The 1922 World Series featured the second consecutive postseason meeting between the Polo Grounds’ two occupants – the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. The Giants earned the opportunity to defend their world championship by finishing the regular season with a record of 93-61, a full seven games ahead of the second-place Cincinnati Reds. Meanwhile, the Yankees barely edged out the St. Louis Browns for the American League pennant, finishing just one game ahead of St. Louis with a record of 94-60.
As was the case one year earlier, each game of the Fall Classic was scheduled to be played at New York’s Polo Grounds. However, the 1922 World Series restored the best-of-seven-games format that was bypassed the previous three years in favor of a best-of-nine format.
The Yankees’ “Bullet” Joe Bush and the Giants’ Art Nehf engaged in a pitcher’s duel in Game One, with the Giants finally prevailing by a score of 3-2 after they pushed across three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Giants jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in Game Two, when they scored three runs in the top of the first inning on an Irish Meusel home run. However, Yankee starter Bob Shawkey shut out the Giants the rest of the way, allowing his team to eventually tie the score at 3-3. At the end of the 10th inning, with 45 minutes left before sundown, the umpires called the game on account of darkness, prompting the fans in attendance to show their displeasure by hurling a stream of bottles and seat cushions onto the playing field.
The Giants’ Jack Scott authored the Fall Classic’s top pitching performance in Game Three, shutting out the Yankees on only four hits during a 3-0 Giants’ victory.
Trailing in the Series two-games-to-none, the Yankees found themselves unable to slow down the Giants’ momentum. After coming out on top by the score of 4-3 in Game Four, the Giants claimed their second consecutive World Series title with a 5-3 victory in Game Five. The world championship was the third in manager John McGraw’s illustrious career.
Giant infielders Frankie Frisch and Heinie Groh were the hitting stars of the Series. Frisch collected eight hits in 17 at-bats, for a .471 batting average. Groh hit safely nine times in 19 at-bats, for a mark of .474.
Meanwhile, Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel was the only member of the team to post a batting average in excess of .300, accumulating six hits in 20 times at-bat, for an average of exactly .300. Frustrated throughout the Series by Giant hurlers, who were instructed by John McGraw to throw him nothing but curveballs, Babe Ruth failed to make the necessary adjustments at the plate. He made virtually no impact on the Fall Classic, managing just two singles in 17 times at-bat, for a batting average of only .118.
New York Giants, 93-61
New York Yankees, 98-55
New York Giants, John McGraw
New York Yankees, Miller Huggins
Bill Klem (NL), George Hildebrand (AL), Barry McCormick (NL), Brick Owens (AL)
Hall of Famers:
Giants: John McGraw (mgr.), Dave Bancroft, Frankie Frisch, George Kelly, Casey Stengel‡, Ross Youngs. Yankees: Miller Huggins (mgr.), Frank Baker, Babe Ruth, Waite Hoyt.By Bob_Cohen
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