1925 October

2nd The A’s roll over the 7th-place Yankees, 10–0, in Philadelphia behind Stan Baumgartner, who tosses his first shutout in 11 years. Rookie Leo Durocher makes his debut as a pinch hitter in the 8th against Baumgartner and the Lip flies out. Jimmy Dykes is 5-for-5 for the A’s, with a triple and homer, hitting the first pitch each time. Four of his hits are off Garland Braxton. For the Athletics, it is their 88th win of the year as they have improved their win total for seven straight years. No team will match them until the Royals in 2015.

The Senators close out the season with a 3–1 win over the Red Sox. Ted Wingfield is the victor. Washington’s Firpo Marberry finishes the season with 55 mound appearances, all in relief. He becomes the first exclusive relief hurler appearing in more than 40 games and launches a growing trend that will extend to the present day.

At Cubs Park, the Cardinals nip the Cubs, 4-3, pinning the loss on Wilbur Cooper (12-14) in relief of Pete Alexander. Ray Blades and Specs Torporcer hits first-inning homers off Alex. The Cubs manage just 4 hits off Johnny Stuart in his final ML game. One of the hits is an RBI-double by Gale Staley, also in his last ML game. Staley hit in all 7 of the games he played and rung up a batting average of .423 (11-for-26).

3rd The Yankees get back-to-back homers in the 5th inning from Babe Ruth (#25) and Bob Muesel (#33) to overcome an 18-hit attack by the Athletics and win, 9-8. The Yankees finish in 7th place at 69-85, while the A’s finish in second, with a record of 88-64. Philadelphia improves its won-lost record for six straight years, a record that will not be matched this century.

4th  Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit’s doubleheader sweep over the Browns, 10–4 and 11–6, to edge out teammate Ty Cobb for the batting crown, .393 to .389. Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time. In the 2nd game, the final game of the season, managers George Sisler of the Browns and Ty Cobb of the Tigers both pitch in relief in for the 2 clubs, won by Detroit, 11–6. Cobb is perfect in his one inning, while Sisler holds the Tigers scoreless in two. They are the last position players to oppose each other on the mound in the 20th century.

In the nitecap following an 8–1 loss, the Phils Dutch Ulrich shuts out the Giants, 3–0. The NL tallies a National League record-low of 49 shutouts this year.

The series-bound Pirates end the season splitting with the Reds, winning, 4–2, before losing, 4–1. Marv Goodwin, who as player/manager for Houston (Texas League) won 20 this year, takes the loss in the opener. Goodwin will die in two weeks as the result of a plane crash.

6th Brooklyn sends OF Eddie Brown, INF Jimmy Johnston, and C Zack Taylor to the Braves for righty Jesse Barnes, OF Gus Felix, and C Mickey O’Neil. As part of a waiver deal that sent Andy High to Boston in late July, the Braves agreed to send a pitcher (Barnes) to Brooklyn after the season.

7th  Christy Mathewson dies of tuberculosis at Saranac Lake, NY, at the age of 45. At the time of his death he was part owner and president of the Boston Braves.

Before the start of the World Series in Pittsburgh, the crowd stands and sings “Nearer My God To Thee” in honor of Christy Mathewson. Walter Johnson (20-7) is strong for the Nationals. A 5th-inning HR by Pie Traynor is the only damaging blow, as Johnson fans 10 of the heavy-hitting Bucs for a 4–1 win over Lee Meadows (19-10). Sam Rice, Joe Harris, and Ossie Bluege, with 2 hits each, drive in the Senators’ runs. The Pirates’ charity ball sign, which during the year totaled how many fans had returned foul balls for $1, remained at 829 as no fouls were turned in today (NY Times).

In a cold opener of the annual City Series between the Cubs and the White Sox, the Cubs Grover Alexander and the Southsiders Ted Blankenship each labor 19 innings before darkness stops the game with the score 2–2. The Cubs then win 4 of the next 5 to win the series.

The Philadelphia Bobbies, a women’s professional team, sets sail for Japan where they will play a number of exhibition games against men’s teams. Using a male battery, the Bobbies will win 60% of their games, according to an article in the Philadelphia Bulletin of July 8, 2000.

8th  In game 2 of the World Series, Kiki Cuyler’s 2-run HR in the 8thbreaks a 1–1 tie and gives the Pirates’ Vic Aldridge (15-7) a 3–2 win over Stan Coveleski (20-5).

9th  Picking first in the rule 5 draft, the Cubs select Hack Wilson from Toledo (American Association). Cubs manager Joe McCarthy will later say, “Do you know how we got him? We stole him from the Giants. That’s right. They had sent him to the minors and then forgot to recall him. A clerical mistake. So he was unprotected when the draft came around. The Cubs finished in the cellar that year, so we got first pick.”

10th  At the third game of the World Series, in Washington, President Coolidge throws out the first ball. The Pirates hold a slim 3–2 lead after 6. Goslin’s bounce homer leading off the 6th, and a walk and 3 singles score 2 in the 8th for Washington. Firpo Marberry (8-6) closes it. Joe Harris has 2 hits for the 3rd time; he’ll lead the Senators with .440. Sam Rice makes a controversial game-saving play in the 8th, tumbling into the stands in the right corner to spear a long drive by Earl Smith. About 15 seconds later he emerges with the ball. Despite the Pirates’ arguments that a fan might have given it to him, ump Cy Rigler calls Smith out. Questioned about it for the rest of his life, Rice leaves a letter, to be opened after his death (in 1974), in which he states: “At no time did I lose possession of the ball.”

11th  Before a home crowd of 36,000, Walter Johnson wins his 3rd straight WS contest over 2 years. He blanks the Bucs on 6 hits, only 2 out of the infield, and fans just 2. A 3-run HR by Goose Goslin in the 4th followed by Joe Harris’s round-tripper–the first back-to-back HRs in WS history—give the Senators a 4–0 win and 3–1 Series advantage. Veteran Babe Adams gives up 2 hits but pitches a scoreless 9th for the Bucs: Babe’s last WS appearance was winning game 7 in the 1909 World Series.

12th  Louisville manager Joe McCarthy (American Association) is named to manage the Chicago Cubs.

In game 5, Stan Coveleski goes out to finish off the Pirates, but a lapse of control costs him 2 in the 3rd. Joe Harris’s 3rd HR ties it in the 4th. In the 7th, a walk and 3 hits net 2 runs and drive Coveleski off the mound. The Pirates’ 13-hit attack produces a 6–3 win.

13th  Back home for game 6 before 43,810, the largest crowd of the Series, Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer (17-8) gives up a first-inning HR to Goose Goslin and a run in the 2nd on Roger Peckinpaugh’s RBI double. Joe Ferguson is touched for 2 in 3rd. The tie is broken by 2B Eddie Moore’s HR, the 11th in the Series, and Pittsburgh wins 3–2.

The Pirates buy SS Hal Rhyne and OF Paul Waner from San Francisco (PCL).

15th  A steady downpour yesterday and today has left the field a muddy mess as the 7th game is played in the rainiest conditions ever. It’s a short day for Vic Aldridge: 3 walks and 2 hits, and he’s out of there with one out in the first. Walter Johnson takes a 4–0 lead to the mound. The Bucs clobber him for 15 hits, good for 24 total bases. Max Carey’s 4-for-5 gives him a Series-high .458. The Senators make the most of 7 hits, scoring 7 runs, including Roger Peckinpaugh’s HR, the 12th of the Series, a WS record. Johnson would have fared better but for 2 more errors by SS Peckinpaugh, the MVP’s 7th and 8th, still the WS record for any position. The Senators made only one other error. Ray Kremer picks up his 2ndwin with a 4-inning relief effort, as the Senators lose 9–7. The Series breaks all financial records, grossing almost $1.2 million. Winning shares are $5,332.72; losers’ $3,734.60.

When the Senators arrive in Washington, a telegram is waiting from AL president Ban Johnson, who boycotted the series again because of his feud with Landis. In a veiled criticism of Bucky Harris’s decision to keep Johnson in the game, Johnson wire reads: “This I admire. Lost the Series for sentimental reasons. This should never occur in a world series.” Bucky Harris calls the words, “gratuitous.”

Vernon pitcher Clyde Barfoot pitches 15 innings in a PCL victory over Los Angeles. Barfoot’s 2nd homer of the game wins it 6–5. Barfoot will win 25 games this year and 314 in his minor league career. His ML career mark will be 8–10.

17th  In San Francisco’s 18-1win over Oakland, Paul Waner has 4 hits including two doubles, his 74th and 75 doubles of the season. His 75 doubles is the still-standing PCL record.

18th  It is a busy day on the final day of the season in the PCL. With a little help from his friends, Salt Lake City 2B Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th homer of the season in a 12–10 victory over Sacramento. In the 7th, pitcher Frank Shellenback grooves a pitch and Lazzeri lines it over 2B where CF Bill Cunningham misses it and trots leisurely after the ball as it goes for an inside-the-park homer. Cunningham is Lazzeri’s neighbor in San Francisco. Lazzeri’s PCL record was accomplished in 197 games.

San Francisco’s Paul Waner goes 2-for-4 against Oakland to finish with a batting average of .401, the first .400 hitter to lead the PCL. His average is the highest in Organized Ball.

Good hitting PCL pitcher Fred Lucas of Seattle plays all nine positions, one in each inning, in a game against Portland. Lucas, hitting .386 has two hits, including a homer.

21st  Two weeks after losing to the Pirates, 4-2. veteran Reds pitcher Marv Goodwain dies as a result of a plane crash on October 18 at Ellington Field, Texas. Goodwin, an air force pilot took the plane up and it stalled at 200 feet and crashed. His mechanic suffered only slight injuries, but Goodwin was critically injured. He is the first active major leaguer to die in a plane crash. (Alex Burr, who played one game with the Yankees in 1914, died when his U.S. Army Air Service plane went into a lake in Cazaux, France just before the end of World War I. (Noted by SABR Bioproject)

22nd  Marv Goodwin, 34, former righthander for the Cards who joined the Reds at the end of the season, is killed in a plane he was piloting. He is the first active player to die from injuries sustained in an airplane crash. Goodwin was one of the original spitballer who was “grandfathered.” The tragedy becomes a controversy when the Cards’ Branch Rickey asks for the full payment from the Reds for Goodwin; Cincinnati answers that the agreement was that Goodwin had to stick with the club for 30 days into the new season. Landis steps in and rules in favor of the Reds.