1921 September

1st Maurice Archdeacon of Rochester (IL) establishes a new record for circling the bases by completing the circuit in 13 2/5 seconds.

2nd In Cincinnati, the Cubs Pete Alexander outpitches his former teammate Eppa Rixey to win, 7–0. Chicago is mired in 7th place.

3rd Powered by Babe Ruth’s 50th homer and the pitching of Carl Mays, the Yankees down the host Senators, 9–3.

The Red Sox shrug off a grand slam in the 7th by the A’s Tilly Walker, who drives in 6 runs, and edge the Quakers, 11-10.

Joe Oeschger, a 20-game winner last year, loses his 20th as the Dodgers pummel the Braves, 8-5. Oeschger gives up all 8 runs in his 6 innings. Burleigh Grimes goes the distance to win his 14th.

5th  In the Labor Day afternoon game at Boston, won by the Red Sox, 8–2, the Yankees outfield makes a AL-record 5 assists, 4 by Bob Meusel. Meusel, with one of the strongest arms in baseball, will lead the AL in assists in 1921 and 1922. Meusel is 5-for-5 in game 1, an 8-0 shutout by Bob Shawkey.

Walter Johnson breaks Cy Young’s career strikeout mark by fanning 7 A’s to run his total to 2,287. But he loses to the A’s Bob Hasty, 4–3. Washington takes game 2, 7–1, behind George Mogridge.

Browns pitcher Urban Shocker takes his first loss after winning 9 in a row. Elmer Smith’s 2 HRs pace a 10–5 Indians win in a morning game to back Guy Morton’s pitching. In the afternoon game, a 12–8 St. Louis win, Smith starts off with another one. Having hit one in the 8th in Detroit the day before, Smith has 7 straight extra base hits in 3 games—a ML record—for 22 total bases (3 doubles, 4 HRs + 2 walks). Earl Sheely, in 1926, will make 7 long hits in just 2 games—a ML record—but he will sandwich those around a sac fly. In 1950, Vic Wertz will also collect 7 straight extra base hits.

At Los Angeles; the Angels (PCL) win a pair from Portland, 8-4, 9-3. The teams complete a 13 game series in seven days, with the Angels taking the last 7 games in a row to win the series 10-3. The Angels outscore the Beavers in the series 72-36. The series started the day after the purchase of the Angels by William Wrigley, Jr.

6th  The Cards Bill Bailey makes his last ML start a good one, besting the Cubs Pete Alexander, 1-0.

9th  An AL record for total runs and hits is made when Chicago beats Detroit 20–15. The Tigers amass 20 hits and the Sox collect 22. Earl Sheely has 5 hits and 5 runs for Chicago. Johnny Mostil has 5 RBIs on 3 hits, one of 4 Chicago players with 3. Eddie Mulligan has 3 hits and is caught stealing: he will lead the AL with 18 CS, versus 13 steals. Bob Jones has 4 hits for Detroit, while Cobb and Heilmann chip in with 3 apiece. The 35 runs by two AL teams will be matched but not topped until the Red Sox and A’s combine for 36 in 1950.

Babe Ruth ties his ML homer mark of 54, set last year, as the Yanks spank the A’s, 14-5. Wally Pipp homers, and Tilly Walker bangs 2. Zip Collins is 4-for-4 with 3 doubles for the A’s.

The Cubs top the host Pirates, 8-5, as Tom Daly has 4 hits and Ray Grimes has a double and a triple to drive in 3 runs for the second game in a row. He will lead the Cubs in RBIs with 79, the only time a rookie has led Chicago in RBIs. Rabbit Maranville has 4 hits for the Bucs and Clyde Barnhart drives in 4.

10th Catcher Wally Schang has 5 of the Yankees’ 21 hits as the New Yorkers wallop the A’s 19–3. A ML record-tying five Yankees collect two hits in the 9th inning: Schang, Mays, Miller, Peckinpaugh, and Ruth. Ruth’s 2nd hit, a single, hits Peck for the 3rd out. Winning P Carl Mays gives up 13 hits to Philadelphia in winning his 16th straight over them. Mays has 3 hits to total 8 for the batterymates.

The Indians split a pair with St. Louis, losing 2-0 in game 1 and winning 10-2 in game 2. Bill Wambsganss has half the total with 5 runs scored.

11th The Giants whip Brooklyn 11–3 behind Fred Toney in relief of Phil Douglas. George Kelly doesn’t help as he is caught stealing 3 times. The win moves the Giants into 1st place ahead of Pittsburgh.

12th In the only action in the majors, the Pirates fail to close on the Giants as they split with Boston, winning 5-4 in 15 innings and dropping the second game, 4-3. Babe Adams (13-4) allows 1 hit in 6+ innings of relief in game 1.

13th Walter Johnson wins the AL MVP with 55 out of a possible 64 votes.

14th Washington’s Walter Johnson gives up 3 hits—2 by Jack Tobin—but still faces just 27 batters in edging the Browns 1–0. Following 2 singles in the 4th, George Sisler’s line drive to Donie Bush is turned into a triple play. For Bush, it is the 9th time he has taking part in a TP as a fielder, a ML record. He hit into one once, tying him with Sisler for the all-time mark of 10 triple plays (Sisler: fielded 7, hit 3). Tobin singles in the 7th, but Johnson picks him off. Tobin will set the AL record this year with 179 singles, a mark that Sam Rice will top in 1925. He has 47 hits against the Senators this year, the highest number for any AL hitter against one team this decade. The Senators only run today comes when Dixie Davis hits Picinich with a bases-loaded pitch, forcing in a run.

Boston defeats the Tigers, 1–0, on Herb Pennock’s 2-hitter.

The Cubs trim the Phillies, 10–0, behind Grover Cleveland Alexander. Batterymate Bob O’Farrell has 4 hits—3 for extra bases—as the Cubs amass 21 safeties.

15th  Four A’s pitchers help the Indians win game 1, 17–3, by contributing 16 walks. Among them is the starting pitcher Arliss Taylor, appearing in his only ML game. He fans one batter—Joe Sewell, the hardest batter to strike out in ML history. Charley Jamieson scores 5 runs. Cleveland wins game 2, 6-0, behind Ray Caldwell.

Babe Ruth hits HR No. 55 in New York’s 10–6 win over the Browns. The Yanks take game 2, 13–5, as Wally Pipp pops a homerun. Ken Williams homers in each game, and totals 6 RBIs.

16th     At the Polo Grounds, the Browns down the Yankees, 10-3, as George Sisler hits a grand slam. Babe Ruth hits his 56th as Urban Shocker wins his 25th.

Three days after pitching a 3-hit shutout for the pennant-winning Columbia (SC) Comer (Sally League), Goose Goslin debuts in left field for the Washington Senators in a 2-0 loss to the Indians (as noted by Gary Sarnoff). Goose has one of the four Washington hits as they are shut out by George Uhle.

17th  The Giants win their 10th in a row over the Pirates, and their 10thstraight, 6–1. They will go on to finish 4 in front of the Pirates.

Jack Smith has his 2nd five-hit game in three weeks to pace the Cardinals to a 9-5 win over the Phils at Baker Bowl. Rogers Hornsby has a triple and four RBIs.

Spitballer Allen Sothoron runs his record to 12–4 as Cleveland beats Washington, 8–4. Sothoron, with his 3rd AL team this year, pitches 178 innings allowing no homers, the only post-deadball pitcher to accomplish that. The Reds Eppa Rixey almost matches him, allowing one homer in 301 innings.

20th  At Cubs Park, Pete Alexander gives up 15 hits in 7 innings but escapes with no loss when his replacement Virgil Cheeves allows no runs on one hit in three innings and the Cubs manage a 7-6 win over the first-place Giants in 10 innings. A bad throw by Frisch and a wild pitch by Art Nehf plate the winner. Right fielder Max Flack throws out two Giants at the plate in the 7th, tying a ML mark. The Cubs and White Sox, along with all of the two team cities, are in the same place in the standings: Cubs and Sox are in 7th place; the Yankees, with a win today, and the Giants are in 1st place; the Cardinals and Browns are in 3rd place; the Braves and Red Sox in 4th place; and the Phillies and Athletics in last place.

23rd  Trailing by 2 points, the Indians come to New York for a 4-game showdown. Waite Hoyt’s arm and Ruth’s 3 doubles beat them 4–2.

24th Brown’s pitcher Dixie Davis pitches both ends of the doubleheader against the Red Sox, scattering 9 hits and losing the opener 2–1, then coasting to an 11–0 win in the nitecap.

Harry Heilmann is 3-for-4 against Walter Johnson, but Washington wins the game over Detroit, 5–1. Ty Cobb is so incensed by the umpiring of Billy Evans that he challenges him to a fight. The two future Hall of Famers go at it with Cobb getting the best of Evans. George Hildebrand, the 2nd ump assigned to the game, reports the incident to AL prexy Ban Johnson. When Johnson fails to act, Commissioner Landis steps in and suspends Cobb, but allows him to continue as a non-playing manager.

At the Polo Grounds, George Uhle shuts out the Yankees for a 9–0 win to put the Indians back in a virtual tie with New York for 1st place. OF Smoky Joe Wood has a triple and in 66 games, he will have 60 RBI in 194 at bats, the most ever by a player with less than 200 AB. He won’t play tomorrow.

25th At the Polo Grounds, 38,000 watch the Yankees thrash the 2nd place Indians 21–7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yanks knock out Ray Caldwell (6-6) in the 2nd—his final ML start—and dust Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. In the 4th the Yankees bat around without an out being record. The 10th batter Peck singles for his 2nd hit of the inning, as manager Speaker watches from CF. Bob Meusel as a triple with 2 on and a homer with 2 on to pace the 20-hit offense. Carl Mays has 3 hits and goes the distance for the win.

The Baltimore Orioles finish the International League season with a pair of wins, 8–5 and 8–7 over the visiting Jersey City Skeeters. The Orioles total 119 wins, an Organized Ball record.

26th  With New York in 1st place by 1 ½ games over Cleveland, and facing the Indians in the 4th game of the series, Miller Huggins polls his players to find out who they’d like to see start. The team elects to go with veteran Jack Quinn, but the spitballer comes up dry giving up 3 runs in the 1stinning before Waite Hoyt relieves. Ruth hits a 1st inning HR, adds an RBI double in the 3rd and a 2-run HR, #58, in the 5th to give the Yankees the lead. Carl Mays, who took over in the 5th, strikes out Steve O’Neill with 2 on in the 9th to end it 5–4. The win increases New York’s lead to 2 ½ games. The four-game series at the Polo Grounds draws a record 147,000 people.

27th The Browns Urban Shocker stops the Yanks, 2–0, racking up his 5thwin in 9 decisions against NY this year. It is his 27th win of the year. George Sisler provides the support with a 2-run homer off Harry Harper in the first inning.

In the first of 2 at Boston, Braves C Ray Powell hits 3 triples, tying the ML mark, in an 8–5 win over Brooklyn. Powell has 8 triples against Brooklyn this year and will lead the NL in three baggers with 18. Dana Fillingim is the winner over Burleigh Grimes. Clarence Mitchell wins game 2 for Brooklyn, 8-0, knocking in 3 runs. A 6th inning triple play helps preserve the shutout.

29th The Bucs drop a doubleheader to the Cardinals allowing the idle Giants to clinch the NL pennant, their 7th under manager McGraw. St. Louis wins 5-4 in 10 innings and 3-1 in 5 ½ innings.

Little Dickey Kerr wins his 19th for the White Sox, shutting out Cleveland, 5-0. Allen Sothoron leaves after an inning with the loss, and Ray Caldwell allows an earned run in 7 innings of relief in what is his last ML appearance. He’ll pitch in the minors until 1933.

30th It is Rogers Hornsby Day at Sportsman’s Park, and the Cardinal star celebrates by pounding out a HR and two doubles against Pittsburgh to lead the third-place Cardinals to a 12–4 win. Hornsby will go hitless in the last two games, dropping his final average to .397 for the year (.405 on the road) still the best in the N.L. Teammates Austin McHenry and Jack Fournier will be 2nd and 3rd in hitting in the NL.

Prior to the Braves-Giants game, the Giants Old Timers take on the Giants regulars in a 5-inning contest. Twenty thousand fans cheer as former stars, Christy Mathewson, Roger Bresnahan, George Wiltse, Art Devlin, Larry Doyle and Fred Tenney whip the current Giants, 2–0. The regular game is called because of rain after one inning, but only 4,000 fans ask for a refund.

In Cleveland’s 3–2 win over the White Sox, Chicago catcher Ray Schalk throws out 3 runners at 1B in the 8th inning to tie a ML record. He is the 2nd AL catcher to register 3 assists in a frame. The victims are Charlie Jamieson, Joe Wood, and Elmer Smith, who hit short hoppers in front of the plate. Stan Coveleski is the winner for the Tribe, besting Red Faber who was looking for his 26th win.