In 1922, three years after eight Chicago White Sox players threw the World Series, baseball fans and media were looking for new heroes...
Out with the old, in with the new.
In 1922 St Louis Browns star first baseman, George Sisler and cross-town rival Rogers Hornsby of the St Louis Cardinals set new records in hitting safety in consecutive games, at least since the turn of the century.
Willie Keeler had collected hits in 44 consecutive games in the 19th-century.
Batting Streaks - Hits in consecutive games
Sisler set an American League record in 1922 with a streak of 41 straight games. Rogers Hornsby's 32 game streak in 1922 was the highest total in the NL in the first part of the century. Sisler was red-hot all season and batted a torrid .420, a still unbroken AL record. He lined 42 doubles, led his league with 18 triples, led the league in hits with 246, collected 348 total bases and scored a league leading 134 runs.
Rogers Hornsby led the National League in batting with .401, led with 250 hits, led in runs scored with 141, led with 46 doubles, led in on-base-pct with .459, and led the majors with 42 home runs and with 450 total bases. He also led all players in both leagues with a whooping .722 slugging percentage.
Longest Hitting Streaks - 1800s and 1900s:
Joe DiMaggio, 1941 - NY Yankees 56 Games... George Sisler, - 1922 - St L Browns 41 Games... Ty Cobb, 1911- Detroit Tigers, 40 Games... Paul Molitor, 1987 - Mil. Brewers 39 Games
Wee Willie Keeler, 1897 - Bal Orioles 44 Games... Pete Rose, 1978 - Cinc. Reds 44 Games... Bill Dahlen, 1874 - Chic Cubs 42 Games... Tommy Holmes, 1945 Boston Braves 37 Games... Billy Hamilton, 1894, Phil. Phillies 36 Games...
1922 Batting Leaders: American League:
George Sisler, St. Louis Browns .420... Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers .401... Tris Speaker, Cleve. Indians .378... Harry Heilmann, Tigers .356... Bing Miller, Philadelphia A's... Ken Williams, Browns .335... Jack Tobin, Browns .331... Wally Pipp, New York Yankees .329... Bob Veach, Tigers .327... Eddie Collins, White Sox .324... Chris Galloway, Phil Athletics .324
1922 Batting Leaders National League:
Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals .401... Ray Grimes, Cubs .354... Hack Miller, Cubs .354... Carson Bigbee, Pittsburgh Pirates .350... Charlie Hollocher, Cubs .340... Curt Walker, Phillies .337... Jake Daubert, Cinc. Red Stockings .336... Zack Wheat, Brooklyn Dodgers .335... Irish Meusel, New York Giants .331... Ross Youngs, NY Giants .331...
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