1924 - Game 7: New York Giants @ Washington Senators
Pandemonium broke out.
Ruel scores the winning run as the Senators and their fans go wild!
One of the reporters covering the Series was Christy Mathewson, long-time Giants ace who, like McGraw and Ruth, wrote a syndicated newspaper column. While serving in World War I, Matty had ingested poison gas during a Chemical Service training exercise. He returned to coach for McGraw from 1919-21. But with a weakened immune system, he contracted tuberculosis. By 1924, his health had precipitously declined. Wearing glasses, he spent his time in the press box hunched over, his body shriveled. He would visit the Giants at spring training in St. Petersburg, but even in the Florida sun he caught cold. He returned to the sanitarium in Saranac Lake NY where he died on October 7 during the 1925 World Series. 1924's seventh game was the last game he attended.
Lindstrom: McGraw didn't have much to say about it. He had seen enough baseball in his life to know when something had been taken out of his hands. You know the old saying, "That's the way the ball bounces." Well, it was never more appropriate than in the seventh game of the 1924 World Series.
As a matter of fact, I didn't talk to McGraw until later that evening, on the train going back to New York. He was in his drawing room ... He called me in and gave me a couple of shots of bourbon, to get me to quiet my nerves and forget about what had happened. I drank that whiskey on an empty stomach, had no resistance whatsoever to it, and it knocked me out. And I stayed knocked out, all the way home. When we got to New York, big George Kelly picked me up and threw me over his shoulder and carried me through Pennsylvania Station. I guess a lot of people who saw us must have wondered what happened. But it was just a kid coming home from his first World Series.
Next in this series: 1925 Senators-Pirates
References: The World Series, David S. Neft & Richard M. Cohen (1990)
The Seventh Game, Barry Levenson (2004)
The Washington Senators, Shirley Povich (1954)
The October Heroes: Great World Series Games Remembered by the Men Who Played Them, Donald Honig (1979)
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