1921 October

1st After clinching the pennant with a 5–3 win over Philadelphia in the opener behind Carl Mays’ 17th straight win over Philadelphia, the Yankees bring Babe Ruth into pitch in relief in the night cap. Ruth, with just one other pitching appearance all season, takes over in the 8th with New York in the lead 6–0. Ruth quickly allows the A’s 6 runs to tie the score, giving up a couple of walks, 2 singles, a double, a triple and a HR by Welch to the wall in CF. But the Babe knuckles down to hold them scoreless till the 11th when New York scores a run to win, 7–6. Ruth finishes the season 2-0 on the mound and drives in his 167th run in the game, besting Sam Thompson’s mark set in 1884. Ruth also plunks Whitey Witt with a pitch, ending Witt’s A’s club record streak of 504 games without being hit by a pitch (as noted by Mike Selleck). It’ll last the century. For Mays, it is his seventh win over Philley this season.

The Giants warm up for the World Series by splitting a doubleheader with the Phillies. Phil Douglas gives up 20 hits in the opener and barely loses, 10-9 to the Phils. Douglas gave up 19 hits in a loss to the Phils on June 27th. New York takes the second game, 3-0.

At Detroit, the Browns beat the Tigers, 11–6, in 11 innings. Detroit is without Cobb who was suspended the last two games of the season for an argument with ump Evans a week ago in Washington (though Detroit has not played since the 26th). Detroit’s Harry Heilmann is 0-for-5 and down to .396. He’ll go 1-for-4 tomorrow, but will lead the AL in hitting with a .394 average.

2nd  The Yankees close the season by beating the Red Sox 7–6. Ruth hits No. 59, off Curt Fullerton; for the team it is No. 134. Boston’s Stuffy McInnis completes his 119th consecutive errorless game at 1B (1300 chances) and finishes the year with an AL record .999 fielding average: his NL counterpart for Boston, Walter Holtke also sets the NL record with a .997 mark. Boston SS Everett Scott plays his 832nd consecutive game, a team record that will not be approached this century. The previous Red Sox mark was held by Buck Freeman (535) and Frank Malzone will accumulate the next highest with 475 games.

At Navin Field, Dixie Davis evens his record at 16-16 as his Browns beat the Tigers, 12-3. Baby Doll Jacobson is 5-for-5 with 3 steals while George Sisler has 2 hits, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases.

At Philadelphia, Walter Johnson coasts to an 11–6 win over the A’s and Roy Moore. Johnson (17-14) strikes out 10 and gives up a 6th inning solo homer to Jimmy Dykes, his 17th homer of the year. Washington finishes a half game in back of 3rd-place St. Louis.

3rd In the first game of an exhibition series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Negro League St. Louis Giants, the Cards win, 5-4, in 11 innings. The St. Louis Argus reports that the stands on the third base side of Sportsman’s Park are for Negroes, and the first base side is for whites.

4th In game 2 of the exhibition between the Cardinals (NL) and the St. Louis Giants (Negro L), Oscar Charleston has a homer and double to lead the Giants to a 6-2 win over Pop Haines. Dixie Drake is the winning pitcher.

5th  In the first one-city WS since 1906, the Polo Grounds will be the site for all 9 games. Carl Mays (27-9) is at his best, needing 86 pitches to set the Giants down with 5 hits—4 of them by Frank Frisch. Ruth drives in the first run of the Series in the opening inning of this 3–0 Yankee win. Mike McNally, subbing for Frank Baker at 3B, steals home in the 5th while Phil Douglas (15-10) is winding up. The game is broadcast on KDKA radio, with Grantland Rice announcing. It is the only game of the season’s WS to be aired.

6th  In the opener, Johnny Rawlings and Frank Frisch collected the only Giants hits. In game 2 it’s the same story. Waite Hoyt (19-13) surrenders 2 singles in another 3–0 Yankee win. Art Nehf (20-10) deserves better, allowing just 3 hits; but 3 errors and 2 mental lapses by the Giants, plus a steal of home by Bob Meusel, put the Giants down 2–0. The 5 hits are the fewest ever in a WS game.

7th  The Giants bats wake up against Bob Shawkey (18-12) and 3 other pitchers. A 20-hit barrage and 8-run 8th sink the Yanks 13–5. Jesse Barnes (15-9) gets the win. Ross Youngs set a WS record with a pair of long hits—2B and 3B—and 5 total bases in the 8th.

Commissioner Landis orders the Pirates to pay a full share from the WS pool to Tony Brottem and to Chief YellowHorse. YellowHorse started well but was injured much of the latter season, while Brottem joined the team in July. The Bucs had voted Brottem $200 and YellowHorse a 2/3rd share.

9th  After a rainout, a Sunday crowd of 36,371 watches Carl Mays and Phil Douglas square off for game 4. Mays works 5 hitless innings, while a run-scoring triple by Wally Schang gives the Yanks a 1–0 lead. Mays then apparently tires and the Giants club 7 hits in the last 2 innings for 4 runs. Ruth’s first WS homer comes in the 9th, but the Giants win 4–2. A group of Prohibition agents cause a near-riot by trying to barge their way into the game by saying they were on “official business.” When ticket takers refuse to let them in the police are called to forcibly remove the agents from the line, “as angry fans look on” (Dry Manhattan). Tomorrow, federal Prohibition Commissioner Roy Haynes will issue orders barring agents from using their badges to gain admission to places of amusement.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals twice beat the Negro League Giants, winning 12-3 and 9-6. Tomorrow, the Cards prevail 10-3 over Lefty Starks. The Cardinals conclude the series with 4 wins against one loss.

10th  In game 5 an unearned run in the first is all the Giants can manage off Waite Hoyt, despite 10 hits and a walk. A 1–1 game is decided in the 4th when Ruth surprises the Giants IF with a perfect bunt, then makes it home on Meusel’s double off Art Nehf. Bob Meusel scores on a sacrifice fly, and 3–1 is the result. The 35,758 spectators bring the players’ pool to a record $302,522.23.

11th  Miller Huggins gambles in Game 6 with lefty Harry Harper (4-3), and the Yankees drive Fred Toney (18-11) to cover with 3 in the first. But the Giants come back with 3 in the 2nd, and continue the attack against Bob Shawkey while Jess Barnes slams the door, striking out 10, including 7 in a row sandwiched around 4 walks. Emil “Irish” Meusel and Frank Snyder homer for the Giants in an 8–5 win. It is Barnes’ 2nd WS win in relief.

12th  Carl Mays and Phil Douglas meet again, and again Mays has perfect control (he gives up no walks in 26 innings). He yields 6 hits, but a 7th-inning error by Aaron Ward at 2B, followed by Snyder’s double, break a 1–1 tie and give Douglas his 2nd win.

13th  Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game 8 with 2 days rest. With 2 on and 2 outs in the first, Giants 1B George Kelly hits a grounder to short that goes through Roger Peckinpaugh, and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches 3B the rest of the day. After Aaron Ward walks in the 9th, Frank “Home Run” Baker hits a drive toward right, but 2B Johnny Rawlings spears it and throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for 3B and is gunned down by a throw from Kelly to Frisch to end the Series with a 4-3-5 DP. The Giants win, 1–0. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in 3 complete games. The Giants are the first to lose the first 2 games and come back to win the Series.

16th  In defiance of a Landis ban on WS participants playing post-season exhibitions, Ruth, Bob Meusel, and P Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo.

Judge Landis outlaws gentlemen’s agreements and cover-ups of players optioned to the minors without proper paperwork. He declares 6 players free agents, including Heinie Manush, who will ride a 17-year .330 BA into the Hall of Fame in 1964.