1923 New York Yankees
1923 World Series Champions
1923 AL Champions
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Owner(s)Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston
General manager(s)Ed Barrow
Manager(s)Miller Huggins
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The 1923 New York Yankees season was the 23rd season for the American League franchise. Manager Miller Huggins led the team to their third straight pennant with a 98–54 record, 16 games ahead of the second place Detroit Tigers. The Yankees moved into the now-famous Yankee Stadium. In the 1923 World Series, they avenged their 1921 and 1922 losses by defeating the New York Giants in 6 games, 4 games to 2, and won their first World Series title.

Regular season

Yankee Stadium in 1923, about 2 weeks before opening.
Yankee Stadium in 1923, about 2 weeks before opening.

The Yankees began their first World Championship Season on April 18 as they opened Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth christened the new stadium, with a home run in the Yankees' 4–1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The stadium would later be called "the House that Ruth Built".

On May 5, the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Athletics 7–2 at Yankee Stadium to regain first place, the Yankees would never fall back in the standings for the rest of the season.

Babe Ruth set a Yankees record for highest batting average in one season by hitting .393. Ruth also finished the season with 41 home runs and 131 RBIs. Ruth's average was not enough to win the batting title, as Ruth finished in second place to Detroit's Harry Heilmann who batted .403. Ruth reached base safely 379 times during the season.[1]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 98 54 0.645 46–30 52–24
Detroit Tigers 83 71 0.539 16 45–32 38–39
Cleveland Indians 82 71 0.536 16½ 42–36 40–35
Washington Senators 75 78 0.490 23½ 43–34 32–44
St. Louis Browns 74 78 0.487 24 40–36 34–42
Philadelphia Athletics 69 83 0.454 29 34–41 35–42
Chicago White Sox 69 85 0.448 30 30–45 39–40
Boston Red Sox 61 91 0.401 37 37–40 24–51


Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 9–13 10–12 10–12–1 8–14 13–7 4–18–1 7–15
Chicago 13–9 9–13 9–13 7–15 10–12 11–11–1 10–12–1
Cleveland 12–10 13–9 9–13 12–10 12–10 14–8 10–11
Detroit 12–10–1 13–9 13–9 10–12 12–10 12–10 11–11
New York 14–8 15–7 10–12 12–10 16–6 15–5 16–6
Philadelphia 7–13 12–10 10–12 10–12 6–16 9–13 15–7–1
St. Louis 18–4–1 11–11–1 8–14 10–12 5–15 13–9 9–13
Washington 15–7 12–10–1 11–10 11–11 6–16 7–15–1 13–9


Roster

1923 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Wally Schang 84 272 75 .276 2 29
1B Wally Pipp 144 569 173 .304 6 108
2B Aaron Ward 152 567 161 .284 10 82
3B Joe Dugan 146 644 182 .283 7 67
SS Everett Scott 152 533 131 .246 6 60
OF Babe Ruth 152 522 205 .393 41 131
OF Whitey Witt 146 596 187 .314 6 56
OF Bob Meusel 132 460 144 .314 9 91

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Fred Hofmann 72 238 69 .290 3 26
Elmer Smith 70 183 56 .306 7 35
Harvey Hendrick 37 66 18 .273 3 12
Benny Bengough 19 53 7 .132 0 3
Ernie Johnson 19 38 17 .448 1 8
Mike McNally 30 38 8 .211 0 1
Lou Gehrig 13 26 11 .423 1 9
Hinkey Haines 28 25 4 .160 0 3
Mike Gazella 8 13 1 .077 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Joe Bush 37 275.2 19 15 3.43 125
Bob Shawkey 36 258.2 16 11 3.51 125
Sam Jones 34 243.0 21 8 3.63 68
Waite Hoyt 37 238.2 17 9 3.02 60
Herb Pennock 35 238.1 19 6 3.13 93

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Carl Mays 23 81.1 5 2 6.20 16
George Pipgras 8 33.1 1 3 5.94 12

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Oscar Roettger 5 0 0 1 8.49 7

1923 World Series

Main article: 1923 World Series

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NYY-NYG)

Attendance
1 October 10 New York Giants 5 New York Yankees 4 0–1 55,307
2 October 11 New York Yankees 4 New York Giants 2 1–1 40,402
3 October 12 New York Giants 1 New York Yankees 0 1–2 62,430
4 October 13 ‡ New York Yankees 8 New York Giants 4 2–2 46,302
5 October 14 ‡ New York Giants 1 New York Yankees 8 3–2 62,817
6 October 15 ‡ New York Yankees 6 New York Giants 4 4–2 34,172
New York Yankees win 4–2

Awards and honors

Franchise records

Notes

  1. ^ Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.36, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7

References

Further reading