Year In Review : 1924 American League

Off the field...

Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall and oilmen Harry Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny were all charged with conspiracy and bribery in the "Teapot Dome scandal" which involved fraudulent leases of naval oil reserves. Fall was later indicted for conspiracy and for accepting bribes and after being convicted of the latter; he was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000. In another trial for bribery Doheny and Sinclair were acquitted, although Sinclair was subsequently sentenced to prison for contempt of the Senate and for employing detectives to shadow members of the jury in his case. Eventually, the oil fields were restored to the U.S. government through a Supreme Court decision in 1927.

In the American League...

During a 12-4 Philadelphia Athletics' victory over the Cleveland Indians, first baseman Joe Hauser set an American League record with three homeruns and a double for a total of fourteen bases. Ty Cobb later broke the record with sixteen bags of his own on May 5, 1925.

On May 1 st , White Sox shortstop Bill Barrett stole home twice (first and ninth innings) tying the Major League mark for home-plate thievery. Chicago went on to beat the Cleveland Indians 13-7.

Washington Senators' ace Walter Johnson struck out fourteen on May 23 rd (including six in a row) for a 4-0 one-hitter over the Chicago White Sox and his one-hundred third shutout. Johnson went on to finish the season with his best record in five years while going 23-7.

In the National League...

On April 15 th , Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals went two-for-five on Opening Day (against Vic Aldridge of the Chicago Cubs) giving him a .400 batting average with one game under his belt. Later in the season, his .424 batting average would mark the highest Major League batting average of the twentieth century and from Opening Day forward his average never dipped at or below the .400 mark again.

Giant's first baseman George Kelly went "solo" on June 14 th after hitting three homers to drive in all of New York's runs during an 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Over a decade later, Bob Johnson of the Philadelphia Athletics matched the "one-man-show" with an 8-3 win over the St. Louis Browns.

On July 11 th , Chicago Cubs first baseman Lee Cotter equaled a Major League record with twenty-one putouts and one assist during a 9-1 loss against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Around the League...

Following the American League's lead, the Nationals agreed to offer a $1000 cash prize to the player named their most valuable player as selected by an exclusive panel of sports writers.

Sen Kaney called the first live radio broadcast (from a grandstand behind home plate) on October 1 st at Cubs' Park in Chicago. The home team went on to beat their cross-town rival White Sox with a solid 10-7 effort.

On December 10 th , both leagues agreed to a permanent rotation system for World Series play with the first two games at one league's park, next three at the other leagues park, last two (if needed) back at the first league's park, and all future openers to alternate between leagues. The National League was granted the inaugural advantage in 1925.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The good Lord just couldn't bear to see a fine fellow like Walter Johnson lose again." - Jack Bentley

1924 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
New York
142
Batting Average
New York
.378
Doubles
Detroit
45
Cleveland
Hits
Washington
216
Home Runs
New York
46
On Base Percentage
New York
.513
RBI
Washington
129
Runs
New York
143
Slugging Average
New York
.739
Stolen Bases
Chicago
42
Total Bases
New York
391
Triples
New York
19

1924 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Chicago
28
ERA
Washington
2.72
Games
Washington
50
Saves
Washington
15
Shutouts
Washington
6
Strikeouts
Washington
158
Winning Percentage
Washington
.767
Wins
Washington
23

1924 American League

Team Standings

Washington Senators 92 62 .597 0
New York Yankees 89 63 .586 2
Detroit Tigers 86 68 .558 6
St. Louis Browns 74 78 .487 17
Philadelphia Athletics 71 81 .467 20
Cleveland Indians 67 86 .438 24½
Boston Red Sox 67 87 .435 25
Chicago White Sox 66 87 .431 25½

1924 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Detroit
607
Batting Average
Detroit
.298
Doubles
Detroit
315
Hits
Detroit
1,604
Home Runs
New York
98
On Base Percentage
Detroit
.373
Runs
Detroit
849
Slugging Average
New York
.426
Stolen Bases
Chicago
137
Triples
Washington
88

1924 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Cleveland
87
ERA
Washington
3.35
Fewest Hits Allowed
Washington
1,329
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Washington
34
Fewest Walks Allowed
Detroit
467
Saves
Washington
25
Shutouts
New York
13
Washington
Strikeouts
New York
487
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baseball almanac fast facts

On June 19, 1924, George Burns of the Indians hit three doubles and a home run. On July 21, 1924, Burns hit two doubles and two home runs making him the first major league player to have four extra-base hits during a game twice during the same season.

On August 28, 1924, Babe Ruth went deep twice. However, the Washington Senators would rally and defeat the Yankees 11-6 to take over first place on their way to their first ever American League pennant.

At the completion of the 1918 season Walter Johnson became the first American League pitcher to earn the Triple Crown twice. In 1924 Johnson led the league in wins (23), earned run average (2.72), and strikeouts (158) making him the first junior circuit pitcher to win the Triple Crown three times.

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