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The New York Giants warded off challenges from Brooklyn and Pittsburgh to capture their fourth straight National League pennant in 1924.  New York finished the regular season with a record of 93-60, just 1 ½ games in front of second-place Brooklyn and only three games ahead of third-place Pittsburgh.  

Once again the National League’s most well-balanced team, the Giants topped the senior circuit with 857 runs scored, while also finishing third in the league with 641 runs allowed.  The quartet of Irish Meusel, George Kelly, Ross Youngs, and Frankie Frisch paced the Giants on offense.  Meusel batted .310 and knocked in 102 runs.  Kelly hit 21 home runs, batted .324 and led the league with 136 runs batted in.  Youngs scored 112 runs and placed among the league leaders with a .356 batting average.  Frisch batted .328, collected 198 hits, and scored a league-leading 121 runs.  

The Giants subsequently faced the surprising Washington Senators in what turned out to be one of the closest World Series ever.  Four of the games were decided by one run, and two went into extra innings.  After the two teams split the first six games, the Senators won their first world championship in the 12th inning of Game Seven when two ground balls took bad hops over the head of New York third baseman Fred Lindstrom.  Washington also benefited from misplays by New York catcher Hank Gowdy and shortstop Travis Jackson.  

Although the Giants ended up representing the National League in the Fall Classic, they spent most of the year battling the Brooklyn Robins (a.k.a. Dodgers) and the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top spot in the senior circuit.  

Outfielders Kiki Cuyler and Max Carey paced Pittsburgh on offense.  Rookie Cuyler batted .354, knocked in 85 runs, scored 94 others, and accumulated 16 triples and 32 stolen bases in only 117 games.  Carey batted .297, scored 113 runs, and led the league with 49 stolen bases.

Brooklyn received outstanding seasons from first baseman Jack Fournier and outfielder Zach Wheat.  Fournier led the National League with 27 home runs and finished second with 116 runs batted in.  Wheat knocked in 97 runs and placed second in the league to Rogers Hornsby with 212 hits and a .375 batting average.  Meanwhile, the pitching duo of Burleigh Grimes and Dazzy Vance combined to win 50 games, throw 620 innings, and toss 60 complete games for Brooklyn.  Vance was particularly effective, leading all N.L. hurlers with a record of 28-6, a 2.16 ERA, 262 strikeouts, and 30 complete games, en route to earning the first MVP Award presented in the senior circuit.

Although his St. Louis Cardinals finished a distant sixth in the N.L. standings, 28 ½ games behind the pennant-winning Giants, Rogers Hornsby remained the league’s best hitter.  The second baseman compiled the highest batting average of his career, leading the league in hitting for the fifth straight time, with a mark of .424.  Hornsby also topped the circuit with 121 runs scored, 227 base hits, 43 doubles, 373 total bases, a .507 on-base percentage, and a .696 slugging percentage.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• July 17 - Jesse Haines of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Braves in a 5-0 win.

• September 16 - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Jim Bottomley drove in 12 runs in the Cardinals' 17-3 victory over the Brooklyn Robins.

• September 20 - Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Chicago Cubs recorded the 300th victory of his career.

John McGraw won his National League record 10th and last pennant.

Heinie Groh of the New York Giants compiled a .983 fielding percentage, setting in the process a new major league record for third basemen.

• The Giants' Jimmy O'Connell became the last major leaguer to be banned for life while still active.  His banishment resulted from an oral bribe he made to a Phillies player on the last weekend of the season.

• Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Max Carey led National League outfielders in chances accepted a league record ninth time.

• Fred Lindstrom of the Giants, age 18, became the youngest player to participate in a World Series.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1619 5339 717 1534 662 .213 227 54 72 34 46 2085 .320 .275 .635 0 0 143
BSN 1709 5283 520 1355 459 .181 194 52 25 74 68 1728 .308 .233 .614 0 0 104
CHN 1676 5134 698 1419 634 .236 207 59 66 137 149 1942 .331 .314 .657 0 0 163
CIN 1708 5301 649 1539 586 .258 236 111 36 103 98 2105 .366 .338 .739 159
NY1 1795 5445 857 1634 781 .296 269 81 95 82 53 2350 .374 .388 .777 0 0 127
PHI 1780 5306 676 1459 615 .240 256 56 94 57 67 2109 .334 .321 .699 131
PIT 1616 5288 724 1517 658 .235 222 122 44 181 92 2115 .321 .306 .667 0 0 151
SLN 1755 5349 740 1552 672 .214 270 87 67 86 86 2197 .309 .273 .620 145

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 238 92 62 1376 638 403 5857 1432 58 83.570 556 676 97 10 5 18 0
BSN 277 53 100 1379 364 402 5956 1607 49 69.380 684 798 66 10 4 21 5
CHN 261 81 72 1379 416 438 5889 1459 89 52.080 587 699 85 4 6 17 4
CIN 257 83 70 1378 451 293 5736 1408 30 32.890 477 579 77 14 9 15 3
NY1 302 93 60 1380 406 392 5870 1464 77 63.840 554 641 71 4 21 19 7
PHI 306 55 96 1355 349 469 6043 1689 84 77.470 733 847 59 7 10 32 3
PIT 258 90 63 1383 364 323 5686 1387 42 50.190 502 582 85 15 5 19 3
SLN 273 65 89 1367 393 486 5944 1528 70 76.570 629 750 79 7 6 20 5

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1543 6172 4126 1849 197 .941 0 0 0 0 9
BSN 1573 6326 4129 2029 168 .959 0 0 0 0 18
CHN 1563 6352 4141 1993 218 .960 0 0 0 0 13
CIN 1576 6440 4131 2092 217 .960 0 0 0 0 10
NY1 1649 6347 4130 2031 186 .948 0 0 0 0 5
PHI 1646 6302 4077 2050 175 .964 0 0 0 0 11
PIT 1521 6378 4148 2047 183 .971 0 0 0 0 12
SLN 1621 6154 4087 1876 191 .942 0 0 0 0 12

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1924 World Series, Burleigh Grimes, Dazzy Vance, Frankie Frisch, Freddie Lindstrom, George Kelly, Hank Gowdy, Heinie Groh, Irish Meusel, Jack Fournier, Jesse Haines, Jim Bottomley, John McGraw, Kiki Cuyler, Max Carey, New York Giants, Pete Alexander, Rogers Hornsby, Ross Youngs, Travis Jackson, Zach wheat

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