1920 Cleveland Indians

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1920 Cleveland Indians / Franchise: Cleveland Indians / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 98-56, Finished 1st in American League (1920 AL)

World Series Champs

Managed by Tris Speaker

Coach: Jack McCallister

Ballpark: Dunn Field

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1920 Indians' pennant is due primarily to a .303 team batting average (the St. Louis Browns led the league at .308) and the pitching of Jim Bagby, 31-12, Stan Coveleski, 24-14, and Ray Caldwell, 20-10. A big boost came from Duster Mails, brought up from the Pacific Coast League at the end of August, who won seven without a loss on a 1.85 ERA. But, more importantly, the Indians were able to overcome one of baseball's worst tragedies, the death of starting shortstop Ray Chapman as the result of a beaning on a pitch thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees on August 20. Chapman's replacement, rookie Joe Sewell filled in very ably, hitting .329 in 22 games, to start a major league career that would eventually lead him to the Hall of Fame.

The Indians had to overtake the defending AL champions Chicago White Sox and their four 20-game winners. The White Sox were racked by the Black Sox Scandal which came into full public knowledge in early September. They played poorly down the stretch as a result, allowing the Indians to clinch their first pennant.

The Indians went on to defeat the Brooklyn Robins in the World Series, to claim the first World Championship in team history.

Standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 98 56 .636 --
Chicago White Sox 96 58 .623 2
New York Yankees 95 59 .617 3
St. Louis Browns 76 77 .497 21½
Boston Red Sox 72 81 .471 25½
Washington Senators 68 84 .447 29
Detroit Tigers 61 93 .396 37
Philadelphia Athletics 48 106 .312 50

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1920 World Series
Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Indians - 3, Dodgers - 1 October 5 Ebbets Field 23,759
2 Indians - 0, Dodgers - 3 October 6 Ebbets Field 22,559
3 Indians - 1, Dodgers - 2 October 7 Ebbets Field 25,088
4 Dodgers - 1, Indians - 5 October 9 Dunn Field 25,734
5 Dodgers - 1, Indians - 8 October 10 Dunn Field 26,884
6 Dodgers - 0, Indians - 1 October 11 Dunn Field 27,194
7 Dodgers - 0, Indians - 3 October 12 Dunn Field 27,525

Further Reading[edit]

  • Scott Longert: The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920, Potomac Books, Dulles, VA, 2013. ISBN 978-1612344935
  • Mike Sowell: The Pitch that Killed: The Story of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and the Pennant Race of 1920, Ivan R. Dee Publisher, Chicago, IL, 2004.
  • Gary Webster: Tris Speaker and the 1920 Indians: Tragedy to Glory, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-6796-9