1925 New York Yankees
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1925 New York Yankees / Franchise: New York Yankees / BR Team Page
Record: 69-85. Finished 7th in American League (1925 AL)
Managed by Miller Huggins
Coaches: Fred Merkle, Charley O'Leary and Hooks Wiltse
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1925 New York Yankees played their 23rd season in New York and their 25th overall. They finished with a record of 69-85, in 7th place, 30 games behind the Washington Senators. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees' season was over before it really got started. During spring training, Babe Ruth became ill and required emergency surgery, apparently for an intestinal abscess (an intestinal abscess was the stated diagnosis, but rumors persist that he was actually suffering from some more embarrassing malady that was hushed up). Ruth wasn't able to return to the lineup until June, was a shadow of his former self when he played, and missed some additional time when Yankees' manager Miller Huggins suspended him for insubordination.
Ruth's absence and poor performance weren't the only problems with the team. Several other players, including catcher Wally Schang and second baseman Aaron Ward also declined, and long-time shortstop Everett Scott was replaced by the weaker-hitting Pee-Wee Wanninger. The net result was a decline from second in the league in scoring in 1924 to seventh in 1925. The team's pitching also got worse, with team ERA moving from second in the league to fourth. The declines on both side of the game were matched by an overall slide in the standings from second to seventh, their worst finish (and only time in the second division) between their first pennant in 1921 and the end of their dominant run in 1964.
The 1925 season was not entirely disastrous, though. The team added three key players who would lead them to pennants in the following three seasons, including future Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Earle Combs and future starting shortstop Mark Koenig. The Yankees also had future Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher up for a late-season cup of coffee.
|St. Louis Browns||82||71||.536||15|
|Chicago White Sox||79||75||.513||18½|
|New York Yankees||69||85||.448||28½|
|Boston Red Sox||47||105||.309||49½|
- Gary Sarnoff: The First Yankees Dynasty: Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins and the Bronx Bombers of the 1920s, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2014. ISBN 978-0-7864-4966-8
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