October 10, 1924: Two Bad Hops to Victory -Minnesota Twins-

As with the its two championship teams of 1987 and 1991, the Twins’ franchise known in 1924 as the Washington Senators came into Game Seven of the World Series after staying alive with a Game Six triumph—and would become the benefactors of the New York Giants’ habit of rotten luck at the Fall Classic during manager John McGraw’s time.
Fate actually seemed to side with the Giants early on at Griffith Stadium, taking a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning thanks to two Washington errors that led to a pair of unearned runs. That advantage held until the eighth, when the Senators loaded the bases with two outs. Player-manager Bucky Harris, bestowed with the moniker “Boy Wonder” for his first-year piloting of the Senators at age 27, next hit a sharp grounder toward 18-year-old New York rookie third baseman Fred Lindstrom, who helplessly watched as an expected last easy hop accelerated wildly over his head and into left field, bringing in two runs to tie the game.
To keep the Giants from retaking the lead, the Senators sent out legendary ace Walter Johnson, who had sparkled in a renaissance effort during the season at age 36—but was ineffectively out of character in two series starts thus far. Over the next four innings, the Big Train would not be overpowering—allowing six runners to reach base—but he kept the Giants from scoring and struck out five batters.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, the Senators punched out one stroke of luck after another. With one out, Muddy Ruel doubled—but only after surviving a foul pop-up that Giants catcher Hank Gowdy couldn’t reach because his foot got caught in the catcher’s mask he had just thrown to the ground. Johnson then bounced a grounder to shortstop Travis Jackson, who bobbled it and failed to make the play, moving Ruel to third. Earl McNeely then hit another sharp grounder right at Lindstrom; the young third baseman backed up, waited to take the ball—and watched it jump high over his head once again. Ruel scored and the Senators became champions of baseball for the first and only time in their 60-year existence in the Nation’s Capitol. As for Lindstrom, he blamed the bad hops on a pebble in the infield dirt.

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