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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 Groundsmarker 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.

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.

Summary

Matchups

Game 1

Wednesday, October 5, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Game 2

Thursday, October 6, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Game 3

Friday, October 7, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Game 4

Sunday, October 9, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Game 5

Monday, October 10, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Game 6

Tuesday, October 11, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Game 7

Wednesday, October 12, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Game 8

Thursday, October 13, 1921 at Polo Grounds marker in New York, New Yorkmarker

Composite box

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

Notes

  • 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.


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