”First in War, first in peace, last in the American League!” A derisive label, to say the least. But it didn’t always apply. That is evidenced by these (2) vintage World Series programs from a two-year run in which the Senators interrupted two Yankee runs of three successive pennants each. Includes:
1924 World Series Program: a 32-page publication comprised completely of black-and-white photographs of Senators players/personnel (no text or statistics). The inside front and back covers are home to scoring grids for the Senators and Giants, respectively. These have been scored in pencil to document a 4-3 Senators triumph in which Hall of Famers Goose Goslin and Bucky Harris homered. Issued at Griffith Stadium for Game 2 of the ’24 Fall Classic, the guide presents (VG) with a vertical compacting fold (very common to stadium-issued publications of this era) and moisture-induced wrinkling and ink migration. Covers and all pages remain intact.
1925 World Series Program: issued at Griffith Stadium for Game 3 of the series, the publication is comprised mostly of sepia-toned photos of Senators players/personnel. The only text is found in the form of player identifiers and details of local businesses in the few advertisements present. On pages 32 and 33, scoring grids have been marked in graphite pencil to detail a 4-3 Senators victory in which Goslin homered. The item technically presents (PR), as the front cover and all pages are detached. Additionally, the last (4) pages and the back cover are missing. Still, the components that remain represent a rare survivor.