1924 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1924 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

President Calvin Coolidge (left) presents Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson (right) with the American League diploma.

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
Batting Average Babe Ruth NYY .378 Rogers Hornsby STL .424
HR Babe Ruth NYY 46 Jack Fournier BRO 27
RBI Goose Goslin WSH 129 George Kelly NYG 136
Wins Walter Johnson WSH 23 Dazzy Vance BRO 28
Strikeouts Walter Johnson WSH 158 Dazzy Vance BRO 262
ERA Walter Johnson WSH 2.72 Dazzy Vance BRO 2.16

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Senators 92 62 0.597 47–30 45–32
New York Yankees 89 63 0.586 2 45–32 44–31
Detroit Tigers 86 68 0.558 6 45–33 41–35
St. Louis Browns 74 78 0.487 17 41–36 33–42
Philadelphia Athletics 71 81 0.467 20 36–39 35–42
Cleveland Indians 67 86 0.438 24½ 37–38 30–48
Boston Red Sox 67 87 0.435 25 41–36 26–51
Chicago White Sox 66 87 0.431 25½ 37–39 29–48


National League final standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 93 60 0.608 51–26 42–34
Brooklyn Robins 92 62 0.597 46–31 46–31
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 63 0.588 3 49–28 41–35
Cincinnati Reds 83 70 0.542 10 43–33 40–37
Chicago Cubs 81 72 0.529 12 46–31 35–41
St. Louis Cardinals 65 89 0.422 28½ 40–37 25–52
Philadelphia Phillies 55 96 0.364 37 26–49 29–47
Boston Braves 53 100 0.346 40 28–48 25–52


Negro League Baseball final standings[edit]

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League (West)
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Kansas City Monarchs 60 27 .690
Chicago American Giants 63 29 .685
St. Louis Stars 36 31 .537
Detroit Stars 38 37 .507
Cuban Stars 19 19 .500
Birmingham Black Barons 37 46 .446
Memphis Red Sox 26 36 .419
Cleveland Browns 17 34 .333
Indianapolis ABCs 3 12 .200

† Indianapolis dropped out of the league in June and was replaced by Memphis.

Eastern Colored League final standings[edit]

Eastern Colored League (East)
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Philadelphia Hilldale Giants 58 23 .716
Baltimore Black Sox 51 35 .593
New York Lincoln Giants 55 44 .556
Harrisburg Giants 40 34 .541
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 34 30 .531
Washington/Wilmington Potomacs 23 36 .390
Brooklyn Royal Giants 12 23 .343
Cuban Stars 16 36 .308

Events[edit]

  • April 15
  • April 16 – Earle Combs makes his major league debut pinch hitting for Sad Sam Jones in the New York Yankees' 9-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
  • May 31 – Red Ruffing gives up five hits and three earned runs in his major league debut.
  • June 26 – Jesse Barnes opposed Virgil Barnes in the first pitching matchup of brothers in major league history. Virgil did not have a decision while Jesse was credited with the loss as the New York Giants won the Boston Braves‚ 8-1. The Barnes brothers will match up four more times during their careers‚ the first, including three days from its date.
  • July 14 – Rogers Hornsby goes three-for-four in the St. Louis Cardinals' 12-0 victory over the Brooklyn Robins to raise his season average to .402. His average remains above .400 for the remainder of the season.
  • July 17 – Jesse Haines of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches a no-hitter against the Boston Braves in a 5-0 win.
  • August 27 – The New York Yankees are shut out for only the second time all season, 1-0 by Stan Coveleski and the Cleveland Indians.
  • August 28
    • The New York Yankees and Washington Senators open a crucial four game series at Yankee Stadium for first place in the American League. The Senators win 11-6 and take three of the four games of the series to leave New York with a 1.5 game lead.
    • Despite future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey making his major league debut in both games of their double header, the St. Louis Cardinals lose to the Chicago Cubs, 5-2 and 8-3. Hafey collects his first major league hit in the second game.
  • September 6 – The Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Robins in the second game of a double header, 5-4, ending Brooklyn's fifteen-game winning streak.
  • September 7 – In a crucial battle for first place in the National League, the New York Giants defeat the Brooklyn Robins, 8-7, to increase their lead in the NL to 1.5 games.
  • September 16 – St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Jim Bottomley drives in twelve runs in the Cardinals' 17-3 victory over the Brooklyn Robins.
  • September 20 – Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Chicago Cubs records his 300th career win.
  • September 22 – With his Detroit Tigers holding a commanding lead over the Boston Red Sox, manager Ty Cobb brings in young prospect Charlie Gehringer as a defensive replacement at short. He does not log an at-bat in his major league debut.
  • September 28 – The Brooklyn Robins' Dazzy Vance pitches a gem to earn his league leading 28th win of the season over the Boston Braves. Vance also leads the league with a 2.16 earned run average and 262 strikeouts to earn the National League's first ever MVP award.
  • October 4 – With the New York Giants up 2-1, the Washington Senators' Roger Peckinpaugh doubles in Ossie Bluege to send game one of the World Series goes into extra innings tied at two. The New York Giants score two in the twelfth, and win it, 4-3. The Giants became the first team to play in four consecutive World Series, winning in 1921 & 1922 and losing in 1923. Their long-time manager, John McGraw, made his ninth and final World Series appearance.
  • October 5 – Goose Goslin hits a two run home run in the first inning to put the Washington Senators up 2-0 in game two of the World Series. The Giants tie it in the top of the Ninth, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double by Roger Peckinpaugh.
  • October 6 – At the Polo Grounds, the New York Giants win game three of the World Series, 6-4.
  • October 7 – A three run home run by Goose Goslin powers the Washington Senators past the New York Giants in game four of the World Series.
  • October 8 – American League MVP Walter Johnson takes his second loss of the 1924 World Series, as the New York Giants beat him and the Washington Senators, 6-2.
  • October 9 – With two outs in the fifth inning, Bucky Harris drives in two runs with a single to right, and the Senators win game six of the World Series, 2-1.
  • October 10 – The Washington Senators defeat the New York Giants, 4-3, in twelve innings, in Game seven of the World Series to win their first World Championship. This was the second extra-inning World Series–deciding game (1912) and the last before 1991. The 1991 World Series is won by the very same franchise, by then known as the Minnesota Twins.

Births[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

May–June[edit]

July–August[edit]

September–October[edit]

November–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January   4 – John Peters, 73, 19th century shortstop for four clubs, including the pennant-winning 1876 Chicago White Stockings in the very first year of the National League.
  • January   9 – George Hodson, 55, pitcher.
  • January 15 – Pat Friel, 63, American Association outfielder who played from 1890 to 1891 for the Syracuse Stars and Philadelphia Athletics.

February[edit]

  • February   7 – George Kahler, 34, pitcher.
  • February 16 – Pop-Boy Smith, 31, pitcher.
  • February 27 – Thomas Lynch, 65, National League president from 1910 through 1913, previously a highly regarded umpire from 1888 to 1899.

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • April   4 – George Wood, 65, left fielder in 13 seasons from 1880 to 1992, mainly for the Detroit Wolverines and the Philadelphia Athletics, who posted a .300 average twice and led the National League in home runs in 1882.
  • April   8 – Jimmy Macullar, 69, infielder/outfielder/pitcher for three teams between 1879 and 1886, who holds a Major League lifetime record for the most games played at shortstop for a left-handed thrower with 325 appearances in the position, while leading the American Association in putouts at outfield in 1882 and as a shortstop in 1885.
  • April 16 – Buster Hoover, 61, utility infielder/outfielder for four teams between 1884 and 1892.
  • April 26 – Moxie Manuel, 42, pitcher.
  • April 28 – Barney McFadden, 47, pitcher.

May[edit]

  • May   9 – Bill Wilson, 56, catcher.
  • May 11 – John Stedronsky, 73, third baseman.
  • May 11 – Fleet Walker, 67, catcher for the 1884 Toledo Blue Stockings, who is credited with being the first African American to play professional baseball.
  • May 15 – Ed Swartwood, 65, right fielder/first baseman who topped the American Association in batting average during the 1883 season, led the league in runs, doubles and total bases the following season, and later became an umpire.
  • May 16 – Candy Cummings, 75, Hall of Fame pitcher credited with developing the curveball in 1867, who won 28 or more games for four teams of the National Association and later became a Minor League executive.
  • May 25 – Carl Weilman, 34, pitcher who posted an 84-93 record and a 2.67 earned run average in 239 games for the American League St. Louis Browns between 1912 and 1920.
  • May 26 – Ed MacGamwell, 46, first baseman.

June[edit]

  • June   2 – Jim Hughes, 50, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles and Brooklyn Superbas National League clubs, who led the league's pitchers with 28 wins in the 1899 season.
  • June   5 – Bill Reynolds, 39, catcher.
  • June   5 – John Sullivan, 51, catcher.
  • June 23 – Shorty Gallagher, 52, outfielder.

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August 17 – John Bruce, 67, secretary of the National Commission from 1903 to 1920, previously legal counsel to American League president and also part owner of the St. Louis Browns from 1902 to 1916.
  • August 19 – Bill Keister, 53, middle infielder for seven different teams in seven seasons, who led the American League with 21 triples in 1901.

September[edit]

  • September   3 – Herman Pitz, 59, catcher.
  • September   7 – Bob Spade, 47, pitcher.
  • September 15 – Frank Chance, 47, Hall of Fame first baseman and manager of the Chicago Cubs, who anchored famed infield of four National League and two World Series champions from 1906–1910; batted .300 four times; topped the league in runs once and steals twice; led the 1906 squad to a winning-record 116 games, while collecting a career-winning percentage of .593 (second highest among managers of 1500 or more games), and stole 401 bases to set a career-mark for first basemen.
  • September 18 – Bill Geiss, 66, pitcher for the 1882 Baltimore Orioles and second baseman for the 1884 Detroit Wolverines.
  • September 24 – Dan McFarlan, 50, pitcher.

October[edit]

  • October   9 – Ed Caskin, 72, shortstop.
  • October   9 – Jake Daubert, 40, 1913 MVP first baseman and captain for National League championships in Brooklyn and Cincinnati, who batted a .303 career average, won batting titles in 1913 and 1914, and led the league in triples two times.
  • October 29 – Pop Snyder, 70, catcher for several teams over 18 seasons including 1878 Boston champions; also managed Cincinnati to 1882 American Association pennant.

November[edit]

  • November   6 – Emil Leber, 43, third baseman.
  • November 14 – Joe Quest, 71, second baseman for 10 seasons. Started for three Chicago White Stockings championship teams.

December[edit]

  • December   1 – Dolly Stark, 39, murdered, who played at shortstop for the Cleveland Naps and the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1909 through 1912.
  • December   1 – Dummy Stephenson, 55, outfielder.
  • December 11 – Moxie Hengel, 67, second baseman.
  • December 14 – Chappie McFarland, 49, pitcher.
  • December 17 – Pat Dealy, 63, catcher.
  • December 20 – Jimmy Woulfe, 65, outfielder.
  • December 24 – Doc Gessler, 44, Major League outfielder during eight seasons, who later managed in the outlaw Federal League for the 1914 Pittsburgh Rebels.
  • December 29 – Bill White, 64, shortstop in five season from 1883 to 1888.