On This Date In History: Giants Win the Series

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

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