1933 World Series

1933 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Giants (4) Bill Terry (player/manager) 91–61, .599, GA: 5
Washington Senators (1) Joe Cronin (player/manager) 99–53, .651, GA: 7
Dates October 3–7
Umpires Charley Moran (NL), George Moriarty (AL), Cy Pfirman (NL), Red Ormsby (AL)
Hall of Famers Giants: Carl Hubbell, Travis Jackson, Mel Ott, Bill Terry.
Senators: Joe Cronin, Goose Goslin, Heinie Manush, Sam Rice.
Broadcast
Radio NBC, CBS
Radio announcers NBC: Hal Totten, Tom Manning, Graham McNamee
CBS: Fred Hoey, France Laux, Roger Baker, Ted Husing
World Series

The 1933 World Series featured the New York Giants and the Washington Senators. The Giants won in five games for their first championship since 1922 and their fourth overall. The Giants easily defeated the Senators behind pitching aces "King" Carl Hubbell and "Prince" Hal Schumacher.

Majority owner John McGraw retired as manager in 1932 after 30 years at the helm, naming his protégé, young star first baseman Bill Terry, recently the last .400 hitter in the National League, as his player-manager successor. Somewhat similarly, former superstar hurler Walter Johnson also retired in 1932 as Senator manager in favor of young star shortstop Joe Cronin as their new player-manager. (McGraw watched the Series from the stands, and died four months later.)

The Senators were the surprise team of 1933, breaking a seven-year monopoly on the AL title jointly held by the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics from 1926 to 1932. But this could also be called a joint 13-year monopoly by all three, since the Senators had also won in 1924 and 1925 and the Yankees won from 1921 to 1923. 43 year old future hall of famer Sam Rice, in his last year with the Senators, had only one at bat during the series, picking up a pinch hit single in the second game.

Summary

NL New York Giants (4) vs. AL Washington Senators (1)

GameDateScoreLocationTimeAttendance 
1October 3Washington Senators – 2, New York Giants – 4Polo Grounds2:0746,672[1] 
2October 4Washington Senators – 1, New York Giants – 6Polo Grounds2:0935,461[2] 
3October 5New York Giants – 0, Washington Senators – 4Griffith Stadium1:5525,727[3] 
4October 6New York Giants – 2, Washington Senators – 1 (11 innings)Griffith Stadium2:5926,762[4] 
5October 7New York Giants – 4, Washington Senators – 3 (10 innings)Griffith Stadium2:3828,454[5]

Matchups

Game 1

Tuesday, October 3, 1933 1:30 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
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WP: Carl Hubbell (1–0)   LP: Lefty Stewart (0–1)
Home runs:
WAS: None
NYG: Mel Ott (1)

Mel Ott had four hits and three RBI in Game 1, hitting a two-run home run in the first and RBI single in the third with two on, all off of Lefty Stewart. Travis Jackson scored the Giants' last run on a groundout off of Jack Russell. Carl Hubbell struck out ten, allowed two unearned runs (on groundouts by Joe Cronin in the fourth with two on and Joe Kuhel with the bases loaded in the ninth]] and pitched a five-hitter.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 4, 1933 1:30 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
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WP: Hal Schumacher (1–0)   LP: General Crowder (0–1)
Home runs:
WAS: Goose Goslin (1)
NYG: None

The Giants overcame a 1-0 deficit (as a result of Goose Goslin's third inning home run) with a six-run sixth inning. They loaded the bases with no outs on a single, double and intentional walk off of General Crowder before Lefty O'Doul hit a pinch-hit single that scored two runs. RBI singles by Travis Jackson, Gus Mancuso, Hal Schumacher and Jo-Jo Moore each scored a run. Hal Schumacher pitched a five-hitter for a 6-1 victory, giving New York a 2-0 lead.

Game 3

Thursday, October 5, 1933 1:30 pm (ET) at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
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WP: Earl Whitehill (1–0)   LP: Freddie Fitzsimmons (0–1)

The Senators scored two runs in the first inning on Joe Cronin's RBI groundout with runners on second and third followed by Fred Schulte's RBI double. Next inning, Ossie Bluege hit a leadoff double and scored on Buddy Myer's double. They got one more run in the seventh when Luke Sewell singled, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Myer's double. Earl Whitehill held New York to five hits in the shutout.

Game 4

Friday, October 6, 1933 1:30 pm (ET) at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
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WP: Carl Hubbell (2–0)   LP: Monte Weaver (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Bill Terry (1)
WAS: None

Carl Hubbell went all eleven innings in the 2-1 win. He induced Cliff Bolton to ground out into a bases-loaded, game ending double play. Bill Terry's home run off of Monte Weaver put the Giants up 1–0 in the fourth, but the Senators tied the score in the seventh when Joe Kuhel reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Luke Sewell's single. Travis Jackson singled to lead off the 11th, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored the game winning run on Blondy Ryan' single.

Game 5

Saturday, October 7, 1933 1:30 pm (ET) at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
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WP: Dolf Luque (1–0)   LP: Jack Russell (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Mel Ott (2)
WAS: Fred Schulte (1)

In the second, Hal Schumacher's two-run single with runners on second and third put the Giants up 2–0 off of General Crowder. Kiddo Davis hit a leadoff double in the sixth and scored on Gus Mancuso's double to extend the lead to 3–0. Fred Schulte hit a game-tying three run homer in the sixth after two, two-out singles. for the Senators. Mel Ott's second home run of the series in the tenth off of Jack Russell won it for New York. Dolf Luque earned the win with 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief for Schumaker.

Composite line score

1933 World Series (4–1): New York Giants (N.L.) over Washington Senators (A.L.)

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New York Giants2221070001116474
Washington Senators2111032010011374
Total attendance: 163,076   Average attendance: 32,615
Winning player's share: $4,257   Losing player's share: $3,020[6]

Aftermath

Washington, D.C. has not hosted another World Series since 1933. In 2012, the Washington Nationals, formerly the Montreal Expos, brought back postseason play to D.C. for the first time in 79 years but blew the NLDS one strike away from eliminating the St. Louis Cardinals after their early 6–0 lead had evaporated. The Nats have yet to win a postseason series since their move, as their later October stints in 2014, 2016, and 2017 all ended in NLDS losses. (Montreal only made one postseason appearance, winning the 1981 National League Division Series that was created due to that season's players' strike.) This first Washington Senators franchise became the Minnesota Twins during the 1960–61 offseason, and would not reach the World Series again until 1965 as the Twins—since then, they have won two World Series, in 1987 and 1991. The second Washington Senators, inaugurated in 1961 to replace the first edition on its way to Minnesota, became the Texas Rangers in 1972, who were also defeated four games to one in their first World Series ever by the now San Francisco Giants in 2010, with both Series 77 years apart starting in the Giants' home park and the Giants losing only Game 3 on the road in each. The Rangers were then defeated again in 2011 by the St. Louis Cardinals. They had two chances to win in Game 6 when they came within one strike of winning.

Notes

References

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 147–150. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2141. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 
  • Sarnoff, Gary A. (2009). The Wrecking Crew of '33: The Washington Senators' Last Pennant (1st ed.). McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-4291-3. 
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