Year In Review : 1921 National 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 saw a lot of good hitters but I never saw a better one than Paul Waner. I mean I once threw a side arm spitter right into his belly and he hit it into the upper deck." - Burleigh Grimes
1921 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

80

Batting Average

St. Louis

.397

Doubles

St. Louis

44

Hits

St. Louis

235

Home Runs

New York

23

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.458

RBI

St. Louis

126

Runs

St. Louis

131

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.639

Stolen Bases

New York

49

Total Bases

St. Louis

378

Triples

St. Louis

18

Boston

1921 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Brooklyn

30

ERA

St. Louis

2.59

Games

Boston

47

Saves

St. Louis

7

Shutouts

Chicago

3

New York

Boston

St. Louis

Cincinnati

Brooklyn

Pittsburgh

Boston

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

136

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.714

Wins

Pittsburgh

22

Brooklyn

1921 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

94 59 .614 0

Pittsburgh Pirates

90 63 .588 4

St. Louis Cardinals

87 66 .569 7

Boston Braves

79 74 .516 15

Brooklyn Robins

77 75 .507 16½

Cincinnati Reds

70 83 .458 24

Chicago Cubs

64 89 .418 30

Philadelphia Phillies

51 103 .331 43½

1921 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

469

Batting Average

St. Louis

.308

Doubles

St. Louis

260

Hits

St. Louis

1,635

Home Runs

Philadelphia

88

On Base Percentage

New York

.359

Runs

New York

840

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.437

Stolen Bases

New York

137

Triples

Pittsburgh

104

1921 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Pittsburgh

88

ERA

Pittsburgh

3.17

Fewest Hits Allowed

Pittsburgh

1,448

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

37

Fewest Walks Allowed

New York

295

Saves

New York

18

Shutouts

Boston

11

Strikeouts

Pittsburgh

500



In 1921 the St. Louis Cardinals started using their two cardinals on a branch logo - a design introduced by Branch Rickey who got the idea from ironworks designed by Allie May Schmidt at a church in St. Louis.

The Chicago Cubs stopped rookie Goldie Rapp's 23 game hitting streak (a growing rookie record at the time) on July 31, 1921.

On August 5, 1921, Harold Arlin called play-by-play in a Pirates versus Phillies game on KDKA radio - the first Major League broadcast. However, did you know that Arlin's grandson was a future big leaguer named Steve Arlin ?

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