1923 Leaders & Numbers

Only Harry Heilmann, an off-season insurance broker, got in the way of a triple crown for Babe Ruth, who batted a career high .393—and then made up by selling the Bambino life insurance after the season. A trade to Brooklyn infuriated Jack Fournier to the point that he initially refused to report—but the Robins were happy he changed his mind. The Cardinals were certainly happy with Fournier’s replacement, Jim Bottomley. Frankie “The Fordham Flash” Frisch found fame and fortune as his fantastic feats fueled foes with fear. Tris Speaker, then and now baseball’s all-time leader in doubles, led the AL for the fourth straight year with a personal-best 59. Charlie Jamieson, nicknamed Cuckoo, drove opposing pitchers just that as he dazzled from the top of the Indian order. Havana-born Dolf Luque, who lost 23 games in 1922, arguably put together the greatest performance by a Latin American hurler. George Uhle not only led the AL in wins, he set an all-time mark for pitchers with 52 hits. Curveball extraordinaire Johnny Morrison reached a career apex in advance of a downturn fueled by alcohol. Thanks to Stan Coveleski, the AL ERA title was won for the third straight year by a legal spitballer. How much in control was Pete Alexander to start the year? he didn’t walk a batter over his first 52 innings. Fans puzzled over what was more remarkable: That Howard Ehmke won 20 games for the emaciated Red Sox, or that he wasn’t shipped off to the Yankees as a result. Herb Pennock became the latest such giveaway to shine in Yankee pinstripes.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1923
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Jack Fournier Brooklyn 133 .351 515 91 181 30 13 22 102 43 9 11 4
2. Frankie Frisch New York 151 .348 641 116 223 32 10 12 111 46 4 29 12
3. Rogers Hornsby St. Louis 107 .384 424 89 163 32 10 17 83 55 3 3 7
4. Pie Traynor Pittsburgh 153 .338 616 108 208 19 19 12 101 34 5 28 13
5. Jim Bottomley St. Louis 134 .371 523 79 194 34 14 8 94 45 4 4 6
6. Edd Roush Cincinnati 138 .351 527 99 185 41 18 6 88 46 3 10 15
7. Cy Williams Philadelphia 136 .293 535 98 157 22 3 41 114 59 7 11 10
8. Max Carey Pittsburgh 153 .308 610 120 188 32 19 6 63 73 7 51 8
9. Ross Youngs New York 152 .336 596 121 200 33 12 3 87 73 5 13 19
10. Irish Meusel New York 146 .297 595 102 177 22 14 19 125 38 1 8 8
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1923
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Babe Ruth New York 152 .393 522 151 205 45 13 41 131 170 4 17 21
2. Tris Speker Cleveland 150 .380 574 133 218 59 11 17 130 93 4 8 9
3. Harry Heilmann Detroit 144 .403 524 121 211 44 11 18 115 74 5 9 7
4. Ken Williams St. Louis 147 .357 555 106 198 37 12 29 91 79 2 18 17
5. Joe Sewell Cleveland 153 .353 553 98 195 41 10 3 109 98 7 9 6
6. Ty Cobb Detroit 145 .340 556 103 189 40 7 6 88 66 3 9 10
7. Charlie Jamieson Cleveland 152 .345 644 130 222 36 12 2 51 80 6 19 12
8. Eddie Collins Chicago 145 .360 505 89 182 22 5 5 67 84 4 48 29
9. Frank Brower Cleveland 126 .285 297 77 113 25 8 16 66 62 8 6 5
10. Joe Harris Boston 142 .335 483 82 162 28 11 13 76 52 5 7 3
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1923
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Dolf Luque Cincinnati 1.93 27 8 .771 2 41 37 322 285 69 88 4 5 1
2. Eppa Rixey Cincinnati 2.80 20 15 .571 1 42 37 309 343 96 65 6 4 0
3. Pete Alexander Chicago 3.19 22 12 .647 2 39 36 305 359 108 30 2 0 0
4. Pete Donohue Cincinnati 3.38 21 15 .583 3 42 36 274.1 313 103 68 2 10 0
5. Johnny Morrison Pittsburgh 3.49 25 13 .658 2 42 37 301.2 305 117 110 9 5 0
6. Bill Doak St. Louis 3.26 8 13 .381 0 30 26 185 211 67 69 2 3 0
7. Vic Keen Chicago 3.00 12 8 .600 1 35 17 177 193 59 57 2 5 0
8. Rosy Ryan New York 3.49 16 5 .762 4 45 15 172.2 193 67 46 4 2 0
9. Burleigh Grimes Brooklyn 3.58 21 18 .538 0 39 38 327 383 130 100 6 11 0
10. Jesse Haines St. Louis 3.11 20 13 .606 0 37 36 266 304 92 75 5 5 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1923
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Urban Shocker St. Louis 3.41 20 12 .625 5 43 35 277.1 328 105 49 2 3 0
2. Waite Hoyt New York 3.02 17 9 .654 1 37 28 238.2 254 80 66 1 4 0
3. George Uhle Cleveland 3.77 26 16 .619 5 54 44 357.2 402 150 102 3 12 0
4. Stan Coveleski Cleveland 2.76 13 14 .481 2 33 31 228 275 70 42 1 2 0
5. Hooks Dauss Detroit 3.62 21 13 .618 3 50 39 316 361 127 78 1 7 0
6. Red Faber Chicago 3.41 14 11 .560 0 32 31 232.1 251 88 62 5 6 0
7. Herb Pennock New York 3.13 19 6 .760 3 35 27 238.1 268 83 68 1 2 0
8. Joe Shaute Cleveland 3.51 10 8 .556 0 33 16 172 188 67 53 1 1 0
9. Howard Ehmke Boston 3.78 20 17 .541 3 43 39 316.2 354 133 119 2 20 0
10. Sad Sam Jones New York 3.63 21 8 .724 4 39 27 243 272 98 69 3 6 0

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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