1925 Leaders & Numbers

Rogers Hornsby became one of two players—Ted Williams is the other—to twice win the triple crown. Kiki Cuyler may not have matched some of Hornsby’s stats, but he stunningly represented the NL’s most potent and complete package of numbers. Al Simmons catapulted to superstar status and served notice that the A’s were priming to reclaim the AL penthouse after years in its outhouse. Tris Speaker was denied his second batting title at age 37 when Harry Heilmann passed him with six hits in a season-ending doubleheader. Another 37-year-old legend, Zack Wheat, gave one last great go at it before his oft-injured ankle finally got the best of him. Bob Meusel ramped it up as the de facto Yankee bopper in Babe Ruth’s intestinal absence. Stan Coveleski gave the Senators the steal of the year after being traded outright from the Indians for two unequivocal benchwarmers. Pete Donohue and Eppa Rixey each managed 21 wins for a Cincinnati team whose offense withered. There were 34 starting pitchers with winning records in 1925, but neither Dolf Luque (first in NL ERA) nor Herb Pennock (second in AL ERA) was one of them. Slim Harriss, on the other hand, made it to the .500 mark for the only time in nine years. Ted Lyons’ star emergence rose the White Sox to a winning record for the first time since the banishment of the Black Sox Eight. Lee Meadows, piling up wins for the champion Pirates, was likely thanking—from his knees—the front office folks who got him traded from the horrendous Phillies two years earlier.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1925
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Rogers Hornsby St. Louis 138 .403 504 133 203 41 10 39 143 83 2 5 3
2. Kiki Cuyler Pittsburgh 153 .357 617 144 220 43 26 18 102 58 13 41 13
3. Jack Fournier Brooklyn 145 .350 545 99 191 21 16 22 130 86 8 4 6
4. Jim Bottomley St. Louis 153 .367 619 92 227 44 12 21 128 47 2 3 4
5. Zack Wheat Brooklyn 150 .359 616 125 221 42 14 14 103 45 1 3 1
6. George Harper Philadelphia 132 .349 495 86 173 35 7 18 97 28 6 10 8
7. Pie Traynor Pittsburgh 150 .320 591 114 189 39 14 6 106 52 2 15 9
8. Max Carey Pittsburgh 133 .343 542 109 186 39 13 5 44 66 4 46 11
9. Irish Meusel New York 135 .328 516 82 169 35 8 21 111 26 3 5 4
10. Ray Blades St. Louis 122 .342 462 112 158 37 8 12 57 59 6 6 8
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1925
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Harry Heilmann Detroit 150 .393 573 97 225 40 11 13 134 67 1 6 6
2. Al Simmons Philadelphia 153 .387 654 122 253 43 12 24 129 35 1 7 14
3. Ty Cobb Detroit 121 .378 415 98 157 31 12 12 102 65 5 13 9
4. Goose Goslin Washington 150 .334 601 116 201 34 20 18 133 53 6 27 8
5. Tris Speaker Cleveland 117 .389 429 79 167 35 4 12 87 70 4 5 2
6. Ken Williams St. Louis 102 .331 411 83 136 31 5 25 105 37 3 10 5
7. Bob Meusel New York 156 .290 624 101 181 34 12 33 138 54 1 13 14
8. Sam Rice Washington 152 .350 649 111 227 31 13 1 87 37 4 26 11
9. Al Wingo Detroit 130 .370 440 104 163 34 10 5 68 69 0 14 13
10. George Sisler St. Louis 150 .345 649 100 224 21 15 12 105 27 0 11 12
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1925
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Pete Donohue Cincinnati 3.08 21 14 .600 2 42 38 301 319 103 49 0 2 0
2. Eppa Rixey Cincinnati 2.88 21 11 .656 1 39 36 287.1 326 92 47 1 7 0
3. Dolf Luque Cincinnati 2.63 16 18 .471 0 36 36 291 284 85 78 8 2 0
4. Dazzy Vance Brooklyn 3.53 22 9 .710 0 31 31 265.1 271 104 66 3 10 0
5. Jack Scott New York 3.15 14 15 .483 3 36 28 239.2 281 84 55 1 4 0
6. Bill Sherdel St. Louis 3.11 15 6 .714 1 32 21 200 240 69 42 1 3 0
7. Larry Benton Boston 3.09 14 7 .667 1 31 21 183.1 188 63 70 2 2 0
8. Pete Alexander Chicago 3.39 15 11 .577 0 32 30 236 312 89 29 1 3 0
9. Lee Meadows Pittsburgh 3.67 19 10 .655 1 35 31 255.1 305 104 67 5 8 1
10. Virgil Barnes New York 3.53 15 11 .577 2 32 27 221.2 269 87 53 0 1 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1925
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Stan Coveleski Washington 2.84 20 5 .800 0 32 32 241 251 76 73 2 2 0
2. Herb Pennock New York 2.96 16 17 .485 2 47 31 277 300 91 71 3 2 0
3. Ted Lyons Chicago 3.26 21 11 .656 3 43 32 262.2 295 95 83 5 2 0
4. Walter Johnson Washington 3.07 20 7 .741 0 30 29 229 238 78 78 1 7 0
5. Ted Blankenship Chicago 3.03 17 8 .680 1 40 23 232 251 78 69 4 0 0
6. Slim Harriss Philadelphia 3.49 19 12 .613 1 46 33 252.2 287 98 95 2 6 0
7. Eddie Rommel Philadelphia 3.69 21 10 .677 3 52 28 261 315 107 95 5 7 0
8. Sam Gray Philadelphia 3.27 16 8 .667 3 32 28 203.2 232 74 63 5 3 0
9. Jake Miller Cleveland 3.31 10 13 .435 2 32 22 190.1 219 70 62 0 7 0
10. Dutch Ruether Washington 3.87 18 7 .720 0 30 29 233.1 256 96 105 1 8 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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