The Rajah Tops NL Hitters; Ruth Has a Bellyache


Look back at the 1925 MLB season.

By Glen Sparks

Rogers Hornsby hits 21 points lower in 1925 than he did in 1924. The great second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals still bats .403 to lead the National League. The Rajah also tops the N.L. in home runs (39) and RBI (143) in winning his second Triple Crown. Not surprisingly, he takes home the N.L. MVP trophy.

Babe Ruth suffers from his “bellyache heard ‘round the world.” He bats just .290 and belts only 25 homers, low marks for the immortal Sultan of Swat.

Bob Meusel, Ruth’s New York Yankee teammate, leads the American League in home runs (33) and RBI (138).

Detroit’s Harry Heilmann hits .393 batting average and wins a batting title for the third time in an odd-numbered year (1921, 1923 and 1925). He’ll do it again in 1927.

Dazzy Vance of the Brooklyn Dodgers tops the N.L. in wins (22) and strikeouts (221).

Cleveland’s Joe Sewell comes to bat 608 times. He strikes out just four times.

Pittsburgh’s Max Carey steals 46 bases, topping the N.L. for the 10th and final time.

Sam Rice collects 227 hits for the Washington Senators. That marks includes a record 182 singles.

Eddie Collins of the White Sox and Tris Speaker of the Indians both collect their 3,000th career hit.

The Pirates defeat the Senators in seven games in the World Series. Roger Peckinpaugh, the Washington shortstop and A.L. MVP winner in 1925, commits eight errors in the Series.

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