Neyer: Bucky Harris pulls the Ogden Gambit in the 1924 World Series

From SABR member Rob Neyer at The National Pastime Museum on May 19, 2017:

Curly Ogden. In the annals of important World Series pitchers, Curly Ogden doesn’t usually figure real high on the list.

No wonder! In his five-season career in the Major Leagues, Ogden went 18–19. More to the point, his entire World Series career consisted of only two batters faced, one of whom he walked.

Yet in 1924—his best season in the Majors, by the way—Ogden, despite facing only two batters in the entire World Series and recording just a single out, played a key role in the Washington Senators’ only World Championship in that team’s 60-year history.

In ’24 the Senators won their first American League pennant, just edging the Yankees with a tremendous stretch run (35–13 in their last 48 games). In the Series the Senators faced John McGraw’s New York Giants, winners of their fourth straight National League title.

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Originally published: May 19, 2017. Last Updated: May 19, 2017.