1903 World Series

The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball. It matched the American League champion Boston Americans against the National League champion Pittsburgh Pirates in a best-of-nine series, with Boston prevailing five games to three, winning the last four. Pittsburgh pitcher Sam Leever injured his shoulder while trap-shooting, so his teammate Deacon Phillippe pitched five complete games. Phillippe won three of his games, but it was not enough to overcome the club from the new American League. Boston pitchers Bill Dinneen and Cy Young led Boston to victory. In Game 1, Phillippe struck out ten Boston batters; the next day, Dinneen bettered that mark, striking out eleven Pittsburgh batters in Game 2. Honus Wagner, bothered by injuries, committed six errors; the shortstop was distraught by his performance. The following spring, Wagner refused to send his portrait to a "Hall of Fame" for batting champions. "I was too bum last year", he wrote. "I was a joke in that Boston-Pittsburgh Series.

What does it profit a man to hammer along and make a few hits when they are not needed only to fall down when it comes to a pinch? I would be ashamed to have my picture up now."Due to overflow crowds at the Exposition Park games in Allegheny City, if a batted ball rolled under a rope in the outfield that held spectators back, a "ground-rule triple" would be scored. 17 ground-rule triples were hit in the four games played at the stadium. In the series, Boston came back from a three games to one deficit, winning the final four games to capture the title; such a large comeback would not happen again until the Pirates came back to defeat the Washington Senators in the 1925 World Series, has happened only eleven times in baseball history. Much was made of the influence of Boston's "Royal Rooters", who traveled to Exposition Park and sang their theme song "Tessie" to distract the opposing players. Boston wound up winning three out of four games in Allegheny City. Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss added his share of the gate receipts to the players' share, so the losing team's players finished with a larger individual share than the winning team's.

The Series brought the new American League prestige and proved its best could beat the best of the National League, thus strengthening the demand for future World Series competitions. In 1901, Ban Johnson, president of the Western League, a minor league organization, formed the American League to take advantage of the National League's 1900 contraction from twelve teams to eight. Johnson and fellow owners raided the National League and signed away many star players, including Cy Young and Jimmy Collins. Johnson had a list of 46 National Leaguers; the constant raiding, nixed the idea of a championship between the two leagues. Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss, whose team ran away with the 1902 National League pennant, was open to a post-season contest and said he would allow the American League champion to stock its roster with all-stars. However, Johnson had spoken of putting a team in Pittsburgh and attempted to raid the Pirates' roster in August 1902, which soured Dreyfuss. At the end of the season, the Pirates played a group of American League All-Stars in a four-game exhibition series, winning two games to one, with one tie.

The leagues called a truce in the winter of 1902–03 and formed the National Commission to preside over organized baseball. The following season, the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates had secured their respective championship pennants by September; that August, Dreyfuss challenged the American League to an eleven-game championship series. Encouraged by Johnson and National League President Harry Pulliam, Americans owner Henry J. Killilea met with Dreyfuss in Pittsburgh in September and instead agreed to a best-of-nine championship, with the first three games played in Boston, the next four in Allegheny City, the remaining two in Boston. One significant point about this agreement was that it was an arrangement between the two clubs rather than a formal arrangement between the leagues. In short, it was a voluntary event, a fact which would result in no Series at all for 1904; the formal establishment of the Series as a compulsory event started in 1905. The Pirates won their third straight pennant in 1903 thanks to a powerful line-up that included legendary shortstop Honus Wagner, who hit.355 and drove in 101 runs, player-manager Fred Clarke, who hit.351, Ginger Beaumont, who hit.341 and led the league in hits and runs.

The Pirates' pitching was weaker than it had been in previous years but boasted 24-game winner Deacon Phillippe and 25-game winner Sam Leever. The Americans had a strong pitching staff, led by Cy Young, who went 28–9 in 1903 and became the all-time wins leader that year. Bill Dinneen and Long Tom Hughes, right-handers like Young, had won 20 games each; the Boston outfield, featuring Chick Stahl, Buck Freeman and Patsy Dougherty was considered excellent. Although the Pirates had dominated their league for the previous three years, they went into the series riddled with injuries and plagued by bizarre misfortunes. Otto Krueger, the team's only utility player, was beaned on September 19 and never played in the series. 16-game winner Ed Doheny left the team three days exhibiting signs of paranoia. Leever had been battling an injury to his pitching arm (which he made worse by entering a trapshooti


Hiro-Kala is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as an adversary of the Hulk. Created by writer Greg Pak and artist Ron Garney, he first appeared in Skaar: Son of Hulk #2, he is the twin brother of Skaar. Skaar: Son of Hulk changed name to Son of Hulk with issue #13 and the series saw a change of focus to Hiro-Kala under new writer Paul Jenkins; the series ran to issue #17. Following the conclusion of this series, he went on to feature in Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk by Scott Reed, with art by Miguel Munera; the character next features in the "Dark Son" storyline by writers Greg Pak and Scott Redd, which ran bi-weekly in Incredible Hulks #611-617, the renamed Incredible Hulk comic book, leading on from events in the "Fall of the Hulks" and "World War Hulks" storylines. During the explosion that devastated Sakaar, Caiera used her Old Power to protect her womb, saving Skaar and Hiro-Kala from the blast, but landing them in fire.

Skaar survives the lava effortlessly, having been born with Hulk's physiology, Hiro-Kala, only managed to survive by inadvertently using his Old Power to protect himself. Soon after his birth, he was enslaved, he was pushed and laughed at, until an old man told him about the story of the Hulk, revealed his goal: to get the Old Power. He snuck out of the Fillian borders, was stranded in a desert, where he was captured, he was calmed by a woman, kind enough to give him food, but Hiro refused it and continued his journey. He came across Hiro-Amin hopeless across an arc. Hiro-Kala freed him from the rock and Hiro-Amin admitted that he knew what the boy was looking for, asked him to reach into his pocket. Hiro-Kala found a petrified eye of a man who sought the Old Power, went crazy. Hiro-Amin explains that to get the Old Power, a person must kill someone, in possession of it. Axeman Bone gave Kala his axe and Hiro-Kala killed Hiro-Amin. A blue beam circled over the sky. Axeman granted Hiro-Kala his freedom and became his honor guard.

A few days Hiro-Kala and the Axeman's army went to Okini to hunt Skaar. After some time, the Silver Surfer showed up to warn the people of Galactus's coming. Yenrag and Old Sam joined forces to free the slaves. Hiro-Kala led Old Sam and Yenrag and the rest of the slaves to the battle grounds of the Fillian borders. Hiro-Kala helped Surfer rescue the shadow slaves. After the fight, Hiro-Kala noticed Caiera's return. Hiro-Kala and the rest were watching Skaar fight until they saw nothing; the Surfer had sent Skaar to see the might of Galactus up close. Skaar's pride caused him to waste time and to ignore the urging of his mother to evacuate the people of Sakaar, he chose instead to face Galactus, thinking he could fend him off - against the better judgment of both Caiera and the Silver Surfer. Galactus destroyed Sakaar, absorbing its Old Power, sating his hunger for an estimated 10,000 years. Seeing the futility of reasoning with her son, Caiera cast her son through the wormhole and toward Earth. In a final spiteful attack, Skaar blasted Galactus with a surge of Old Power, waking him and causing Galactus's hunger for Old Power to surge beyond his control.

Now Hiro-Kala led. Hiro-Kala and the remainder of the Sakaarian people escaped in the last stone ship, though no one knew how it was to be piloted with no Old Power left. Galactus had devoured the Old Power of Sakaar. Hiro left the ship, to the amazement of those aboard the ship. Piloting the drone directly in front of Galactus, Hiro swore vengeance for the destruction of Sakaar, he claimed to be the son of Hulk the Green Scar, Caiera the Shadow Queen. While returning to the stone ship, Caiera revealed herself in a trail of Old Power sorry for neglecting to care for Hiro in his time of need, instead reserving her counsel for Skaar. After returning to the stone ship, Hiro-Kala killed one of Axeman Bone's soldiers for questioning his newest claim—he is the Sakaarson, the life bringer, the World Breaker. Hiro, commanding the stone ship, followed Galactus's energies and landed on the planet Giausar, the first and proudest of the ancient Shadow's worlds. Though he was warned of the potential for death at the hands of the secretive and exclusive Giausarian people, he was unafraid—telling them he would come to be known as their new god.

Hiro soon subjugated the land of Fractas on Giausar and convinced most of the people there he was a deity. His use of the Old Power on the planet had caused massive destruction and made the planet itself unstable. While the world crumbled upon itself, the other lands of Giausar attacked Hiro-Kala, soon faced his wrath, costing them their lives. With his unprecedented control of the Old Power Hiro turns their own cannons against them. Galactus' arrival showed Hiro-Kala's true intentions. While Galactus devoured the planet's supply of the Old Power, Hiro unleashed a combination of the Old Power and the Power Cosmic, causing Galactus to be poisoned; this combination caused Galactus to feel the anguish of every soul he has just consumed. His addiction to the Old Power will now only lead him to death. Once again he flew to Galactus and cautioned him to be wary that Hiro-Kala may have visited the next planet Galactus planned to consume, poisoning that world as well. Galactus vomited out a blast of souls that struck Hiro retreated into the distance.

Caiera appeared

Kory Minor

Kory DeShaun Minor is a former American football linebacker. He played 30 games in four seasons for the Carolina Panthers. Minor was an outside linebacker at Notre Dame from 1995–1998, while recording 245 tackles and five interceptions, he was a seventh-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, selected 234th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. A native of Inglewood, Minor attended Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, where he was a teammate of Daylon McCutcheon, he had 20 ½ sacks as a senior while earning consensus All-America notice and being named Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today. Minor is a former owner of multiple Domino's Pizza franchises in California. In the summer of 2009, he began appearing in Domino's American Legends pizza commercials, he promotes the Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza in a face off against the Memphis BBQ Chicken pizza, whose promoter suggests that Minor "put some South in his mouth."After selling his franchises, Minor founded Kory Minor Industries, a training and development company for individuals and organizations specializing in helping clients to "Get Off the Sideline and Get Into the Game by fostering the concept of WINNING."Minor coaches high school football for the St. Margaret's Tartans in San Juan Capistrano, California.

He has been the head coach at SMES since 2018