1921 Major League Baseball season

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This article is about the 1921 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1921 in baseball.
1921 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 13, 1921 – 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
MLB seasons

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 season 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[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 98 55 0.641 53–25 45–30
Cleveland Indians 94 60 0.610 51–26 43–34
St. Louis Browns 81 73 0.526 17½ 43–34 38–39
Washington Senators 80 73 0.523 18 46–30 34–43
Boston Red Sox 75 79 0.487 23½ 41–36 34–43
Detroit Tigers 71 82 0.464 27 37–40 34–42
Chicago White Sox 62 92 0.403 36½ 37–40 25–52
Philadelphia Athletics 53 100 0.346 45 28–47 25–53


National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 94 59 0.614 53–26 41–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 63 0.588 4 45–31 45–32
St. Louis Cardinals 87 66 0.569 7 48–29 39–37
Boston Braves 79 74 0.516 15 42–32 37–42
Brooklyn Robins 77 75 0.507 16½ 41–37 36–38
Cincinnati Reds 70 83 0.458 24 40–36 30–47
Chicago Cubs 64 89 0.418 30 32–44 32–45
Philadelphia Phillies 51 103 0.331 43½ 29–47 22–56


MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Harry Heilmann DET .394 Rogers Hornsby STL .397
HR Babe Ruth NYY 59 George Kelly NYG 23
RBI Babe Ruth NYY 171 Rogers Hornsby STL 126
Wins Urban Shocker SLB, Carl Mays NYY 27 Wilbur Cooper PIT, Burleigh Grimes BRO 22
ERA Red Faber CWS 2.48 Bill Doak STL 2.59
SO Walter Johnson WSH 143 Burleigh Grimes BRO 136
SB George Sisler 35 Frankie Frisch NYG 49

Events[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/event_hr.cgi?id=ruthba01&t=b
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/SO_p_progress.shtml
  3. ^ "Single Season Team Strikeout Records". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://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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