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1920 Baseball Season


More 1920 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are more highlights from the 1920 baseball season, including the lifetime ban of eight White Sox players for throwing the 1919 World Series.

  • Eight White Sox are found innocent of rigging the 1919 World Series by a Chicago jury.
  • Baseball Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis permanently bars all eight suspended White Sox from organized baseball.
  • George Sisler sets an all-time major league record with 257 hits.
  • The spitball and all other similar pitches are abolished.
  • Detroit's Sammy Hale collects 17 pinch hits, an American League rookie record.
  • Walter Johnson wins his 300th game.
  • Johnson no-hits Boston on July 1.
  • Cleveland's Larry Gardner is thrown out 20 times in 23 steal attempts.
  • On October 2, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati play the last major league tripleheader.
  • Tris Speaker sets a new major league record with 11 consecutive base hits.
  • Rube Foster organizes the Negro National League.
  • On May 1, Babe Ruth hits his first homer as a Yankee.
  • On May 1, Leon Cadore of Brooklyn and Joe Oeschger of Boston both pitch all 26 innings of a 1-1 tie.
  • Rogers Hornsby tops the National League in doubles (44), total bases (329), and SA (.559), as well as tying for the RBI crown (94).
  • Philly's Cy Williams tops the National League with 15 homers, 39 fewer than Babe Ruth.
  • Pete Alexander heads the National League in wins (27), ERA (1.91), CGs (33), innings (363), and Ks (173).
  • Joe Jackson's 20 triples top the American League; Jackson is also high in almost every other hitting department.
  • The White Sox have a record four 20-game winners, including Ed Cicotte and Lefty Williams.
  • White Sox Jackson, Cicotte, and Williams are among the Eight Men Out.
  • Owing to Babe Ruth, the Yankees hit 115 homers, shattering the major league record.
  • Phillies batters walk just 283 times, a major league record.
  • The Giants' Benny Kauff is banned during the season after he's tried for being part of a stolen car ring; he's found not guilty.
  • Phillie Gene Paulette is banned for allegedly betting on games in 1919.

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