1921 Major League Baseball season
|1921 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 13, 1921 – October 2, 1921|
|AL champions||New York Yankees|
|NL champions||New York Giants|
|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. 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. The Cincinnati Reds set a Major League record for the fewest strikeouts in a season, with only 308. Future hall of famers Kiki Cuyler and Goose Goslin both debuted in September 1921.
Major league baseball final standings
|New York Yankees||98||55||0.641||—||53–25||45–30|
|St. Louis Browns||81||73||0.526||17½||43–34||38–39|
|Boston Red Sox||75||79||0.487||23½||41–36||34–43|
|Chicago White Sox||62||92||0.403||36½||37–40||25–52|
|New York Giants||94||59||0.614||—||53–26||41–33|
|St. Louis Cardinals||87||66||0.569||7||48–29||39–37|
MLB statistical leaders
- August 5 – The Pittsburgh Pirates 8–5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Forbes Field is the first Major League game to be broadcast on radio. Harold Arlin calls the game for Pittsburgh station KDKA.
- "Single Season Team Strikeout Records". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386.
- 1921 season at Baseball-Reference.com
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