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The list of dignitaries occupying box seats at Forbes Field included Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot, Judge Landis, Ban Johnson, Garry Herrmann, John Heydler and a host of celebrities from the boxing and entertainment industry. Actress Rosetta Duncan ... presented Bill McKechnie and Bucky Harris with large flower bouquets. Kiki Cuyler received a golden ball and bat from adoring fans ... Forbes Field's press box was filled with prominent writers from across the country. Mixed in among the usual scribes were players and managers such as John McGraw, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner, who were writing syndicated columns during the Fall Classic.
The Battling Bucs of 1925 (Ronald T. Waldo, 2012)
Yes, even on that rare occasion when his Yankees missed a World Series berth, Babe Ruth
still couldn't resist the limelight. Here, the Sultan of Signature—despite being relegated to sideline status and surrounded by the Fall Classic's star combatants—still manages to snag his rightful place on prime sweet-spot real estate. To paraphrase a classic silver-screen quote: Nobody puts Babe in a corner!
Ruth's iconic blue-ink signature rates "6-7" in strength, and he is joined by 26 Pirates and 8 Senators whose script ranges from "6-10" and averages "8": PITTSBURGH - Adams, Aldridge, Barnhart, Bigbee, Max Carey ("6-7"), Fred Clarke ("6-7"), Culloton, Kiki Cuyler ("9-10"), Ens, Gooch, Grantham, Haas, McInnis, Bill McKechnie ("6"), Meadows, Moore, Morrison, Onslow, Rawlings, Sheehan, Smith, Spencer, Thompson, Pie Traynor ("8"), Wright, and Yde. WASHINGTON: Goose Goslin ("8"), Bucky Harris ("9", on ball label), Walter Johnson ("9"), Ogden, Peckinpaugh, Ruel, Ruether, and Zachary. Two separate side panels of the lightly toned, red-and-blue-stitched OAL ball display the handwritten notation, "October 1925."
A World Series for the ages, the showdown between the defending champion Senators and the Pirates went the distance, with Washington jumping out to a 3-1 lead before Pittsburgh retaliated with three straight victories. Johnson, who was still roaring down the tracks at age 37 and had tallied a 20-7 record during the regular season, now tacked on two more wins and a 2.08 ERA in October. Senators journeyman infielder Joe "Moon" Harris came out of nowhere to steal the show offensively, batting .440 with 11 hits, 5 runs, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 6 RBI. But Pirates mainstay Carey answered back with a .458 average of his own, plus 6 runs and 2 RBI.
A pregame news-service photo is shown here of Wagner, McKechnie, McGraw, Johnson, Ruth, Nick Altrock and Christy Walsh. Also, the Babe's syndicated articles from the Pittsburgh Press
can be accessed at the following links: "Pirate Infield Shines" October 8, 1925