1921 Season News

First radio broadcast of the World Series.

Babe Ruth breaks Roger Connor's All-Time Home Run record of 138.

The New York Yankees purchased a twenty-acre plot of land in the Bronx as the future site for Yankee Stadium.

During an August 19th doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, Ty Cobb became the youngest player (thirty-four) ever to reach three-thousand hits.

On July 8th, an order was issued that allowed fans to keep any balls hit into the stands at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. Up until that point, all foul and homerun balls were still considered property of the league and were expected to be returned.

Major League umpires began the practice of rubbing dirt into the balls before each game, using special clay supplied by Philadelphia Athletics' coach Lena Blackburne from his New Jersey farm.

On August 2nd, a Chicago jury rendered a "not guilty" verdict against the infamous "Black Sox" who had been accused of throwing the 1919 World Series in favor of the Cincinnati Reds. Ignoring the verdict, Judge Landis banned all eight defendants from major league baseball for life. "Regardless of the verdict of juries," the commissioner said in a statement, "no player that throws a ball game, no player that entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever again play professional baseball." To this day participants in the "Black Sox" conspiracy have been denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1921 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 98-55 -
Cleveland Indians 94-60 4.5
St. Louis Browns 81-73 17.5
Washington Senators 80-73 18.0
Boston Red Sox 75-79 23.5
Detroit Tigers 71-82 27.0
Chicago White Sox 62-92 36.5
Philadelphia Athletics 53-100 45.0
1921 National League
Team Record GB
New York Giants 94-59 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 90-63 4.0
St. Louis Cardinals 87-66 7.0
Boston Braves 79-74 15.0
Brooklyn Robins 77-75 16.5
Cincinnati Reds 70-83 24.0
Chicago Cubs 64-89 30.0
Philadelphia Phillies 51-103 43.5
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 98 55 0.641 948 6.20 708 4.63 134 51 .300 .371 .464 3.82 470 481 0.965 138
Cleveland Indians 94 60 0.610 925 6.01 712 4.62 42 43 .308 .379 .430 3.90 431 475 0.967 124
St. Louis Browns 81 73 0.526 835 5.42 845 5.49 67 71 .304 .353 .425 4.61 556 477 0.964 127
Washington Senators 80 73 0.523 704 4.60 738 4.82 42 51 .277 .335 .383 3.97 442 452 0.963 153
Boston Red Sox 75 79 0.487 668 4.34 696 4.52 17 53 .277 .332 .361 3.98 452 446 0.975 151
Detroit Tigers 71 82 0.464 883 5.77 852 5.57 58 71 .316 .382 .433 4.40 495 452 0.964 107
Chicago White Sox 62 92 0.403 683 4.44 858 5.57 35 52 .283 .338 .379 4.94 549 392 0.969 155
Philadelphia Athletics 53 100 0.346 657 4.29 894 5.84 82 85 .274 .326 .389 4.61 548 431 0.957 144
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Giants 94 59 0.614 840 5.49 637 4.16 75 79 .298 .356 .421 3.55 295 357 0.971 155
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 63 0.588 692 4.52 595 3.89 37 37 .285 .328 .387 3.17 322 500 0.973 129
St. Louis Cardinals 87 66 0.569 809 5.29 681 4.45 83 61 .308 .354 .437 3.62 399 464 0.965 130
Boston Braves 79 74 0.516 721 4.71 697 4.56 61 54 .290 .336 .400 3.90 420 382 0.969 122
Brooklyn Robins 77 75 0.507 667 4.39 681 4.48 59 46 .280 .322 .386 3.70 361 471 0.964 142
Cincinnati Reds 70 83 0.458 618 4.04 649 4.24 20 37 .278 .327 .370 3.46 305 408 0.969 139
Chicago Cubs 64 89 0.418 668 4.37 773 5.05 37 67 .292 .335 .378 4.39 409 441 0.974 129
Philadelphia Phillies 51 103 0.331 617 4.01 919 5.97 88 79 .284 .321 .397 4.48 371 333 0.955 127