Year In Review : 1924 American League

O ff 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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"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

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



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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