On MLB Monday this week, it’s more of the Roarin’ Twenties for everyone as we look at the World Series MVP and the Managers of the Year in each league. We are still one year away from the opening of Yankee Stadium and the resulting coronation of the Babe, but that doesn’t mean this season wasn’t interesting, as you will see below. After all, baseball is the best sport, and even with its current flaws, the history never stops flowing here … enjoy!
1922 World Series MVP: Art Nehf, SP, New York (NL)
With the Fall Classic reverting to a best-of-seven format permanently, the New York Giants swept the New York Yankees in … five games. Yes, that is not a typo. Game 2 was called on account of darkness with the score tied in 10th inning, and according to the rules at the time, it was just declared a tie. The tie game was the third (and final) one in World Series’ history. The Giants pitchers were the story, holding the mighty Yankees to just 11 runs in the five games combined.
New York got 4 complete games from its staff, and veteran Art Nehf was the only pitcher to get two starts. This is really like splitting hairs, as every Giants pitcher is somewhat deserving here. We’re going with Nehf, however, due to his staff-high 16 IP in the series, to the tune of a 2.25 ERA and an 0.875 WHIP. He also notched his complete game in the final contest of the Fall Classic, and pitching the clincher always carries extra weight, even in a sweep.
1922 AL MOTY: Miller Huggins, New York (AL)
The Yankees won the pennant by 1 game over the St. Louis Browns, and it really was about the managers. New York Manager Miller Huggins posted a plus-3 PPP mark, while Browns skipper Lee Fohl fumbled his way to a minus-5 PPP finish. The Browns should have run away with this pennant, but we know that did not happen. Fohl won this award from us twice before (1917, 1918), but he lost this pennant for his team. This is Huggins’ third win from us as well (1917, 1921).
1922 NL MOTY: Branch Rickey, St. Louis (NL)
The Giants won the pennant by 7 games, but New York Manager John McGraw finished with just a minus-2 PPP mark, so he’s not going to be winning this award from us. In fact, none of the top three teams had a manager achieve a positive PPP finish, so we go to the fourth-place team—the St. Louis Cardinals—and their manager, Branch Rickey. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Either way, his plus-4 PPP effort got the Cards to within 8 games of the Giants when perhaps they had no business being so close.