Winning Percentage : 1918 American League Top 25

Finding the American or National League leader in virtually every hitting & pitching statistic is easy-to-do. Finding the top 25 players during any given season is far more challenging. Baseball Almanac has taken away that difficult problem and is pleased to present the data you requested:

"Although baseball decided to extend the regular season deeper into October to play 162 games (after the 09-11 disaster), why not just play 154? Baseball has dealt with shortened seasons before. (Bud) Selig spoke about the sanctity of playing 162 games, but baseball played 154 games until 1961. Baseball should have just let the games go and continued with the current schedule." - Joe Morgan on ESPN (September 19, 2001)
1918 Winning Percentage Leaders

Top 25 in the American League

Sam Jones .762 (.76190) Boston Red Sox 1
Fritz Coumbe .650 (.65000) Cleveland Indians 2
Babe Ruth .650 (.65000) Boston Red Sox
Walter Johnson .639 (.63889) Washington Senators 4
Guy Morton .636 (.63636) Cleveland Indians 5
Stan Coveleski .629 (.62857) Cleveland Indians 6
Carl Mays .618 (.61765) Boston Red Sox 7
Bernie Boland .583 (.58333) Detroit Tigers 8
Reb Russell .583 (.58333) Chicago White Sox
Bert Gallia .571 (.57143) St. Louis Browns 10
Dutch Leonard .571 (.57143) Boston Red Sox
Jim Shaw .571 (.57143) Washington Senators
George Mogridge .552 (.55172) New York Yankees 13
Ray Caldwell .529 (.52941) New York Yankees 14
Harry Harper .524 (.52381) Washington Senators 15
Slim Love .520 (.52000) New York Yankees 16
Jim Bagby .515 (.51515) Cleveland Indians 17
Scott Perry .513 (.51282) Philadelphia Athletics 18
Joe Benz .500 (.50000) Chicago White Sox 19
Bullet Joe Bush .500 (.50000) Boston Red Sox
Allen Sothoron .500 (.50000) St. Louis Browns
Dave Davenport .476 (.47619) St. Louis Browns 22
George Cunningham .462 (.46154) Detroit Tigers 23
Doc Ayers .455 (.45455) Washington Senators 24
Tom Rogers .444 (.44444) St. Louis Browns 25


The most recognizable Detroit Tiger to wear the number twenty-five was probably Norm Cash (who wore it from 1960 through 1974), but did you know that Hall of Famer Larry Doby also wore it during his single season with Detroit?

Jose Cruz of the Houston Astros had his number twenty-five retired on October 3, 1992, and became the first Major League player with that particular retired number.

Future Hall of Famer Sammy Sosa is best known for wearing number twenty-one; however, when the young slugger played for the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991) he only wore number twenty-five.

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