1924 Chicago White Sox
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1924 Chicago White Sox were managed by three future Hall of Famers and also had several future Hall of Famers playing on the team. In spite of that, the team won only 43% of its games and finished in last place in the American League for the first time. The White Sox had played at .500 in 1922 (77-77) and would play over .500 in 1925 (79-75).
Harry Hooper was the only White Sox player to hit as many as 10 home runs, and he also tied for the team lead in triples with Bibb Falk. Falk was the team doubles leader with 37 while first baseman Earl Sheely was second with 34.
Batting averages were high in the lively ball era with a team average of .288. Falk hit .352 while 37-year-old Eddie Collins, playing second base, hit .349 (they were both in the top five in the league). Sheely, Hooper, and Johnny Mostil each hit at least .320. In spite of that, the team's average was only sixth in the league.
The team made up for a weak average, to some extent, by drawing the second-most walks in the league. Sheely had 95 and Collins had 89 walks (they finished third and fourth in the league). The team was tops in the league in stolen bases with Collins stealing 42 to lead the league while four players were between 10 and 16 stolen bases.
Although future Hall of Famers Red Faber and Ted Lyons were regulars in the pitching rotation, the pitching was dominated by Sloppy Thurston who went 20-14, which was particularly impressive given that the team finished well under .500. Sarge Connally finished the most games and led the team with 6 saves.
More information can be found in Baseball's Greatest Season: 1924.
|New York Yankees||89||53||.586||2|
|St. Louis Browns||74||78||.487||17|
|Boston Red Sox||67||87||.435||25|
|Chicago White Sox||66||87||.431||25½|