Ken Williams ousted Babe Ruth from his throne as home run king in 1922 -- albeit temporarily. Find out more about this and other headlines from the 1922 baseball season below.
Charles Comiskey's Sox Flop
Charles Comiskey's uncharacteristic extravagance proved too little too late. In 1922, Comiskey's White Sox finished fifth, 17 games out. A year later, even their expensive new purchase, Willie Kamm, could not keep them from tumbling to seventh. In 1924, the Pale Hose landed in the basement for the first time in club history.
Ken Williams Tops the American League in HRs
Ken Williams interrupted Babe Ruth's unchallenged reign as the American League slugging king in 1922, topping the league with 39 home runs (Ruth hit 35 dingers). On his home turf, Sportsman's Park, Williams was virtually unstoppable that year; on the road, he, as the rest of the Browns, had problems.
Max Carey Pilfers 51
Max Carey was an ace basestealer in the 20 seasons of his major league career, though records are not available as to the number of times he was caught swiping. On what evidence there is, however, Carey was not only a prolific basestealer but an efficient one as well. In 1922, he stole 51 bases in 53 attempts.
Irish Meusel: .331 BA, 132 RBI
Of the members of the Giants and Yankees dynasties of the 1920s who played at least ten seasons and had career batting averages above .300, all but two are in the Hall of Fame. Oddly, the two were siblings: Irish and Bob Meusel. Irish hit .331 with 132 RBI in 1922.
So-So George Uhle Wins 22
George Uhle's 22 wins and 4.08 ERA for Cleveland in 1922 were just one important measure of how different the game had suddenly become. Uhle became the first pitcher since 1897 to reach 20 wins while posting an ERA over 4.00.
Find highlights of the 1922 baseball season on the next page.