CLINCHER 1925 WORLD SERIES GAME 7 FULL TICKET PIRATES SENATORS PSA 7 POP 1/1
Item History and Pricing
Washington Senators (Walter Johnson) at Pittsburgh Pirates (Vic Aldridge)
October 15, 1925 at Forbes Field
Up for your consideration is an amazing piece of preserved history - a full unused ticket to the memorable deciding game of the 1925 World Series where the Pittsburgh Pirates capped off an unprecedented series comeback, which saw them down 3 games to 1, with a late-game rally ...against the Washington Senators and their dominant hurler, Walter Johnson. Graded in near mint condition and encapsulated by PSA for unquestioned authenticity. Ticket stubs to this game are a difficult find (only 12 on PSA's population report, with a PSA 3 being the highest, at the time of this listing), but a full ticket is impossible (the first to be graded by PSA and eclipsing the grades received by the ticket stubs).
About the Game
Walter "Big Train" Johnson was 37 when he was preparing to face baseball's youngest team, but he had just gone 20-7 with a 3.07 ERA in a league where an average of four runs was scored each game.
The experts had forecast the Pirates would struggle with Johnson, and they were right.
He shut out the Pirates in Game 1 at Forbes Field with flea-swatting ease, striking out 10 in a 4-1 Washington victory.
He also sent a clear signal he would be in charge by twice beaning Max Carey, the Pirates' center fielder.
"Don't you think he likes me?" Carey would ask reporters later.
The Pirates took Game 2, winning, 3-1, on Kiki Cuyler's two-run home run in the eighth. But Washington took the next two games, 4-3 and 4-0, in the capital at old Griffith Stadium. Johnson starred again in Game 4, going the distance and allowing six hits.
The Series seemed all but over. No team at that time had overcome a 3-1 deficit in a seven-game series. More ominous by far, Johnson still was available to start one more game.
But the Pirates took Game 5 in Washington, 6-3, and railroaded the Series back to Forbes Field for a 3-2 victory in Game 6.
It was cold and rainy Oct. 15, 1925, in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the day of Game 7, setting up a funereal atmosphere for what reasonably should have been the day the Pirates' rally would be ended. Johnson was starting for the Senators with one more day of rest than usual, and the Pirates, in a curious decision, went with curveballer Vic Aldridge to return on two days' rest.
The crowd of 42,856, boosted by numerous temporary seats Dreyfuss had erected to satisfy demand, would be disappointed early. Aldridge had nothing from the outset. He retired only one batter while allowing two hits, three walks and a wild pitch before he was yanked. Washington had staked the mighty Johnson a 4-0 lead before he took the mound.
The Pirates finally broke through against him in the third by scoring three times. Carey, the man Johnson beaned twice in Game 1, was the catalyst. He delivered a run-scoring single, took second on a grounder, stole third and scored on a blooper.
Washington increased its lead to 6-3 in its next at-bat, but the Pirates persisted against Johnson. Carey doubled and came across in the fifth, and two more runs in the seventh tied the score.
The Senators were just as stubborn and reclaimed the lead, 7-6, in the eighth when Roger Peckinpaugh, the Series goat to that point with seven errors at shortstop, homered.
The rain increased as the Pirates batted into the bottom of that inning, still with Johnson on the mound. Glenn Wright fouled out. McInnis flied out.
All looked gloomy until Earl Smith doubled to right, and Carson Bigbee doubled to left to tie the score. Moore walked, bringing up Carey looking for his fifth hit.
Carey bounced softly to Peckinpaugh, and the inning appeared over. But Peckinpaugh committed error No. 8 with a high throw to first, and bases were loaded.
By this point, Johnson clearly was tired and frustrated. He called out the grounds crew again to spread sawdust on the muddy mound.
Cuyler, the Pirates' best hitter, was up. It was evident he was sitting on Johnson's stuff from several hard-hit foul balls he had pulled. Finally, he lashed a drive toward deep right field that resulted in a ground-rule double and the Pirates' first lead, 9-7.
Red Oldham pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Pirates were champions.
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