First Run of the 1924 World Series
After beating the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National
League pennant by only 1½ games, the New York
Giants once again found themselves competing in their
eighth World Series in fourteen years. Their challengers,
the Washington Senators, had topped the American League
and were determined to bring home a championship to
the nation's capital. Game 1, played on Saturday, October
9, 1924 at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, promised
a great Series as league-standout Walter Johnson and
veteran Art Nehf went head-to-head. Leading off the
2nd inning, clean-up hitter, George “Highpockets”
Kelly, found his pitch and hit it far over "The
Big Train's" head, striking the opening blow of
what would be a thrilling seven game Series. The Giants
won Game 1, 4-3, in 12 innings.
This is the actual ball hit into the stands by Kelly
that day, which was the first run of that exciting Fall
Classic (won in the 12th inning of Game 7 by the Washington
Senators). To think, that this ball was once held and
pitched by the great Walter Johnson adds to its aura.
The Official National League ball was later inscribed,
"Kelley's (sic) home run ball hit into left field
stand-World Series Oct. 9, 1924. Caught by John L. Signer"
on the side panel.