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1925 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
Pittsburgh Pirates (4) Bill McKechnie 95–58, .621, GA: 8½
Washington Senators (3) Bucky Harris (player/manager) 96–55, .636, GA: 8½
Dates: October 7–October 15
Radio network: Westinghouse
Radio announcers: Graham McNamee
Umpires: Cy Rigler (NL), Brick Owens (AL), Barry McCormick (NL), George Moriarty (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Pirates: Bill McKechnie (mgr.), Max Carey, Kiki Cuyler, Pie Traynor.
Senators: Stan Coveleski, Goose Goslin, Bucky Harris (p/mgr), Walter Johnson, Sam Rice.
World Series
 < 1924 1926 > 

In the 1925 World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the defending champion Washington Senators in seven games.

In a reversal of fortunes on all counts from the 1924 World Series, Washington's Walter Johnson dominated in Games 1 and 4 and lost in Game 7. The Senators built up a 3–1 Series lead. After Pittsburgh won the next two games, Johnson again took the mound for Game 7, and carried a 6–4 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. But errors by shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh in both the seventh and eighth inning led to four unearned runs, and the Pirates become the first team in a best-of-seven Series to overcome a 3–1 Series deficit to win the championship.

During the eighth inning of Game 3, the Senators Sam Rice ran after an Earl Smith line drive hit into right center field. Rice made a diving "catch" into the temporary stands, but did not emerge with the ball for approximately fifteen seconds. The Pirates contested the play, saying a fan probably stuffed the ball into Rice's glove. The call stood and Rice parried questions about the incident for the rest of his life—never saying if he did or did not really make the catch. His typical answer (including to Commissioner Landis, who said it was a good answer) was always "The umpire said I caught it." He left a sealed letter at the Hall of Fame to be opened after his death. In it, he had written to Hall of Fame President Paul Kerr: "At no time did I lose possession of the ball." That was insufficient to some, but the Senators had lost the Series, so his play did not affect the final outcome.

The Senators' regular shortstop and the 1925 American League Most Valuable Player, Roger Peckinpaugh, had a tough Series, committing a record eight (8) errors in the seven (7) game series.

"In 1925, the Senators hopped the Big Train once too often... earning Bucky [Harris] the criticism of many fans and American League head [Ban] Johnson who dispatched an irate wire to the Senators manager. Despite all the second guessing Harris has always said, 'If I had it to do over again, I'd still pitch Johnson.'" (Lamont Buchanan, The World Series and Highlights of Baseball, Dutton, 1951)


NL Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs. AL Washington Senators (3)

1Washington Senators – 4, Pittsburgh Pirates – 1October 7Forbes Field41,723[1]
2Washington Senators – 2, Pittsburgh Pirates – 3October 8Forbes Field43,364[2]
3Pittsburgh Pirates – 3, Washington Senators – 4October 10Griffith Stadium36,495[3]
4Pittsburgh Pirates – 0, Washington Senators – 4October 11Griffith Stadium38,701[4]
5Pittsburgh Pirates – 6, Washington Senators – 3October 12Griffith Stadium35,899[5]
6Washington Senators – 2, Pittsburgh Pirates – 3October 13Forbes Field43,810[6]
7Washington Senators – 7, Pittsburgh Pirates – 9October 15Forbes Field42,856[7]


Game 1Edit

Wednesday, October 7, 1925 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 123456789RHE
Washington 010020001 4 81
Pittsburgh 000010000 1 50
WP: Walter Johnson (1–0)  LP: Lee Meadows (0–1)  
HRs:  WAS – Joe Harris (1)  PIT – Pie Traynor (1)

Game 2Edit

Thursday, October 8, 1925 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 123456789RHE
Washington 010000001 2 82
Pittsburgh 00010002X 3 70
WP: Vic Aldridge (1–0)  LP: Stan Coveleski (0–1)  
HRs:  WAS – Joe Judge (1)  PIT – Glenn Wright (1), Kiki Cuyler (1)

Game 3Edit

Saturday, October 10, 1925 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Team 123456789RHE
Pittsburgh 010101000 3 82
Washington 00100120X 4 101
WP: Alex Ferguson (1–0)  LP: Ray Kremer (0–1)  SV: Firpo Marberry (1)  
HRs:  WAS – Goose Goslin (1)

Game 4Edit

Sunday, October 11, 1925 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Team 123456789RHE
Pittsburgh 000000000 0 61
Washington 00400000X 4 120
WP: Walter Johnson (2–0)  LP: Emil Yde (0–1)  
HRs:  WAS – Goose Goslin (2), Joe Harris (2)

Game 5Edit

Monday, October 12, 1925 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Team 123456789RHE
Pittsburgh 002000211 6 130
Washington 100100100 3 81
WP: Vic Aldridge (2–0)  LP: Stan Coveleski (0–2)  
HRs:  WAS – Joe Harris (3)

Game 6Edit

Tuesday, October 13, 1925 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 123456789RHE
Washington 110000000 2 62
Pittsburgh 00201000X 3 71
WP: Ray Kremer (1–1)  LP: Alex Ferguson (1–1)  
HRs:  WAS – Goose Goslin (3)  PIT – Eddie Moore (1)

Game 7Edit

Thursday, October 15, 1925 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 123456789RHE
Washington 400200010 7 72
Pittsburgh 00301023X 9 153
WP: Ray Kremer (2–1)  LP: Walter Johnson (2–1)  SV: Red Oldham (1)  
HRs:  WAS – Roger Peckinpaugh (1)

Composite boxEdit

1925 World Series (4–3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over Washington Senators (A.L.)

Team 123456789RHE
Pittsburgh Pirates 017231461 25 617
Washington Senators 635321312 26 599

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 282,848   Average attendance: 40,407</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $5,333   Losing player’s share: $3,735[8]</td></tr>



  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 108-113)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2133. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1925 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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