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1921 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
New York Giants (5) John McGraw 94–59, .614, GA: 4
New York Yankees (3) Miller Huggins 98–55, .641, GA: 4½
Dates: October 5October 13
Radio network: KDKA coverage was live, direct, and exclusive from the Polo Grounds. The Series was broadcast over radio stations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Newark, New Jersey, and East Springfield, Massachusetts. WBZ and WJZ coverage was relayed to Newark, New Jersey.
Radio announcers: KDKA: Grantland Rice.
WBZ and WABC: re-created by Tommy Cowan.
Umpires: Cy Rigler (NL), George Moriarty (AL), Ernie Quigley (NL), Ollie Chill (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Giants: John McGraw (mgr.), Dave Bancroft, Frankie Frisch, George Kelly, Ross Youngs. Yankees: Miller Huggins (mgr.), Frank Baker, Babe Ruth.
World Series
 < 1920 1922 > 

In the 1921 World Series, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees five games to three. This was the last of the experimental best-five-of-nine series. his was the only Series prior to the 1955 World Series (Brooklyn Dodgers over New York Yankees) where a team losing the first 2 games went on to win the Series

The Series was much-anticipated, as it featured John McGraw's Giants, who were dedicated practitioners of the dead-ball era's "inside game"; and the Yankees, who relied on the "power game" exemplified by their star player, Babe Ruth, who was coming off a sensational year, arguably his best ever statistically. This was Ruth's 1sst World Series as a starting outfielder. (He played 2 innings there in the 1918 World Series when he was used as a starting pitcher for the Red Sox. Injuries suffered during the Series would limit his effectiveness significantly. However, this Series marks the start of the Yankees dynasty, as it was the first of 39 American League pennants as of the 2008 season.

Despite Ruth's limited action, the Series was a closely-contested matchup. The Series ended on a double play featuring a baserunning miscue. Because of an infected arm and a bad knee (he wrenched it in the fifth game), Babe Ruth did not start the final game but did appear in the bottom of the ninth pinch hitting for Wally Pipp.

For the first time in World Series play, all games were held at one site: the Polo Grounds in New York, with the home team alternating. The Yankees sub-leased the Polo Grounds from the New York Giants from 1913 through 1922.

The Series was the first to be broadcast on radio. Announcer Thomas Cowan recreated the game over Westinghouse-owned WJZ in Newark, listening to phoned-in reports from the stadium. (Answers.com is wrong in attributing this first broadcast to sportswriter Grantland Rice—Rice announced the 1922 World Series over WJZ the following year.) [1]

Following the Series, Ruth and Bob Meusel participated in some post-season barnstorming, which was then against the rules for Series participants. Both were suspended for the start of the 1922 season, but Ruth made a personal appeal to Commissioner Landis. He upheld their suspensions, but agreed to rescind the rule effective with the end of the 1922 season.

One of the highlights of the Series was the relief pitching of New York Giant pitcher Jesse Barnes, who was the first pitcher to 2 games in relief in one Series.He struck out 10 men in relief in Game 6, the record until Moe Drabowsky of Baltimore sturck out 11 Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of 1966 World Series.

Summary[]

NL New York Giants (5) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 New York Yankees – 3, New York Giants – 0 October 5 Polo Grounds (IV) 30,203[2]
2 New York Giants – 0, New York Yankees – 3 October 6 Polo Grounds (IV) 34,939[3]
3 New York Yankees – 5, New York Giants – 13 October 7 Polo Grounds (IV) 36,509[4]
4 New York Giants – 4, New York Yankees – 2 October 9 Polo Grounds (IV) 36,372[5]
5 New York Yankees – 3, New York Giants – 1 October 10 Polo Grounds (IV) 35,758[6]
6 New York Giants – 8, New York Yankees – 5 October 11 Polo Grounds (IV) 34,283[7]
7 New York Yankees – 1, New York Giants – 2 October 12 Polo Grounds (IV) 36,503[8]
8 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 0 October 13 Polo Grounds (IV) 25,410[9]

Matchups[]

Game 1[]

Wednesday, October 5, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 7 0
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

WP: Carl Mays (1–0)  LP: Phil Douglas (0–1)  

Game 2[]

Thursday, October 6, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
New York (AL) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 X 3 3 0

WP: Waite Hoyt (1–0)  LP: Art Nehf (0–1)  

Game 3[]

Friday, October 7, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 8 0
New York (NL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 8 1 X 13 20 0

WP: Jesse Barnes (1–0)  LP: Jack Quinn (0–1)  

Game 4[]

Sunday, October 9, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 9 1
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 7 1

WP: Phil Douglas (1–1)  LP: Carl Mays (1–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Babe Ruth (1)

Game 5[]

Monday, October 10, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 1

WP: Waite Hoyt (2–0)  LP: Art Nehf (0–2)  

Game 6[]

Tuesday, October 11, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 13 0
New York (AL) 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 2

WP: Jesse Barnes (2–0)  LP: Bob Shawkey (0–1)  
HRs:  NYG – Irish Meusel (1), Frank Snyder (1)  NYY – Chick Fewster (1)

Game 7[]

Wednesday, October 12, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
New York (NL) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 X 2 6 0

WP: Phil Douglas (2–1)  LP: Carl Mays (1–2)  

Game 8[]

Thursday, October 13, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

WP: Art Nehf (1–2)  LP: Waite Hoyt (2–1)  

Composite box[]

1921 World Series (5–3): New York Giants (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 2 3 4 5 0 1 9 4 1 29 71 4
New York Yankees 4 3 5 3 2 1 0 3 1 22 50 6
Total attendance: 269,977   Average attendance: 33,747
Winning player’s share: $5,265   Losing player’s share: $3,510[10]


Notes[]

  1. Eric C. Covil, "Radio and its Impact on the Sports World," American Sportscasters Online, accessed May 6, 2007
  2. 1921 World Series Game 1 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  3. 1921 World Series Game 2 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  4. 1921 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  5. 1921 World Series Game 4 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  6. 1921 World Series Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  7. 1921 World Series Game 6 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  8. 1921 World Series Game 7 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  9. 1921 World Series Game 8 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  10. World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on 2008-05-07.

References[]

  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 87-92)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2129. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1921 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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