1921 New York Yankees season

The 1921 New York Yankees season was the 19th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 98–55, winning their first pennant in franchise history, winning the American League by 412 games over the previous year's champion, the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. Their home games were played at the Polo Grounds.

1921 New York Yankees
1921 American League Champion
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston
General manager(s)Ed Barrow
Manager(s)Miller Huggins
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Regular season

With star slugger Babe Ruth hitting 59 home runs, setting a new major league home run record for the third consecutive year, while also having his greatest overall season statistically, the Yankees appeared to be the team to beat in the World Series. Their landlords, the New York Giants, had rebuilt after slipping a bit in the late 1910s, and had won the National League pennant. For the first time, all the games of a World Series would be held in the same ballpark, the Polo Grounds. The best-5-of-9 Series (its last before returning to the best-4-of-7 format) saw the Yankees take a 2 games to 0 lead and later a 3–2 series lead, but Ruth suffered a serious injury in game 3 that limited his appearances in the remaining games, save for one pinch-hit appearance, and the Giants rallied to win the Series 5 games to 3.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 9855 0.641 53–25 45–30
Cleveland Indians 9460 0.610 51–26 43–34
St. Louis Browns 8173 0.526 17½ 43–34 38–39
Washington Senators 8073 0.523 18 46–30 34–43
Boston Red Sox 7579 0.487 23½ 41–36 34–43
Detroit Tigers 7182 0.464 27 37–40 34–42
Chicago White Sox 6292 0.403 36½ 37–40 25–52
Philadelphia Athletics 53100 0.346 45 28–47 25–53

Record vs. opponents

Boston 15–78–1415–77–1512–109–139–13
Chicago 7–157–158–1413–914–87–156–16
Cleveland 14–815–713–98–1415–717–512–10
Detroit 7–1514–89–135–1714–7–112–1010–12
New York 15–79–1314–817–517–513–913–8
Philadelphia 10–128–147–157–14–15–175–1711–11–1
St. Louis 13–915–75–1710–129–1317–512–10
Washington 13–916–610–1212–108–1311–11–110–12


1921 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers
  • Al DeVormer
  • Fred Hofmann
  • Wally Schang


Outfielders Manager


  • Charley O'Leary
  • Frank Roth

Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CWally Schang134424134.316655
1BWally Pipp153588174.296898
2BAaron Ward153556170.306575
3BFrank Baker9433097.294971
SSRoger Peckinpaugh149577166.288871
OFBabe Ruth152540204.37859171
OFBob Meusel149598190.31824138
OFElmer Miller5624272.298436

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mike McNally7121556.260124
Chick Fewster6620758.280119
Braggo Roth4315243.283210
Ping Bodie318715.172012
Chicken Hawks417321.280215
Fred Hofmann236211.17715
Al DeVormer224917.34707
Johnny Mitchell134211.26202
Tom Connelly451.20000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Carl Mays49336.22793.0570
Waite Hoyt43282.119133.09102
Bob Shawkey38245.018124.0835
Bill Piercy1481.2542.9835
Harry Harper852.2433.7622

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rip Collins28137.11155.4464
Jack Quinn33119.0873.7844
Alex Ferguson1756.1315.919
Babe Ruth29.0209.002

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Sheehan121015.457
Tom Rogers50117.360

World series

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record


1 October 5 New York Yankees 3 New York Giants 0 0–1 30,202
2 October 6 New York Giants 0 New York Yankees 3 0–2 34,939
3 October 7 New York Yankees 5 New York Giants 13 1–2 36,509
4 October 9 New York Giants 4 New York Yankees 2 2–2 36,372
5 October 10 New York Yankees 3 New York Giants 1 2–3 35,758
6 October 11 New York Giants 8 New York Yankees 5 3–3 34,238
7 October 12 New York Yankees 1 New York Giants 2 4–3 36,503
8 October 13 New York Giants 1 New York Yankees 0 5–3 25,410
New York Giants win 5–3

Awards and honors

Major league records

  • Babe Ruth, major league record, Most total bases in one season (457)[1]

Franchise records

  • Babe Ruth, Yankees single season record, runs scored in a season (177)


  1. Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.54, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7


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