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The Yankees opened the 1924 campaign hoping to win their fourth straight American League pennant and their second consecutive World Series. The team played well most of the year, finishing the regular season with a record of 89-63. However, the Washington Senators performed slightly better, finishing the year with a mark of 92-62, two games ahead of the Yankees, who had to settle for second place.
New York’s starting staff again pitched effectively. Bob Shawkey won 16 games, Waite Hoyt posted a record of 18-13, and Joe Bush compiled 17 victories and 19 complete games. Herb Pennock led all Yankee hurlers with a record of 21-9, a 2.83 ERA, 25 complete games, 286 innings pitched, and four shutouts. Only Sam Jones disappointed, posting only nine victories after winning 21 games the year before.
The Yankee lineup also performed well. Whitey Witt batted .297 and scored 88 runs. Joe Dugan batted .302 and finished second on the team with 105 runs scored. Wally Pipp batted .295, knocked in 114 runs, scored 88 others, and led the league with 19 triples. Bob Meusel had an outstanding year, finishing second on the team with a .325 batting average, 12 home runs, and 120 runs batted in, scoring 93 times, and leading the club with 26 stolen bases. Babe Ruth had another great season, leading the American League with 46 home runs, 143 runs scored, a .378 batting average, 391 total bases, a .513 on-base percentage, and a .739 slugging percentage. The batting title was the only one of his career. He also finished second in the circuit with 121 runs batted in, falling eight RBIs short of winning the Triple Crown (Goose Goslin knocked in 129 runs for the pennant-winning Senators). Ruth’s exceptional performance earned him recognition as the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
Still, after representing the junior circuit in each of the three previous World Series, the Yankees had to consider the 1924 campaign to be extremely disappointing. Additional help appeared to be on the way, though. After making his debut with the club one year earlier, Lou Gehrig earned another brief call-up, batting .500 in his 12 official plate appearances. Another talented youngster made his first appearance in pinstripes early in the year. Outfielder Earle Combs played in 24 games, accumulating 14 hits in 35 official at-bats, for a batting average of an even .400.By Bob_Cohen