1922 Leaders & Numbers

While Babe Ruth was busy racking up suspensions, Ken Williams temporarily laid claim to the AL slugging throne—and in the process became the majors’ first 30-30 man. Only Nap Lajoie hit higher in any AL season than George Sisler did in 1922, though Sisler didn’t have Lajoie’s 1901 advantage of not having foul balls counted as strikes. In easily his most prodigious year, Rogers Hornsby won the NL’s first triple crown since 1894. Ty Cobb, at 35, hit over .400 for the last time in his career—though it was at the center of a postseason scoring dispute over an earlier hit that would have dropped him under the mark if deleted. Homers away from home: Detroit’s Harry Heilmann hit ten of his 19 blasts at Philadelphia. Former two-time batting champ Jake Daubert rose to the occasion at 38 to pick up the slack in Cincinnati for the departed Heinie Groh and holdout Edd Roush. With his second straight AL ERA crown, Red Faber and his legal spitball continued to be an oasis in the wasteland that was Chicago after the Black Sox Scandal. Before Warren Spahn came along, Eppa Rixey would reign as the NL’s winningest lefty—and he never won more than in 1922. Teammate Dolf Luque never lost more, though only five NL pitchers had a lower ERA. Phil Douglas logged just enough innings to qualify as the NL’s ERA champ before being kicked out of baseball for attempted bribery. Eddie Rommel led the AL in wins a year after leading it in losses, and helped the A’s out of the basement for the first time since 1914. Sign of the times: George Uhle became the first 20-game winner with an ERA above 4.00.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1922
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Rogers Hornsby St. Louis 154 .401 623 141 250 46 12 42 152 58 7 1 17 12 1
2. Max Carey Pittsburgh 155 .329 629 140 207 28 12 10 70 79 1 4 51 2 3
3. Ray Grimes Chicago 138 .354 509 99 180 45 12 14 99 74 1 6 7 7 8
4. Carson Bigbee Pittsburgh 150 .350 614 113 215 29 15 5 99 54 2 1 24 15 3
5. Irish Meusel New York 154 .331 617 100 204 28 17 16 132 35 0 2 12 10 13
6. Zack Wheat Brooklyn 152 .335 600 92 201 29 12 16 112 37 8 7 9 6 6
7. Curt Walker Philadelphia 148 .337 581 102 196 36 11 12 89 55 1 4 11 4 3
8. Ross Youngs New York 149 .331 559 105 185 34 10 7 86 53 2 7 17 9 1
9. Jake Daubert Cincinnati 156 .336 610 114 205 15 22 12 66 55 1 3 14 17 3
10. Cy Williams Philadelphia 151 .308 584 98 180 30 6 26 92 73 1 6 11 14 1
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1922
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Ken Williams St. Louis 153 .332 585 128 194 34 11 39 155 74 7 37 20
2. George Sisler St. Louis 142 .420 586 134 246 42 18 8 105 49 3 51 19
3. Ty Cobb Detroit 137 .401 526 99 211 42 16 4 99 55 4 9 13
4. Tris Speaker Cleveland 131 .378 426 85 161 48 8 11 71 77 1 8 3
5. Harry Heilmann Detroit 118 .356 455 92 162 27 10 21 92 58 3 8 4
6. Babe Ruth New York 110 .315 406 94 128 24 8 35 99 84 1 2 5
7. Bobby Veach Detroit 155 .327 618 96 202 34 13 9 126 42 8 9 1
8. Tillie Walker Philadelphia 153 .283 565 111 160 31 4 37 99 61 4 4 4
9. Jack Tobin St. Louis 146 .331 625 122 207 34 8 13 66 56 2 7 9
10. Bing Miller Philadelphia 143 .335 535 90 179 29 12 21 90 24 7 10 10
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The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1922
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Eppa Rixey Cincinnati 3.53 25 13 .658 0 40 38 313.1 421 123 45 0 3 4 1 3 11 14
2. Pete Donohue Cincinnati 3.12 18 9 .667 1 33 30 242 310 84 43 0 1 5 1 10 7 13
3. Jeff Pfeffer St. Louis 3.58 19 12 .617 2 44 32 261.1 355 104 54 5 4 11 0 5 5 3
4. Wilbur Cooper Pittsburgh 3.18 23 14 .622 0 41 36 294.2 451 104 58 3 4 7 0 10 12 18
5. Phil Douglas New York 2.63 11 4 .733 0 24 21 157.2 203 46 35 0 3 4 0 13 5 6
6. Dolf Luque Cincinnati 3.31 13 23 .361 0 39 33 261 327 96 70 2 4 1 2 13 9 10
7. Dutch Reuther Brooklyn 3.53 21 12 .636 0 35 35 267.1 363 105 89 3 1 6 0 17 8 25
8. Rosy Ryan New York 3.01 17 12 .586 3 46 22 191.2 248 64 72 2 5 2 0 6 8 13
9. Babe Adams Pittsburgh 3.57 8 11 .421 0 27 19 171.1 244 68 11 4 1 4 0 8 7 6
10. Art Nehf New York 3.29 19 13 .594 1 37 35 268.1 400 98 64 0 0 4 0 18 12 27
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1922
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Red Faber Chicago 2.81 21 17 .553 2 43 38 352 364 110 83 2 6 0
2. Herman Pillette Detroit 2.85 19 12 .613 1 40 37 274.2 288 87 95 6 15 0
3. Bob Shawkey New York 2.91 20 12 .625 1 39 34 299.2 334 97 98 3 0 0
4. Urban Shocker St. Louis 2.97 24 17 .585 3 48 38 348 431 115 57 2 4 2
5. Rasty Wright St. Louis 2.92 9 7 .563 5 31 16 154 174 50 50 5 8 0
6. Eddie Rommel Philadelphia 3.28 27 13 .675 2 51 33 294 357 107 63 3 5 0
7. Tom Zachary Washington 3.12 15 10 .600 1 32 25 184.2 225 64 43 5 3 3
8. Bullet Joe Bush New York 3.31 26 7 .788 3 39 30 255.1 288 94 85 5 1 0
9. Elam Vangilder St. Louis 3.42 19 13 .594 4 43 30 245 287 93 48 1 6 0
10. Jack Quinn Boston 3.48 13 16 .448 0 40 32 256 290 99 59 3 3 1

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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