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The following are the baseball events of the year 1920 throughout the world.  

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Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG George Sisler .407 Rogers Hornsby .370
HR Babe Ruth 54 Cy Williams 15
RBI Babe Ruth 137 Rogers Hornsby & George Kelly 94
Wins Jim Bagby 31 Pete Alexander 27
ERA Bob Shawkey 2.45 Pete Alexander 1.91

Major League Baseball final standings


American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Cleveland Indians 98 56 .636 --
Chicago White Sox 96 58 .623 2
New York Yankees 95 59 .617 3
St. Louis Browns 76 77 .497 21.5
Boston Red Sox 72 81 .471 25.5
Washington Senators 68 84 .447 29
Detroit Tigers 61 93 .396 37
Philadelphia Athletics 48 106 .312 50

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Brooklyn Robins 93 61 .604 --
New York Giants 86 68 .558 7
Cincinnati Reds 82 71 .536 10.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 75 .513 14
Chicago Cubs 75 79 .487 18
St. Louis Cardinals 75 79 .487 18
Boston Braves 62 90 .408 30
Philadelphia Phillies 62 91 .405 30.5

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League (West)
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Chicago American Giants 31 15 .674
Detroit Stars 40 21 .656
Kansas City Monarchs 45 33 .577
Indianapolis ABCs 42 34 .553
St. Louis Giants 21 21 .500
Cuban Stars 22 26 .458
Dayton Marcos 10 18 .357
Chicago Giants 2 12 .143

East (independent teams) final standings

A loose confederation of teams were gathered in the East to compete with the West, however East teams did not organize a formal league as the West did.

Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Brooklyn Royal Giants 5 4 .556
Philadelphia Hilldales 7 6 .538
Bacharach Giants 12 12 .500
Baltimore Black Sox 3 8 .273
Cuban Stars 1 4 .200
New York Lincoln Giants 0 4 .000
  • Won-loss records were sporadically reported due to lack of interest by the press mainly in New York.
  • Bacharach claimed the pennant, although Hilldale disputed it.


  • August 16 - Indians shortstop Ray Chapman is struck in the head by a pitch from the Yankees' Carl Mays in a game at the Polo Grounds. He dies twelve hours later from a fractured skull, making it the only fatal field accident in Major League Baseball history. His death leads to the banning of the spitball.
  • September 17 - Detroit Tigers' Bobby Veach and New York Giants' George Burns hit for the cycle, the first time it happened twice on the same day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Detroit past the Boston Red Sox, 13–12, in 12 innings, despite a major-league record 20 BoSox receiving walks. Eight Tigers walk off to set another ML record of 28 walks in an extra-inning game. Veach finished 6-for-6, adding two singles, as Burns added a second double to his cycle in New York's 4–3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings. Two separate players would not hit for the cycle on the same day until 2008, when the feat was duplicated by Stephen Drew and Adrián Beltré for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners, respectively.
  • October 11 - The Cleveland Indians put themselves one win away from their first World Championship title, after beating the Brooklyn Robins, 1–0, in Game 6 of the World Series at Cleveland League Park. Facing his former team, Duster Mails pitched a sterling three-hit shutout with four strikeouts and two walks. The only run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Tris Speaker hit a two-out single and scored on a double by George Burns. The lack of run support by the Robins made a hard-luck loser out of their starter Sherry Smith, who gave up a run on seven hits in a complete-game defeat.
  • November 12 - MLB owners unanimously elect Kenesaw Mountain Landis chairman for seven years. The owners' action comes in direct response to the Black Sox Scandal, which threatens the integrity of the game. Landis accepts, but only as sole baseball commissioner with final authority over the players and owners, while remaining a federal judge with his $7,500 federal salary deducted from the baseball salary of $50,000.







  • June 10 - Martin Flaherty, 66, sporting goods dealer who came out of the stands to play one game for the 1881 Worcester Ruby Legs.
  • July 23 - Buttercup Dickerson, 62, outfielder for eight teams from 1878 to 1885. Officially the first Italian American to play Major League Baseball.
  • August 17 - Ray Chapman, 29, shortstop for the Cleveland Indians since 1912 who batted .300 three times, led AL in runs and walks in 1918
  • September 11 - Bill Hallman, 53, second baseman, mainly with the Phillies, who batted .300 and scored 100 runs four times each


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