04 January 2008

1925 American League

Washington won their second straight pennant, while Philadelphia climbed back into the fray and finished second. The Yankees slipped all the way to seventh with Babe Ruth injured and ineffective, and Boston was horrible. The loss of Ruth makes the "MVP" contest wide open. St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago were also over .500, Cleveland was 6th, while the Red Sox lost 105 games for last.

Harry Heilmann won the batting title at .393 in a year of high averages, followed by Tris Speaker at .389, Al Simmons at .387, and and Ty Cobb at .378. Speaker led in on-base, Ken Williams in slugging in St. Louis' bandbox, and Cobb in OPS. Johnny Mostil led with 135 runs and 43 steals, Simmons with 253 hits and 392 total bases, Marty McManus with 44 doubles, Goose Goslin with 20 triples, and Bob Meusel with 33 homers and 138 RBI. Ruth tied Williams for second in homers at 25, and Heilmann was second in RBI at 134.

Ted Lyons and Eddie Rommel tied for the pitching lead with 21 wins, and Senators Walter Johnson and Stan Coveleski each won 20. Coveleski topped the loop with a 2.84 ERA with Herb Pennock second at 2.96 and Ted Blankenship at 3.03. Lefty Grove led with 116 strikeouts followed by Johnson with 108, and Fred "Firpo" Marberry amassed 15 saves. Herb Pennock hurled the most innings at 277.

Win Shares leaders, players; Al Simmons (Philadelphia) 34, Goose Goslin (Washington) 31, Harry Heilmann (Detroit) 30, Tris Speaker (Cleveland) and Ty Cobb (Detroit) 25, Joe Sewell (Cleveland) and Sam Rice (Washington) 24, Johnny Mostil (Chicago) and Baby Doll Jacobson (St. Louis) 23, Eddie Collins (Chicago) and Al Wingo (Detroit) 22.

WS leaders, pitchers; Walter Johnson (Washington) 26, Ted Lyons (Chicago), Herb Pennock (New York), and Stan Coveleski (Washington) 23, Ted Blankenship (Chicago) 22, Slim Harriss and Eddie Rommel (Philadelphia) 21, Dutch Ruether (Washington) 20.

WARP3: Sewell 7.7, Simmons 6.5, Heilmann 5.6, Goslin 5.5, Wingo 4.9 (career year), Speaker 4.8, Muddy Ruel (Washington) 4.0, Willie Kamm (Chicago) 3.8, Cobb 3.7, Rice 3.5.

Pitchers, Pennock 5.8, Urban Shocker (New York) 5.3, Lyons (first big year) and Ted Wingfield (Boston) 5.1, Howard Ehmke (Boston) 5.0, Blankenship 4.9 (career year), Johnson 4.7 (last great year), Waite Hoyt (New York) 4.2, Coveleski 3.8, Harriss 3.6 (career year), Rommel and Jake Miller (Chicago) 3.5.

WAR leaders, position players: Simmons 7.4, Goslin 7.0, Heilmann 6.9, Speaker 6.7, Cobb 5.7, Wingo 5.4, Sewell 5.3, Collins 5.1, Rice 4.9, Mostil 4.8, Combs 4.2. Pitchers: Coveleski 6.0, Pennock 5.8, Blankenship 5.3, Lyons 5.1, Harriss 5.0, Rommel 4.7, Shocker 4.6, Gray 4.5, Johnson 4.4, Ehmke and Miller 3.9.

Actual MVP voting (top 20):
Name Team Points
1 Roger Peckinpaugh WSH 45
2 Al Simmons 41
3 Joe Sewell 21
4 Harry Heilmann 20
5 Harry Rice 18
6 Earl Sheely 17
7 Ira Flagstead 10
7 Baby Doll Jacobson 10
7 Johnny Mostil 10
10 Ossie Bluege 8
10 Mickey Cochrane 8
12 Lu Blue 7
12 Stan Coveleski 7
12 Willie Kamm CHW 7
12 Eddie Rommel PHA 7
12 Ray Schalk CHW 7
12 Al Wingo DET 7
18 Earle Combs NYY 6
18 Bob Meusel NYY 6
20 Ted Lyons CHW 5

This was one of the strangest MVP votes ever, Peckinpaugh winning despite not even being one of the best players on his team, with 15 Win Shares at age 34. Apparently it was a "leadership" thing which evaporated based on his 8 World Series errors.

Best player: Al Simmons. The choice is between Simmons and Goslin of the pennant winners, and I think it's Bucketfoot Al to win. Simmons batted .387 with 24 HR and 129 RBI, and led the league in hits and total bases. Goslin, in a tough hitters' park, hit .344 with 12 HR and 129 RBI, and led the league in triples. Batting average leader Harry Heilmann #3, #4 to Joe Sewell, a fine shortstop with a .316 average and 102 RBI. Tris Speaker #5.

Best pitcher: Walter Johnson. Another wide-open category, and I'll go with the sentimental choice. Johnson was 20-7 with a 3.07 ERA. #2 to Herb Pennock, 16-17 with a 2.96 ERA in his first year in New York. 3rd to Ted Lyons, 21-11 with a 3.26 ERA establishing himself as a star. #4 Stan Coveleski, #5 Ted Blankenship in his biggest year.

Best rookie: Mickey Cochrane hit .331 in 134 games for the A's, a major reason for their resurgance. Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx also debuted this year as Connie Mack prepared a powerhouse.

Best manager: Mack, pushing to another dynasty.

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