Majority owner John McGraw retired as manager in 1932 after 30 years at the helm, naming his protégé, young star first baseman Bill Terry, recently the last .400 hitter in the National League, as his player-manager successor. Somewhat similarly, former superstar hurler Walter Johnson also retired in 1932 as Senator manager in favor of young star shortstop Joe Cronin as their new player-manager. (McGraw watched the Series from the stands, and died four months later.)
The Senators were the surprise team of 1933, breaking a seven-year monopoly on the AL title jointly held by the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics from 1926 to 1932. But this could also be called a joint 13-year monopoly by all three, since the Senators had also won in 1924 and 1925 and the Yankees won from 1921 to 1923. 43 year old future hall of famer Sam Rice, in his last year with the Senators, had only one at bat during the series, picking up a pinch hit single in the second game.
Mel Ott had four hits and three RBI in Game 1. Carl Hubbell struck out ten, allowed two unearned runs and pitched a five-hitter.
The Giants overcame a 1-0 deficit with a six-run sixth inning. Lefty O'Doul had a pinch single that scored two runs. Hal Schumacher pitched a five-hitter for a 6-1 victory, giving New York a 2-0 lead.