Informal three-quarter length portrait of baseball pitcher John Scott, of the National League's New York Giants, demonstrating a knuckleball grip on a baseball, sitting on the field at Weeghman Field (later renamed Wrigley Field), located at 1060 West Addison Street and bounded by West Waveland Avenue, North Seminary Avenue, North Clark Street, and North Sheffield Avenue in the Lake View community area of Chicago, Illinois. 1925 Photo SDN-065480, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
One of baseball’s original knuckleball pitchers, Jack Scott won over 100 major league games even though he started his career working for lousy teams. He led the league three times in games started, including 50 and 48 in 1926 and 1927. In the opening days of the 1922 season he was purchased by the New York Giants and worked with manager John McGraw, and from then on, Jack Scott compiled some very impressive winning numbers.
That season, 1922, he finished with an 8-2 record, then a 16-7 mark in 1923.
Jack Scott helped John McGraw’s Giants teams win back-to-back NL pennants in 1922 and 1923. In Game 3 of the 1922 World Series he pitched a four-hit, 3-0 complete game shutout against the Yankees, led by baseball legend Babe Ruth, as the Giants won the Series in 5 games. In the 1923 World Series, John Scott started and lost Game 4, pitching just one inning. He also relieved in Game 4 for two innings. The Yankees won the 1923 Series in 6 games. Note: in the 1923 Series Babe Ruth hit 3 home runs.