Year In Review : 1924 National 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.

"I will concede (Rogers) Hornsby is a most valuable Player to himself." - Sportswriter (and MVP voter) Jack Ryder
1924 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

89

Batting Average

St. Louis

.424

Doubles

St. Louis

43

Hits

St. Louis

227

Home Runs

Brooklyn

27

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.507

RBI

New York

136

Runs

New York

121

St. Louis

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.696

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

49

Total Bases

St. Louis

373

Triples

Cincinnati

21

1924 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Brooklyn

30

Brooklyn

ERA

Brooklyn

2.16

Games

Pittsburgh

41

Pittsburgh

Saves

Cincinnati

6

Shutouts

Boston

4

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Cincinnati

St. Louis

Pittsburgh

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

262

Winning Percentage

Pittsburgh

.842

Wins

Brooklyn

28

1924 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

93 60 0 .608 0

Brooklyn Robins

92 62 0 .597

Pittsburgh Pirates

90 63 0 .588 3

Cincinnati Reds

83 70 0 .542 10

Chicago Cubs

81 72 0 .529 12

St. Louis Cardinals

65 89 0 .422 28½

Philadelphia Phillies

55 96 1 .364 37

Boston Braves

53 100 1 .346 40

1924 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

469

Batting Average

New York

.300

Doubles

St. Louis

270

Hits

New York

1,634

Home Runs

New York

95

On Base Percentage

New York

.358

Runs

New York

857

Slugging Average

New York

.432

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

181

Triples

Pittsburgh

122

1924 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Brooklyn

97

ERA

Cincinnati

3.12

Fewest Hits Allowed

Pittsburgh

1,387

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cincinnati

30

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cincinnati

293

Saves

New York

21

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

15

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

638



How was Rogers Hornsby able to hit .424 during the 1924 season? He answered that exact question with, "I hustled on everything I hit."

On July 16, 1924, George Kelly of the New York Giants hit a home run and became the first player to hit long balls in six consecutive games.

In 1917 Carl Mays went 22-9 with the Boston Red Sox. In 1920 Mays went 26-22 with the New York Yankees. In 1924 Mays went 20-9 with the Cincinnati Reds and became the first pitcher with three 20-win seasons with three different ballclubs.

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