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After finishing 23 ½ games out of first place the previous year, the Washington Senators captured their first American League pennant in 1924.  By doing so, Washington ended New York’s three-year reign as A.L. champions.  The Senators finished two games ahead of the second-place Yankees, with a record of 92-62.  The Detroit Tigers finished third, six games off the pace.

The 1924 campaign ended up being an extremely fulfilling one for the Senators’ Walter Johnson, who spent the previous 17 seasons pitching for mostly losing teams in Washington.  Furthermore, the 36-year-old hurler made something of a comeback, surpassing 20 victories for the first time in five years.  Thought to be well past his prime, Johnson led all A.L. pitchers with 23 victories, against only 7 defeats, and he also finished first with a 2.72 earned run average, 158 strikeouts, and six shutouts.  The baseball writers rewarded Johnson for his outstanding performance by naming him the league’s Most Valuable Player at season’s end.  

There were others who also contributed significantly to Washington’s unexpected run to the pennant.  Young outfielder Goose Goslin led the league with 129 runs batted in, and he also finished among the leaders with a .344 batting average, 199 hits, 17 triples, and a .516 slugging percentage.  Fellow outfielder Sam Rice batted .334, scored 106 runs, stole 24 bases, and led the league with 216 hits.  Meanwhile, Tom Zachary, George Mogridge, and Firpo Marberry helped the Senators compile a league-leading 3.34 ERA.  Zachary went 15-9, with a 2.75 ERA.  Mogridge won 16 games and relief ace Marberry topped the circuit with 15 saves.  

With the New York Giants capturing their fourth straight National League pennant, the 1924 World Series featured two of the game’s most legendary figures – Walter Johnson and Giants manager John McGraw.  The Fall Classic ended up being an exciting seven-game affair that was one of the closest in history.  Four of the games were decided by one run, and two went into extra innings.

After New York won Game One on a Ross Youngs single in the 12th inning, Washington took Game Two on a Roger Peckinpaugh double in the ninth.  The two teams then split the next four games, thus setting up a Game Seven showdown.

The decisive seventh contest went 12 innings, with Washington finally emerging victories when two ground balls took bad hops over the head of New York third baseman Fred Lindstrom.  Johnson, who lost his previous two starts in the Series, earned his first World Series victory in relief.

Although the Yankees failed to repeat as A.L. champions, Babe Ruth remained the league’s best player.  In addition to finishing second to Goslin with 121 runs batted in, Ruth topped the junior circuit with 46 home runs, a .378 batting average, 143 runs scored, a .513 on-base percentage, and a .739 slugging percentage, which exceeded the mark posted by league runners-up Harry Heilmann and Ken Williams by 206 points.    

Harry Heilmann also had a tremendous year for the third-place Tigers, placing among the league leaders with a .346 batting average, 114 runs batted in, 107 runs scored, 45 doubles, 16 triples, a .428 on-base percentage, and a .533 slugging percentage.

Other notable events from around the league and players who distinguished themselves over the course of the season included:

• September 22 - With his Detroit Tigers holding a commanding lead over the Boston Red Sox, player-manager Ty Cobb inserted young prospect Charlie Gehringer as a defensive replacement at shortstop.  Gehringer failed to log an at-bat in his major league debut.

• Washington's Goose Goslin established himself as the star of the 1924 World Series, batting .344, hitting three home runs, and driving in seven runs.  

• Washington's Firpo Marberry (15 saves) became the first relief specialist in major league baseball history.

• On August 2, Joe Hauser of the A's set a new American League record by amassing 14 total bases in a game.

• Sam Rice of Washington hit safely in 31 consecutive games.

• Walter Johnson's American League strikeout crown was his record 12th.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BOS 1803 5332 738 1479 668 .242 302 63 30 78 61 1997 .346 .311 .668 0 0 195
CHA 1710 5240 794 1512 710 .183 255 59 41 137 89 2008 .342 .236 .625 0 0 234
CLE 1782 5329 756 1588 682 .214 309 60 41 85 57 2140 .341 .277 .674 0 0 160
DET 1803 5382 847 1604 768 .252 315 76 35 100 76 2176 .358 .316 .698 0 0 224
NYA 1706 5226 799 1519 735 .252 249 86 98 69 67 2234 .350 .344 .721 0 0 186
PHA 1695 5187 683 1460 608 .245 250 59 63 77 68 2017 .330 .324 .679 0 0 157
SLA 1769 5222 765 1539 679 .232 264 62 67 85 85 2128 .362 .331 .743 0 0 192
WS1 1687 5303 753 1561 688 .271 256 88 22 116 85 2059 .365 .402 .791 234

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BOS 301 67 87 1391 414 523 6283 1563 43 100.450 671 800 73 8 16 22 4
CHA 272 66 87 1370 360 512 6210 1635 52 111.180 722 857 76 1 11 31 2
CLE 272 67 86 1348 315 503 6083 1603 43 156.060 659 811 87 7 7 29 1
DET 314 86 68 1394 441 467 6156 1586 55 51.610 650 794 60 5 20 13 2
NYA 265 89 63 1359 487 522 5984 1483 59 77.490 583 667 76 13 13 35 5
PHA 296 71 81 1346 371 597 6048 1527 43 61.750 654 774 68 8 10 19 3
SLA 329 74 78 1353 386 517 6029 1511 68 60.430 687 797 65 11 7 15 2
WS1 284 92 62 1382 469 505 5909 1329 34 38.740 516 614 74 13 25 13 4

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BOS 1644 6381 4188 1983 210 .962 0 0 0 0 22
CHA 1592 6235 4082 1923 230 .900 0 0 0 0 17
CLE 1601 6191 4047 1943 201 .943 0 0 0 0 14
DET 1676 6418 4199 2033 186 .960 0 0 0 0 4
NYA 1590 6066 4093 1819 154 .961 0 0 0 0 20
PHA 1564 6151 4028 1942 181 .963 0 0 0 0 12
SLA 1621 6004 4046 1776 182 .923 0 0 0 0 6
WS1 1593 6088 4147 1770 171 .947 0 0 0 0 5

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1924 World Series, American League, Babe Ruth, Charlie Gehringer, Firpo Marberry, Freddie Lindstrom, George Mogridge, Goose Goslin, Harry Heilmann, Joe Hauser, John McGraw, Ken Williams, New York Giants, Roger Peckinpaugh, Ross Youngs, Sam Rice, Tom Zachary, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Washington Senators

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