Year In Review : 1921 American League

O ff the field...

The first burial of an unidentified soldier who had been killed in France during WWI was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on November 11 th . On Memorial Day, 1958, the bodies of two other unknown soldiers; one of whom had died in World War II, the other during the Korean War, were also buried in the tomb, which was later renamed the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The United States, Britain, Japan, France and Italy met for the Washington Naval Convention and agreed on a treaty limiting worldwide naval powers. The treaty called for a ratio of naval ships of five to five to three to 1.7 to 1.7. As a result, for every five large ships in the U.S. British fleets, Japan could have three, and France and Italy, 1.7. The United States also agreed to scuttle thirty of it's own war ships as a result of the treaty.

I n the American League...

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

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

Jimmy Dykes handled an American League record seventeen chances at second base for the Philadelphia Athletics, as they took on the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park III on August 28 th

I n the National League...

On July 8 th , 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.

The first radio broadcast of a major league game was heard on August 5 th over the country's first established radio station, KDKA in Pittsburgh. Harold Arlin, who also announced the first football game between Pittsburgh and West Virginia, called the 8-5 Philadelphia Phillies win over the hometown Pirates.

A round the league...

Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was officially named as baseball's commissioner with a contract for seven years at $50,000 per year. Landis was a judge in an Illinois federal district court when he came to the attention of baseball's establishment during the Federal League's antitrust suit, which was heard in his court.

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 2 nd , 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.

"I guess that will learn Ban Johnson he can't frame an honest bunch of ballplayers." - Chick Gandil
1921 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

145

Batting Average

Detroit

.394

Doubles

Cleveland

52

Hits

Detroit

237

Home Runs

New York

59

On Base Percentage

New York

.512

RBI

New York

171

Runs

New York

177

Slugging Average

New York

.846

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

35

Total Bases

New York

457

Triples

Washington

18

St. Louis

St. Louis

1921 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

32

ERA

Chicago

2.48

Games

New York

49

Saves

New York

7

Detroit

Shutouts

Boston

5

Strikeouts

Washington

143

Winning Percentage

New York

.750

Wins

New York

27

St. Louis

1921 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

98 55 .641 0

Cleveland Indians

94 60 .610

St. Louis Browns

81 73 .526 17½

Washington Senators

80 73 .523 18

Boston Red Sox

75 79 .487 23½

Detroit Tigers

71 82 .464 27

Chicago White Sox

62 92 .403 36½

Philadelphia Athletics

53 100 .346 45

1921 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cleveland

623

Batting Average

Detroit

.316

Doubles

Cleveland

355

Hits

Detroit

1,724

Home Runs

New York

134

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.385

Runs

New York

948

Slugging Average

New York

.464

Stolen Bases

Washington

112

Triples

St. Louis

106

1921 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

92

ERA

New York

3.83

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,461

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

43

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

431

Saves

Detroit

17

Shutouts

Cleveland

11

Strikeouts

New York

481



On June 27, 1921, the "Black" Sox trial heard opening statements before Judge Hugo Friend. On August 2, 1921, the jury, after 2 hours of deliberation, acquitted the players then proceeded to carry them on their shoulders inside the courtroom before joining them at a local restraurant that same day for a celebration meal.

Roger Connor played baseball from 1880 through 1897 and hit a Major League record 136 career home runs. On July 6, 1921, Babe Ruth broke that record when he hit career home run number 137 during the 8th year of a 22 year career.

How good was Ty Cobb ? Quite a few players have joined the 3,000 Hits Club since Cobb made it on the 19th of August 1921, but none of those members were as young as The Georgia Peach and none of them reached the plateau in as few games.

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