1920 Chicago White Sox season

1920 Chicago White Sox season

1920 Chicago White Sox
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Owner(s) Charles Comiskey
Manager(s) Kid Gleason
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The 1920 Chicago White Sox season was a season in American baseball. The team was in contention to defend their American League pennant going into the final week of the season. However, for all intents and purposes, the season ended on September 26, when news of the Black Sox Scandal became public. Owner Charles Comiskey suspended the seven players who were still active (the eighth, ringleader Chick Gandil, opted to retire after the 1919 season).[1] At that time, the White Sox were only a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians, but went 2–2 over their last four games to finish two games out. They would not finish in the first division again until 1936.[2]

Regular season

Shoeless Joe Jackson finished third in AL batting average, and Eddie Collins was fifth. Along with the St. Louis Browns, the team was the first in major league history to have three players with at least 200 hits each: Jackson, Collins, and Buck Weaver.[3]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 98 56 0.636 51–27 47–29
Chicago White Sox 96 58 0.623 2 52–25 44–33
New York Yankees 95 59 0.617 3 49–28 46–31
St. Louis Browns 76 77 0.497 21½ 40–38 36–39
Boston Red Sox 72 81 0.471 25½ 41–35 31–46
Washington Senators 68 84 0.447 29 37–38 31–46
Detroit Tigers 61 93 0.396 37 32–46 29–47
Philadelphia Athletics 48 106 0.312 50 25–50 23–56


Record vs. opponents

1920 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 12–10 6–16 13–9 9–13 13–9–1 9–13 10–11
Chicago 10–12 10–12 19–3 10–12 16–6 14–8 17–5
Cleveland 16–6 12–10 15–7 9–13 16–6 15–7 15–7
Detroit 9–13 3–19 7–15 7–15 12–10–1 10–12 13–9
New York 13–9 12–10 13–9 15–7 19–3 12–10 11–11
Philadelphia 9–13–1 6–16 6–16 10–12–1 3–19 8–14 6–16
St. Louis 13–9 8–14 7–15 12–10 10–12 14–8 12–9–1
Washington 11–10 5–17 7–15 9–13 11–11 16–6 9–12–1


Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Schalk, RayRay Schalk 151 485 131 .270 1 61
1B Collins, ShanoShano Collins 133 495 150 .303 1 63
2B Collins, EddieEddie Collins 153 602 224 .372 3 76
3B Weaver, BuckBuck Weaver 151 629 208 .331 2 75
SS Risberg, SwedeSwede Risberg 126 458 122 .266 2 65
LF Jackson, JoeJoe Jackson 146 570 218 .382 12 121
CF Felsch, HappyHappy Felsch 142 556 188 .338 14 115
RF Leibold, NemoNemo Leibold 108 413 91 .220 1 28

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
McMullin, FredFred McMullin 46 127 25 .197 0 13
Murphy, EddieEddie Murphy 58 118 40 .339 0 19

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Faber, RedRed Faber 40 319 23 13 2.99 108
Cicotte, EddieEddie Cicotte 37 303.1 21 10 3.26 87
Williams, LeftyLefty Williams 39 299 22 14 3.91 128

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kerr, DickeyDickey Kerr 45 253.2 21 9 3.37 72
Wilkinson, RoyRoy Wilkinson 34 145 7 9 4.03 30
Hodge, ShovelShovel Hodge 4 19.2 1 1 2.29 5
Kiefer, JoeJoe Kiefer 2 4.2 0 1 15.43 1

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Payne, GeorgeGeorge Payne 12 1 1 0 5.46 7
Heath, SpencerSpencer Heath 4 0 0 0 15.43 0

League leaders

Happy Felsch

  • #4 in AL in home runs (14)

Shoeless Joe Jackson

  • #3 in AL in batting average (.382)
  • #3 in AL in slugging percentage (.589)
  • #4 in AL in runs batted in (121)
  • #4 in AL in on-base percentage (.444)

Lefty Williams

  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (128)

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/09.28a.html
  2. ^ Chicago White Sox Team History & Encyclopedia
  3. ^

References

  • 1920 Chicago White Sox at Baseball Reference