On October 8, 1922, the New York Baseball Giants won the World Series. They faced the New York Yankees, the same team that the Giants faced in the 1921 Series, which the Giants took in eight games. Since it was a New York vs. New York Series, all games were played at the Polo Grounds with the home team alternating.
Game two of the series was the most memorable. The Giants got things started in the first with a 3 run homer by Irish Meusel. The Yankees came back scoring runs in the first, fourth and eighth. With the game tied 3 - 3 and headed to an exciting finish, umpire George Hildebrand called the game in the 10th on account of darkness. The interesting thing was that there was still at least 1/2 an hour of sunlight. Fans were outraged and called for resignations. Many fans believed that it was a planned act by the league and/or clubs to increase the gate receipts. Commissioner Landis had a PR nightmare on his hands. He decided that the $120,000 in receipts be turned over to World War I charities to quell any suspicions of impropriety.
With Game 2 ending in a tie, the Giants came back and won the next three games and claimed their second consecutive World Series title.
"The Giants' four victories-to-none triumph - with one tie, of course - would prove (John) McGraw's third and last World Series championship. (Babe) Ruth and company, frustrated by the events of 1922, were still seeking their first." - The Sporting News
On December 2, 1941, the New York Giants named Mel Ott as player/manager. "Master Melvin", as Ott was nicknamed, replaced Bill Terry as manager and was then replaced by Leo Durocher halfway through the 1948 campaign. Ott managed 1,004 games, winning 464, for a .467 percentage. His best team was in 1942 when the New York Giants finished third with 85 victories. He managed the Giants for seven seasons between 1942 and 1948. He finished his career with at 464-530 record.
Ott is the only player to ever lead his league in home runs while also serving as manager, which he did in 1942. He was both the youngest player to hit 100 home runs and the first National Leaguer to hit 500 home runs, many of which came while he was also managing the Giants. He passed Rogers Hornsby to become the all-time NL home run leader in 1937 and held that title until Willie Mays passed him in 1966.
Ott played his entire career with the New York Giants from 1926 to 1947. He was one of six National League players to play more than 20 years with one team. Cap Anson, Stan Musial, Willie Stargell, Craig Biggio, and Tony Gwynn are the others.
Mitchell & Ness celebrates Mel Ott's history by recreating his 1934 NY Giants jersey.