Traditions, civic pride and patriotism have sadly waned as America and its National Pastime have “progressed” since the dawn of the World Series. In the matter of Chief Executives and Fall Classic showdowns, it was less than 100 years ago that both were revered beyond compare. This vintage 1924 World Series panoramic photograph conveys a nation’s unity and collective embracing of principals and institutions – which seemed to transcend heated battle on the diamond.
Framed to 47-1/4 x 11”. The black-and-white photo was captured by Washington’ D.C.’s Schutz Studio. Lined up at Griffith Stadium for the decisive seventh game of the 1924 World Series, members of the Washington Senators and New York Giants stand, humbled, with caps removed in the presence of President Calvin Coolidge. As the years have come and gone, such events have become more and more of a media circus and photo opportunity. But here, a mere glance conveys the magnitude of the event, participants and attendees. The series marked the then-record fourth straight and ninth overall appearance for the Giants. Washington, meanwhile, basked in the October spotlight for the very first time. Just beyond the short wall (draped by an American Flag) introducing the box seats, we readily recognize Coolidge, who is flanked by opposing skippers Bucky Harris and John McGraw. Also present are First Lady Grace Coolidge, Senators owner Clark Griffith and the unmistakable Kenesaw Mountain Landis. For Coolidge, the appearance was undoubtedly spent in a "fan" capacity rather than that of a diplomatic obligation. During his presidency, he attended 10 games - all at Griffith Stadium. Futhermore, he attended four World Series games (more than any President in U.S. history), including three during the 1924 showdown. With a marching band looking on in the distance, the players stand at attention. Goose Goslin is situated at the far left and, as we scan the procession, we note the familiar faces of Nick Altrock and Walter Johnson, the latter a charismatic figure that towers above his teammates in a Washington Senators sweater. Scanning the thousands of fans in the stands, you’ll notice a uniform display of neckties for the men and hats/dresses for the ladies. Additional appeal is inherent in that, of the scant population of examples that remain, the band members have been cropped so that the players are the centerpiece. This rare uncropped version hung at a Washington, D.C. landmark: the Market Inn - for the entirety of that establishment's existence. The frame and glass are both originals.
Invoking inspiration and memories of when all seemed well, this historic display is accompanied by a framed listing of the Senators players and the dignitaries who looked on that afternoon.
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