1922 Red Sox Miserable in All Facets En Route to Last-Place Finish

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The 1922 season marked more of the same for the struggling Red Sox, as the team finished last in the league in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and fielding percentage en route to a last-place finish.

First baseman George Burns led the team with just 12 home runs — the only player with a double-digit home run total — and pitcher Rip Collins held the team’s only winning pitching record, earning 14 wins.

The highlight of the season came in the form of an exhibition, when the Red Sox played against a team of All-Americans on August 14 to raise money for the family of deceased Braves outfielder Tommy McCarthy. Playing in that game was Lizzie Murphy, who became the first woman to play baseball at Fenway Park.

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