A star reliever and occasional starter in the early 1920s, Ryan was the long man
out of the Giants' bullpen, teaming with closer Claude Jonnard. In 1923, Ryan and
Jonnard each appeared in 45 games, the league high. While Jonnard led the NL in saves
in 1922 and 1923, Ryan led in relief wins (seven and nine). Ryan's 3.01 ERA in '22
led the league. He holds the record for most WS relief wins (three), with one in
each Series, 1922-24. In 1924, he became only the second pitcher to hit a WS home
run. When the ban on spitballs was declared in 1920, Ryan, who had debuted briefly
in 1919, was not on the protected list and was forced to develop a curveball.
»October 4, 1922: For the first time since 1908, two repeaters meet in the WS. The Yankees get there with an all righthanded starting pitching staff; the Giants on a .305 BA. In a return to the 7-game format, the Giants will win four games while scoring in only five innings. The Yankees Joe Bush (267) leads Art Nehf (1913) 20 when Irish Meusels 2-run single and Pep Youngs sacrifice fly score three runs in the eighth for a 32 win in game 1. Rosy Ryan (1712) gets the win in relief.
»May 27, 1923: At New York, Phillies slugger Cy Williams cracks his 15th home run of May, a new record for the month, and his 18th of the season. The homer comes off Giants' P Rosy Ryan.
»October 15, 1923: After Babe Ruth's first-inning home run, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for four runs and take a 41 lead into the 8th. With one out, Art Nehf loads the bases on two singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out, but Bob Meusel raps a single that scores the go-ahead runs. Sam Jones holds off the Giants, and the Yankees have their first World Championship.
»October 6, 1924: Washington's surprise starter Firpo Marberry (11-12) and the Giants starter Hugh McQuillan (14-8) will be gone by the 4th. The Giants lead 30 after three and are never caught, for a 64 victory. The only home run is hit by Giants reliever Rosy Ryan; it is the only home run he hits in six years at New York.