1925 Baseball Season Headlines
While Babe Ruth's health -- and the Yankees' season -- were in the dumps, other players had very good years. Here are some of the headlines from the 1925 baseball season.
Senators Take Flag
The Washington Senators were the 1925 American League Champions. Bobby Veach joined the club just in the nick of time to participate in his only World Series. First baseman Joe Judge and outfielder Sam Rice were Senators teammates for 18 seasons.
Harry Heilmann Tops the American League in BA
Led by Harry Heilmann, all three regular Tigers outfielders in 1925 finished among the top five hitters in the American League. Heilmann paced the loop with a .393 mark; Ty Cobb was fourth at .378; and Al Wingo fifth at .370 (Wingo is the only player in history to hit .370 or better in his lone year as a regular).
Dazzy Vance Shuts Batters Down
With only four pitchers in the majors able to achieve as many as 100 strikeouts in 1925, Dazzy Vance of the Dodgers collected 221 Ks, 81 more than runner-up Dolf Luque of the Reds. Vance posted the second-best winning percentage in the National League even though he toiled for a team that finished just a half-game out of the cellar.
Kiki Cuyler Outdoes Himself
A good, never spectacular hitter in the minors, Kiki Cuyler seemed to catch National League hurlers off guard when he hit .354 as a rookie in 1924. When he exceeded all of his first-year stats in his sophomore season by averaging .357, nailing 18 home runs, and totaling 102 RBI, even greater things were expected of him. But though he was a solid player for more than a decade, he never again scaled the heights he reached in 1925. Cuyler paced the National League in 1925 with 144 runs scored and 26 three-base hits.
Bob Meusel Nets 138 RBI
Bob Meusel had one of the most remarkable seasons in history in 1925: He played for a seventh-place team, hit .290 (two points below the American League average), and yet paced the loop with 33 home runs and 138 RBI (70 more than any other Yankee player produced that season).
Pie Traynor Hits .320 at Third
Some 50 years ago, Pie Traynor was voted the best third baseman of the first half-century; in the time since, his reputation has suffered considerably. No matter how true it may be that his glovework was overrated, the fact remains that his .320 career batting average (also his average in 1925) is among the best ever for a hot-corner player.
Sam Rice Hits a BA High
In almost every aspect, Sam Rice had his best season in 1925, posting a career-high .350 average. The season culminated with his extraordinary catch of Earl Smith's bid for a home run in the 1925 World Series -- if indeed he really held onto the ball when he tumbled into the stands. Opinions were divided among witnesses.
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