Dave Bancroft Scores the 1st Run in the Last Game of the 1921 World Series Original Photo

The much-anticipated 1921 World Series featured John McGraw's New York Giants, dedicated practitioners of the dead-ball era's "inside game", and the New York Yankees, who relied on the "power game" exemplified by Babe Ruth, who was coming off of what was arguably his best year ever statistically. This was the first World Series appearance by the Yankees, who have gone on to play in the Series a record 40 times. The 1921 Series was a closely contested matchup that ended on a double play featuring a baserunning miscue.

Facing elimination, Yankee manager Miller Huggins sent Ruth out to pinch-hit in the bottom of the ninth. The Babe, nursing both elbow and knee injuries, had sat out this game and missed all of Games 6 & 7. The bases were empty and the Yankees still trailed by the lone run of the game scored by the Giants in the top of the first. A HR would tie the game, and a hit or a walk would give the Yankees a chance. But Ruth grounded out, and shortly afterwards Frank Baker hit into a double play after a walk by Aaron Ward who was thrown out at third base for the final out of the Series, giving the Giants their first world championship since Christy Mathewson's record three complete shutouts in 1905.

Offered is an 8x10 original International photo (stamp on back) with original paper caption from the 8th game of the World Series that was played at the Polo Grounds on October 13, 1921.  This scene shows Hall of Famer, Dave Bancroft scoring the first run in the first inning of the last game of the World Series in which the Giants would become the World Champions a few hours later.  Wally Schang is also pictured in the photograph (catching for the Yankees)


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Dave Bancroft Scores the 1st Run in the Last Game of the 1921 World Series Original Photo