Following are some of the other major headlines from the 1925 season, including Earle Combs's sophomore season highlights.
Pete Donohue's Skein Ends
During the years between 1922 and 1926, Pete Donohue racked up 96 victories, more than any pitcher in the National League. His record string of 20 straight wins over the Phils was broken on Aug. 19, 1925, when Cy Williams hit an opposite-field single in the ninth inning to pin a 5-4 loss on Donohue. In 1925, he went 21-14 with a 3.08 ERA and led the National League in complete games (27) and innings pitched (301). Besides his record skein against the Phillies, Donohue had another claim to fame: He was credited with perfecting the changeup. His change couldn't have fooled too many hitters, though; he fanned a mere 571 batters in his 12-year career.
Joe Harris Revs Up in Series
A utility man for most of the regular 1925 season, Joe Harris replaced Earl McNeely, the previous year's series hero, in the opener of that year's fall classic and remained in the lineup when his bat came up hot. He rapped .440 and slugged three home runs in the seven games.
Earle Combs Back in Action
Idled by a broken leg most of his rookie season in 1924, Earle Combs claimed the Yankees' job at center field the following year (he tallied a .342 average, three home runs, and 61 RBI in 1925). For the next four decades, almost without interruption, the Bronx Bombers would have a future Hall of Famer patrolling the middle pasture in Yankee Stadium.
Joe Sewell Fans Four Times
Joe Sewell's batwork alone made him one of the top shortstops of his era; in 1925, he fanned just four times to post the fewest strikeouts by a regular player in a full season. When his glove is figured into the equation, Sewell emerges as one of the best infielders ever. Despite his small size (he stood just 5'61/2") he had good power, great range, and an excellent arm. He also hit .312 in his career, including a .336 average in 1925. In fact, Sewell had 98 RBI that year despite hitting only one home run. Sewell got his start with Cleveland in 1920. Just two weeks after shortstop Ray Chapman suffered his fatal beaning, the Tribe brought in rookie Sewell to replace him.
Roger Peckinpaugh Named American League MVP
No winner of the Most Valuable Player Award ever had a more miserable World Series or a shorter time left to him in the majors than Roger Peckinpaugh. In game seven of the 1925 Series, his dropped a pop fly in the seventh inning and a wild throw in the eighth stuck Walter Johnson with four unearned runs in his 9-7 loss to the Pirates; the following year, Peckinpaugh lost his job to rookie Buddy Myer.
Take a look at the next page for highlights of the 1925 season.