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Lee Fohl’s second season as Sox skipper was a nightmare. They won 47 games – even worse than in 1906. It remains the fewest wins ever in a Red Sox season. Almost the best that could be said for the team is that they won the last three games of the season. Those three wins constituted their longest winning streak of the season (it tied one other three-game winning streak back in May). Basically, they lost a LOT of games, 105.

There were a couple of reasons for this, but first and foremost may have been the pitching staff, which had an earned run average of 4.97. The fielding was pretty poor, too, with 63 errors more than in 1925. Put those two together and the number of runs allowed was 922 – more than six runs per game! That’s a pretty deep deficit to overcome, and the hitting didn’t help. The team average was .266. No other team was that bad.

The 12-17 month of May was the best month the team had all year long. April had seen the team get off to a 2-10 start. July was the worst, at 6-24. Rookie Ted Wingfield had a 12-19 record, significantly better than the team’s .309 winning percentage. Not one other pitcher even won 10 games. Ehmke and another rookie, Red Ruffing, each won nine, but they lost 20 and 18 games respectively.

In his first full season, first baseman Phil Todt drove in 75 runs, all it took to lead the team. Ike Boone drove in 68. Todt hit 11 home runs, and Boone hit nine. His .330 average led the team, though newcomer Roy Carlyle

Those fans who cheered at the end of 1924 when the Red Sox lost and the Senators edged out the Yankees for the pennant were likely pleased that the New York team dropped all the way to seventh place – finishing 28 ½ games behind the 1925 Senators. But there was almost as big a gap between seventh place and eighth place. The Red Sox, last in the league, were 49 ½ games behind. And many of those fans seem to have just stayed home. The team drew 180,000 fewer fans than it had in 1924, about a 40% drop.

By Bill Nowlin
 

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Howard Ehmke, Ike Boone, Lee Fohl, Phil Todt, Red Ruffing, Roy Carlyle, Ted Wingfield

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