1921 Orioles: Lefty Matthews

Of the thirteen members of the 1921 Orioles that made it to the majors, perhaps none was as unlikely to have done so as Lefty Matthews. Dogged by lack of control over his pitches, Matthews was given several chances by the Orioles before he was released to the low minors. Somehow Lefty. Caught a break, becoming one of only some 16,000 ballplayers who could claim they made it to The Show. […]

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1921 Orioles: Rufe Clarke

With a starting rotation of Ogden-Grove-Thomas-Bentley and Harry Frank in the bullpen, there was not much use for another rookie right-hander. However, Rufe Clarke just so happened to have been a former first baseman and an all-around talented ballplayer – an attribute that came in handy in the summer of ’21. […]

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1921 Orioles: Wade Lefler

Every successful team boasts at least one jack-of-all-trades utility man – a guy who a manager can feel comfortable penciling in to play multiple positions when one of the regulars was hurt, in a slump of just need a day off. Back in the 1920s, a good utility man was often the difference between the pennant and a second-place finish. Wade Lefler was the 1921 Orioles’ ultimate utility player. […]

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1921 Orioles: Jimmy Lyston

Jimmy Lyston had been around the Baltimore Orioles for many years, at times a bat boy and later moving up to peanut vendor and finally part of the groundskeeping crew. When Orioles owner-manager Jack Dunn saw the peppery 18 year-old groundskeeper fielding balls during batting practice, he signed him to a contract for the 1921 season. […]

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1921 Orioles: Harry Frank

I was marveling at the staggering records the Baltimore pitching staff racked up during 1919-1925: Grove had seasons of 25, 18, 27 and 26 wins, Jack Ogden had his 31 in ’21, Tommy Thomas won 32 in another, then of course there was Jack Bentley with his .412, Triple Crown season while also leading the league in pitching winning percentage – and then I saw the name Harry Frank. […]

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1921 Orioles: Jack Ogden

The 1921 edition of the Baltimore Orioles boasted no less than four major league-quality starters, three of which would each post 30-win seasons in Baltimore. All four would go on to pitch in the majors and one would wind up with a plaque in Cooperstown. The undisputed ace of the ’21 club was right-hander Jack Ogden who would re-write the International League record books that summer. […]

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