Year In Review : 1922 American League

O ff the field...

On March 20 th , at Norfolk, Virginia, the U.S.S. Langely was commissioned as the first United States Naval Aircraft Carrier. Originally a coaler christened the Jupiter, the mammoth vessel was refurbished for the purpose of conducting experiments in the new idea of seaborne aviation. At the outbreak of World War II, Langley was anchored off Cavite, Philippine Islands and was ordered to proceed to Balikpapan, Borneo, and Darv, in Australia, where she assisted the RAAF in running antisubmarine patrols out of Darwin. She was then assigned to American-British-Dutch-Australian forces assembling in Indonesia to challenge the Japanese thrust in that direction. Early in the morning of February 27 th , 1942, Langley rendezvoused with her usual antisubmarine screen of Navy destroyers as nine twin-engine enemy bombers attacked her. The first and second Japanese strikes were unsuccessful; but during the third Langley took five hits igniting several planes on the flight deck. After an unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the flames, the order to abandon ship was passed. The escorting destroyers fired nine four-inch shells and two torpedoes into the old tender to insure her sinking and she went down about seventy-five miles south of Tjilatjap with a loss of sixteen.

I n the American League...

During a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at League Park II on June 3 rd , Cleveland Indians first baseman Stuffy McInnis committed his first error in an astounding one-hundred sixty-three games and one-thousand six-hundred twenty-five chances.

On April 30 th , in just his fourth career start, Chicago White Sox pitcher Charlie Robertson pitches the fifth perfect game in Major League history. Chicago tops the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, at Navin Field in Detroit.

Chicago and Boston combined to set an American League record with thirty-five singles (Chicago, twenty-one and Boston, fourteen) during a 19-11 White Sox victory on August 15 th .

I n the National League...

Ten Pittsburgh Pirates collected two or more hits (twenty-two total) on August 7 th to rally over the seventh place Philadelphia Phillies 17-10. The Phils were headed for a storybook comeback (after scoring six runs in two 2/3 innings), but the Buccos added eight of their own in the fourth to take the lead. The following day Pittsburgh set a Major League record with forty-six hits during a doubleheader against Philadelphia.

On August 25 th , the Chicago Cubs managed to edge out the Philadelphia Phillies 26-23 in one of the worst combined pitching performances in baseball history. The game itself featured fifty-one hits, twenty-three walks, and ten errors with the Phillies stranding sixteen men on base and the Cubs leaving nine.

Rogers Hornsby completed the season with a .401 average making him the first .400-hitter in the National League since Ed Delahanty in 1899. He also set a National League record with two-hundred fifty hits, another with one-hundred two extra-base hits and was awarded the Triple Crown with one-hundred fifty-two runs batted in and forty-two home runs.

A round the league...

For the first time since 1900, there were no playing managers in the National League. It would be 1930 before the American League would follow suite and bench all of its managers.

Following a lawsuit brought by the Federal League's Baltimore franchise, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 9-0 that professional baseball (on any level) was not considered an interstate business.

In an effort to curb the rise of home run hitting (one-thousand fifty-four in the major leagues, up from nine-hundred thirty-six), several American League owners proposed a new zoning system that called for a minimum distance of three-hundred feet for a round-tripper to be "official". Although that motion was denied, another action that required all teams to furnish two uniforms per player was passed and at the National League meeting Charles Ebbets proposed the addition of numbers on players' sleeves or caps.

"They (the fans) can boo and hoot me all they want. That doesn't bother me, but when a fan calls insulting names from the grandstand and becomes abusive I don't intend to stand for it. This fellow today (May 25, 1922) `called me a 'low-down bum' and other names that got me mad." - Babe Ruth
1922 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

89

Batting Average

St. Louis

.420

Doubles

Cleveland

48

Hits

St. Louis

246

Home Runs

St. Louis

39

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.474

RBI

St. Louis

155

Runs

St. Louis

134

Slugging Average

New York

.672

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

51

Total Bases

St. Louis

367

Triples

St. Louis

18

1922 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

31

ERA

Chicago

2.81

Games

Philadelphia

51

Saves

New York

8

Shutouts

Cleveland

5

Strikeouts

St. Louis

149

Winning Percentage

New York

.788

Wins

Philadelphia

27

1922 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

94 60 .610 0

St. Louis Browns

93 61 .604 1

Detroit Tigers

79 75 .513 15

Cleveland Indians

78 76 .506 16

Chicago White Sox

77 77 .500 17

Washington Senators

69 85 .448 25

Philadelphia Athletics

65 89 .422 29

Boston Red Sox

61 93 .396 33

1922 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cleveland

554

Batting Average

St. Louis

.313

Doubles

Cleveland

320

Hits

St. Louis

1,693

Home Runs

Philadelphia

111

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.372

Runs

St. Louis

867

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.455

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

136

Triples

St. Louis

94

1922 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

100

ERA

St. Louis

3.39

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,402

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Boston

48

Fewest Walks Allowed

St. Louis

419

Saves

St. Louis

22

Shutouts

Cleveland

14

Strikeouts

St. Louis

534



Do you know which pitcher never had a winning season during his Major League career yet managed to throw a perfect game on April 30, 1922 ?

Ty Cobb hit .401 in 1922 yet lost the batting title to George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns who finished the season hitting .420. However, 1911 was actually the first instance in the American League were a .400 hitter ( Ty Cobb again!) beat another .400 hitter ( Joe Jackson ) for the batting title.

On September 30, 1922, Babe Ruth was ejected by umpire Tom Connolly for abusive language. A heckler became Ruth's next target, but Connolly intercepted and told Ruth, "You should be ashamed of yourself." Ruth returned to the dugout and was never ejected from another baseball game during his career.

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