The American League pennant chase in 1920 was a three-team race among the Indians (98-56), White Sox (96-58), and Yankees (95-59). Enormous excitement was generated around the league by Ruth’s great season, which evolved into a pennant race worthy of its own book when (a) Ray Chapman of Cleveland was killed by a pitch (the Indians replaced him with a Hall of Famer, Joe Sewell) and (b) the story of the Black Sox broke in the last week of the season. Ranks with the 1908 National League race, 1978 American League East race and one or two others as the greatest pennant races, combing great baseball with powerful drama.

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The American League pennant chase in 1920 was a three-team race featuring the Indians (98-56), White Sox (96-58), and Yankees (95-59). This generated enormous excitement around the league by Ruth’s great season, which evolved into a pennant race worthy of its own book when (a) Ray Chapman of Cleveland was killed by a pitch (the Indians replaced him with a Hall of Famer, Joe Sewell) and (b) the story of the Black Sox broke in the last week of the season. This race ranks with the 1908 National League race, 1978 American League East race and one or two others as the greatest pennant races, combing great baseball with powerful drama.

God’s Agent

On July 10, 1899, the Rev. Sherman Powell bought a ticket to a baseball game in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and began recording the names of players, spectators, and ticket takers, apparently intending to use the evidence to convict the Pagans of playing ball on Sunday. Quickly discovered, a nasty crowd encircled him, took away his pen and notebook and made him fear for his safety. The police were called and escorted the reverend from the park, to his great indignation. Powell later issued a statement saying that the Good Citizen’s would continue to fight against violations of the Sabbath in Fort Wayne.

Roger Maris

Maris set a major league record in 1961 with 61 home runs for the New York Yankees, but hit just .269. A 50-home-run season has been accomplished 17 times in major league history by 10 different players. The highest batting average by a player with 50 home runs was Babe Ruth’s .378 in 1921, when he clouted 59 homers.

 

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