YEAR IN REVIEW : 1926 American League

Off the field...

U.S. troops were deployed to Nicaragua in May to help restore civil order after a revolt broke out against the new president Emiliano Chamorro. The resulting "Bryan-Chamorro Treaty" (terminated in 1970) granted the United States an option for a canal route through the country as well as the installation naval bases. For the majority of the century, Nicaragua's politics had been dominated by the competition for power between the Liberals, who were centered in the city of León, and the Conservatives who were centered in Granada.

Controversial radio host Father Coughlin began broadcasting his right-wing addresses in which he criticized such diverse groups as U.S. bankers, trade unionists, and Communists. Later, he organized the National Union for Social Justice, which denounced President Roosevelt's "New Deal" policies and advocated such measures as silver inflation as well as the nationalizing of banks, utilities, and many natural resources. Coughlin also published a magazine titled "Social Justice" in which he made increasingly anti-Semitic remarks directed especially at Jewish members of Wall Street.

In the American League...

After eleven seasons (ten-and-a-half years), New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp was replaced by an "up-and-coming" rookie from Columbia University named Lou Gehrig who would hold the position for 2,130 consecutive games.

Despite losing 11-7 to the Chicago White Sox at Sportsman's Park III on April 22 nd , the St. Louis Browns managed to tie an American League record with five double plays.

On April 13 th , Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson and Philadelphia Athletics knuckleballer Eddie Rommel met for what is still considered to be the greatest opening-day pitchers' duel in baseball history. After going head-to-head for fifteen grueling innings, Johnson emerged the 1-0 victor after fanning twelve batters.

In the National League...

The Cincinnati Reds used a Major League record-tying eight sacrifices on May 6 th , in a 14-1 triumph over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies at Crosley Field.

The city of St. Louis declared May 22 nd as "Rogers Hornsby Day" to honor the longtime player / manager. The Cardinals presented Hornsby with $1,000 in gold and a medal as the National League MVP for his performance in the 1925 season.

During a September 3 rd outing against the Boston Braves, the New York Giants set a National League record after recording an astounding twelve runs in the fifth inning. The mid-game rally devastated the Braves who were unable to recover en route to an embarrassing 17-3 disaster.

Around the League...

The Major League Baseball Rules Committee finally agreed to allow the use of a resin bag by pitchers. The Committee also discussed the elimination of the intentional walk (forcing the pitcher to throw to the batter), as calling a "catcher balk" had not eliminated the practice as originally intended.

A ninteen year-old pitching phenomenon named Satchel Paige made his debut on May 1 st in the Negro Southern League leading Chattanooga to a 5-4 triumph over Birmingham.

On May 8 th , the bleachers along the left field line at Fenway Park were partially destroyed by a fire. Surprisingly, the Red Sox management opted not to replace the seats.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"His (Walter Johnson) fastball looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed." - Ty Cobb

1926 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
144
Detroit
.378
Cleveland
64
Washington
216
New York
47
New York
.516
New York
146
New York
139
New York
.737
Chicago
35
New York
365
New York
20

1926 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
32
Philadelphia
2.51
Washington
64
Washington
22
Detroit
4
Philadelphia
194
Cleveland
.711
Cleveland
27

1926 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees 91 63 .591 0
Cleveland Indians 88 66 .571 3
Philadelphia Athletics 83 67 .553 6
Washington Senators 81 69 .540 8
Chicago White Sox 81 72 .529
Detroit Tigers 79 75 .513 12
St. Louis Browns 62 92 .403 29
Boston Red Sox 46 107 .301 44½

1926 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
642
Washington
.292
Cleveland
333
Detroit
1,547
New York
121
New York
.369
New York
847
New York
.437
Chicago
123
Washington
97

1926 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
96
Philadelphia
3.00
Fewest Hits Allowed
Philadelphia
1,362
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
38
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
450
Washington
26
Chicago
11
Cleveland
Philadelphia
571
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baseball almanac fast facts

On October 13, 1926, George Burns won the Most Valuable Player Award after batting .358 and hitting a record sixty-four doubles; however, as illustrated above, Babe Ruth led the league in seven major statistics.

Did you know that on August 21, 1926, Ted Lyons of Chicago threw a 6-0 no-hitter versus Boston?

George Uhle of Cleveland (27-11) and Herb Pennock of New York (23-11) both joined the twenty wins club in 1926.

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