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According to ESPN's Steve Weissman on Twitter (@SWeissmanESPN) and the record books, "The last and only #WorldSeries Game 7 played on a Friday in a best-of-7 series was in 1924 (Senators 4, Giants 3 in 12 innings)."
The last Friday World Series Game Seven before tonight's took place, "15 years before the first baseball game was ever televised," as Variety's Jon Weisman wrote this morning. On Friday October 10, 1924, the Washington Senators, led by player/manager Bucky Harris and Walter "Big Train" Johnson, beat Frankie Frisch, High Pockets Kelly, Virgil Barnes and the New York Giants in front of 31,667 fans in Griffith Stadium for the one and only World Series championship in D.C. baseball history. The original Senators appeared in two more World Series, losing both times, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925 and the New York Giants in 1933.
In 1924, the Senators got it right. After finishing the regular season with a 92-62 record, two games ahead of the New York Yankees, (who'd won the AL in the previous four seasons), the Senators lost the first game of the World Series against New York's Giants, then alternated wins through the next five games, setting up a dramatic and decisive game seven in the nation's capital. A then-36-year-old Walter Johnson, then in his 18th of 21 major league seasons, made his first post season appearance that year, losing Game One after allowing 14 hits and 4 runs, all earned, in a 12-inning, 12 K outing and losing Game 5 after surrendering 13 hits and 6 runs, 4 earned in 8.0 IP.
With Game Seven tied at 3-3 after eight courtesy of two runs scored on a Bucky Harris' grounder toward Giants' third baseman Freddie Lindstrom in the bottom of the eighth that took a bad hop and soared over his head, Walter Johnson took the mound again, throwing 3.0 scoreless innings before another bad hop on another grounder to Lindstrom, this one hit by Earl McNeely, brought Senators' catcher Muddy Ruel in from third for the World Series-winning run. Walter Johnson got the win in that game. Bucky Harris was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI's, and McNeely was 0 for 5 before stepping to the plate in the twelfth and cementing his place in baseball history with the help of a pebble (or two) in the infield that sent a ground ball by the Giants' third baseman.