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Major League Baseball Season Recap 1923

Major League Baseball Season Recap 1923 World Series – New York Yankees AL over New York Giants NL 4 games to 2 World Series MVP – Babe Ruth Award – Awards – </strong? Major League Cy Young Award Cy...

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Al Szymanski, 21, who will later be known as Al Simmons is stolen by Connie Mack for 3 players

1923 – Al Szymanski, 21, who signed with his hometown Milwaukee club in the spring and was farmed out to Shreveport, is traded. Connie Mack secured the rights to his contract while he was at Shreveport; at the end of the season he reported to Milwaukee and hit .398 in 24 games. Scorekeepers change his name to Al Simmons. The A’s send IF Heinie Scheer and outfielders Wid Matthews and Frank “Beauty” McGowan to Milwaukee for the Simmons sleeper.

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1923 – Traveling to Chicago for the Major League meetings, Wild Bill Donovan, New Haven manager, is killed in a train wreck. Donovan was a pitcher for Detroit and manager for the Yankees and Phils. New Haven president George Weiss had swapped berths with Donovan and escapes with a minor injury. Phils owner William F. Baker is also on the train, but he is unhurt.

1923 – Traveling to Chicago for the Major League meetings, Wild Bill Donovan, New Haven manager, is killed in a train wreck. Donovan was a pitcher for Detroit and manager for the Yankees and Phils. New Haven president George Weiss had swapped berths with Donovan and escapes with a minor injury. Phils owner William F. Baker is also on the train, but he is unhurt.

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While in Paris‚ John McGraw announces plans for a tour of Europe by the Giants and White Sox in 1924‚ as world interest in baseball grows. In Romania‚ Queen Marie will throw out the first ball to mark the game’s debut in July.

1923 – While in Paris‚ John McGraw announces plans for a tour of Europe by the Giants and White Sox in 1924‚ as world interest in baseball grows. In Romania‚ Queen Marie will throw out the first ball to mark the game’s debut in July.

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Giant manager John McGraw trades two future hall of famers and gets one back

Giant manager John McGraw trades outfielders Casey Stengel and Bill Cunningham along with shortstop Dave Bancroft to the Braves for pitchers Joe Oeschger and Bill Southworth. Although the deal will have little impact for Boston or New York, three of the five players involved in the transaction, Stengel, Bancroft, and Southworth, will become major league managers and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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1923 – Babe Ruth makes a postseason appearance in a New York Giants uniform as the Giants defeat the minor league Baltimore Orioles, 9 – 0. Ruth hits a home run over the right field roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.

1923 – Babe Ruth makes a postseason appearance in a New York Giants uniform as the Giants defeat the minor league Baltimore Orioles, 9 – 0. Ruth hits a home run over the right field roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.

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1923 – Citing the unsavory characters associated with the sport, American League president Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing matches in their parks. The National League declines to go along with it.

1923 – Citing the unsavory characters associated with the sport, American League president Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing matches in their parks. The National League declines to go along with it.

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Soon after Babe Ruth receives his World Series winner’s share of $6,160.46, insurance agent Harry Heilmann, who beat Ruth for the batting title by 10 points, sells him a $50,000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.

1923 – Soon after Babe Ruth receives his World Series winner’s share of $6,160.46, insurance agent Harry Heilmann, who beat Ruth for the batting title by 10 points, sells him a $50,000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.

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In front of the largest crowd in baseball history, 62,430 fans are on hand to see Casey Stengel hit his second home run of the World Series. The round-tripper proves to be the difference when Giants hurler Art Nehf outduels Yankees’ starter Sam Jones in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 1-0.

In front of the largest crowd in baseball history, 62,430 fans are on hand to see Casey Stengel hit his second home run of the World Series. The round-tripper proves to be the difference when Giants hurler Art Nehf outduels Yankees’ starter Sam Jones in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 1-0.

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Casey Stengel delivers the first homerun in World Series History @ Yankee Stadium to seal a Giant win

In the first postseason game ever played at Yankee Stadium, veteran Giants outfielder Casey Stengel becomes the first player to hit a World Series homer in the Bronx ballpark, breaking a 4-4 deadlock in the top of the ninth inning with an inside-the-park round-tripper off Joe Bush. The Game 1 matchup is the first Fall Classic contest to be broadcast nationally.

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The first unassisted triple play in National League history occurs when Braves’ shortstop Ernie Padgett catches Phillie’s first baseman Walter Holke’s line drive, doubles up James Tierney at second, and then tags Cliff Lee for the third out.

The first unassisted triple play in National League history occurs when Braves’ shortstop Ernie Padgett catches Phillie’s first baseman Walter Holke’s line drive, doubles up James Tierney at second, and then tags Cliff Lee for the third out.

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For only the second time in major league history, two 100-loss teams face one another when the 52-100 Braves beat the 50-102 Phillies in the first game of a season-ending doubleheader, 5-4. Boston, then known as the Beaneaters, was also part of the first occurrence of this rare type of matchup when the 50-100 club played the 45-103 team from Brooklyn in 1905.

For only the second time in major league history, two 100-loss teams face one another when the 52-100 Braves beat the 50-102 Phillies in the first game of a season-ending doubleheader, 5-4. Boston, then known as the Beaneaters, was also part of the first occurrence of this rare type of matchup when the 50-100 club played the 45-103 team from Brooklyn in 1905.

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It’s Zack Wheat Day at Ebbets Field, and the retiring Dodger outfielder collects two hits and is given an automobile. Cy Williams of the Phillies spoils the special day as he ties the score in the seventh inning with his 39th homer and his 40th in the 12th frame gives Philadelphia the victory, 6-4.

It’s Zack Wheat Day at Ebbets Field, and the retiring Dodger outfielder collects two hits and is given an automobile. Cy Williams of the Phillies spoils the special day as he ties the score in the seventh inning with his 39th homer and his 40th in the 12th frame gives Philadelphia the victory, 6-4.

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Signed in June for a $1,500 bonus, and recently brought up from Hartford (Eastern League), Lou Gehrig hits the first of his 493 home runs. It comes off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park in an 8 – 3 New York win.

Signed in June for a $1,500 bonus, and recently brought up from Hartford (Eastern League), Lou Gehrig hits the first of his 493 home runs. It comes off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park in an 8 – 3 New York win.

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1923 – Rogers Hornsby is fined $500 and suspended indefinitely by the Cardinals when, feeling ill, he refuses to take the field for a game against the Robins, despite the team doctor’s opinion that he is in condition to play. Raj is not needed as Jesse Haines tops Brooklyn, 4 – 1, for his 20th win.

1923 – Rogers Hornsby is fined $500 and suspended indefinitely by the Cardinals when, feeling ill, he refuses to take the field for a game against the Robins, despite the team doctor’s opinion that he is in condition to play. Raj is not needed as Jesse Haines tops Brooklyn, 4 – 1, for his 20th win.

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At Washington, Walter Johnson notches two wins against the Browns, winning one game in relief, and the other as a starter. The first game is 5 – 4, in 10 innings, and the second is 12 – 2, in seven innings.

At Washington, Walter Johnson notches two wins against the Browns, winning one game in relief, and the other as a starter. The first game is 5 – 4, in 10 innings, and the second is 12 – 2, in seven innings.

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The Giants’ George Kelly sets a major-league record by homering in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings against the Cubs’ Vic Aldridge as New York rolls to a 13 – 6 win. Kelly adds a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game. Kelly has now hit a record six homers off cousin Aldridge this year, a mark off one pitcher that will be tied by Ted Williams (in 1941, off Johnny Rigney) and Ted Kluszewski (in 1954, off Max Surkont). Kelly is the first player to homer in three successive innings.

The Giants’ George Kelly sets a major-league record by homering in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings against the Cubs’ Vic Aldridge as New York rolls to a 13 – 6 win. Kelly adds a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game. Kelly has now hit a record six homers off cousin Aldridge this year, a mark off one pitcher that will be tied by Ted Williams (in 1941, off Johnny Rigney) and Ted Kluszewski (in 1954, off Max Surkont). Kelly is the first player to homer in three successive innings.

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1923 – The Cubs lose, 10 – 6, to the Giants in Chicago, despite the hitting of Hack Miller who collects three doubles and a triple. A riot occurs in the 8th inning when umpire Charlie Moran makes an out call at second base on Sparky Adams, Moran is pelted by hundreds of pop bottles. Judge Landis, in attendance at the game, shakes his cane at the angry mob, and play is held up for 15 minutes. John McGraw and the umpires need a police escort at the conclusion.

1923 – The Cubs lose, 10 – 6, to the Giants in Chicago, despite the hitting of Hack Miller who collects three doubles and a triple. A riot occurs in the 8th inning when umpire Charlie Moran makes an out call at second base on Sparky Adams, Moran is pelted by hundreds of pop bottles. Judge Landis, in attendance at the game, shakes his cane at the angry mob, and play is held up for 15 minutes. John McGraw and the umpires need a police escort at the conclusion.

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1923 – Paul Strand, RF for Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League), makes his 290th hit, a pro baseball record. He will play in 194 games, make 325 hits, including 66 doubles, 13 triples, and 43 home runs, for a .394 BA, with 180 runs and 187 RBI. He also has 612 total chances in the OF. Strand, 30, had come up to the Boston Braves as a pitcher in 1913 and was 6 – 2 for the 1914 pennant winners, mostly in relief. The Athletics will pay a reported $100,000 (which Connie Mack later says was really $40,000) for him, but he will hit just .228.

1923 – Paul Strand, RF for Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League), makes his 290th hit, a pro baseball record. He will play in 194 games, make 325 hits, including 66 doubles, 13 triples, and 43 home runs, for a .394 BA, with 180 runs and 187 RBI. He also has 612 total chances in the OF. Strand, 30, had come up to the Boston Braves as a pitcher in 1913 and was 6 – 2 for the 1914 pennant winners, mostly in relief. The Athletics will pay a reported $100,000 (which Connie Mack later says was really $40,000) for him, but he will hit just .228.

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Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower’s line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower’s line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

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Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in a Frank Brower line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in a Frank Brower line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

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Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower’s line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower’s line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

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1923 – The White Sox buy OF Maurice Archdeacon from Rochester (International League) for $50,000. After batting .402 in 22 games, the little speed merchant will drop to .319, then to .111, then out of sight.

1923 – The White Sox buy OF Maurice Archdeacon from Rochester (International League) for $50,000. After batting .402 in 22 games, the little speed merchant will drop to .319, then to .111, then out of sight.

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After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a controversial infield hit that is ruled a single, Boston P Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3 – 0 win, his 20th of the year. The Yankee crowd exhorts the scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that 3B Howie Shanks booted, but the one hit stands. Ehmke has now given up just one hit in his last two games.

After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a controversial infield hit that is ruled a single, Boston P Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3 – 0 win, his 20th of the year. The Yankee crowd exhorts the scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that 3B Howie Shanks booted, but the one hit stands. Ehmke has now given up just one hit in his last two games.

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Minor league head Michael Sexton fines the president of the Norfolk club $1,000 and suspends the team indefinitely for an attack on the umpire. Sexton also accused the Virginia League president of laxity in that this is the second attack on an ump in the league this year. Since the season is closed the suspension of the team does not affect the standings.

Minor league head Michael Sexton fines the president of the Norfolk club $1,000 and suspends the team indefinitely for an attack on the umpire. Sexton also accused the Virginia League president of laxity in that this is the second attack on an ump in the league this year. Since the season is closed the suspension of the team does not affect the standings.

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1923 – In an International League game, the Syracuse Stars are leading 3 – 2 in the 7th and final inning when umpire George Magerkurth calls a Baltimore runner safe, giving the Orioles a last chance at bat. Stars manager Frank Shaughnessy protests and the fans agree with him by pouring out onto the field, and the ump awards the forfeit win to the O’s.

1923 – In an International League game, the Syracuse Stars are leading 3 – 2 in the 7th and final inning when umpire George Magerkurth calls a Baltimore runner safe, giving the Orioles a last chance at bat. Stars manager Frank Shaughnessy protests and the fans agree with him by pouring out onto the field, and the ump awards the forfeit win to the O’s.

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The A’s are hit with a no-hitter for the second time in four days as Boston’s Howard Ehmke 

1923 – The A’s are hit with a no-hitter for the second time in four days as Boston’s Howard Ehmke strikes out one while pitching a 4 – 0 no-hitter against them. “Ehmke’s zippy crossfire came out of the shortstop’s chest like bad news from a gatling gun” (Philadelphia Public Ledger). Preserving the no-hitter is rival pitcher Slim Harriss, who hits the ball to the wall in the 7th and winds up on second base, but he is called out for failing to touch first base. An 8th-inning liner by Frank Welch is fumbled in LF and he reaches first. The liner is initially ruled a single but changed before the inning is over. Ehmke has now won six straight over the A’s this season. For Ehmke’s batterymate, Val Picinich, it is his third no-hitter, each with a different team.

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1923 – Yankee Sam Jones no-hits the Athletics, 2 – 0, beating Bob Hasty. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game as he slips a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann in the batting race. Not till Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter in 1969 will another pitcher record a no-hitter with no strikeouts. In a twilight charity game, Babe Ruth plays 1B for Philadelphia’s Ascension Catholic Club. Ruth scores the only run in a 2 – 1 loss to the Lit Brothers.

1923 – Yankee Sam Jones no-hits the Athletics, 2 – 0, beating Bob Hasty. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game as he slips a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann in the batting race. Not till Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter in 1969 will another pitcher record a no-hitter with no strikeouts. In a twilight charity game, Babe Ruth plays 1B for Philadelphia’s Ascension Catholic Club. Ruth scores the only run in a 2 – 1 loss to the Lit Brothers.

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9/3/1923 – The St. Louis Browns confused their lineup in the first game of a doubleheader in Cleveland. Ken Williams usually hit in the third spot but the lineup given to the umpires had William Jacobson third, Marty McManus fourth and Williams fifth. In the first inning after Wally Gerber doubled and Jack Tobin reached on a bunt, Williams, hitting out of turn, doubled home the first run of the game. Then Jacobson, also hitting out of order, hit a run-producing ground out. McManus, hitting in his proper spot after Jacobson, walked. The next hitter should have been Williams but Pat Collins, the sixth-place hitter, came up and struck out. No more runs were scored in that inning. The Indians figured out that the Browns had hit out of turn later and tried to protest the runs scored but umpire Evans properly allowed them to stand. However, Cleveland came back to win the game, 4-2.

9/3/1923 – The St. Louis Browns confused their lineup in the first game of a doubleheader in Cleveland. Ken Williams usually hit in the third spot but the lineup given to the umpires had William Jacobson third, Marty McManus fourth and Williams fifth. In the first inning after Wally Gerber doubled and Jack Tobin reached on a bunt, Williams, hitting out of turn, doubled home the first run of the game. Then Jacobson, also hitting out of order, hit a run-producing ground out. McManus, hitting in his proper spot after Jacobson, walked. The next hitter should have been Williams but Pat Collins, the sixth-place hitter, came up and struck out. No more runs were scored in that inning. The Indians figured out that the Browns had hit out of turn later and tried to protest the runs scored but umpire Evans properly allowed them to stand. However, Cleveland came back to win the game, 4-2.

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Giants owner Charles Stoneham is indicted by a federal grand jury for perjury. He will also be indicted for mail fraud. He had denied any ownership in two bucket-shop operations that had been found guilty of stock frauds; creditors of the two firms claimed he retained financial interests in both. Other National League owners are rumored to be forming a pool to buy him out, but Stoneham stays out of jail and in the NL.

1923 – Giants owner Charles Stoneham is indicted by a federal grand jury for perjury. He will also be indicted for mail fraud. He had denied any ownership in two bucket-shop operations that had been found guilty of stock frauds; creditors of the two firms claimed he retained financial interests in both. Other National League owners are rumored to be forming a pool to buy him out, but Stoneham stays out of jail and in the NL.

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1923 – A four-piece bat used by Babe Ruth is banned by American League president Ban Johnson because of the glue used on it. A protest is made against the Browns’ Ken Williams for using a bat with a wooden plug in it. Johnson rules that all bats must be one piece with nothing added except tape extending to 18 inches up the handle.

1923 – A four-piece bat used by Babe Ruth is banned by American League president Ban Johnson because of the glue used on it. A protest is made against the Browns’ Ken Williams for using a bat with a wooden plug in it. Johnson rules that all bats must be one piece with nothing added except tape extending to 18 inches up the handle.

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1923 – Pirates OF Max Carey steals second base, third base and home versus Brooklyn. He will again lead the National League with 51 stolen bases. Equally fleet in the field, he will garner 450 putouts and 28 assists. He is the first OF to top 400 putouts 6 times. Richie Ashburn will later do it 9 times.

1923 – Pirates OF Max Carey steals second base, third base and home versus Brooklyn. He will again lead the National League with 51 stolen bases. Equally fleet in the field, he will garner 450 putouts and 28 assists. He is the first OF to top 400 putouts 6 times. Richie Ashburn will later do it 9 times.

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The Tigers beat the Yanks‚ 10 – 4‚ in a series that features the top two hitters in the American League. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8 against the Tigers‚ while Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10 against the Yanks. The two are neck and neck at .390 for the year. After the game‚ AL President Ban Johnson rules that Babe Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is “four pieces of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together.” On August 21st‚ Johnson rules that only one-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects Ken Williams‚ who is using a plugged bat.

The Tigers beat the Yanks‚ 10 – 4‚ in a series that features the top two hitters in the American League. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8 against the Tigers‚ while Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10 against the Yanks. The two are neck and neck at .390 for the year. After the game‚ AL President Ban Johnson rules that Babe Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is “four pieces of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together.” On August 21st‚ Johnson rules that only one-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects Ken Williams‚ who is using a plugged bat.

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