1921 Major League Baseball season

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]

1921 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 13 – October 2, 1921
Regular Season
League Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
NL championsNew York Giants
World Series
ChampionsNew York Giants
  Runners-upNew York Yankees

Major league baseball final standings

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

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


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



  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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1921 Boston Braves season

The 1921 Boston Braves season was the 51st season of the franchise.

1921 Boston Red Sox season

The 1921 Boston Red Sox season was the 21st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League (AL) with a record of 75 wins and 79 losses.

1921 Brooklyn Robins season

Staff ace Burleigh Grimes won 22 games, but the 1921 Brooklyn Robins fell into 5th place.

1921 Chicago Cubs season

The 1921 Chicago Cubs season was the 50th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 46th in the National League and the 6th at Wrigley Field (then known as "Cubs Park"). The Cubs finished seventh in the National League with a record of 64–89.

1921 Chicago White Sox season

The 1921 Chicago White Sox season involved the White Sox attempting to win the American League pennant. However, with the core of the team banned after the Black Sox Scandal broke, they fell back to seventh place.

1921 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1921 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the National League with a record of 70–83, 24 games behind the New York Giants.

1921 Cleveland Indians season

The 1921 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 94–60, 4 games behind the New York Yankees.

1921 Detroit Tigers season

The 1921 Detroit Tigers finished in sixth place in the American League, 27 games behind the Yankees, with a record of 71–82. Despite their sixth-place finish, the 1921 Tigers amassed 1,724 hits and a team batting average of .316—the highest team hit total and batting average in American League history. Detroit outfielders Harry Heilmann and Ty Cobb finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the American League batting race with batting averages of .394 and .389, and all three Detroit outfielders (Heilmann, Cobb, and Bobby Veach) ranked among the league leaders in batting average and RBIs. As early proof of the baseball adage that "Good Pitching Beats Good Hitting", the downfall of the 1921 Tigers was the absence of good pitching. The team ERA was 4.40, they allowed nine or more runs 28 times, and only one pitcher (Dutch Leonard) had an ERA below 4.24.

1921 New York Giants season

The 1921 New York Giants season was the franchise's 39th season, which culminated in the Giants defeating the New York Yankees in the World Series.

1921 New York Yankees season

The 1921 New York Yankees season was the 19th season for the Yankees in New York and their 21st overall. The team finished with a record of 98–55, winning their first pennant in franchise history, winning the American League by 4½ games over the previous year's champion, the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. Their home games were played at the Polo Grounds.

1921 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1921 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League for the seventh time in a row with a record of 53 wins and 100 losses.

1921 Philadelphia Phillies season

The following lists the events of the 1921 Philadelphia Phillies season.

1921 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1921 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 40th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 35th in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the league standings with a record of 90–63.

1921 St. Louis Browns season

The 1921 St. Louis Browns season involved the Browns finishing third in the American League with a record of 83 wins and 73 losses.

1921 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1921 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 40th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 30th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 87–66 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League.

1921 Washington Senators season

The 1921 Washington Senators won 80 games, lost 73, and finished in fourth place in the American League. They were managed by George McBride and played home games at Griffith Stadium.

1921 World Series

The much-anticipated 1921 World Series featured John McGraw's New York Giants, dedicated practitioners of the dead-ball era's "inside game", and the New York Yankees, who relied on the "power game" exemplified by Babe Ruth, who was coming off of what was arguably his best year ever statistically. This was the first World Series appearance by the Yankees, who have gone on to play in the Series a record 40 times. The 1921 Series was a closely contested matchup that ended on a double play featuring a baserunning miscue.

Black Sox Scandal

The Black Sox Scandal was a Major League Baseball match fixing incident in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from a gambling syndicate led by Arnold Rothstein. The fallout from the scandal resulted in the appointment of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the first Commissioner of Baseball, granting him absolute control over the sport in order to restore its integrity.

Despite acquittals in a public trial in 1921, Judge Landis permanently banned all eight men from professional baseball. The punishment was eventually defined to also include banishment from post-career honors such as consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite requests for reinstatement in the decades that followed (particularly in the case of Shoeless Joe Jackson), the ban remains in force.

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