Scott: Jim Bagby flashes for 1920 Indians, but will soon fade

From SABR member David A. Scott at on May 14, 2020:

For Jim Bagby, May 10, 1920, was a great day in his greatest season. It’s best that he could not see this future. It might have spoiled his joy.

Bagby ended the day 6–0 in a season that would bring him 31 wins. But he was no Denny McLain. Even comparisons to Mark Fidyrich are weak because Bagby’s success did not resonate across the country. He just helped the Indians win their first pennant, and World Series. Then his career faded.

On this day, Bagby allowed three runs, 15 hits, walked none and pitched the entire game. His home run provided the Tribe’s seventh run, a big enough cushion to keep him on the mound after the St. Louis Browns scored three late but meaningless runs. Baseball Reference doesn’t even list the homer as one of the game’s top five plays.

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Originally published: May 14, 2020. Last Updated: May 14, 2020.