Year In Review : 1924 National 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

"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
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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