1923 New York Yankees season

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1923 New York Yankees
1923 World Series Champions
1923 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
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Owner(s) Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston
Manager(s) Miller Huggins
Local television none
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The 1923 New York Yankees season was the 23rd season for this American League franchise and its 21st season in New York. Manager Miller Huggins led the team to their third straight pennant with a 98-54 record, 16 games ahead of the second place Detroit Tigers. The Yankees moved into the now famous Yankee Stadium. In the 1923 World Series, they avenged their 1921 and 1922 losses by defeating the New York Giants in 6 games, 4 games to 2, and won their first World Series title.

Regular season[edit]

Yankee Stadium in 1923, about 2 weeks before opening.

The Yankees began their first World Championship Season on April 18 as they opened Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth christened the new stadium, with a home run in the Yankees' 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The stadium would later be called "the House that Ruth Built".

On May 5, the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Athletics 7-2 at Yankee Stadium to regain first place, the Yankees would never fall back in the standings for the rest of the season.

Babe Ruth set a Yankees record for highest batting average in one season by hitting .393. Ruth also finished the season with 41 home runs and 131 RBIs. Ruth’s average was not enough to win the batting title, as Ruth finished in second place to Detroit’s Harry Heilmann who batted .403. Ruth reached base safely 379 times during the season.[1]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 98 54 0.645 46–30 52–24
Detroit Tigers 83 71 0.539 16 45–32 38–39
Cleveland Indians 82 71 0.536 16½ 42–36 40–35
Washington Senators 75 78 0.490 23½ 43–34 32–44
St. Louis Browns 74 78 0.487 24 40–36 34–42
Philadelphia Athletics 69 83 0.454 29 34–41 35–42
Chicago White Sox 69 85 0.448 30 30–45 39–40
Boston Red Sox 61 91 0.401 37 37–40 24–51


Roster[edit]

1923 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Schang, WallyWally Schang 84 272 75 .276 2 29
1B Pipp, WallyWally Pipp 144 569 173 .304 6 108
2B Ward, AaronAaron Ward 152 567 161 .284 10 82
3B Dugan, JoeJoe Dugan 146 644 182 .283 7 67
SS Scott, EverettEverett Scott 152 533 131 .246 6 60
OF Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth 152 522 205 .393 41 131
OF Witt, WhiteyWhitey Witt 146 596 187 .314 6 56
OF Meusel, BobBob Meusel 132 460 144 .314 9 91

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Hofmann, FredFred Hofmann 72 238 69 .290 3 26
Smith, ElmerElmer Smith 70 183 56 .306 7 35
Hendrick, HarveyHarvey Hendrick 37 66 18 .273 3 12
Bengough, BennyBenny Bengough 19 53 7 .132 0 3
Johnson, ErnieErnie Johnson 19 38 17 .448 1 8
McNally, MikeMike McNally 30 38 8 .211 0 1
Gehrig, LouLou Gehrig 13 26 11 .423 1 9
Haines, HinkeyHinkey Haines 28 25 4 .160 0 3
Gazella, MikeMike Gazella 8 13 1 .077 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bush, JoeJoe Bush 37 275.2 19 15 3.43 125
Shawkey, BobBob Shawkey 36 258.2 16 11 3.51 125
Jones, SamSam Jones 34 243 21 8 3.63 68
Hoyt, WaiteWaite Hoyt 37 238.2 17 9 3.02 60
Pennock, HerbHerb Pennock 35 238.1 19 6 3.13 93

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mays, CarlCarl Mays 23 81.1 5 2 6.20 16
Pipgras, GeorgeGeorge Pipgras 8 33.1 1 3 5.94 12

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Roettger, OscarOscar Roettger 5 0 0 1 8.49 7

1923 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1923 World Series
Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NYY-NYG)

Attendance
1 October 10 New York Giants 5 New York Yankees 4 0-1 55,307
2 October 11 New York Yankees 4 New York Giants 2 1-1 40,402
3 October 12 New York Giants 1 New York Yankees 0 1-2 62,430
4 October 13 ‡ New York Yankees 8 New York Giants 4 2-2 46,302
5 October 14 ‡ New York Giants 1 New York Yankees 8 3-2 62,817
6 October 15 ‡ New York Yankees 6 New York Giants 4 4-2 34,172
New York Yankees win 4-2

Awards and honors[edit]

Franchise records[edit]

  • Babe Ruth, club record, highest single-season batting average, (.393)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p.36, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Preceded by
New York Yankees
1922
American League Champions
New York Yankees

1923
Succeeded by
Washington Senators
1924