Movie Glimpse of the 1925 World Series

The 1925 World Series Pittsburgh @ Washington On a windy and chilly afternoon.

The 1925 World Series
Pittsburgh @ Washington
On a windy and chilly afternoon.

It’s only a short film, but it’s far more recent producers have pulled it together with a little jazz piano background to make up for the silence. It’s still a valuable glimpse of the times and some of the more recognizable figures of those days. As we all know and regret too well, we don’t have an overrunning supply of moving action films from those earlier times.

A uniformed Walter Johnson greets the visiting Babe Ruth, who is only a viewer of the action in 1925. A couple of unfamiliar players do a rowboat imitation on the sidelines prior to a game at Griffith Stadium. A tall distinguished fellow with a mustache  (not President Coolidge) throws out the first ball. Some poor Pirate hitter gets whacked by an inside fastball from Walter Johnson. Players run the bases like the fastest sugar ants any kitchen has ever seen. Commissioner Landis is there, wearing a top coat on a sunny day that also could have protected him from the blizzard of the century, had there been one. A couple of close-ups give most of us a long, long look at two once wildly famous faces that a lot of us young guys no longer recognize at all. The Griffith Stadium crowd, or crowds, depending on how many contests this film takes in, appear to be booked to capacity. A flag shadow on the field shows the wind to be blowing mighty hard – undoubtedly the reason for all the heavy clothing. Things look cold and clear. And one scene, looking in from the left field stands, shows the infield dirt full of divots and footprint holes – and the infield grass to be rough to clumpy to dying. You don’t get the impression that anything like our contemporary ground crews are coming out to smooth the dirt or hand pick the bad grass. After all, its 1925. The field has been good enough all year. Maybe they fixed it up once they got the World Series out of the way. Oh yes, one more thing, even though you can’t hear him here, and you may be getting tired of me calling his number this week, but I must mention the fact that Graham McNamee did the radio broadcast of all seven games of the 1925 World Series.

Here’s the movie link:

The actual 1925 World Series must have been a pretty exciting one. Walter Johnson of the Senators won a couple of early ones, enough to give Washington a 3-2 lead in games going back to Pittsburgh for the last game or two, if needed. The Pirates proceeded to edge the Senators, 3-2, in Game Six and then they finished their World Series victory with a 9-7 win over Walter Johnson in Game Seven.


 eagle-0range Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


5 Responses to “Movie Glimpse of the 1925 World Series”

  1. shinerbock80 Says:

    That MAY be Andrew Mellon throwing out the first pitch, but I am far from sure. Tough to find any image of him smiling.

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    The man throwing out the first ball resembles the Governor of Pennsylvania, Gifford Pinchot, who according to Baseball Almanac did throw out the 1st pitch at Forbes Field on October 7, 1925.

  3. Ira Liebman Says:

    Who got hit by the Walter Johnson pitch & who threw out the first pitch?

  4. Sam Q Says:

    YouTube “Centerfield” by John Fogerty, you will some of the same images of the film and others from an All Star game as he sings the song!


  5. Cliff Blau Says:

    I’m not sure, but I think the guys doing the rowboat bit were Nick Altrock and Al Schacht, Nationals coaches.

    The player who got hit by the pitch was the late Max Carey.

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