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The New York Giants won their third consecutive National League pennant in 1923, finishing 4 ½ games ahead of the second-place Cincinnati Reds, with a record of 95-58.  The two-time defending champions topped the senior circuit with 854 runs scored, and they also finished second to the Reds with 679 runs allowed.

The Giants featured a well-balanced attack that included four of the league’s most productive offensive players.  Irish Meusel topped the senior circuit with 125 runs batted in.  George Kelly placed among the league leaders with 103 RBIs.  Ross Youngs batted .336 and led the N.L. with 121 runs scored.  Frankie Frisch led the league with 223 hits and 311 total bases, and he also finished among the leaders with 111 runs batted in, a .348 batting average, and 116 runs scored.  

The Giants subsequently faced the New York Yankees in the World Series for the third straight year.  However, after defeating their American League counterparts in each of the previous two Fall Classics, the Giants came up short in the 1923 Series, falling to their former Polo Grounds co-occupants in six games.  The Yankees outscored the Giants by a combined margin of 26-12 over the course of the six contests, to claim their first world championship.

The Cincinnati Reds proved to be New York’s stiffest competition during the regular season, posting 91 victories and surrendering a league-low 629 runs to their opposition.  Dolf Luque anchored Cincinnati’s pitching staff, proving to be the senior circuit’s most formidable pitcher over the course of the season.  Luque led all N.L. hurlers with 27 wins, a 1.93 ERA, six shutouts, and a .771 winning percentage.  He also finished second with 28 complete games and 322 innings pitched.  In a year when two National League teams compiled batting averages in excess of .290, opponents hit only .235 off Luque.

Meanwhile, Rogers Hornsby continued to be the senior circuit’s best hitter.  Although the St. Louis second baseman appeared in only 107 games due to injury, he led the league with a .384 batting average.  Cardinals teammate Jim Bottomley finished second in the batting race with a mark of .371.  Philadelphia’s Cy Williams led the league with 41 home runs.
 
Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• September 17 - The New York Giants' George Kelly established a major-league record by hitting home runs in three consecutive innings (3rd, 4th and 5th) against the Chicago Cubs' Vic Aldridge during a 13-6 New York victory.  Kelly added a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game.

• October 6 - In the fourth inning of the second game of a doubleheader, Boston Braves shortstop Ernie Padgett turned the fourth unassisted triple play in major league history in a 4-1 Braves win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

• In addition to winning his fourth consecutive batting title with a mark of .384, Rogers Hornsby led the National League with a .459 on-base percentage and a .627 slugging percentage.

• Cy Williams’ 41 homers left him just one shy of Hornsby’s then-N.L. record of 42.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1713 5476 753 1559 674 .223 214 81 62 71 50 2121 .325 .289 .666 148
BSN 1800 5329 636 1455 569 .240 213 58 32 57 80 1880 .367 .284 .660 168
CHN 1686 5259 756 1516 675 .241 243 52 90 181 143 2133 .340 .315 .666 0 0 151
CIN 1636 5278 708 1506 645 .271 237 95 45 96 105 2068 .379 .342 .750 0 0 185
NY1 1798 5452 854 1610 790 .210 248 76 85 106 70 2265 .333 .282 .664 113
PHI 1785 5491 748 1528 677 .244 259 39 112 70 73 2201 .324 .323 .677 0 0 110
PIT 1621 5405 786 1592 701 .264 224 111 49 154 75 2185 .345 .347 .704 103
SLN 1804 5526 746 1582 676 .246 274 76 63 89 61 2197 .401 .324 .756 135

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 247 76 78 1397 548 476 6134 1503 55 62.410 581 748 94 8 5 27 2
BSN 308 54 100 1390 351 394 6076 1662 64 54.770 652 801 54 13 7 16 2
CHN 261 83 71 1366 408 435 5870 1419 86 61.260 580 704 80 8 11 18 3
CIN 251 91 63 1391 450 359 5901 1465 28 74.630 497 629 88 11 9 18 3
NY1 312 95 58 1378 453 424 5875 1440 82 57.670 597 679 62 10 18 19 2
PHI 305 50 104 1375 384 549 6342 1801 100 135.420 816 1008 68 3 8 43 5
PIT 253 87 67 1377 414 402 5895 1513 53 55.870 592 696 92 5 9 20 1
SLN 280 79 74 1398 398 456 6083 1539 70 60.890 601 732 77 8 7 22 1

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1578 6528 4188 2047 293 .923 0 0 0 0 20
BSN 1632 6389 4148 2011 230 .955 0 0 0 0 16
CHN 1556 6258 4092 1958 208 .963 0 0 0 0 7
CIN 1527 6427 4167 2058 202 .962 0 0 0 0 13
NY1 1642 6295 4131 1988 176 .965 0 0 0 0 7
PHI 1648 6300 4123 1960 217 .940 0 0 0 0 19
PIT 1533 6253 4122 1952 179 .942 0 0 0 0 5
SLN 1660 6333 4196 1905 232 .952 0 0 0 0 14

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1923 World Series, Cy Williams, Dolf Luque, Ernie Padgett, Frankie Frisch, George Kelly, Irish Meusel, Jim Bottomley, John McGraw, Max Carey, New York Giants, Rogers Hornsby, Ross Youngs, Vic Aldridge

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