1924 October

1st  Another bribery scandal clouds the WS atmosphere. Judge Landis bans Giants OF Jimmy O’Connell and coach Cozy Dolan from the WS after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils SS Heinie Sand on the 27th to “go easy” in their season-ending series against the Giants. O’Connell implicates Frank Frisch, George Kelly, and Ross Youngs, who deny everything and are cleared by Landis. O’Connell is out of baseball at 23. AL President Ban Johnson, an enemy of the Giants John McGraw, proclaims that the World Series should be canceled because of the scandal, a pronouncement that the owners will ignore. Johnson, however, decides not to attend any WS games. Frisch, who should have been angry at O’Connell’s charge, wrote in his autobiography in 1962, “O’Connell seemed like a fine young man. The Giants had paid $75,000 to get him from the Pacific Coast League and he was a great prospect. I never had any feelings for Dolan. He certainly didn’t act like an innocent man. I would have made a poor commissioner, I guess. I would have wanted to give that poor O’Connell kid a second chance.”

In Washington, a crowd estimated at 100,000 lines Pennsylvania Avenue to cheer the Senators.

In Cubs Park, Sen Kaney, announcing for WGN, calls Chicago’s first radio broadcast from a grandstand behind home plate. The Chicago Tribune will note “This is the first time a big league baseball game has been broadcast by a station in the same city in which the game is being played, and the first time a radio station has succeeded in broadcasting a game in Chicago.” The Cubs beat the White Sox, 10–7, in a City Series game as George Grantham contributes a 2-run homer and a 2-run single. The Cubs’ regular season broadcasts will start next year.

4th  For the 4th straight year, the Giants are in the Series. At 3B is Fred Lindstrom, at 18 years, 10 months, the youngest ever to play in a WS. President Calvin Coolidge is among 35,760 who jam the DC stands in game 1 as an Army band greets the two teams by playing Sidewalks of New York and Dixie. George Kelly drops a HR into the temporary bleachers in the 2nd, and Terry does the same in the 4th for a 2–0 New York lead. Art Nehf (14-4) gives up one in the 6th. In the last of the 9th, the Senators score to send the game into extra innings. The Giants net 2 runs in the 12th. In the last of the 12th, Washington scores one, but the rally falls a run short, and Walter Johnson (23-7) loses his WS debut. Johnson strikes out 12 in the loss. Nehf becomes the 5th pitcher to get 3 hits in a WS game, a feat that will not be repeated until Orel Hershiser does it in 1988.

5th  A 2-run HR in the first by Goose Goslin and a solo blast by manager Bucky Harris in the 5th give Tom Zachary (15-9) a 3–0 lead. The Giants tie it in the 9th, but a double by Roger Peckinpaugh scores Joe Judge with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

6th  Washington’s surprise starter Firpo Marberry (11-12) and the Giants starter Hugh McQuillan (14-8) will be gone by the 4th. The Giants lead 3–0 after 3 and are never caught, for a 6–4 victory. The only HR is hit by Giants reliever Rosy Ryan; it is the only HR he hits in 6 years at New York.

7th  The preceding day’s record attendance is topped when 49,243 show up in New York to see what turns into Goose Goslin day. The Senators’ top batter has 3 singles and a HR for 4 RBI in a 7–4 victory.

8th  Walter Johnson tries for a WS win again, but he’s far from invincible. Fred Lindstrom is 4-for-5 with 2 RBI, and Johnson’s pitching opponent Jack Bentley (16-5) clouts a 2-run homer for a 6–2 New York win.

The Senators multitask and pick up 39-year-old lefty Vean Gregg from Seattle (PCL) for $10,000 and three players. Gregg last pitched in the majors in 1918, then took three years off to farm, then came back to hurl three years in the PCL, winning 25 games in 1924. He’ll appear in 26 games in 1925, going 2-2 out of the bullpen, before being optioned to New Orleans.

9th  In the WS, Tom Zachary is touched for a run on 2 hits in the first, but scatters only 5 more hits and issues no passes the rest of the way. The Senators win 2–1.

In the second death to strike the Cincinnati team this year, Reds 1B Jake Daubert dies at 40 from complications from an October 2 operation for gallstones and appendicitis. The death is controversial: years later, Daubert’s son will contend that the doctors missed a spleen condition that later was common in several family members, including the son. The death certificate will note a secondary cause of death is due to concussion caused by a beaning (May 28). This will be enough for the widow to start a law suit against the Reds. Daubert’s teammates, barnstorming in West Virginia when they hear of his death, cancel the rest of their games.

10th  President and Mrs. Coolidge and 31,665 others thrill to the 2nd 3-hour battle of the Series. Bucky Harris starts 23-year-old righthander Curly Ogden (9-8) against Virgil Barnes (16-10), then pulls him after he fans Fred Lindstrom and walks Frisch. In comes lefty George Mogridge (16-11), a move intended to keep lefty Bill Terry on the Giants bench. Bucky Harris lifts one into the temporary seats in LF for a 1–0 lead. In the 6th a single ties it at 1–1, and Harris brings in Firpo Marberry for his 4thappearance. A base hit and 2 costly errors give the Giants a 3–1 lead. In the 8th, PH Nemo Liebold doubles and C Muddy Ruel singles. A walk loads the bases and up comes Harris, who hits a hard bounder to 3B that strikes a pebble and skips over Lindstrom’s head and down the LF line as the tying runs score. Walter Johnson, pitching on one days rest, then comes in to hold New York. With one out in the last of the 12th, Giants reliever Jack Bentley gets Muddy Ruel to pop up near home plate, but veteran C Hank Gowdy steps on his discarded mask, which he cannot shake from his shoe, and the ball falls to the ground. Ruel then gets his 2nd hit, a double. Walter Johnson reaches 1B on SS Travis Jackson’s error. Earl McNeely hits a grounder at Lindstrom, and improbably, the ball again takes a bounce over his head. Ruel tears home with Washington’s first WS championship.

In a PCL game, Vernon pitcher Ed Bryan fires a one-hitter against Salt Lake City, giving up a homerun to Johnny Frederick.

20th  Kansas City Monarchs manager Jose Mendez takes the mound to spin a 3-hit, 5–0 shutout over the Hilldales to win the final game of the first Negro League World Series. Nip Winters had pitched the first 3 Hilldale wins.

Following a drunk and disorderly party in Wenatchee, Washington yesterday, the barnstorming Brooklyn Dodgers are no match for a semipro team in Everett, losing 15-3. The Dodgers make 8 errors including 3 by starting pitcher Burleigh Grimes. Bernie Neis, Johnny Mitchell, Eddie Brown and Milt Stock spent last night in jail following the brawl in Wenatchee, and did not make the train to today’s game (as reported by Dave Larson). Charles Ebbets paid the costs of damage at the Elham hotel and the medical costs for injured bellboy William Weaver, who was slugged by one of the Dodgers. He also paid the fine of $200 each for the four players.

27th  The Cubs trade P Vic Aldridge, 2B George Grantham, and 1B Al Niehaus to Pittsburgh for 1B Charlie Grimm, SS Rabbit Maranville, and P Wilbur Cooper. Grantham will hit .300 for 6 seasons with the Bucs, while Grimm will play 11 seasons with Chicago, eventually becoming player-manager. In 1925, Maranville will be named a player-manager as well. Cooper, who has averaged 20 wins a year over the past 6 seasons, will drop to 12–14 with the Cubs. This past season he picked off 7 runners at 3B.