1923 World Series
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In the 1923 World Series, the New York Yankees beat the New York Giants in six games. This was the first of the Yankees' 27 World Series championships (as of 2015). The home field alternated each game, a noted difference from the habitual 2-3-2 format.
The Yankees opened their new Yankee Stadium in April on a home run by Babe Ruth, setting the tone for the season and this Series, in which Ruth hit three home runs along with drawing eight walks. In Game 2, second baseman, Aaron Ward hit a home run. The Giants' one bright spot was "Old Casey" Stengel, who hit game-winning homers in each of the two Giants' victories. In typically eccentric Stengel fashion, one of them was inside-the-park at the cavernous Yankee Stadium, and his shoe came loose during his run around the bases. Stengel was traded after the season, leading him to quip later in life, "It's a good thing I didn't hit three homers in three games, or McGraw would have traded me to the Three-I League!". A quarter century later, Stengel would take on the role of Yankees manager, and would guide the Bronx Bombers through one of their most successful eras.
The three consecutive matchups between the Yankees and Giants (1921-1923) marked the only time, that three straight World Series featured the same two clubs.
Thanks to the large seating capacity of the new Yankee Stadium, coupled with expansion of the Polo Grounds the same year, the 1923 Series was the first to eclipse 300,000 in total attendance (301,430), averaging over 50,000 per game (50,238), with gate receipts over $1 million dollars ($1,063,815.00).
The Series were broadcast nationally on radio with Graham McNamee and sportswriter Grantland Rice as the announcers. Rice had announced the previous two World Series by himself, but walked away from the job from lack of interest, leaving the stage to McNamee alone.
|1||October 10||New York Giants||5||New York Yankees||4||0-1||55,307|
|2||October 11||New York Yankees||4||New York Giants||2||1-1||40,402|
|3||October 12||New York Giants||1||New York Yankees||0||1-2||62,430|
|4||October 12 ‡||New York Yankees||8||New York Giants||4||2-2||46,302|
|5||October 14 ‡||New York Giants||1||New York Yankees||8||3-2||62,817|
|6||October 15 ‡||New York Yankees||6||New York Giants||4||4-2||34,172|
|New York Yankees win 4-2|
|New York (N)||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||5||8||0|
|New York (A)||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||4||12||1|
|W: Rosy Ryan (1-0) L: Joe Bush (0-1)|
|HR: NYG – Casey Stengel (1)|
|New York (A)||0||1||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||4||10||0|
|New York (N)||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||9||2|
|W: Herb Pennock (1-0) L: Hugh McQuillan (0-1)|
|HR: NYY – Aaron Ward (1), Babe Ruth (1), Babe Ruth (2) NYG – Irish Meusel (1)|
|New York (N)||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||4||0|
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||1|
|W: Art Nehf (1-0) L: Sam Jones (0-1)|
|HR: NYG – Casey Stengel (2)|
|New York (A)||0||6||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||8||13||1|
|New York (N)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1||4||13||1|
|W: Bob Shawkey (1-0) L: Jack Scott (0-1) S: Herb Pennock (1)|
|HR: NYG – Ross Youngs (1)|
|New York (N)||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||2|
|New York (A)||3||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||x||8||14||0|
|W: Joe Bush (1-1) L: Jack Bentley (0-1)|
|HR: NYY – Joe Dugan (1)|
|New York (A)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0||6||5||0|
|New York (N)||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||4||10||1|
|W: Herb Pennock (2-0) L: Art Nehf (1-1) S: Sam Jones (1)|
|HR: NYY – Babe Ruth (3), NYG – Frank Snyder (1)|
|New York Yankees||5||13||1||4||1||0||1||5||0||30||60||3|
|New York Giants||1||2||4||1||1||2||1||3||2||17||47||6|
|Total Attendance: 301,430 Average Attendance: 50,238|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $6,143 Losing Player’s Share – $4,113|
References and Further Reading
- Ronald A. Mayer: The 1923 New York Yankees: A History of Their First World Championship Season, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2010.
- David Neft and Richard M. Cohen: The World Series. St Martins Press, New York, NY, 1990, pp. 97-101.
- 1923 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1923 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com
- 1923 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org
- Audio - Casey Stengel talks a little Stengel-eese about the Series
|Modern Major League Baseball World Series
Pre-1903 Postseason Series