- #1. The Second Consecutive Subway Series
- #2. All Games Took Place At The Polo Grounds
- #3. Babe Ruth Batted .118 And Drove In 1 Run The Entire Series
- #4. The Last Tie In World Series History Happened
- #5. This Would Be John McGraw's Final Championship Victory
- #6. The Yankees Drew Large Crowds
- #7. It Was The Last World Series The Giants Would Win At Home
#1. The Second Consecutive Subway Series
The 1922 World Series would be the second time in a row that the New York Yankees and New York Giants played each other in the World Series.
While the Giants had always been a perennial contender for the National League pennant, the New York Yankees were just beginning to establish themselves as a force.
They had not won a World Series, but Babe Ruth was changing the way offense was played in baseball, and this was their second consecutive pennant.
They would go on to lose the World Series again to the Giants but would get their revenge the next year.
#2. All Games Took Place At The Polo Grounds
The 1921 World Series took place at the Polo Grounds, and the 1922 World Series would also be held at the Polo Grounds.
The Polo Grounds was the home stadium of the New York Giants, and the Yankees leased the field from the Giants to host their home games.
This would be the last World Series where the Yankees and Giants would have to share the same field for the season and World Series.
Yankee Stadium would finish construction and be ready to go for the following year.
#3. Babe Ruth Batted .118 And Drove In 1 Run The Entire Series
John McGraw and his pitching staff did a great job pitching around Babe Ruth. They kept him off balance and, most importantly, kept the ball inside the park.
The year prior, Ruth had been sidelined for three games with injuries and was looking for redemption in 1922, but he would not get it.
He would have to wait another year to get redemption for his poor outing. His team was swept in the series despite having a tie.
#4. The Last Tie In World Series History Happened
The 1922 World Series had the last ever tie in World Series history, and it was a controversial one.
The game was called on account of darkness, but many thought there was sufficient light to have played some more innings (the sun was still in the sky), and there were some suspicions that one or both teams might have "allowed" the tie to happen to increase the overall gate receipts.
Commissioner Landis was among those who were dissatisfied with the result. One story is that Landis asked Umpire Hildebrand, "Why the Sam Hill did you call the game?" The umpire answered, "There was a temporary haze on the field."
The game decision was in the hands of the umpires, but the Commissioner's Office controlled the gate receipts.
Landis ordered the money, more than $120,000, turned over to World War I charities, thus nullifying any impropriety.
#5. This Would Be John McGraw's Final Championship Victory
McGraw was a fixture in the National League for many decades, and 1922 would be his third and final World Series win.
He had appeared in the World Series more than any other manager and would make it to the World Series the following year only to finally fall to the Yankees.
This would be his most dominant victory in the World Series due to sweeping the Yankees in 5 games.
#6. The Yankees Drew Large Crowds
The average game had over 37,000 fans in the stands, which was a new record for the World Series. This is due to the popularity of Babe Ruth.
The audience would get larger the next year due to a new stadium getting built and allowing more people to see the infamous Ruth.
These large crowds the Yankees brought in frustrated John McGraw and the Giants administration. After the season, they kicked the Yankees out of the Polo Grounds and did not allow them to use the field.
This did not have much effect since Yankee Stadium was ready for opening day the following season.
#7. It Was The Last World Series The Giants Would Win At Home
This is the last World Series the Giants won at home.
Their championships in 1933 and 1954 as the New York Giants were all won on the road.
Even after they moved to San Francisco and won the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series championships, they always closed out the series on the road.