Year In Review : 1925 American League

O ff 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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"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



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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