Year In Review : 1925 American League

Off the field...

One of the most sensational court cases in twentieth-century America, the "Scopes Monkey Trial" went infinitely beyond the boundaries of law and the courtroom to question the social, intellectual, and cultural values of America. In 1925, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that it was willing to financially support anyone challenging a recently enacted Tennessee law that prohibited the teaching of Darwinism in the state's schools. John T. Scopes, a twenty-five year-old high-school science teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, who taught evolution in his school biology class, accepted the ACLU offer and agreed to stand as the defendant in a test case to challenge the law. At the conclusion of the hearings, Scopes' attorney asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty in order that the case might be appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court where, he hoped, the anti-Darwin law would be overturned. The jury, complying with his request, returned a verdict of guilty and fined Scopes $100.

In the American League...

Ty Cobb set another one of his many Major League records on May 5 th after going six-for-six, (including three home runs) in a Detroit Tiger win over the St. Louis Browns. Cobb's sixteen total bases topped the American League record previously set by Joe Hauser (fourteen) on August 2 nd of 1924.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Ira Flagstead initiated three double plays on May 19 th in an 8-2 loss to the St. Louis Browns breaking the record previously set by Tris Speaker in 1918. (All of Speaker's were unassisted).

Rookie Ben Paschal of the New York Yankees hit two inside-the-park home runs, in an 11-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on September 22 nd . Paschal totaled seven home runs in the month of September setting a franchise record (for rookies) that stood until 1998.

In the National League...

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Glenn Wright pulled off the impossible after completing a solo triple play at second base during a 10-9 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on May 7 th . Wright ended the game after snagging a Jim Bottomley line drive while simultaneously stepping on the bag before Johnny Cooney could return. Then he tagged Rogers Hornsby who was attempting to retreat after coming down from first base.

Second baseman Milt Stock of the Brooklyn Dodgers set a modern National League record after tallying four hits in four consecutive games.

Marv Goodwin (one of the few remaining "spitball" pitchers) was killed in an accident during an Air Reserve training flight on October 21 st . The former right-hander for the St. Louis Cardinals had recently joined the Cincinnati Reds at the end of the season and became the first active-player ever to be killed in a plane crash.

Around the League...

At the annual meeting of American League owners, a plan was adopted to alternate the site of future World Series openers by league rather than deciding it by a coin toss. Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 would be played in one park and 3, 4, and 5 would take place in the other.

On April 5 th , New York Yankees icon Babe Ruth collapsed suddenly at a railroad station in Asheville, North Carolina. He later underwent an emergency operation for an ulcer at New York Hospital on April 17 th and remained in bed until May 26 th .

Baseball legend Christy Mathewson died of tuberculosis on October 7 th at Saranac Lake, New York, at the age of forty-five. At the time of his death he was part owner and president of the Boston Braves franchise.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"It seems funny that it (being benched on May 6, 1925) should happen the day after we win and I make two hits. Not that I care about the record (most consecutive games played). When I passed the one-thousand mark, I lost interest in the matter." - Everett Scott

1925 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Chicago
90
Chicago
Batting Average
Detroit
.393
Doubles
St. Louis
44
Hits
Philadelphia
253
Home Runs
New York
33
On Base Percentage
Cleveland
.479
RBI
New York
138
Runs
Chicago
135
Slugging Average
St. Louis
.613
Stolen Bases
Chicago
43
Total Bases
Philadelphia
392
Triples
Washington
20

1925 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Boston
22
Cleveland
ERA
Washington
2.84
Games
Washington
55
Saves
Washington
15
Shutouts
Chicago
5
Strikeouts
Philadelphia
116
Winning Percentage
Washington
.800
Wins
Chicago
21
Philadelphia

1925 American League

Team Standings

Washington Senators 96 55 .636 0
Philadelphia Athletics 88 64 .579
St. Louis Browns 82 71 .536 15
Detroit Tigers 81 73 .526 16½
Chicago White Sox 79 75 .513 18½
Cleveland Indians 70 84 .455 27½
New York Yankees 69 85 .448 28½
Boston Red Sox 47 105 .309 49½

1925 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Chicago
662
Batting Average
Philadelphia
.307
Doubles
St. Louis
304
Hits
Philadelphia
1,659
Home Runs
New York
110
St. Louis
On Base Percentage
Detroit
.379
Runs
Detroit
903
Slugging Average
St. Louis
.439
Stolen Bases
Washington
135
Triples
Detroit
84

1925 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Cleveland
93
ERA
Washington
3.70
Fewest Hits Allowed
Washington
1,434
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cleveland
41
Fewest Walks Allowed
Chicago
489
Saves
Washington
21
Shutouts
Chicago
12
Strikeouts
Philadelphia
495
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On May 5, 1925, Ty Cobb told reporters before the game, "I'll show you something today. I'm going for home runs for the first time in my career." The thirty-eight year old player / manager went three-for-four versus the St. Louis Browns and had three home runs.

On May 17, 1925, Tom Zachary gave up the 3,000th career hit to Tris Speaker of the Cleveland Indians. On September 30, 1927, Zachary would give up another famous hit though this time it would leave the park and it would be the sixtieth home run slugged by Babe Ruth .

Imagine for a moment if a rookie outfielder hit .370 in this day and age. In 1924, a Tigers' outfielder named Al Wingo ; who was playing in his third season, but still a rookie by definition, accomplished that yet he finished third ( Ty Cobb hit .378 and Harry Heilmann hit .393) amongst outfielders on the Tigers.

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