1920 Classic Past Season with transactions and lineups available now!
1920: Transition, Tragedy, and the Big Bam Theory
by Steve Ehresman
In 1920, Major League Baseball introduced the so-called “rabbit ball; the Cleveland Indians struggled to overcome the death of their star shortstop Ray Chapman; and the New York Yankees launched an experiment that arguably gave birth to modern baseball. Having obtained star left-handed pitcher and part-time outfielder Babe Ruth from the financially-strapped Boston Red Sox, the Yankees installed the 6’ 2” 215 pound 1919 home run champion (29 bombs) in their outfield full time, and the rest, as the saying goes, was history. All the Babe did for his new team was slug 54 home runs, score 156 runs, drive in 137 more, and bat .378, an offensive outburst unprecedented in the annals of early twentieth century baseball. The Dead Ball Era was over, and the Roaring Twenties had begun.
The American League of 1920 featured a tight pennant race between the eventual champion Cleveland Indians, the tainted Chicago White Sox, and the hard-charging New York Yankees. Despite the untimely death of shortstop Ray Chapman, the Indians slipped into the World Series, where they defeated the National League’s representative, the Brooklyn Dodgers, led by star outfielder Zack Wheat and spit-baller Burleigh Grimes.
The 1920 baseball season featured a cast of stars seldom seen in the history of our National Pastime. In the Junior Circuit, Tris Speaker of the Cleveland Indians, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox, George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns, and Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers provided plenty of offensive fireworks to keep the cranks buzzing. Over in the less explosive Senior Circuit, the aggressive play of Frankie Frisch of the New York Giants, Ed Roush of the Cincinnati Reds, and Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals helped to make the turnstiles click.
Superb pitching performances were very much in order in 1920, as ten pitchers recorded 20 or more victories in the American League, while seven hit this magic figure in the National League. Among these ace hurlers were Jim Bagby of the Cleveland Indians (31-12) and Pete Alexander (27-14) of the Chicago Cubs.
Diamond Mind is proud to introduce our brand-new 1920 baseball season, taking you back to a time when legendary players were shaping the National Game, taking it in a whole new direction. With our 1920 season, DMB gives you the opportunity to re-live this bygone era and recreate New York’s Big Bam Theory for yourself.
The 1920 Classic Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1920 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals for all batters and pitchers.
Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular season game played.
Note: This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.
- David Pyke