1921 Major League Baseball season

1921 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 13 – October 2, 1921
Regular Season
League Postseason
AL champions New York Yankees
NL champions New York Giants
World Series
Champions New York Giants
  Runners-up New York Yankees

The 1921 Major League Baseball season, ended when the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees in Game 8 of the World Series. 1921 was the first of three straight seasons in which the Yankees would lead the majors in wins. Babe Ruth broke the single season home run record for the third consecutive season by hitting 59 home runs in 152 games. Ruth also broke Roger Connor's record for the most home runs all time when he hit his 139th home run on July 18 against Bert Cole.[1] The record for career strikeouts, previously held by Cy Young was also broken in 1921 by Walter Johnson; Johnson lead the league in strikeouts with 143 and ended the season with 2,835 strikeouts. Young struck out 2,803 during his career.[2] The Cincinnati Reds set a Major League record for the fewest strikeouts in a season, with only 308.[3] Future hall of famers Kiki Cuyler and Goose Goslin both debuted in September 1921.[4]

Major league baseball final standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 9855 0.641 53–25 45–30
Cleveland Indians 9460 0.610 51–26 43–34
St. Louis Browns 8173 0.526 17½ 43–34 38–39
Washington Senators 8073 0.523 18 46–30 34–43
Boston Red Sox 7579 0.487 23½ 41–36 34–43
Detroit Tigers 7182 0.464 27 37–40 34–42
Chicago White Sox 6292 0.403 36½ 37–40 25–52
Philadelphia Athletics 53100 0.346 45 28–47 25–53
National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 9459 0.614 53–26 41–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 9063 0.588 4 45–31 45–32
St. Louis Cardinals 8766 0.569 7 48–29 39–37
Boston Braves 7974 0.516 15 42–32 37–42
Brooklyn Robins 7775 0.507 16½ 41–37 36–38
Cincinnati Reds 7083 0.458 24 40–36 30–47
Chicago Cubs 6489 0.418 30 32–44 32–45
Philadelphia Phillies 51103 0.331 43½ 29–47 22–56

MLB statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
TypeNameStatNameStat
AVGHarry Heilmann DET.394Rogers Hornsby STL.397
HRBabe Ruth NYY59George Kelly NYG23
RBIBabe Ruth NYY171Rogers Hornsby STL126
WinsUrban Shocker SLB, Carl Mays NYY27Wilbur Cooper PIT, Burleigh Grimes BRO22
ERARed Faber CWS2.48Bill Doak STL2.59
SOWalter Johnson WSH143Burleigh Grimes BRO136
SBGeorge Sisler35Frankie Frisch NYG49

Managers

American League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Hugh Duffy
Chicago White Sox Kid Gleason
Cleveland Indians Tris Speaker
Detroit Tigers Ty Cobb
New York Yankees Miller Huggins
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Lee Fohl
Washington Senators George McBride

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves Fred Mitchell
Brooklyn Robins Wilbert Robinson
Chicago Cubs Johnny Evers and Bill Killefer
Cincinnati Reds Pat Moran
New York Giants John McGraw
Philadelphia Phillies Bill Donovan and Kaiser Wilhelm
Pittsburgh Pirates George Gibson
St. Louis Cardinals Branch Rickey

Events

References

  1. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/event_hr.cgi?id=ruthba01&t=b
  2. https://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/SO_p_progress.shtml
  3. "Single Season Team Strikeout Records". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  4. https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1921-debuts.shtml
  5. Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386.


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