1921 World Series

If the 1920 season had left Boston wondering if they had made a mistake, then the 1921 season surely removed any doubt. Babe Ruth was in New York and busy breaking his own records for the second consecutive season. As the Red Sox were struggling to stay competitive, the Yankees were still getting used to winning after coming off of a third place American League finish during the Babe's "rookie" season in a pinstriped uniform. Nothing changed in 1921 as their new acquisition raised his homerun record to a staggering fifty-nine, his RBI total to one-hundred seventy-one and his batting average to .378 on the way to their first American League pennant and World Series appearance. The Babe wasn't alone though as teammate Bob Meusel contributed twenty-four homers and one-hundred thirty-five RBIs and the rest of the Yankees batted .288 or higher. Two other "ex-Red Sox", Carl Mays (a twenty-seven game winner) and Waite Hoyt (with nineteen) added insult to injury while Bob Shawkey added eighteen more victories.

The National League's Giants were veterans to the Fall Classic and had plenty to smile about themselves. With a line-up of lumberjacks including Frankie Frisch, Ross Youngs, George Kelly and Irish Meusel and a solid pitching staff known as the "fearsome foursome" (Art Nehf, Fred Toney, Jesse Barnes and Phil Douglas), they promised to give Babe Ruth and his re-born Yankees a run for their money. In the first World Series to be played entirely in one ballpark (the Polo Grounds), the Big Apple's "rival roommates" squared off in the first official Subway Series. Despite rumors of Ruth on the mound, Miller Huggins gave the Game 1 start to Carl Mays while John McGraw selected Phil Douglas. The Yankee's pitchers quickly set the tone for the Series with an opening 3-0 victory that was repeated the following day with a two hit, 3-0 triumph by Waite Hoyt.

Down but not out, the Giants managed to come back in Game 3 after trailing four runs in the fourth. After tying it up in the bottom the inning, McGraw's team rallied for eight runs in the seventh thanks to Ross Youngs' bases-loaded triple. In the end, the Yankees had blinked and were taken for twenty hits and a 13-5 victory that turned the momentum back to the veterans. The Giants continued as Douglas returned the following day and vindicated himself with a 4-2 win that tied the Series at two games apiece. Game 5 was even more dramatic as an injured Babe Ruth shocked everyone with a key bunt in the fourth inning, setting up the winning run off a Bob Meusel double. The Yankees had regained their composure and walked away with a 3-1, Series leading victory, but at a terrible cost as their most valuable player would be unable to continue due to arm and knee ailments.

Despite the absence of the Babe, the Yankees still felt confident with their remaining line-up. That was until they lost Game 6, 8-5 and Game 7, 2-1. Great performances at the plate by Irish Meusel and Frank Snyder as well as a solid outing on the mound by Phil Douglas had put the Giants out in front. Game 8 evolved into a classic pitcher's duel between Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf, who led the standoff 1-0 going into the bottom of the ninth. In a last chance effort, the desperate Yankee skipper went to his bench and replaced the struggling Wally Pipp (who had batted a miserable .154) with the still injured Babe Ruth who grounded out to first. Two plays later, the Series was over with the Giants winning five games to three.

Although they had fallen short in their first World Series appearance, the Yankees had shown a glimpse of what would become a dynasty. Waite Hoyt had not allowed a single earned run in twenty-seven innings and Carl Mays had been just as effective with an ERA of 1.73 over twenty-six. Ruth batted an impressive .313 and added his first World Series home run and four RBIs. After four straight losses, the Giants had finally reclaimed the championship title for the first time since 1905.

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"Babe Ruth found baseball lying in the gutter as a result of the Chicago White Sox World Series scandal in 1919. He reached down with his bat and lifted it to the status of America's national pastime." - Waite Hoyt

1921 World Series

1921 World Series Program

1921 World Series Official Program

New York Giants (5) vs New York Yankees (3)

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
30,202
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
34,939
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
36,509
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
36,372
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
35,758
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
34,283
Game 7
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
36,503
Game 8
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
25,410
1921 World Series Fast Facts

1921 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 7 0
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Carl Mays (W)
-
Phil Douglas (L)
Jesse Barnes (9 th )
None None

1921 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
New York (AL) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 x 3 3 0
Art Nehf (L) Waite Hoyt (W)
None None

1921 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 8 0
New York (NL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 8 1 x 13 20 0
Bob Shawkey
Jack Quinn (L, 3 rd )
Rip Collins (7 th )
Tom Rogers (8 th )
Fred Toney
Jesse Barnes (W, 3 rd )
-
-
None None

1921 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 9 1
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 7 1
Phil Douglas (W) Carl Mays (L)
None Babe Ruth (9 th )

1921 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 1
Waite Hoyt (W) Art Nehf (L)
None None

1921 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 13 0
New York (AL) 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 2
Fred Toney
Jesse Barnes (W, 1 st )
-
Harry Harper
Bob Shawkey (L, 2 nd )
Bill Piercy (9 th )
Irish Meusel (2 nd )
Frank Snyder (2 nd )
Chick Fewster (2 nd )
-

1921 World Series
Game 7

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
New York (NL) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 x 2 6 0
Carl Mays (L) Phil Douglas (W)
None None

1921 World Series
Game 8

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Art Nehf (W) Waite Hoyt (L)
None None

1921 World Series

New York Giants

Composite Hitting Statistics

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Totals
264
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29
28
.269
22
38
7

1921 World Series

New York Yankees

Composite Hitting Statistics

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.222
.111
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.161
.179
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.154
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.313
.286
.500
.231
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Totals
241
50
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22
20
.207
27
44
6

1921 World Series

New York Giants

Composite Pitching Statistics

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0
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2
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3
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0
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16.1
26.0
26.0
2.2
1.65
2.08
1.38
23.63
10
20
13
7
18
17
8
1
3
6
4
7
6
5
13
3
Totals
5
4
11
8
5
0
1
71.0
2.54
50
44
20
27

1921 World Series

New York Yankees

Composite Pitching Statistics

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26.0
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3.2
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54.00
20.25
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1.73
0.00
9.82
6.75
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18
20
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7
1
2
11
0
0
2
0
6
Totals
3
5
13
8
6
0
2
70.0
3.09
71
38
24
22
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Waite Hoyt was called upon in Game 8 to take the Yankees to the promised land. With two (2) wins and no (0) earned runs through seven, he pitched a complete game, allowed six (6) hits, and no (0) earned runs — yet lost due to an unearned run scored on an error in the first inning.

This was the first time in history where two teams from New York played against each other in the World Series; however, Chicago was the first to host an all-city championship in the 1906 World Series .

The home run hit by Babe Ruth in Game 4 during the bottom of the ninth inning was the first World Series home run of his career.

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