1923 World Series

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1923 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Miller Huggins 98–54, .645, GA: 16
New York Giants (2) John McGraw 95–58, .621, GA: 4 12
Dates: October 10–15
Radio: Westinghouse
Radio announcers: W. O. McGeehan (Games 1–3), Graham McNamee (Games 3–6)
Umpires: Billy Evans (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), Dick Nallin (AL), Bob Hart (NL)
Hall of Famers: Umpires: Billy Evans, Hank O'Day.
Yankees: Miller Huggins (mgr.), Lou Gehrig (dnp), Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, Babe Ruth.
Giants: John McGraw (mgr.), Dave Bancroft, Frankie Frisch, Travis Jackson, George Kelly, Casey Stengel‡, Bill Terry (dnp), Hack Wilson (dnp), Ross Youngs.
‡ elected as a manager.
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In the 1923 World Series, the New York Yankees beat the New York Giants in six games. This would be the first of the Yankees' 27 World Series championships (as of 2014). The series was not played in a 2–3–2 format; the home field alternated each game.

Background[edit]

The Yankees opened their new stadium in April on a home run by Babe Ruth, setting the tone for the season and this Series, in which Ruth hit three home runs along with drawing eight walks. In Game 2, second baseman, Aaron Ward hit a home run. The Giants' one bright spot was "Old Casey" Stengel, who hit game-winning homers in each of the two Giants' victories. In typically eccentric Stengel fashion, one of them was inside-the-park at the cavernous Yankee Stadium, and his shoe came loose during his run around the bases. Stengel was traded after the season, leading him to quip later in life, "It's a good thing I didn't hit three homers in three games, or McGraw would have traded me to the Three-I League!". A quarter century later, Stengel would take on the role of Yankees manager, and would guide the Bronx Bombers through one of their most successful eras.

In Game 6, The Yankees overcame the 4–1 deficit by staging a five-run rally in the eighth inning to clinch the series.

The three consecutive matchups between the Yankees and Giants (1921–1923) marked the only time (as of 2012), that three straight World Series featured the same two clubs.

Thanks to the large seating capacity of the new Yankee Stadium, coupled with expansion of the Polo Grounds the same year, the 1923 Series was the first to eclipse 300,000 in total attendance (301,430), averaging over 50,000 per game (50,238), with gate receipts over $1 million ($1,063,815.00).

This was the third time that a team had inaugurated a new stadium with a World Series win, and would be the last until the St. Louis Cardinals victory in their new ballpark in 2006 and the New York Yankees again won the World Series in 2009 in their new Yankee Stadium

Babe Ruth had a great series, his first great one as a Yankee, batted .368 and hit three home runs in the series.

Neither Lou Gehrig, Bill Terry nor Hack Wilson played in the Series. These future Hall of Famers were each in their first season and had played no more than thirteen games in the regular season. Gehrig had been called up from Hartford to play for the Yankees that year. In that time, however, a team had to have the permission of both the commissioner and the opposing team's manager to make a roster change so late in the season eligible for postseason play. The Yankees gained the permission of Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis who then told them to get John McGraw's permission. McGraw and the Yankees had a long history of disdain after both teams had shared a stadium and the Giants had won both the 1921 and 1922 World Series from New York. Therefore he declined permission and Gehrig would not be allowed to participate in the series which otherwise would have been his first World Series. As noted baseball historian John Thorn said, "As if the Yankees needed any more reason to hate John McGraw."[1]

Summary[edit]

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL New York Giants (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 10 New York Giants – 5, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:05 55,307[2]
2 October 11 New York Yankees – 4, New York Giants – 2 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:08 40,402[3] 
3 October 12 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:05 62,430[4] 
4 October 13 New York Yankees – 8, New York Giants – 4 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:32 46,302[5] 
5 October 14 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 8 Yankee Stadium (I) 1:55 62,817[6] 
6 October 15 New York Yankees – 6, New York Giants – 4 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:05 34,172[7]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Fans entering Yankee Stadium before Game 1 of the World Series.

Wednesday, October 10, 1923 at Yankee Stadium (I) in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
New York (AL) 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 1
WP: Rosy Ryan (1–0)   LP: Bullet Joe Bush (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Casey Stengel (1)
NYY: None

Game 2[edit]

The newly built Yankee Stadium was visible from the Polo Grounds in 1923, seen here above the outfield bleachers.

Thursday, October 11, 1923 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 10 0
New York (NL) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 2
WP: Herb Pennock (1–0)   LP: Hugh McQuillan (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Aaron Ward (1), Babe Ruth 2 (2)
NYG: Irish Meusel (1)

Game 3[edit]

Friday, October 12, 1923 at Yankee Stadium (I) in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
WP: Art Nehf (1–0)   LP: Sad Sam Jones (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Casey Stengel (2)
NYY: None

Game 4[edit]

Saturday, October 13, 1923 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 13 1
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 13 1
WP: Bob Shawkey (1–0)   LP: Jack Scott (0–1)   Sv: Herb Pennock (1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
NYG: Ross Youngs (1)

Game 5[edit]

Sunday, October 14, 1923 at Yankee Stadium (I) in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
New York (AL) 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 8 14 0
WP: Bullet Joe Bush (1–1)   LP: Jack Bentley (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: None
NYY: Joe Dugan (1)

Game 6[edit]

Monday, October 15, 1923 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 6 5 0
New York (NL) 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 10 1
WP: Herb Pennock (2–0)   LP: Art Nehf (1–1)   Sv: Sad Sam Jones (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Babe Ruth (3)
NYG: Frank Snyder (1)

Composite line score[edit]

1923 World Series (4–2): New York Yankees (A.L.) over New York Giants (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 5 13 1 4 1 0 1 5 0 30 60 3
New York Giants 1 2 4 1 1 2 1 3 2 17 47 6
Total attendance: 301,430   Average attendance: 50,238
Winning player's share: $6,143   Losing player's share: $4,113[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Thorn interview, Yankeeography, Lou Gehrig, 2004.
  2. ^ "1923 World Series Game 1 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1923 World Series Game 2 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1923 World Series Game 3 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1923 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "1923 World Series Game 5 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ "1923 World Series Game 6 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 97–101. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). MacMillian Publishing. p. 2131. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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