1924 Leaders & Numbers

Batting .424 is tough enough, but Rogers Hornsby had to do it for part of the year with a dislocated thumb. Babe Ruth maintained his usual power surge while winning his only AL batting crown. George Kelly outpaced Ruth in RBIs and even mimicked the Bambino by hitting seven homers in a six-game stretch. Infielders stacked up to the right of second base, creating the Williams Shift—not for Ted, but dead-pull slugger Cy Williams. Eddie Collins (37) and Max Carey (35) still showed they had plenty of juice in their aging legs, leading their respective leagues in steals. Joe Hauser had his best year in the majors; a leg injury would later limit him to minor league play where, in 1933, he would hit a monstrous 69 homers at Minneapolis. Walter Johnson’s renaissance campaign not only brought him his lone championship, but his 12th and last AL strikeout title. The dominant Dazzy Vance struck out the most batters (269) in the NL between Christy Mathewson and Sandy Koufax. With Red Faber starting to rust and Ted Lyons not yet fully flowered, Sloppy Thurston filled in as the temporary White Sox ace. Only a combination of pitching brilliance and an outright crabby attitude would allow first-year Red Carl Mays to be a 20-game winner for three different teams. Only Herb Pennock won more games among lefties than Joe Shaute, but no lefties lost more than the one-year Indian workhorse. Better late than never, 31-year old “rookie” Ray Kremer showed veteran sage after years of starring in the Pacific Coast League.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1924
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Rogers Hornsby St. Louis 143 .424 536 121 227 43 14 25 94 89 2 5 12
2. Jack Fournier Brooklyn 154 .334 563 93 188 25 4 27 116 83 10 7 5
3. George Kelly New York 144 .324 571 91 185 37 9 21 136 38 5 7 2
4. Zack Wheat Brooklyn 141 .375 566 92 212 41 8 14 97 49 4 3 4
5. Ross Youngs New York 133 .356 526 112 187 33 12 10 74 77 3 11 9
6. Kiki Cuyler Pittsburgh 117 .354 466 94 165 27 16 9 85 30 7 32 11
7. Cy Williams Philadelphia 148 .328 558 101 183 31 11 24 93 67 3 7 12
8. Frankie Frisch New York 145 .328 602 121 198 33 15 7 69 56 2 22 9
9. Jim Bottomley St. Louis 137 .316 528 87 167 31 12 14 111 35 3 5 4
10. Max Carey Pittsburgh 149 .297 599 113 178 30 9 8 55 58 7 49 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1924
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Babe Ruth New York 153 .378 529 143 200 39 7 46 121 142 4 9 13
2. Harry Heilmann Detroit 153 .346 570 107 197 45 16 10 114 78 4 13 5
3. Goose Goslin Washington 154 .344 579 100 199 30 17 12 129 68 9 15 14
4. Eddie Collins Chicago 152 .349 556 108 194 27 7 6 86 89 3 42 17
5. Bob Meusel New York 143 .325 579 93 188 40 11 12 120 32 5 26 14
6. Ken Williams St. Louis 114 .324 398 78 129 21 4 18 84 69 1 20 11
7. Ty Cobb Detroit 155 .338 625 115 211 38 10 4 78 85 1 23 14
8. Joe Hauser Philadelphia 149 .288 562 97 162 31 8 27 115 56 5 7 5
9. Sam Rice Washington 154 .334 646 106 216 39 14 1 76 46 4 24 13
10. George Sisler St. Louis 152 .318 579 103 184 41 12 19 97 35 4 6 8
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1924
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Dazzy Vance Brooklyn 2.16 28 6 .824 0 35 34 308.1 271 74 77 4 9 0
2. Eppa Rixey Cincinnati 2.76 15 14 .517 1 35 29 238.1 228 73 47 3 2 0
3. Carl Mays Cincinnati 3.15 20 9 .690 0 37 27 226 247 79 36 1 4 0
4. Ray Kremer Pittsburgh 3.19 18 10 .643 1 41 30 259.1 283 92 51 1 4 1
5. Emil Yde Pittsburgh 2.83 16 3 .842 0 33 22 194 180 61 62 4 6 1
6. Burleigh Grimes Brooklyn 3.82 22 13 .629 1 38 36 310.2 396 132 91 5 6 0
7. Wilbur Cooper Pittsburgh 3.28 20 14 .588 1 38 35 268.2 335 98 40 2 5 0
8. Rube Benton Cincinnati 2.77 7 9 .438 1 32 19 162.2 172 50 24 4 4 1
9. Hugh McQuillan New York 2.69 14 8 .636 3 27 23 184 203 55 43 2 2 0
10. Virgil Barnes New York 3.06 16 10 .615 3 35 29 229.1 269 78 57 1 0 1
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1924
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Walter Johnson Washington 2.72 23 7 .767 0 38 38 277.2 263 74 77 4 10 0
2. Herb Pennock New York 2.83 21 9 .700 3 40 34 286.1 341 90 64 4 1 1
3. Tom Zachary Washington 2.75 15 9 .600 2 33 27 202.2 213 62 53 2 3 2
4. Howard Ehmke Boston 3.46 19 17 .528 4 45 36 315 351 121 81 4 11 0
5. Rip Collins Detroit 3.21 14 7 .667 0 34 30 216 217 77 63 4 4 0
6. Sherry Smith Cleveland 3.02 12 14 .462 1 39 27 247.2 282 83 42 2 7 1
7. Firpo Marberry Washington 3.09 11 12 .478 15 50 14 195.1 199 67 70 2 9 0
8. Joe Shaute Cleveland 3.75 20 17 .541 2 46 34 283 341 118 83 5 6 0
9. Sloppy Thurston Chicago 3.80 20 14 .588 1 38 36 291 381 123 60 5 6 0
10. Eddie Rommel Philadelphia 3.95 18 15 .545 1 43 34 278 326 122 94 2 3 0

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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