|1924 Season News
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.
Washington Senators' ace Walter Johnson struck out fourteen on May 23rd (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.
On April 15th, Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals became the only batter to ever to go two-for-five on Opening Day (against Vic Aldridge of the Chicago Cubs). Later in the season, his .424 batting average would mark the highest Major League batting average of the twentieth century.
Giant's first baseman George Kelly went "solo" on June 14th 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.
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.
On December 10th, 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.
|American League Team Stats|
|New York Yankees||89||63||0.586||798||5.25||667||4.39||98||59||0.289||0.349||0.426||3.86||522||487||0.975||131|
|St. Louis Browns||74||78||0.487||769||5.06||809||5.32||67||68||0.295||0.352||0.408||4.57||517||386||0.970||141|
|Boston Red Sox||67||87||0.435||737||4.79||806||5.23||30||43||0.277||0.351||0.374||4.35||523||414||0.967||124|
|Chicago White Sox||66||87||0.431||793||5.18||858||5.61||41||52||0.288||0.361||0.382||4.74||512||360||0.963||136|
|National League Team Stats|
|New York Giants||93||60||0.608||857||5.60||641||4.19||95||77||0.300||0.355||0.432||3.62||392||406||0.971||160|
|St. Louis Cardinals||65||89||0.422||740||4.81||750||4.87||67||70||0.290||0.337||0.411||4.15||486||393||0.969||162|