More 1924 Baseball Season Headlines
Following are some of the other big news stories in 1924, including details on a tour of Europe by the Giants and White Sox designed to introduce baseball to a new audience.
Travis Jackson's a Series Bomb
Travis Jackson hit just .074 and made three errors in the 1924 World Series, the first in which he appeared as the regular shortstop for the Giants. In the 12th inning of the finale, he bobbled an easy grounder by Walter Johnson that ought to have been Washington's third out, opening the door for Earl McNeely's pebble-struck hit that won it. Jackson, a Hall of Fame shortstop, was an absolute bomb in World Series play. Along with his critical errors, he batted .074 in the 1924 World Series. In the 1933 fall classic, he batted .222. And in the 1936 Series, Jackson hit a mere .190. In 19 career World Series games, he posted a .149 batting mark and a .164 slugging average.
Senators Best Giants
John McGraw's last appearance, in the 1924 World Series, made him the only manager ever to lose two deciding World Series games in overtime. As in the 1912 loss to the Red Sox, the Giants lost on a misplayed pop foul that gave a Senators batter a second chance. McGraw won only three of the nine World Series in which he managed. He lost more Series games (28) than any manager in history.
Giants, Sox Depart for Europe
The Giants and the White Sox embarked on a tour of Europe after the 1924 season to display the American pastime to an audience which, for the most part, had never before seen baseball played. Baseball couldn't have sent two more diverse teams to Europe. The Giants won the National League pennant in 1924, while the Sox finished in the American League basement.
Griffith Hosts Series
Washington's Griffith Stadium was the American League site of the 1924 World Series. Despite its enormous dimensions -- the distance to the left-field foul pole was 350 feet -- the park seated just 27,410 attendees.
Jesse Haines Posts Dismal Year
The Cardinals paid the Kansas City team of the American Association about $10,000 for Jesse Haines after he won 21 games for the club in 1919; in 1924, Haines no-hit the Braves on July 17 yet posted an 8-19 record for the season. Not until World War II would the Cards purchase another minor leaguer, as their farm system supplied them with all the talent they needed for a quarter of a century.
Hank Gowdy Stumbles into Notoriety
A standout defensive receiver and a solid hitter, Hank Gowdy was 35 years old in 1924 and had not been a regular backstopper for a number of years. Because Frank Snyder was ailing, Gowdy had to do yeoman duty in the 1924 World Series. He was catching his seventh game in as many days when his foot got tangled in his own mask on Muddy Ruel's pop foul. Gowdy's goof, along with an error by Travis Jackson and two bad-hop hits past Freddy Lindstrom, allowed Washington to win the decisive game 4-3 in 12 innings.
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