to 3B to catch Collins, and C Bill Rariden comes up the line. But with Zimmerman in pursuit Collins keeps running and slides home safely. Zimmerman will be blamed for chasing the runner, but nobody was covering home plate. The Giants come back with two runs on Buck Herzog's triple in the 4th, but Faber wins his 3rd of the Series 4–2. The winners earn $3,669.32 each; the losers $2,442.21. One-fourth of each team's share, about $4,000, is divided equally among the clubs in each league.
»August 30, 1921:
At Brooklyn, the Pirates win, 8–2 behind Whitey Glazner's pitching. Whitey gets help from Dave Robertson, who hits for the cycle.