On MLB Monday, the last one of this month, we look at the fourth straight National League pennant won by the New York Giants, which is quite impressive for Manager John McGraw and his crew. The Giants won the World Series in 1921 and 1922 before losing the Fall Classic in 1923 and 1924. These four consecutive NL pennants remain the record for the senior circuit, so this is a momentous season to remember, for sure.
1924 World Series MVP: Goose Goslin, LF, Washington
The Washington Senators took down the Giants in 7 games, winning the organization’s first MLB championship—something the franchise would not do again until 1987. New York held a 3-2 edge, but the Sens won Games 6 and 7 at home, each by one run, to claim a thrilling Fall Classic. Surprisingly, legendary starting pitcher Walter Johnson lost 2 games for Washington in this matchup (Games 1 and 5), so he will not be our pick for the MVP—despite his clutch pitching performance for the win in Game 7.
No, it comes down to Senators left fielder Goose Goslin and/or starting pitcher Tom Zachary for the honors. The former had 3 home runs and 7 RBI with a 1.000 OPS for Washington, while the latter went 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA and a .906 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings pitched. However, Zachary had just 3 strikeouts in the Series, and that isn’t good enough for an MVP trophy, even with the other numbers. Goslin led all hitters with his 3 HRs and 7 RBI, and his .344 average in the Fall Classic was good enough for us.
1924 AL MOTY: Ty Cobb, Detroit
Washington captured the flag by just 2 games over the New York Yankees and 6 games over the Detroit Tigers. Sens Manager Bucky Harris finished even on the PPP scale, while Yankees Manager Miller Huggins scratched out a plus-1 PPP mark. However, Tigers Manager Ty Cobb finished with a plus-4 PPP score. Detroit should never have been a part of this pennant race, and he did more to help his team out than the other two managers did. In a surprise, Cobb wins an AL MOTY trophy from us!
1924 NL MOTY: Wilbert Robinson, Brooklyn
McGraw once again almost cost his team the pennant with a minus-3 PPP effort, as the Giants only beat out the Brooklyn Robins by 1.5 games for the NL pennant. But get this: Robins Manager Wilbert Robinson guided his team to a staggering plus-11 PPP finish! New York finished under .500 in both extra-innings (5-9) and one-run games (18-19), which almost ended up relegating the team to second place. Meanwhile, the Robins went 13-7 and 29-19, respectively, in those scenarios. Case closed!