Ultimate Game Archives - 3

This series presents the final game of each post-season series that went all the way.
Until 1946, that means World Series Game 7s (none of the best-of-nine World Series went the full length).
1924 - Game 7: New York Giants @ Washington Senators
Pennant Races

Both leagues had three-time defending champions in the Yankees and Giants, both of whom were considered shoo-ins to repeat. But both had tough battles with surprising contenders.

The Giants went to the second-to-last day of the season before clinching the NL pennant over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

  • John McGraw's club led the league with an even .300 BA with six of the eight regulars surpassing that mark. OF Ross Youngs topped the team with a .356 mark while switch-hitting 2B Frankie Frisch finished at .328 and 1B George "High Pockets" Kelly hit. 324.
  • Mugsy's pitching staff was no slouch either, a third-best 3.62 ERA.
Managers Bucky Harris and John McGraw
Managers Bucky Harris and John McGraw at beginning of 1924 World Series
The Yankees had a fine season with 89 victories but finished second by two games to the Washington Senators.
Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert boasted at the start of the season, "Our boys will win their fourth straight pennant as sure as the sun rises and sets."
  • The upstarts rose from fourth in '23 to first behind new 27-year-old player-manager Bucky Harris, whom the press christened as "The Boy Wonder."
    Washington C Muddy Ruel described his team as "a tough, determined ball club, paced by the boy-manager, Harris, who would get hit by pitched balls to get to first and who would knock fielders out of his way to get to second."
  • Washington's first AL pennant provoked great joy across the nation in part because fans had grown weary of three straight all-New York World Series and also because the Senators' 36-year-old ace, Walter Johnson, would finally get a chance to pitch in the Fall Classic. The Living Legend had won over 350 games entering the season but showed no signs of decline as he led the league in both wins and ERA.
    As proof that the Senators were the nation's favorite underdogs, the fans in Fenway Park cheered for them to beat their seventh-place Red Sox in the final series to deny the damn Yankees yet another pennant. The Bosox rooters even gave Harris a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate.
    When the Nationals clinched the pennant in Boston, First Lady Grace Coolidge, a lifelong Red Sox fan who had been listening to the game on the radio, relayed the good news to her husband Calvin, who sent Bucky a typically brief telegram: HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS. Thousands of automobile horns blared throughout the Nation's Capital.
    Johnson was smothered by telegrams, letters, and handshakes congratulating him on finally making the World Series. As Ruel recalled, "The whole country seemed to be whooping for Walter but betting on the Giants."
  • Washington's pennant was no fluke as three Nationals hit .324+: 1B Joe Judge (.324), RF Sam Rice (.334), and LF Goose Goslin (.344).
  • The Senators deployed a lineup packed with contact hitters. The team hit only 22 home runs, lowest in the American League, with more than half, 12, coming off Goose's bat.
    Babe Ruth clouted 46 homers in '24, which was more than five AL teams.
  • Johnson, of course, led the pitchers with 23 wins while southpaw George Mogridge added 16 and another lefty, Tom Zachary, 15. Harris also utilized a reliever in a style that presaged what became the norm decades later. Fred "Firpo" Marberry recorded 15 saves long before that became even an unofficial statistic, starting only 14 games but relieving in 31.
  • "Middle America" was happy to see a team from outside the Big Apple in the Series after three straight Giants-Yankees Fall Classics.
  • The oddsmakers installed McGraw's stalwarts as favorites.
  • Almost one hundred writers descended on the Nation's Capital to relay the story of "America's Team" to baseball fans in all 48 states.
Senators' victory parade
Senators' victory parade October 1, 1924, after winning American League pennant.
Not even a disturbing incident that harkened back to the recent pain of the Black Sox scandal could dampen the nation's World Series fever.
  • The last Saturday of the season, the Giants nursed a 1.5-game lead as they hosted the 7th-place Phillies. A victory would clinch the crown regardless of what Brooklyn did in its game.
  • Before the game, Giants' reserve OF/1B Jimmy O'Connell approached Philly SS Heine Sand with a proposition. "It will be worth $500 to you if you don't bear down too hard against us today," he whispered. Sand told O'Connell to get away from him.
  • Heinie repeated the remark to his manager, Artie Fletcher, recently McGraw's most trusted coach. After the game, which the Giants won fair and square and during which Sand committed no errors and scored the Phils' only run, Fletcher arranged a meeting with National League President John Heydler the next day during which Sand repeated what O'Connell had told him.
  • Heydler immediately phoned Judge Landis in Chicago. The Commissioner arrived in New York on Monday morning and heard Sand's story, after which he summoned O'Connor.
  • The naive 23-year-old did not deny approaching Sand but claimed that coach Cozy Dolan put him up to it. Jimmy also mentioned that three of the Giants' stars, Frisch, Youngs, and Kelly, knew about the proposal. When Landis asked O'Connell if he realized that what he had just admitted would cause his expulsion from baseball, the young man answered yes.
  • The judge interrogated individually the other four O'Connell had mentioned. He became furious with Dolan, who answered every question with "I can't remember."
  • The day before the Giants left for Washington, Landis announced that O'Connell and Dolan had been placed on the ineligible list. The commissioner exonerated the other three players.
  • McGraw commented, "The only explanation I can give is that they are a couple of saps. If you search the country over, you probably couldn't find two bigger ones."
  • AL President Ban Johnson, who depised both Landis and McGraw, called for a Federal investigation of the case and proposed that Brooklyn replace the Giants in the World Series. "And if Brooklyn isn't permitted to play, there should be no World Series at all." Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfus also called for cancellation of the Series and announced he would not attend.
  • Once the most-anticipated Fall Classic in history began, the matter was largely forgotten as no further creditable accusations of impropriety surfaced. However, the distasteful incident turned even more neutral fans across America into Senators backers.
Series Results
  1. Saturday, October 4 @ Washington: Giants 4 Senators 3 (12 innings)
    WP: Art Nehf; LP: Walter Johnson
  2. Sunday, October 5 @ Washington: Senators 4 Giants 3
    WP: Tom Zachary; LP: Jack Bentley
  3. Monday, October 6 @ New York: Giants 6 Senators 4
    WP: Hugh McQuilian; LP: Firpo Marberry
  4. Tuesday, October 7 @ New York: Senators 7 Giants 4
    WP: George Mogridge; LP: Virgil Barnes
  5. Wednesday, October 8 @ New York: Giants 6 Senators 2
    WP: Bentley; LP: Johnson
  6. Thursday, October 9 @ Washington: Senators 2 Giants 1
    WP: Zachary; LP: Nehf
President Coolidge throws out first ball.
President Calvin Coolidge with the "First Lady of Baseball" at his side as he throws out the first ball.

When Johnson lost Game 5 for his second defeat of the series, the Senators faced an uphill battle.

  • They had to win both remaining games without their ace starting either game. Harris would also be without his "assistant manager," SS Roger Peckinpaugh, who had to leave Game 3 with a leg injury and had not been able to return to action. 3B Ossie Bluege had moved to shortstop and Tommy Taylor took over at the hot corner. Fortunately, both remaining games would be played in Griffith Stadium in Washington.
    During Game 5 in New York, many fans at the Polo Grounds rooted unabashedly for Johnson, who was not up to par, surrendering 13 hits and six runs.
  • 25-year-old Tom Zachary kept the Nats alive with a tense 2-1 victory over 31-year-old Art Nehf. Boy Wonder led by example with a single in the 6th to knock in both runs.
    Mrs. Coolidge, an avid baseball fan, dragged her unenthusiastic husband from the White House to Game 6 after he threw out the first pitch at Game 1. The First Couple would return for the finale. They were joined by many real Senators and Congressmen and other prominent people in government.
  • Baseball had gone a dozen years without a seventh and deciding game. There had been eight games in 1919, seven in 1920, and eight again in 1921 when the Series was best-of-nine but no ninth game for all the marbles. The Series had returned to first-to-win-four in 1922.
  • Game Six had hardly ended when lines formed at the ticket windows. Some exchanged old coupons for new and went home while others camped out all night to obtain their ducats the next morning.
  • Those who couldn't make it to Washington to join the 31,667 in the stands could listen to Graham McNamee's broadcast on the Westinghouse Network of radio stations in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, and Chicago.
  • The weather continued beautiful, fair and cool.
Graham McNamee
Graham McNamee broadcasting the '24 World Series

Game 7: Friday, October 10 @ Washington

  • One the greatest battle of wits in World Series history began before the game even started.
  • McGraw went with right-hander Virgil "Zeke" Barnes, the loser in Game 4.
  • Harris pulled a fast one on his older counterpart by employing a strategy concocted in Clark Griffith's office that morning. With everyone expecting him to start left-hander George Mogridge, who had won Game 4, Bucky instead warmed up righty Curly Ogden, who had yet to appear in the Series. Since Curly had the fourth most starts on the club, the choice seemed reasonable, especially since Ogden had compiled a 2.58 ERA that was over a run less than Mogridge's 3.76.
  • But Bucky had no intention of letting Ogden pitch to more than a few batters. Mogridge would take his place in the first inning. If McGraw then switched to a right-handed lineup, he would lose a number of possible pinch-hitters. But if he decided to do that, Harris would bring in right-hander Fred Marberry. "I intend to outsmart McGraw," Bucky told Griffith.
  • McGraw turned in a lineup card with young Bill Terry, a left-handed batter, playing first base and hitting fifth. Bill would eventually fashion a Hall of Fame career, but he had hit just .239 in his first full season in the bigs. However, "Memphis Bill" had blistered Washington pitching for 6-for-12 with a triple and a home run, which is why McGraw put him in the cleanup spot.
  • Harris figured he had a better chance of cooling off Terry with a left-hander while also putting Irish Meusel, a .310 batter from the right side in '24, on the bench. Kelly moved from first base to center field. McGraw didn't think Bill could hit southpaws and usually sat him against lefthanders.
    John McGraw did not hold Bucky Harris in high regard. Mugsy told his buddies before the Series that the Senators' manager was "a punk kid" who needed a comeuppance. When Bucky heard about the putdown, he told owner Calvin Griffith, "I know as much baseball as that old buzzard."
    One of the Giants coaches said, "McGraw eats gunpowder for breakfast and washes it down with warm blood."
  • The stage was set for "one of the most thrilling Word Series games ever - and one of the strangest" (Charles C. Alexander).


Giants OF Ross Youngs
Ross Youngs

Frankie Frisch

Giants IB/OF George "High Pockets" Kelly
George Kelly

Senators 1B Joe Jude
Joe Judge

Senators OF Sam Rice
Sam Rice

Senators OF Goose Goslin
Goose Goslin

Senators P Tom Zachary
Tom Zachary

Senators SS Roger Peckinpaugh
Roger Peckinpaugh

Giants 1B Bill Terry
Bill Terry

Giants OF Irish Meusel
Irish Meusel

Giants P Virgil "Zeke" Barnes
Virgil "Zeke" Barnes

Senators P George Mogridge
George Mogridge

Senators P Curly Ogden
Curly Ogden

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L: 1924 New York Giants ; R: 1924 Washington Nationals

Griffth Stadium, Washington, 1924
Griffith Stadium 1924

1924 World Series Game 7 - National Anthem
Teams and umpires stand for the National Anthem before Game 7

Temporary LF bleachers at Griffith Stadium
Temporary LF bleachers at Griffith Stadium for World Series

New York Giants Lineup
Fred Lindstrom 3B
Frank Frisch 2B
Ross Youngs RF
George Kelly CF
Bill Terry 1B
Hack Wilson LF
Travis Jackson SS
Hank Gowdy C
Virgil Barnes P
Giants Road Uniform 1924 1924 Washington Senators Home Uniform
Washington Nationals Lineup
Earl McNeely CF
Bucky Harris 2B
Sam Rice RF
Goose Goslin LF
Joe Judge 1B
Ossie Bluege SS
Tommy Taylor 3B
Muddy Ruel C
Curly Ogden P
1st inning
  • Washington fans couldn't believe their eyes when Curly Ogden took the mound. He was a journeyman who had won only nine games all season and was making his first appearance in the Series. Some must have wondered, "Has Bucky gone mad?" But they would soon see what their skipper had up his sleeve.
    Harris was inviting McGraw to start Terry at first base, and Mugsy stepped right into his trap.
    The leadoff batter for the Giants was 3B Freddy Lindstrom, playing because Heinie Groh had hurt his knee late in the season.
    At 18 years and 10 months, Lindstrom remains the youngest World Series parti­cipant ever.
    Ogden struck out the right-handed batter on three pitches, the last a wide curve.
    then started walking toward the bench, but 2B-manager Bucky Harris called him back to pitch to switch-hitter Frankie Frisch. When Frankie walked, Harris made his move. He replaced Ogden with George Mogridge as he intended to do all along. The southpaw had been warming up secretly under the stands.
    Bucky called decoy Ogden "my beard pitcher."
    Ross Youngs, a lefty, struck out on a wide curve. Then 3B Tommy Taylor threw out George Kelly to retire the side.
  • Virgil Barnes also started impressively, a much different hurler from the one who surrendered nine hits and five runs in five innings in Game 4.
    3B Fred Lindstrom fielded Earl McNeely's grounder and threw him out at first.
    Harris struck out.
    tossed out Sam Rice, who hit a weak roller to the mound.

2nd inning

  • McGraw, perhaps wondering if Harris had a righthander warming up somewhere, ready to come in if he sent up a righthanded batter to hit for Terry, let Bill bat. He smacked a hot grounder to Harris, who threw him out.
    SS Ossie Bluege robbed the rookie Hack Wilson of a hit behind second base and nailed the batter with a fast throw. Roger Peckinpaugh couldn't have done any better.
    took Jackson's grounder but made a wild throw to first.
    Travis Jackson came into Game 7 hitting only .095 (2-for-21).
    Hank Gowdy singled to left field sending Jackson to second.
    But Barnes struck out to end the threat.
  • Zeke, throwing the left-handed Goose Goslin nothing but curves, struck him out. Frisch made a leaping catch of Joe Judge's sharp liner.
    Ossie Bluege grounded out 6-3.

3rd inning

  • Taylor threw out his third batter, Lindstrom, at first.
    Frisch bunted and beat the throw at first.
    popped to Judge.
    Kelly forced Frisch, Bluege to Harris.
  • Taylor took three healthy swings and sat down.
    Muddy Ruel
    went out, Barnes to Terry.
    continued his batting futility in the Series, striking out for the fifth time in his fifth at-bat.

4th inning

  • The pitching duel continued.
    Terry fanned.
    made a nice play on Wilson's "puzzling drive" and threw Hack out.
    also got Jackson at first.
    Mrs. Coolidge applauded Mogridge as he walked to the bench.
  • McNeely struck out on a drop curve.
    ended Barnes' perfect game with a bang, blasting a homer that just cleared the left field wall into the temporary bleachers.
    President Coolidge and the whole crowd rose and cheered for more than a min­ute after Harris circled the bases with the first homer in Game 7 history. Mrs. Coo­lidge gleefully marked the clout on the scorecard she kept at every baseball game she attended.
    Rice banged a low liner to left field, but Wilson made a shoe-string catch.
    Terry fielded Goslin's grounder and beat him to the bag.
    Senators 1 Giants 0
Bucky Harris after hitting HR in Game 7
Hank Gowdy makes sure Bucky Harris touches the plate after his HR.
5th inning
  • Harris ran into short center field to snag Gowdy's blooper.
    made another nice play behind 2B to throw out Barnes.
    Lindstrom lined a double over Taylor's head down the left-field line.
    With a chance to tie the game, Frisch lined out to Goslin.
  • With Barnes continuing to throw his curve to every hitter, Judge grounded out 3-1.
    Jackson made a neat stop and threw out his counterpart, Bluege.
    struck out on curves.

6th inning

  • The crowd cheered when Walter Johnson went out to talk to Marberry in the bullpen in right field.
    The Giants decided to tire Mogridge out by waiting for walks and the strategy worked.
    led off with a base on balls.
    With the count 3-and-1 on Kelly and the pitcher needing to get one over, McGraw called for a hit and run that worked perfectly, a single over second base that sent Youngs easily to third.
    Harris left Mogridge in the game because Terry was the next batter. But the last thing McGraw needed was a ground ball or a strikeout. So as Terry started for the plate, Mugsy called him back and sent up righthanded-batting Irish Meusel to hit in his place. Harris countered by bringing in his righty, Marberry, as the crowd, led by President Coolidge who was waving his arms, stood and cheered.
    Harris had praised Marberry. "He has a wonderful fastball and the heart of a lion." Bucky used the big Texan (6-1, 190) like today's managers use closers. In fact, some writers call Firpo "the first modern relief pitcher." Harris brought him in to save tight games, replacing a tiring starter with a fireballer whose pirouetting delivery made picking up the ball difficult. Applying today's definition of a Save to Marber­ry gives him 15 for the 1924 season, 16 in 1925, and 22 in '26–all tops in the league each year.
    's recollection of 6'1" 190lb Marberry makes him sound like a forerunner of Goose Gossage: "On the mound he'd grab at the ball, paw the ground with his spikes, fume, fret, wave his big shoes in the batter's face and blaze a fast one through."
    got his nickname "Firpo" because he resembled the Argentine boxer Luis Firpo whom Jack Dempsey had knocked out of the ring in their 1923 heavy­weight championship bout.
    With the Senators' infield playing back, Meusel flew to Rice in right field, Youngs scoring after the catch.
    hit a grounder up the middle into center field, Kelly scooting to third.
    Jackson grounded to Judge, who juggled the ball to allow Kelly to score the go-ahead run and Jackson to reach first, Wilson taking second.
    The Nats fielding difficulties continued when Bluege let Gowdy's double-play grounder go right through his legs. Wilson scored as Jackson raced to third.
    Barnes lined out to Rice in short right field, Jackson holding third.
    Firpo escaped further damage by striking out Lindstrom.
    Two of the three Giants runs were unearned. The McGraw Men could smell a world championship.
    Giants 3 Senators 1
  • Kelly moved in from center to first base, Wilson shifted from left to center, and Meusel took over in left.
    continued his masterful performance.
    Ruel grounded to Lindstrom as did Marberry.
    McNeely flew to Youngs.

7th inning

  • Frisch hit a foul fly that C Ruel caught leaning into the stands.
    took a free pass to first.
    On a hit and run, Kelly grounded sharply to Taylor, who had no choice but to throw to first.
    ended the threat by grabbing Meusel's roller and tagging him out.
  • Senators fans packing the park and those listening on the radio grew restless as their heroes had only nine outs left against a pitcher on top of his game. Harris scratched a hit to shortstop. But the excitement didn't last long as Rice bounced into a double play, Kelly to Jackson.
    singled into right field.
    However, Judge flied out to Wilson. Six outs left.

8th inning

  • Wilson fanned on three pitches.
    Bluege juggled Jackson's grounder long enough for Travis to beat the throw - Ossie's second error of the game and the Senators' fourth.
    But Marberry escaped trouble by getting Gowdy to fly out to Goslin and fanning Barnes.
  • With a chance to make up for his errors, Bluege fouled out to Gowdy.
    32-year-old diminutive journeyman Nemo Leibold, hitting for Taylor, rapped a double down the left field line–the biggest hit of a major-league career that would last only one more year.
    That brought up Ruel, who was 0-for-18 in the Series. Muddy recalled, "I hadn't made a hit in the whole series, and I could feel the crowd sigh as I came to the plate." He singled off Kelly's glove to send Leibold to third.
    Rookie C Bennie Tate, with only 13 hits for the year, batted for Marberry and squeezed a walk out of the tiring Barnes.
    Mule Shirley ran for Tate. McNeely hit a fly ball to left field but not deep enough to score Leibold.
    To the plate strode Harris. He had made all the managerial moves but now had to come through as a hitter. And that he did, jumping forward in the batters' box and slapping a bounder that seemed headed for Lindstrom's glove but suddenly hit a pebble or something and skipped over his head into left field. Leibold and Ruel scored to tie the score and propel the crowd into delirium. Bucky stopped at second with a double.
    took out Barnes–some might say several batters or an inning too late–and brought in Nehf who induced Rice to ground to Kelly to end the inning.
    Giants 3 Senators 3
C Muddy Ruel and P Walter Johnson
Muddy Ruel and Walter Johnson

9th inning

  • Was there any doubt what hurler Harris would bring in? With the crowd chanting, "We want Johnson!" "Old Barney" strode to the mound amid tremendous applause while Ralph Miller took over at third base. The best pitcher in baseball year in and year out despite toiling for losing team after losing team until this glorious season could still win a World Series game, an outcome that would please America. The late afternoon shadows from the grandstand would make his famous fastball even harder to pick up. After losing his two Series starts, the 6-1 200 lb sidearmer had one more chance to get a victory.
    Harris had promised Walter in spring training that he would never use him as a relief pitcher, and he hadn't. But this was Game 7 of the World Series. Time to reverse the policy.
    Some fans wept with joy as the field announcer yelled through his megaphone, "Johnson! Now pitching for Washington, Walter Johnson!"
    Bucky got chills as he watched his ace warm up as cheers filled the air.
    But Old Barney got in trouble right away. After Lindstrom popped to Miller, Frisch smashed a long drive to center field for three bases.
    The Nats purposely passed Youngs, the Giant hitter they feared the most.
    But that brought Kelly to the plate, the man who homered off the Big Train in his first at-bat of the Series. But this time the Old Master won the battle, striking out Kelly on three pitches.
    Harris later admitted, "As Walter made ready to deliver his third pitch, I said a little prayer." The prayer was answered. High Pockets swung through a fastball.
    With Meusel at bat, Youngs took off for second on the first pitch, hoping to draw a throw that would allow Frisch to zip home. But Ruel didn't take the bait. He bluffed a throw to second in hopes of trapping Frankie off third, but Frisch didn't take that bait either. Irish couldn't come through, grounding out 5-3 to strand the two runners.
  • The crowd was in a frenzy, exhorting their Senators for just one little run.
    After Frisch threw out Goslin, Judge singled into center field.
    Bluege hit a grounder to Kelly who threw to Jackson at second. But Travis dropped the ball, Joe continuing to third as the shortstop tracked down the spheroid.
    Now Washington had the same situation the Giants enjoyed in the top of the inning–runner at third with only one out. McGraw pulled Nehf in favor of "Handsome Hugh" McQuillan. During the change, the Senators gathered around the next batter, Miller, patting him on the back and urging him to get a run-scoring single, something he had already done twice in the Series.
    But it wasn't Ralph's turn to be the hero. He grounded to Jackson who started a 6-4-3 double play to send the game into extra innings.

10th inning

  • Wilson walked. But Jackson fanned, and Gowdy hit into a double play, 1-6-3.
  • Frisch threw out Ruel to start the bottom of the 10th.
    The cheering was deafening as Johnson came to the plate. A good hitter (.283 in '24 with 10 extra base hits), Walter smacked a long drive to left-center field that brought the crowd to its feet. But Wilson made the catch a few feet from the fence. McNeely struck out.

11th inning

  • Barely able to walk with a sore knee, Heinie Groh, NY's regular third baseman had seen no action in the Series. But now he pinch hit with his bottle bat for McQuillan and singled into right. Speedy OF Billy Southworth trotted out to run for Heinie.
    sacrificed, Kelly to Harris covering first.
    Facing Frisch, who had tripled off him two innings earlier, Johnson bore down. With the throng praying on every pitch, The Fordham Flash swung and missed three times.
    ordered another intentional pass to Youngs–his fourth base on balls of the day.
    It proved to be a wise decision as Johnson once again struck out Kelly as the tense, silent crowd burst into cheers.
  • For the third straight inning, the Senators had the championship on their racket. McGraw sent his ace, southpaw Jack Bentley, to the hill.
    Harris flew out to Youngs.
    swatted a long drive to Wilson in left-center field.
    raised the excitement to fever pitch by dropping a Texas Leaguer into left-center field and stretching it to a double.
    Continuing the chess match of managerial moves, McGraw ordered Judge to be passed.
    With the right-handed-hitting Bluege coming to the dish, John also swapped LF Meusel and RF Youngs. But Ossie's bad day continued as he grounded to Jackson who tossed the Frisch for the forceout.

Top of the 12th

  • Could the "Old Man"continue strong into his fourth inning after twirling eight frames three days earlier?
    Doubt must have crept into the minds of many when Meusel singled to right field as the setting sun dropped behind the dome of the Capitol.
    But the Kansas Cyclone K-ed Wilson.
    Jackson grounded to Bluege who got the force at second.
    Gowdy hit a soft fly to left that nestled into Goslin's glove.

Bottom of the 12th–fortune shines on the Senators, twice!

  • Would this finally be the inning the Nats break through? They would have to do it starting at the 8th spot in the order. Youngs and Meusel returned to their previous positions.
    Wouldn't it be great to get the leadoff man on? many fans must have mused. But Miller grounded harmlessly to Frisch.
    The crowd groaned further when Ruel lofted a foul high over the plate. As Gowdy settled under the ball, he tripped on his mask and stumbled. The horsehide dropped untouched in foul territory.
    55 years later, Lindstrom recalled the play this way.
    "Gowdy, our catcher, threw his mask aside and went after the ball. It looked like an easy one. But then the wind began carrying the ball back toward the plate and Hank moved with it. It still looked like an easy out. But then one of those fluke things happened. As he moved under the ball, with his glove up waiting to make the catch, Hank stepped right into that mask, lost his balance, slipped and fell, and the ball came down on the grass alongside of him.
    "By that time, I suppose, even a callow, eighteen-year-old boy like myself, who knew nothing about fate, should have begun to see the light. Washington was supposed to win this game and that's all there was to it."
    New York fans must have had flashbacks to 1912 when the Giants failed to catch an easy pop foul in the bottom of the 12th in Boston.
    Given new life, Ruel, who, in his own words, felt like "a sinner forgiven, a lifer pardoned," rifled the next pitch inside the third-base bag for a two-bagger that doubled his hit total for the game and the Series.
    Could the beloved Johnson be the hitting hero as well as the winning pitcher? He again got wood on the ball, sending a hard grounder to shortstop. Jackson, who led the Giants in errors with 58, 31 more than the next culprit, Frisch, equaled the number of blunders of his opposite number, Bluege, by fumbling the horsehide for his second error of the game. (A future Hall of Famer, Travis had a horrible day, going 0-6 at the plate.) Ruel stayed put at second.
    Lindstrom: "[Jackson] said later that Ruel, coming down the line from second, had obscured the play for a moment and made him lose the cadence of the ball for just that split second. ... I was standing there with my hands on my hips wondering what could possibly happen next. I soon found out."
    Up came McNeely, 0-for-5 on the afternoon. Since he was a righthanded batter, 3B Lindstrom was undoubtedly deciding whether he would throw to second to start a double play if a grounder came to him or step on third and throw to first for the twin-killing.
    McNeely, a 26-year-old rookie from Sacramento CA, had played in just 43 games for Harris but hit .330. He now had a chance to earn a spot in the pantheon of Senators' heroes.
    Earl fouled the first pitch. Then fans groaned again as he rapped a grounder straight at Lindstrom–a sure double play. But the ball hit something–a pebble, a hard piece of mud, an angel's toe, who knows?–and bounced high over Freddie's head into left field to send home Ruel, who had scored the tying run in the 8th, running as he never ran before with the winning run!
    Ruel recalled the winning hit: "McNeely bounced one sharply but straight to Lindstrom, who was about 12 feet from third base. Running hard, I figured all I could do on a sure out like that would be to throw myself to the left, into the diamond in front of Freddie and try to get him to try and tag me instead of throwing to first. I saw Freddie hold his hands ready at his chest for the ball, then I saw him jump up. The ball had hit a pebble and bounced away over his head."
    : "Bentley ... got McNeely to hit a ground ball down to me. Well, it happened again. The ball hit a pebble–maybe the same darned pebble that Harris' ball had hit–and took a big kangaroo hop over my head and went out into left field. And here's Muddy Ruel charging down from second base with the winning run. You know, I don't think he could have scored if Irish Meusel in left field had anticipated my not taking the ball. If Meusel had been running in the moment the ball was hit I don't think Ruel, not a fast runner, a slower runner in fact, would have even tried to score. But Meusel had no way of knowing that thing was going to bounce the way it did. By the time he got to the ball it was too late. ... The game was over.
    Meusel didn't bother to throw home but continued running in with the ball. "The rest of the Giants stood motionless and stunned and in the next instant the crowd swirled over the field and blotted out the quiet men in gray and the leaping ones in white." (New York Times)




Senators 3B Tommy Taylor
Tommy Taylor

Hack Wilson

Senators SS Ossie Bluege
Ossie Bluege

Giants SS Travis Jackson
Travis Jackson

Senators reliever Firpo Marberry
Firpo Marberry

Senators PH Nemo Leibold
Nemo Leibold

Bennie Tate

Mule Shirley

Giants P Art Nehf
Art Nehf

Ralph Miller

Giants 3B Fred Lindstrom
Freddie Lindstrom

Giants P ugh McQuillan
Hugh McQuillan

Heinie Groh

Billy Southworth

Jack Bentley

Giants C Hank Gowdy
Hank Gowdy

Senators CF Earl McNeely
Earl McNeely

Commisioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis and Senators' owner Clark Griffith
Judge Landis and Clark Griffith
Ruel scores the winning run.
Ruel scores the winning run as the Senators and their fans go wild!
Pandemonium broke out.
  • Fans hurled hats, scorecards, seat cushions, and even briefcases into the air. Thousands rushed onto the field. Many danced on the dugout roofs and on the field, refusing to leave for more than an hour as darkness descended.
    President Coolidge stood in his box on the first base side, waved his scorecard, and even managed a "thin smile." Sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote, "A close observer reports that the vocal cords of Mr. Coolidge twitched."
  • Harris zigzagged to safety in the home team dugout, where Johnson embraced him in a bearhug.
  • A group of fans, gathering at the Nats dugout, rushed to the clubhouse where they were met by a police cordon, the mass piling up. Caught in the rush was Commissioner Landis, who was besieged by autograph seekers.
  • Senators president Clark Griffith had to be rescued from the jam by friends. He found his way to a small porch outside the clubhouse office where his daughter was crying. Beseeched to give a speech, Griffith lifted the little girl up to the crowd and said: "I'm too happy to make a speech, people, but it happened just as I wanted it to, with Walter winning it for us."
    Goose Goslin quoted Griffith as saying that God had been on the Senators' side in the 7th game.
  • McNeely, author of the winning hit, was the first Senator thrown to the mob. After what happened to him, others began to seek the back door. Earl was struck about the head and body by overenthusiastic fans. Police finally rescued him. As the players left the clubhouse, fans clung to their heroes' automobiles.
  • The celebration continued all over the city throughout the night. The crack of pistols, the bang of fire crackers, honking of automobiles, bells, horns, whistles, and the overworked lungs of half-crazed fans blended into a deafening roar.
  • From the capitol up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House surged a howling mob. Traffic cops were lost in the melee as thousands of autos became twisted in a honking gridlock.
  • "All the years of cultivated dignity that the city had stored up exploded with a bang. The city that for nearly two centuries has been called upon to witness the biggest celebrations of a nation, tonight went wild over the first celebration that it could really call its own." (Associated Press)

Film footage of Game 7

Postgame Comments

  • Commissioner Landis visited both clubhouses. He called the Series "the zenith of baseball." He told Harris: "You deserve a great deal of praise, my boy. You have a fine ball team and you have played a fine game. I hope that you have had as much pleasure out of it as I have. I'm proud of my boys - every one of them."
    To McGraw: "There is no use sympathizing. You made a wonderful fight and I am proud of your team."
    Coach Hughey Jennings chimed in: "The only difference between winning and losing is the sum of $2,000 per man." At which point McGraw added: "Oh well, maybe the Judge here will make a ruling to give us the $2,000 anyway for putting up a good fight."
  • Harris, the youngest manager to win a World Series: "I can't realize that it is all over and that we are the world champions. It was a hard fight and a bully one - it was the greatest fight I have ever won and the most worth winning. But, somehow, I can't seem to realize that we don't have to go out there and play ball again tomorrow. ... Six years ago I was working in a coal mine.
    "We paid $50,000 [to Sacramento] for McNeely, and he repaid us today. He certainly came through at the right time. I knew I could count on Ruel to hit when it came right down to the place where he had to hit, and I had confidence in every one of the others. But the greatest thrill I got out of the whole thing is that we won for Walter Johnson. He pitched wonderful ball, especially when he was in the hole. He has pitched wonderful ball for Washington for eighteen years and if ever any one deserved to win it was Walter. Every one felt the same way, and with him in the box I think we were fighting just a little bit harder, if that were possible.
    "The Giants put up a great battle, and they deserve all the credit and praise I can give them. Their youngsters especially–Lindstrom, Terry, Wilson and Jackson–came through the fire in fine style. It was a closer series than I anticipated even, but I predicted right along that we would win. We may not have the better players, individually, but we have a fighting team that doesn't know when it's licked. It was the spirit more than anything else that pulled us through.
    "We may not have Walter with us again next year, but we will be right up there around the top of the race and I wouldn't be surprised if we came through again."
    Bucky was wrong about Johnson but right about the outcome of the '25 season. The Train chugged another three years, getting another chance to pitch in the World Series the very next season.
  • Johnson: "This makes up for everything and it doesn't make any difference whether I won or lost those other two games so long as we won the deciding one and the championship. I don't know how I could have stood it if I had been blamed for the loss of the championship, and I would have been the one responsible if we had lost today, just as I was responsible for the loss of the first and fifth games of the series. But winning today makes everything all right. If I never pitch another ball game, I will have this one to remember and I'll never forget it."
  • McGraw: "They got the breaks, but breaks are part of every ball game and we would have had to get them to win. The two teams were well matched and there was little difference in their respective strength. I don't see how Washington can be called a better ball team than the Giants.
    "It was one of the greatest series I have ever seen. I would have liked to win, and the boys would have, too; but it doesn't mean anything to me now that it's all over with. I have had plenty of winners in my time. I don't feel bad about it. Defeat is just something that must be taken in its stride; it's part of life. You can't win all the time.
    "I think Harris deserves a lot of credit for the way he handled his team, not only in this series but throughout the entire season. He's still young and he ought to have lots of winners before he is through with baseball. I hope he has as many as I have had.
    "Johnson deserved to win today. He had waited a long time and if anybody had to beat us I would rather have him do it than anyone I know. He pitched pretty fair ball at the end. He got himself into holes in every inning, but he managed to pull out. The breaks helped him stop us and the breaks helped Washington beat us."
    In his syndicated column the next day, McGraw wrote: "It was easy to see that the sentiment favored the Washington club on account of their long wait before winning a pennant. To face this required a lot of nerve on the part of our players, but they stuck out their jaws and went to it. No man on either club can be accused of lacking gameness. Even with their team crippled by the absence of Peckinpaugh the Senators fought just as hard. There was no weakening or blowing up."
  • Bentley, the losing pitcher, was philosophical: "Walter Johnson is such a lovable charcter that the good Lord didn't want to see him get beat again."
  • Damon Runyan reported from Washington for the New York American: "The blood pressure of the citizens of Washington is at this moment, without doubt, the highest ever registered by medical science. ... The writer has seen many demonstrations, many riots. He saw Paris celebrating the armistice. He has watched New Orleans rollicking through its Mardi Gras. None of them approached Washington's celebration of its baseball victory. The thing went on all night. ... The people tramped the streets hour after hour, laughing and shouting and tooting horns. They cheered and cheered until one marveled at the vitality of the human voice."
  • Babe Ruth in his syndicated column: "While baseball fans in every city of the United States must have went crazy with joy over the sweetest victory in Walter Johnson's long career, I know that the happiest of all are the ball players themselves on every diamond in the country. I am sure every living ball player, no matter what his wishes, is happy down in his heart, that the closing days of Walter Johnson's career witnessed a scene of victory never equalled in all the long years the game has been our national sport. And I'll go so far as to say that even the Giants, after the first shock of disappointment has passed over, will be proud that they were the victims in his grandest victory."
One of the reporters covering the Series was Christy Mathewson, long-time Giants ace who, like McGraw and Ruth, wrote a 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."
On the somber train ride back to New York, losing P Bentley broke the silence. "Cheer up, boys. It just looks as though the Good Lord couldn't stand seeing Walter Johnson get beat again."
McGraw had scheduled a "victory" party for that evening at the Commodore Hotel on 42nd Street. Despite his bitterness at losing to the "Boy Wonder," Mac let the party go on. The subdued bash lasted until 5 AM. Even though Prohibition was in force, booze flowed freely. McGraw even led the singing with composer George M. Cohan, stars of Broadway shows, and other celebrities.
No one would have guessed that this would turn out to be the Giants' last post-World Series party under John McGraw.
  • The receipts from the Series totalled a record $1,093,104 thanks to a record attendance of 283,695. Each Washington player received $5,730 (about $85,000 in today's money) while the Giants earned $3,820 apiece. (Jennings' estimate of $2000 difference was not far off.)
  • The editorial writer for the Richmond (VA) Times Dispath spoke for the vast majority of the nation: "Washington has won the baseball championship of the world. It is one of the most popular achievements in the history of sport. If ever the country was united in one single hope, it was that the final victory should rest just where it is resting today. Fans have the highest regard for McGraw's battling athletes but there was an overwhelming current of sympathy for the team that represents more nearly than any other the nation at large."

1924 Washington Senators at White House
1924 World Champions visit President Coolidge at the White House

1924 Senators Championship Poster

Next in this series: 1925 Senators-Pirates

The Washington Senators, Shirley Povich (1954)
The October Heroes: Great World Series Games Remembered by the Men Who Played Them, Donald Honig (1979)
John McGraw, Charles C. Alexander (1988)
The Giants of the Polo Grounds: The Glorious Times of Baseball's New York Giants, Noel Hynd (1988)
The World Series, David S. Neft & Richard M. Cohen (1990)
The Seventh Game, Barry Levenson (2004);
Electric October, Kevin Cook (2017)