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1920s All-Decade Team

Often referred to as the golden age of baseball. The decade began with the newest Yankee Babe Ruth playing his first season as a full-time outfielder. That year he set the standard for which all great seasons would be measured against. We saw the careers of arguably the greatest hitter, Ty Cobb, and the greatest pitcher of all-time, Walter Johnson. Ultimately, this would mark the beginning of the New York Yankees century long reign over baseball.

Walter Johnson and Pete Alexander would become 10th and 11th players to eclipse 300 career wins and Johnson would join Cy Young as the second player to accumulate 400 career wins. Johnson became the only player to strike out 3,000 batters during his career. Ruth became the first player to hit 500 career homers and Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Eddie Collins all joined the 3,000 hit club doubling its size from three to six. Cobb would also become the only player to collect 4,000 career hits.


  1. Although he played mor games in the 1930s, I’m more in the
    C Gabby Hartnett

    This was not the ideal decade for 1B. Lou Gehrig played most of his career in the 1930s. When he started, he became the best but, until then, even though he was nearly blinded the last part of career, the best 1B of the 1920s overall:
    1B George Sisler

    Babe Ruth best season was in 1921 when he played LF in the Polo Grounds. I can see an argument for LF Goose Goslin and an even stronger one for RF/CF Sam Rice. But, I think there is one better honorable mention: The knock is that Al Simmons didn’t start until 1924:

    LF Babe Ruth
    CF Sam Rice
    RF Harry Heilmann

    Pete Alexander is one of the elite pitchers all time and is part of the 1910s greatest team. The Coveleski brothers were considered the best when they were active. Stan’s last great season was in 1925. The best pitchers of the 1920 decade are not obvious:

    Dazzy Vance
    Burleigh Grimes
    Urban Shocker
    Herb Pennock
    Red Faber
    Waite Hoyt


  2. So you want Gabby Hartnett, even though he played mostly in the 30s, yet reject Lou Gehrig for basically the same reason. Inconsistent logic. Also Pete deserves to be on the team of two different decades. It’s not his fault he played well when he was older.


    • Great article and all decade team. I’m replaying the 1922 baseball season with Hughie Jennings EE-YAH! game and love it!


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