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1921 Baseball Season

More 1921 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are more highlights from the 1921 baseball season, including the first radio broadcast of a baseball game in Pittsburgh on August 25.

  • Rogers Hornsby, now installed at second for the Cards, cops his second National League bat crown at .397.
  • The introduction of a livelier ball results in the Tigers hitting .316.
  • Red Faber's American League-leading 2.47 ERA is the only ERA figure below 3.00 in that circuit.
  • On August 25, Harold Arlin of radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh does the first broadcast of a baseball game.
  • Rogers Hornsby tops the NL in hits (235), RBI (126), runs (131), doubles (44), and total bases (378).
  • Hornsby leads in runs produced (236), OBP (.458), and SA (.639), as well as tying in triples (18).
  • Red Faber and Dickie Kerr win 44 of the White Sox's 62 victories.
  • The White Sox, the game's most powerful team just two years earlier, sink to seventh place.
  • Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley buys the Cubs.
  • The American League as a whole hits a record .292.
  • On April 28, Cleveland pitcher George Uhle collects six RBI in a game.
  • The game's moguls rule that 17 pitchers can continue to use the spitball for the rest of their careers.
  • Specs Toporcer of the Cards is the first infielder to wear glasses.
  • Red Sox Stuffy Mclnnis's .999 FA is a new major league record for first basemen.
  • Browns Jack Tobin, George Sisler, and Baby Doll Jacobson all collect more than 200 hits.
  • Burleigh Grimes leads the National League in CGs (30) and Ks (136) and ties for the lead in wins (22).
  • Al Sothoron pitches the entire season (179 innings) without surrendering a home run.
  • Eppa Rixey of the Reds gives up just one home run in 301 innings.
  • The Reds pitching staff registers a record-low 308 strikeouts.
  • The Reds' Ivy Wingo leads National League catchers in errors for the seventh time.
  • The Giants' George Kelly tops the National League in homers with 23.

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