In all games in the entire history of Major League Baseball, no MLB team has ever staged a seven-game home plate streak like the St. Louis Browns in 1921.
How good were those Browns, a team that included the likes of Hall of Famer “Gorgeous George” Sisler and Baby Doll Jacobson? As a team between August 24 and the first game of a doubleheader on August 31, the 1921 Browns reduced as a team .446/0.482/0.619 with an OPS of 1.101. No team before or since has gone seven games as a hotter team with the bat than these Browns.
The irony is that the words “good” and the Browns rarely went together, but those seven games in late August pushed St. Louis above the .500 mark for the season for the first time since mid-April. . The Browns would eventually finish with an 81-73 record and a third-place finish in the American League. It would also mark their best winning percentage since the 1902 campaign.
By the way, those wins would have a financial impact for each of the Browns players. St. Louis finished the 1921 campaign half a game ahead of the Washington Senators for third place, meaning players would be rewarded with a $750 World Series pool, awarded only to teams finishing in all three first in each league.
A look at the St. Louis Browns and the best seven-game plate streak in MLB history
During that seven-game streak, the Browns went 6-1, beating the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics in five straight home games before sharing a pair of games in Chicago against the White Sox. The Browns recorded between 14 and 20 hits each game, totaling 116 in all, 27 of which would go for extra bases.
Jacobson, a lifetime .311 hitter, but in the middle of his best two-year streak of his 11-year career (he would cut .355 / .402 / .501 in 1920 and follow it with a .352 / .398 / .487 slash in 1921 In those seven games, Jacobson went 17 for 31 at the plate, striking out only once /.700 with a 1.267 OPS.
His best game was a 3-on-5 performance with 4 RBIs in an 11-5 win over the White Sox on August 30.
Sisler, meanwhile, posted a still higher OPS at 1.396 while slashing 0.529/0.543/0.853. He went 18 for 34 at the plate, including a double, two triples and two homers with 10 RBIs. His best game was the streak opener, going 3-for-6 with a brace and homer while scoring four runs in a 12-11, 10-inning win over the Red Sox at Sportsman’s Park.
Let’s not forget receiver Hank Severeid’s production during the streak, either. He cut .455/.500/.591 with an OPS of 1.091. His 10-for-22 line included three doubles.
In 1953, the Browns left St. Louis and became the Baltimore Orioles. The 1944 World Series against rival Crosstown Cardinals would be the team’s only playoff appearance before leaving for Baltimore.