Year In Review : 1922 National 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.

"I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher." - Rogers Hornsby
1922 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Pittsburgh

80

Batting Average

St. Louis

.401

Doubles

St. Louis

46

Hits

St. Louis

250

Home Runs

St. Louis

42

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.459

RBI

St. Louis

152

Runs

St. Louis

141

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.722

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

51

Total Bases

St. Louis

450

Triples

Cincinnati

22

1922 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Pittsburgh

27

ERA

New York

2.63

Games

St. Louis

53

Saves

New York

5

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

5

Brooklyn

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

134

Winning Percentage

Cincinnati

.667

Wins

Cincinnati

25

1922 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

93 61 .604 0

Cincinnati Reds

86 68 .558 7

St. Louis Cardinals

85 69 .552 8

Pittsburgh Pirates

85 69 .552 8

Chicago Cubs

80 74 .519 13

Brooklyn Robins

76 78 .494 17

Philadelphia Phillies

57 96 .373

Boston Braves

53 100 .346 39½

1922 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

525

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.308

Doubles

St. Louis

280

Hits

Pittsburgh

1,698

Home Runs

Philadelphia

116

On Base Percentage

New York

.363

Runs

Pittsburgh

865

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.444

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

145

Triples

Pittsburgh

110

1922 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cincinnati

88

Pittsburgh

ERA

New York

3.46

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,454

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cincinnati

49

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cincinnati

326

Saves

New York

15

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

15

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

499



Rogers Hornsby had one of the most dominating seasons in Major League history as illustrated by the chart near the top of the page. The stats he did not lead in along with his rank in 1922 were: bases on balls (6th), stolen bases (8th), and triples (4th).

On July 7, 1922, Max Carey of the Pirates had a "good day at the plate" when he collected six hits and three walks in a 9-for-9 times on base performance.

On September 15, 1922, Butch Henline became the first modern National League player to hit three home runs during the same game!

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