The big news for the Boston Red Sox in 1922 was how poorly the played. Though they started off reasonably well and were in third place on May 15, they did a quick fade and by May 30, they were in last place. By July 27, they reached eight place and never left. They had earned themselves another stay in the cellar of the American League, finishing in last place (61-93). They were 33 games behind the Yankees, who won the pennant for the second year in a row.

Hugh Duffy managed for his second season and just saw things go downhill. Offense was where they were worst, last in the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. They had the worst fielding percentage, too. In pitching – measured by earned run average – there were two teams that were worse, but there wasn’t much reason to become enthused with a team which could only boast one man with more wins than losses (former Yankee Rip Collins: 14-11, 3.76 ERA in the only year he played for the Red Sox). The leading ERA man for Boston was Jack Quinn, 38 years old and 13-16, 3.48. Quinn and Collins had some to the Red Sox from New York in a trade that brought the Yankees Sam Jones, Everett Scott, and Bullet Joe Bush – who was 26-7 for the Yanks. Who knew that Herb Pennock – like Waite Hoyt – would become a Hall of Fame pitcher once he joined the Yankees? He was 10-17, 4.32 with the 1922 Red Sox and was traded to New York after the season.

There were so many players going back and forth between the two teams that Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis decided to institute a June 15 trading deadline.

Boston’s home run king was George Burns, arrived from Cleveland as part of a trade so the Indians could get Stuffy McInnis. He homered 12 times. Del Pratt hit six, and so did the two outfielders which came from Cleveland in the Stuffy trade: Joe Harris and Elmer Smith. Del Pratt drove in 86 and Burns 73. Harris hit for the highest average (.316) and Burns was second (.306).

After the season, Harry Frazee said the Red Sox were for sale, and sold both Del Pratt and Rip Collins to Detroit while he was waiting for a buyer.

By Bill Nowlin

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