1926 Season News

After eleven seasons (ten-and-a-half years), New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp was replaced by an "up-and-coming" rookie from Columbia University named Lou Gehrig who would hold the position for 2,130 consecutive games.

On April 13th, Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson and Philadelphia Athletics knuckleballer Eddie Rommel met for what is still considered to be the greatest opening-day pitchers' duel in baseball history. After going head-to-head for fifteen grueling innings, Johnson emerged the 1-0 victory after fanning twelve batters.

The city of St. Louis declared May 22nd as "Rogers Hornsby Day" to honor the longtime player / manager. The Cardinals presented Hornsby with $1,000 in gold and a medal as the National League MVP for his performance in the 1925 season.

The Major League Baseball Rules Committee finally agreed to allow the use of a resin bag by pitchers. The Committee also discussed the elimination of the intentional walk (forcing the pitcher to throw to the batter), as calling a "catcher balk" had not eliminated the practice as originally intended.
1926 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 91-63 -
Cleveland Indians 88-66 3.0
Philadelphia Athletics 83-67 6.0
Washington Senators 81-69 8.0
Chicago White Sox 81-72 9.5
Detroit Tigers 79-75 12.0
St. Louis Browns 62-92 29.0
Boston Red Sox 46-107 44.5
1926 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 89-65 -
Cincinnati Reds 87-67 2.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 84-69 4.5
Chicago Cubs 82-72 7.0
New York Giants 74-77 13.5
Brooklyn Robins 71-82 17.5
Boston Braves 66-86 22.0
Philadelphia Phillies 58-93 29.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 91 63 0.591 847 5.50 713 4.63 121 56 0.289 0.367 0.437 3.86 478 486 0.966 117
Cleveland Indians 88 66 0.571 738 4.79 612 3.97 27 49 0.289 0.345 0.386 3.40 450 381 0.972 153
Philadelphia Athletics 83 67 0.553 677 4.51 570 3.80 61 38 0.269 0.338 0.383 3.00 451 571 0.972 131
Washington Senators 81 69 0.540 802 5.35 761 5.07 43 45 0.292 0.360 0.401 4.34 566 418 0.969 129
Chicago White Sox 81 72 0.529 730 4.77 665 4.35 32 47 0.289 0.357 0.390 3.74 506 458 0.974 122
Detroit Tigers 79 75 0.513 793 5.15 830 5.39 36 58 0.291 0.363 0.398 4.41 555 469 0.969 151
St. Louis Browns 62 92 0.403 682 4.43 845 5.49 72 86 0.276 0.331 0.394 4.66 654 337 0.963 167
Boston Red Sox 46 107 0.301 562 3.67 835 5.46 32 45 0.256 0.317 0.343 4.72 546 336 0.971 143
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 89 65 0.578 817 5.31 678 4.40 90 76 0.286 0.345 0.415 3.67 397 365 0.969 141
Cincinnati Reds 87 67 0.565 747 4.85 651 4.23 35 40 0.290 0.346 0.400 3.42 324 424 0.972 160
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 69 0.549 769 5.03 689 4.50 44 50 0.285 0.339 0.396 3.67 455 387 0.965 161
Chicago Cubs 82 72 0.532 682 4.43 602 3.91 66 39 0.278 0.335 0.390 3.26 486 508 0.974 174
New York Giants 74 77 0.490 663 4.39 668 4.42 73 70 0.278 0.322 0.384 3.77 427 419 0.970 150
Brooklyn Robins 71 82 0.464 623 4.07 705 4.61 40 50 0.263 0.325 0.358 3.82 472 517 0.963 95
Boston Braves 66 86 0.434 624 4.11 719 4.73 16 46 0.277 0.331 0.350 4.01 455 408 0.967 150
Philadelphia Phillies 58 93 0.384 687 4.55 900 5.96 75 68 0.281 0.335 0.390 5.03 454 331 0.964 153