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1925 World Series - Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Senators

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Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Washington Senators 3

October 7 - October 15, 1925

Washington faced Pittsburgh in the 1925 World Series. Walter Johnson led Washington to a second straight American League pennant with a 20-7 record, four shy of four-hundred wins.

Johnson won the opener 4-1.

Pittsburgh rebounded with a 3-2 victory.

The Senators took the next two games 4-3 and 4-0. Johnson's shutout gave Washington a 3-1 Series lead.

Pittsburgh evened the Series with 6-3 and 3-2 victories.

Johnson started Game 7 at Forbes Field. A steady downpour created a mud graveyard and fog obscured the infield during the last three innings.

Washington led 6-3 in the seventh, but Pie Traynor hit a three-run triple.

Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh homered in the top of the eighth for a 7-6 Washington lead.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Peckinpaugh made a poor throw to second attempting a force-out. Two runners reached base. A two-run ground-rule double clinched the 1925 World Series. Washington's Goose Goslin claimed it was a foul.

Pittsburgh became the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven Series. Peckinpaugh was the "Series goat" with a record eight errors.

In the eighth inning of Game 3, Sam Rice made a diving catch into the right-field stands. Pittsburgh claimed a fan stuffed the ball into his glove. A letter at the Hall of Fame opened after Rice's death in 1974 stated: "At no time did I lose possession of the ball."

Around the World:

  • October 7 - Mildred Earp, American female baseball player born.
  • October 8 - Cubana de Aviación founded.
  • October 9 - Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure born (d. 1958).
  • October 10 - Great Antonio, Croatian-Canadian strongman born (d. 2001).
  • October 11:
    1. Elmore Leonard, American novelist born.
    2. New York Giants lost 14-0 to Providence, the first NFL game.
  • October 12:
    1. Albert Michelsen ran a world record marathon (2:19:01.8).
    2. German-Russian trade agreement signed.
  • October 13 - Margaret Thatcher, United Kingdom Prime Minister born.
  • October 14 - Anti-French uprising in Damascus.
  • October 15 - Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premiered in The Hague.

1925 in Baseball:

  • May 5 - Tigers' Ty Cobb hit six-for-six for a record 16 bases.
  • May 7 - Pirates shortstop Glenn Wright turned baseball's fifth unassisted triple play.
  • May 17 - Indians' Tris Speaker recorded his 3,000th hit.
  • June 1 - Yankees' Lou Gehrig began his 2,130 consecutive game streak.
  • June 6 - White Sox' Eddie Collins recorded his 3000th hit.
  • July 23 - Gehrig hit the first of his record 23 grand slams.
  • September 13 - Robins' Dazzy Vance no-hit Philadelphia 10-1.
  • October 4 - Cardinals' Roger Hornsby finished with a .403 average.
  • October 7 - Christy Mathewson died at 45 of tuberculosis.
  • October 21 - Marv Goodwin (one of the last "spitball" pitchers) died during an Air Reserve training flight, the first active-player killed in a plane crash.

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