Artifacts and visual reminders of vintage World Series installments are as scarce as, well, Washington Senators championships! Here is one such piece: an original 14 x 10-3/4” black-and-white photograph depicting the Senators’ 1924 walk-off triumph as it unfolded. From a vantage point down the right field line, we see Muddy Ruel racing toward the plate with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th in the decisive Game 7. Looking on in anticipation of a raucous celebration, Ed McNeely has just rounded first base and winning pitcher Walter Johnson (who had reached on an error) is holding steady at the keystone stack with the knowledge that Ruel represents the winning run. Several Senators players are seen emerging from the dugout. The photo presents beautifully with minor tears confined to the edges.
Note: the thick stock souvenir is a Type I original. The absence of news service stampings on the reverse suggests that it was captured by an independent photographer. At a glance, the action appears to be just another scene from the diamond. But upon close examination, it becomes evident that the site is Washington's fabled Griffith Stadium and the scene is the first and only victorious moment in the rich baseball history of Washington, D.C. We note Johnson cautiously not straying from second base. McNeely, meanwhile, is staring directly at Ruel, who is unchallenged as he runs toward the plate. Giants lefthander Jack Bentley is painfully aware that the game (and series) is over, as he walks off the diamond. Giants catcher Hank Gowdy, too, appears helpless, watching as Ruel (who reached on a double after Gowdy's error extended his at-bat) races closer and closer with the game-winning run.