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1921 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Giants (5) John McGraw 94–59, .614, GA: 4
New York Yankees (3) Miller Huggins 98–55, .641, GA: 4½
Dates: October 5–October 13
Radio: KDKA coverage was live, direct, and exclusive from the Polo Grounds. The Series was broadcast over radio stations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Newark, New Jersey, and East Springfield, Massachusetts. WBZ and WJZ coverage was relayed to Newark, New Jersey.
Radio announcers: KDKA: Grantland Rice
WBZ and WJZ: re-created by Tommy Cowan
Umpires: Cy Rigler (NL), George Moriarty (AL), Ernie Quigley (NL), Ollie Chill (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Giants: John McGraw (mgr.), Dave Bancroft, Frankie Frisch, George Kelly, Ross Youngs. Yankees: Miller Huggins (mgr.), Frank Baker, Babe Ruth.
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In the 1921 World Series, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees five games to three. This was the last of the experimental best-five-of-nine series.

The Series was much-anticipated, as it featured John McGraw's Giants, who were dedicated practitioners of the dead-ball era's "inside game"; and the Yankees, who relied on the "power game" exemplified by their star player, Babe Ruth, who was coming off a sensational year, arguably his best ever statistically. Injuries suffered during the Series would limit his effectiveness significantly. However, this Series marks the start of the Yankees dynasty, as it was the first of 40 American League pennants as of the 2009 season.

Despite Ruth's limited action, the Series was a closely-contested matchup. The Series ended on a double play featuring a baserunning miscue. Because of an infected arm and a bad knee (he wrenched it in the fifth game), Babe Ruth did not start the final game but did appear in the bottom of the ninth pinch hitting for Wally Pipp.

For the first time in World Series play, all games were held at one site: the Polo Grounds in New York, with the home team alternating. The Yankees sub-leased the Polo Grounds from the New York Giants from 1913 through 1922.

The Series was the first to be broadcast on radio. Announcer Thomas Cowan recreated the game over Westinghouse-owned WJZ in Newark, listening to phoned-in reports from the stadium.[1]

Following the Series, Ruth and Bob Meusel participated in some post-season barnstorming, which was then against the rules for Series participants. Both were suspended for the start of the 1922 season, but Ruth made a personal appeal to Commissioner Landis. He upheld their suspensions, but agreed to rescind the rule effective with the end of the 1922 season.

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Summary

NL New York Giants (5) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 5 New York Yankees – 3, New York Giants – 0 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:38 30,203[2]
2 October 6 New York Giants – 0, New York Yankees – 3 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:55 34,939[3] 
3 October 7 New York Yankees – 5, New York Giants – 13 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:40 36,509[4] 
4 October 9 New York Giants – 4, New York Yankees – 2 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:38 36,372[5] 
5 October 10 New York Yankees – 3, New York Giants – 1 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:52 35,758[6] 
6 October 11 New York Giants – 8, New York Yankees – 5 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:31 34,283[7] 
7 October 12 New York Yankees – 1, New York Giants – 2 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:40 36,503[8] 
8 October 13 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 0 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:57 25,410[9]

Matchups

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Game 1

Wednesday, October 5, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 7 0
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

WP: Carl Mays (1–0)  LP: Phil Douglas (0–1)  

Game 2

Thursday, October 6, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
New York (AL) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 X 3 3 0

WP: Waite Hoyt (1–0)  LP: Art Nehf (0–1)  

Game 3

Friday, October 7, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 8 0
New York (NL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 8 1 X 13 20 0

WP: Jesse Barnes (1–0)  LP: Jack Quinn (0–1)  

Game 4

Sunday, October 9, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 9 1
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 7 1

WP: Phil Douglas (1–1)  LP: Carl Mays (1–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Babe Ruth (1)

Game 5

Monday, October 10, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 1

WP: Waite Hoyt (2–0)  LP: Art Nehf (0–2)  

Game 6

Tuesday, October 11, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 13 0
New York (AL) 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 2

WP: Jesse Barnes (2–0)  LP: Bob Shawkey (0–1)  
HRs:  NYG – Irish Meusel (1), Frank Snyder (1)  NYY – Chick Fewster (1)

Game 7

Wednesday, October 12, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
New York (NL) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 X 2 6 0

WP: Phil Douglas (2–1)  LP: Carl Mays (1–2)  

Game 8

Thursday, October 13, 1921 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

WP: Art Nehf (1–2)  LP: Waite Hoyt (2–1)  

Composite box

1921 World Series (5–3): New York Giants (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 2 3 4 5 0 1 9 4 1 29 71 4
New York Yankees 4 3 5 3 2 1 0 3 1 22 50 6
Total attendance: 269,977   Average attendance: 33,747
Winning player’s share: $5,265   Losing player’s share: $3,510[10]

Notes

  1. ^ Covil, Eric C.. "Radio and its Impact on the Sports World". American Sportscasters Online. http://www.americansportscastersonline.com/radiohistory.html. Retrieved May 6, 2007.  
  2. ^ "1921 World Series Game 1 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10050NY11921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  3. ^ "1921 World Series Game 2 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10060NYA1921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  4. ^ "1921 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10070NY11921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  5. ^ "1921 World Series Game 4 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10090NYA1921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  6. ^ "1921 World Series Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10100NY11921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  7. ^ "1921 World Series Game 6 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10110NYA1921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  8. ^ "1921 World Series Game 7 - New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10120NY11921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  9. ^ "1921 World Series Game 8 - New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1921/B10130NYA1921.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  10. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  
  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 87-92)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2129. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. "1921 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1921_WS.shtml. Retrieved 2007-12-09.  

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