1922 October

1st  In the Cards 7–1 win at Chicago, Rogers Hornsby’s 3-for-5 on the last day puts him at .401, the first .400-hitter in the NL since Ed Delahanty in 1899. His NL-record 250 hits top Willie Keeler’s 243 in 1897. Hornsby wins the Triple Crown with 152 RBIs and 42 HRs. His 102 extra-base hits will be the NL’s tops until Chuck Klein’s 107 in 1930.

The second place Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 5-4 and 5-1. Wilbur Cooper (23-14) takes the opening loss, as he’s done in by 4 unearned runs and maybe being a bit tired at the end of the year: the workhorse has averaged 301 innings pitched over the last six years. The Reds Pat Duncan is caught stealing for the 28th time in 40 attempts.

In the 2nd of two games in Boston, Giants OF Hy Higbee clouts a 6thinning 2-run homer off Al Yeargin to pace New York to a 3–0 win. It is Higbee’s 3rd game as a Giant and his HR comes in his last ML at bat. Art Nehf is the winner. Boston’s Tim McNamara wins the opener by the identical 3–0 score.

4th  For the first time, the entire WS will be broadcast over the radio. Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing for station WJZ, Newark; it is relayed to WGY in Schenectady.

For the first time since 1908, two repeaters meet in the WS. The Yankees get there with an all righthanded starting pitching staff; the Giants on a .305 BA. In a return to the 7-game format, the Giants will win 4 games while scoring in only 5 innings. The Yankees’ Joe Bush (26–7) leads Art Nehf (19–13) 2–0 when Irish Meusel’s 2-run single and Pep Young’s sacrifice fly score 3 runs in the 8th for a 3–2 win in game 1. Rosy Ryan (17–12) gets the win in relief.

5th  Bob Shawkey (20–12) goes the route, with the Giants scoring 3 in the first and the Yanks getting single tallies in the first, 4th, and 8th. A near-riot erupts among the 36,514 fans when umpire George Hildebrand, acting on umpire Bill Klem’s advice, calls the game, a 3–3 tie, due to darkness after 10 innings. The fans think there’s light enough to continue. It takes a police escort to get Judge Landis out of the park and away from the unruly mob. That night he bends over backwards to negate the public’s opinion that the game might have been called to provide an extra day’s gate by donating the $120,554 receipts to charities. Half will go to New York charities, and half to disabled soldiers.

6th  The Giants Jack Scott (8–2 with the Giants) fires a 4-hitter as a surprise starter in game 3, after Hugh McQuillan (6–5 with NY) warms up to face Waite Hoyt (19-12). Scott gets the Yanks to hit 18 grounders. Frank Frisch’s 2 RBIs are more than enough in the 3–0 win. With 2 hits in each game so far, Frisch will bat .471. Heinie Groh, hitting safely in every game, will be at .474.

7th  Judge Landis insists game 4 be played despite a heavy rain. Again one big inning—a 4-run fourth off Carl Mays (13–4)—is enough for McQuillan to squeeze out a 4–3 win. Aaron Ward’s 2nd HR of the Series is all the long-ball clout the Yankees will display. Mays’s brief collapse today, coupled with his two losses in the 1921 series, leads to rumors that he took money to throw the games. The accusations will persist for decades.

8th  The Yanks score first, but the Giants score 2 in the 3rd and 3 in the 8thto win the WS finale 5–3, as Art Nehf hands Joe Bush his second loss.

9th  Wickey McAvoy hits a one-out grand slam in the 9th inning to give Baltimore a 7-3 win over St. Paul in the Little World Series. His hit gives Lefty Grove the victory. Baltimore leads the series, 3-1. Wickey had but one homer in six years with the Philadelphia A’s.

18th  The Tigers trade pitchers Carl Holling and Howard Ehmke, along with infielder Danny Clark, outfielder Babe Herman, and $25,000 to Boston for 2B Del Pratt and P Rip Collins. Pratt has 2 more .300 seasons left; Collins and Ehmke provide long-term benefits to their clubs. Herman, 19, won’t make it to the big leagues until 1926, and then it will be with Brooklyn.

30th  The Giants pay $65,000 and 3 players to Baltimore for Jack Bentley, “another Babe Ruth.” Bentley hit .349 and was 13–1 as a pitcher in 1922 (41–5 since 1920). The 3 players are to be delivered by March 20, 1923, and if not satisfactory to Baltimore, the Giants will pay $2,500 per man instead.