World Series watch
A crowd gathered outside the Asheville Citizen building (site of the present Woolworth Building) at 25 Haywood St. to follow the scoreboard during the 1923 World Series. If there had been New York Giants fans in attendance, they must have dashed their hats, for the New York Yankees, would come from behind with five runs in the eighth inning of the sixth game to win their first World Series—and not in a pretty way. In that inning, Giants’ ace, Artie Nehf, one-hitting the Yankees for six innings after a first inning homer by Babe Ruth, gave up two singles and two walks before being replaced by Rosy Ryan, who’d won 16 and lost only 5 during the season. With the bases loaded, Ryan walked in another run before striking out Ruth for the second out. Holding onto a 4-3 lead, Ryan then yielded a single to Bob Meusel, who’d advance to third on an outfielder error, sending three home. It was exciting without the visuals. The newspaper office continued a tradition started at its previous site on Battery Park Place, what is now College Street along Pritchard Park.