1921 Baseball Season Headlines
While Babe Ruth was the subject of many headlines due to his outstanding season, other baseball players made the news in 1921 for these and other accomplishments:
Baby Doll Jacobson Bats .352
Despite a belated start -- he didn't stick in the majors until he was nearly 27 years of age -- Baby Doll Jacobson totaled 1,714 hits and posted a .311 career average over 11 years. In 1921, he racked up a .352 average, 211 hits, five home runs, and 90 RBI. He spent more than nine seasons as a Brownie.
Polo Hosts NY Affair
All the games of the 1920 World Series -- the first-ever "Subway" series -- were played in the Polo Grounds, the home park of both the New York Giants and the Yankees.
Harry Heilmann Rises to .394
Most great hitters display their superiority almost from the first day they don a major league uniform. Harry Heilmann was the exception. After his first six seasons, his career batting average was .291. In his next season, 1921, he led the American League with a whopping .394 average.
George Toporcer Wears Specs
In 1921, George Toporcer broke a barrier that was nearly as strong as the color line that existed until 1947. Toporcer became the first bespectacled player other than a pitcher to perform in Major League Baseball. A light hitter whose glovework also left something to be desired, Toporcer was never more than a utility man; he hit .264 and had a pair of RBI in 53 at-bats in 1921. He did, however, pave the way for other bespectacled players.
Jack Tobin Nets 236 Hits
Jack Tobin was another Federal League alumnus who subsequently had a substantial career in the majors. In 1921, Tobin corralled 236 hits and scored 132 runs for a Browns team that may have had the best lineup in the American League. Only Urban Shocker, however, kept the Browns from having the worst pitching staff in the majors (he won 27).
Stan Coveleski Still Going Strong
Stan Coveleski was one of the few fortunate pitchers permitted to throw spitballs until they retired. The 1921 season was the fourth in a row in which Coveleski won 22 or more games for the Indians (he had a 23-13 record that year). His three complete-game victories in the 1920 World Series were the high point of his career.
See the next page for highlights of the 1921 baseball season.