Friday, February 19, 2016

1922 American Caramel 240 Series ('91 reprint): Babe Ruth, New York Yankees, OF

In 1922, Babe Ruth entered into his 3rd season with the Yankees (9th overall).  He had just carried the Yankees to their first-ever World Series in a loss against the Giants in 1921, and would again lead the Yankees to another World Series in a loss against the Giants in 1922.  The Giants in those years were a formidable opponent, having played in 4 World Series during the previous decade.  Ruth was coming off of 4 straight Homerun titles, surpassing Ned Williamson's 1884 single-season record of 27 HR's in 1919 with 29 HR's, and surpassing Roger Connor's 1897 career record of 138 HR's in 1921.  Babe Ruth also surpassed Gavvy Cravath as the active career homerun leader during the previous season.  It would be another year before Ruth would win his 4th World Series, and the 1st in Yankees franchise history--also against the Giants.  During his first two years with the Yankees, Ruth also led the league in Runs, RBI, Walks, OBP, SLG, and OPS.  1922 was somewhat of a slump year for Ruth in terms of leading the league in almost every category (only SLG and OPS), but he would be right back on track in the following year.

This is my first posting of an American League player from the 1922 American Caramel set, which was divided into green (NL) and tan (AL) cards.  At a total of 240 cards in the set, it was probably one of the most prominent sets of the '20s decade.  All 16 teams are perfectly divided into 15 cards each and the borders kind of look like money--truly a fascinating set.

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