Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

1926 Baseball Season

1926 Baseball Season Highlights
Detroit's Heinie Manush took the American League bat crown (.378) during the 1926 baseball season.
Detroit's Heinie Manush took the American League bat crown (.378) during the 1926 baseball season.

During the 1926 baseball season, the Yankees made it back to the World Series but were beaten by the St. Louis Cardinals, who had their first win after a very long dry spell. Read on for more highlights of the 1926 baseball season.

  • The Cards win the first pennant by a St. Louis National League or American League team.
  • The Yankees leap from seventh place to their fourth American League flag of the decade.
  • Down three games to two, the Cards win the two final games in New York and take the 1926 World Series.
  • Pete Alexander's stellar relief work stifles the Yankees in the final game of the Series.
  • Cards shortstop Tommy Thevenow is the 1926 World Series' leading hitter with a .417 BA, a homer, and four RBI.
  • Babe Ruth hits a series single-game record three homers in game four and a record four homers overall.
  • Cards catcher Bob O'Farrell wins the National League MVP Award.
  • George Burns of Cleveland takes the American League MVP prize.
  • Burns sets a new major league record with 64 doubles and hits .358.
  • Babe Ruth tops the American League in homers with 47, 28 more than anyone else.
  • Ruth leads in runs (139), total bases (365), SA (.737), OBP (.516), RBI (146), walks (144), and runs produced (238).
  • Cleveland's George Uhle leads the majors with 27 wins.
  • Uhle tops the American League in innings (318) and CGs (32).
  • Philly's Lefty Grove wins his first American League ERA crown (2.51) and again tops the loop in Ks (194).
  • Firpo Marberry has 22 saves for Washington, a new major league record.
  • Hack Wilson of the Cubs wins his first National League home run crown (21).
  • St. Louis' Jim Bottomley tops the National League in RBI (120), doubles (40), and total bases (305).
  • In his first full season as the Cards' player/manager, Rogers Hornsby slumps to .317.
  • On December 20, the Cards deal Hornsby to the Giants for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring.
  • The Red Sox finish last in the American League and lose a club record 107 games.
  • On September 26, the Browns and Yankees play the shortest game in American League history -- 55 minutes.
  • On September 26, Browns and Yankees play the shortest doubleheader in Major League Baseball history -- two hours and seven minutes.
  • Giant Mel Ott, age 17, becomes the youngest National League player to get a pinch hit.
  • Hack Wilson's 69 walks, which top the National League, are the fewest ever to lead a league.

Take a look at even more 1926 baseball season highlights in our final section.

To learn more about baseball, see: