1924 World Series Game 2

Sunday October 5, 1924
Griffith Stadium

Washington came out on top in the second straight nail-biter of the 1924 World Series. This time, the Griffs jumped to an early lead when Goose Goslin launched a home run into right field off of Jack Bentley, scoring Sam Rice to make the score 2-0.

Though Bentley pitched well for the rest of the game, he did give up another long ball; a fifth inning shot to left by player-manager Bucky Harris, a man who had only one home run during the regular season, and only six in his career.

Lefty Tom Zachary took the early lead and ran with it, scattering just three New York hits over the first six innings. In the seventh, the Giants scored when George Kelly came home on a 5-4-3 double play. The Sporting News hailed the play as an example of the great strategy used by Harris, allowing the run to score in order to “clear the bases”.

Zachary entered the top of the ninth with a 3-1 lead. He started the inning by walking Frankie Frisch. After getting a pop out from Ross Youngs, Kelly lashed what was described as a long single to right. Frisch was off with the pitch on the hit-and-run, and never stopped on his way to cutting the lead to a single run. After Kelly reached second on a ground-out by Bob Meusel, Hack Wilson hit a single to right that scored Kelly and tied the game. Firpo Marberry came on to get the final out, but the damage had been done, and it looked as though Game 2 may be headed to extra innings.

Instead, the Nationals used their last at-bat to quickly squash the idea of extras. Joe Judge drew a walk, and was sacrificed to second by Ossie Bluege. In hindsight, the New York Times suggested that McGraw “stubbornly” refused to issue Roger Peckinpaugh an intentional walk. Whether the free pass was on his mind or not, McGraw let Bentley pitch to the veteran, who promptly took a curve-ball into deep left field for a game-winning RBI double.

Boxscore

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