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

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

World Series Champs

Managed by Tris Speaker

Ballpark: Dunn Field

[edit] History, Comments, Contributions

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.

[edit] Standings

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

[edit] World Series

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

[edit] Further Reading

  • Gary Webster: Tris Speaker and the 1920 Indians: Tragedy to Glory, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-6796-9


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[edit] Further Reading

  • 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.
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