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1928 Philadelphia Athletics season

1928 Philadelphia Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Shibe Park (since 1909)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Connie Mack, Tom Shibe and John Shibe
    Manager(s) Connie Mack
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    The 1928 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 2nd in the American League with a record of 98 wins and 55 losses. The team featured seven eventual Hall-of-Fame players: Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Al Simmons, and Tris Speaker.

    Offseason

    • February 5, 1928: Tris Speaker was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[1]

    Regular season

    By this time, the nucleus of the 1929–31 dynasty was in place for the A's. The team featured three starters who were later elected into the Hall of Fame: catcher Mickey Cochrane and outfielders Al Simmons and Ty Cobb. Cochrane was voted league MVP. Simmons led the team with a .351 batting average and 107 RBI. Cobb, in his last major league season, hit .323 in 95 games. Jimmie Foxx, Tris Speaker, and Eddie Collins also saw playing time for the 1928 team.

    The pitching staff, led by 24-game winner Lefty Grove, allowed the fewest runs in the AL.

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 101 53 .656 --
    Philadelphia Athletics 98 55 .641
    St. Louis Browns 82 72 .532 19
    Washington Senators 75 79 .487 26
    Chicago White Sox 72 82 .468 29
    Detroit Tigers 68 86 .442 33
    Cleveland Indians 62 92 .403 39
    Boston Red Sox 57 96 .373 43½

    Roster

    1928 Philadelphia Athletics
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Cochrane, MickeyMickey Cochrane 131 468 137 .293 10 57
    1B Hauser, JoeJoe Hauser 95 300 78 .260 16 59
    2B Bishop, MaxMax Bishop 126 472 149 .316 6 50
    3B Hale, SammySammy Hale 88 314 97 .309 4 58
    SS Boley, JoeJoe Boley 132 425 112 .264 0 49
    OF Miller, BingBing Miller 139 510 168 .329 8 85
    OF Simmons, AlAl Simmons 119 464 163 .351 15 107
    OF Cobb, TyTy Cobb 95 353 114 .323 1 40
    [2]

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Foxx, JimmieJimmie Foxx 118 400 131 .328 13 79
    Haas, MuleMule Haas 91 332 93 .280 6 39
    Dykes, JimmyJimmy Dykes 85 242 67 .277 5 30
    Speaker, TrisTris Speaker 64 191 51 .267 3 30
    Orwoll, OssieOssie Orwoll 64 170 52 .306 0 22
    French, WalterWalter French 48 74 19 .257 0 7
    Hassler, JoeJoe Hassler 28 34 9 .265 0 3
    Collins, EddieEddie Collins 36 33 10 .303 0 7
    Perkins, CyCy Perkins 19 29 5 .172 0 1
    [2]

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Grove, LeftyLefty Grove 39 261.2 24 8 2.58 183
    Walberg, RubeRube Walberg 38 235.2 17 12 3.55 112
    Quinn, JackJack Quinn 31 211.1 18 7 2.90 43
    Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw 26 158.1 7 7 3.81 117
    Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke 23 139.1 9 8 3.62 34

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Rommel, EddieEddie Rommel 43 173.2 13 5 3.06 37
    Orwoll, OssieOssie Orwoll 27 106 6 5 4.58 53
    Shores, BillBill Shores 3 14 1 1 3.21 5
    Yerkes, CarrollCarroll Yerkes 2 8.2 0 1 2.08 1

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Bush, JoeJoe Bush 11 2 1 1 5.09 15
    Powers, IkeIke Powers 9 1 0 2 4.50 4
    Johnson, JingJing Johnson 3 0 0 0 5.06 3
    Daney, ArtArt Daney 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

    Awards and honors

    League top five finishers

    Max Bishop

    • #4 in AL in on-base percentage (.435)

    Lefty Grove

    • AL leader in wins (24)
    • AL leader in strikeouts (183)
    • #3 in AL in ERA (2.58)[3]

    Joe Hauser

    • #4 in AL in home runs (16)

    Al Simmons

    • #4 in AL in batting average (.351)

    References

    1. ^ Tris Speaker page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PHA/1928.shtml
    3. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p.51, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7

    External links


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