How the Yankees Almost Lost But Finally Won the 1922 AL . Flag

We’re healthy and really on time in MLB. Several teams, including Yankees, The titles of the playoffs and division titles were locked. While there are still some races to be decided, every day we get a clearer and clearer look at the picture of the final.

While they eventually fixed themselves, for a while, the Yankees were in some trouble in the elimination race points. After leading the division for up to 15.5 games, a September 9 loss brought the Yankees’ edge down to just 3.5. That loss, and the next two games were against second-place Rice. The Yankees would win the next two games to get some breathing space, but had they lost them instead, the lead was only 1.5, and we would have really had a scary time.

A hundred years ago in 1922, the Yankees had the same horror, even deeper in the year.

After dropping their first AL pennant in 1921, the Yankees spent much of the ’22 trading the AL back and forth lead. For most of the season, the main competition was St. Louis Brown. Over two series, one in late August and one in mid-September, the Yankees took five of seven from St. Louis, giving them a slight lead in the race. They finished the September streak with a 1.5 game increase, then had another five-game winning streak. This raised the Yankees 4.5 games with only five games remaining, four games remaining for St. Louis. All they had to do was not collapse and win one match. For a while, it looked like that might not happen.

The Yankees’ September 23 victory over Cleveland increased their game by 4.5 games, but their streak against them was far from over. They wrapped it up the next day, but things didn’t go so well. Despite six hits, the Cleveland Yankees kept the Yankees off the scoreboard, with bowler George Uhle throwing a complete shutdown of the game. Bob Shoeki threw six playoff innings himself, but Cleveland scored three in the seventh inning and kept the score there. The Browns won the same day, reducing the lead to 3.5 games.

The Yankees’ next trip was a trip to Boston. They had several days off in between, did not play from September 25th to 27th, and finally resumed on the 28th. Brown has had the longest hiatus ever, and they won’t be in business until the 29th.

When the Yankees resumed action, they quickly fell behind Boston, allowing them to run into the second half. However, they immediately answered at the top of the third, but then, things started to look like their previous game. The Yankees scored only one hit over the last six innings, eventually losing 3-1 to drop their lead in the AL to three games with three games left.

Things didn’t get any better in the second game of red socks series. Jack Quinn, who the Yankees traded to Boston the previous season, kept his former team without a five-stroke run. Meanwhile, Brown won, which meant the AL race was still very much alive. Alarmingly, the Yankees have now only scored one game in 27 innings, 28 if you include the game before the losing round started.

In need of something, anything really, the Yankees started their September 30 game in perfect fashion. The top four in the standings – Whitey Witt, Joe Dugan, Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp – scored four consecutive singles from Red Sox starter Alex Ferguson to unlock the game. Then Bob Meusel’s sack fly allowed the Yankees to open a 3-0 lead with only one on the board. The offense didn’t add any more runs to the score from there, but those three would suffice. Across eight rounds of Waite Hoyte and one of Bullet Josh Bush, the Yankees only allowed one round. Not only did that give them a win in the game, but the AL banner. While St. Louis also won that day, the Yankees now lead two games with only one remaining. flight to World Championship had them.

The win would be especially significant as the Yankees lost the next day, leaving the final margin to be just a singles game over St.Louis. During the Yankees’ last five games of the season, they scored only five runs. This will be a sign of things to come, as they will only score 11 times over five World Championship matches, losing to the Giants 4-0, with one match ending due to darkness.

Say what you will about the Yankees’ struggles that have led to close calls this season, they weren’t “about to spoil a 4.5-game lead with a week left” as bad.


The New York Times October 1, 1922

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