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1921 New York Yankees

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1921 New York Yankees
Major league affiliations
1921 Uniform
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1921 Information
Owner(s) Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston
Manager(s) Miller Huggins
Local television
Local radio
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Record: 98-55. Finished 1st in American League (1921 AL)

Won AL Pennant

Managed by Miller Huggins

Coaches: Charley O'Leary and Frank Roth

Ballpark: Polo Grounds

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

Various scenes of the Babe in action.

The 1921 New York Yankees played their 19th season in New York and their 21st overall. Theym finished with a record of 98-55, winning the first pennant in franchise history, winning the American League by 4 1/2 games over the previous year's champion, the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. Home games were played at the Polo Grounds.

With star slugger Babe Ruth hitting 59 home runs, setting a new major league home run record for the third consecutive year, while also having probably his greatest overall season statistically, the Yankees appeared to be the team to beat in the World Series. Their landlords, the New York Giants, had rebuilt after slipping a bit in the late 1910s, and had won the National League pennant. For the first time, all the games of a World Series would be held in the same ballpark. The best-of-9 Series (the last played under the format before returning to the best-of-7 format) saw the Yankees take a 3 games to 1 lead, but Ruth suffered a serious injury that took him out of the remaining games, save for one pinch-hitting appearance, and the Giants rallied to win the Series, 5 games to 3.

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 55 .641 --
Cleveland Indians 94 60 .610 4
St. Louis Browns 81 73 .526 17½
Washington Senators 80 73 .523 18
Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 23½
Detroit Tigers 71 82 .464 27
Chicago White Sox 62 92 .403 36½
Philadelphia Athletics 53 100 .346 45

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1921 World Series
Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record


1 October 5 New York Yankees 3 New York Giants 0 0-1 30,202
2 October 6 New York Giants 0 New York Yankees 3 0-2 34,939
3 October 7 New York Yankees 5 New York Giants 13 1-2 36,509
4 October 9 New York Giants 4 New York Yankees 2 2-2 36,372
5 October 10 New York Yankees 3 New York Giants 1 2-3 35,758
6 October 11 New York Giants 8 New York Yankees 5 3-3 34,238
7 October 12 New York Yankees 1 New York Giants 2 4-3 36,503
8 October 13 New York Giants 1 New York Yankees 0 5-3 25,410
New York Giants win 5-3

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gary Sarnoff: The First Yankees Dynasty: Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins and the Bronx Bombers of the 1920s, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2014. ISBN 978-0-7864-4966-8
  • Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg: 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2010. ISBN 978-0803239999
  • Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg: "1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York" (extract), The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 38, Nr. 2 (Fall 2009), pp. 9-19.

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