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1931 Philadelphia Athletics season

1931 Philadelphia Athletics
1931 AL Champions
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 1931 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing first in the American League with a record of 107 wins and 45 losses. It was the team's third consecutive pennant-winning season and its third consecutive season with over 100 wins. However the A's lost the 1931 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The series loss prevented the Athletics from becoming the first major league baseball team to win three consecutive World Series; the New York Yankees would accomplish the feat a mere seven years later. The Athletics, ironically, would eventually earn their own threepeat in 1974, some forty-three years after the failed 1931 attempt.

    1931 was also the A's final World Series appearance in Philadelphia. Their next AL pennant would be in 1972, after they had moved to Oakland.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    1931 was the greatest season of Lefty Grove's career. He went 31–4, with a 2.06 ERA and 175 strikeouts, easily winning the pitching triple crown. He was voted league MVP. Combined with the efforts of 21- and 20-game winners George Earnshaw and Rube Walberg, Philadelphia allowed the fewest runs of any AL team.

    Slugger Al Simmons won the batting title with a .390 average and came in third in MVP voting.

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    Philadelphia Athletics 107 45 .704 --
    New York Yankees 94 59 .614 13½
    Washington Senators 92 62 .597 16
    Cleveland Indians 78 76 .506 30
    St. Louis Browns 63 91 .409 45
    Boston Red Sox 62 90 .408 45
    Detroit Tigers 61 93 .396 47
    Chicago White Sox 56 97 .366 51½

    Roster

    1931 Philadelphia Athletics
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    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 122 459 160 .349 17 89
    1B Foxx, JimmieJimmie Foxx 139 515 150 .291 30 120
    2B Bishop, MaxMax Bishop 130 497 146 .294 5 37
    3B Dykes, JimmyJimmy Dykes 101 355 97 .273 3 46
    SS Williams, DibDib Williams 86 294 79 .269 6 40
    LF Simmons, AlAl Simmons 128 513 200 .390 22 128
    CF Haas, MuleMule Haas 102 440 142 .323 8 56
    RF Miller, BingBing Miller 137 534 150 .281 8 77

    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
    Moore, JimmyJimmy Moore 49 143 32 .224 2 21
    Palmisano, JoeJoe Palmisano 19 44 10 .227 0 4

    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
    Walberg, RubeRube Walberg 44 291 20 12 3.74 106
    Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw 43 281.2 21 7 3.67 152
    Grove, LeftyLefty Grove 41 288.2 31 4 2.06 175
    Mahaffey, RoyRoy Mahaffey 30 162.1 15 4 4.21 59
    Hoyt, WaiteWaite Hoyt 16 111 10 5 4.22 30

    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
    McDonald, HankHank McDonald 19 70.1 2 4 3.71 23
    Peterson, JimJim Peterson 6 13 0 1 6.23 7
    Krausse, LewLew Krausse 3 11 1 0 4.09 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
    Carter, SolSol Carter 2 0 0 0 19.29 1

    Awards and honors

    League top five finishers

    Mickey Cochrane

    • #4 in AL in batting average (.349)

    George Earnshaw

    • #2 in AL in strikeouts (152)
    • #3 in AL in wins (21)

    Jimmie Foxx

    • #4 in AL in home runs (30)

    Lefty Grove

    • AL leader in wins (31)
    • AL leader in ERA (2.06) (Grove’s 2.06 ERA was 2.32 runs below the league average.[3])
    • AL leader in strikeouts (175)

    Al Simmons

    • AL leader in batting average (.390)
    • #3 in AL in slugging percentage (.641)
    • #4 in AL in RBI (128)
    • #4 in AL in on-base percentage (.444)

    1931 World Series

    Main article: 1931 World Series

    NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL Philadelphia Athletics (3)

    Game Score Date Location Attendance
    1 Athletics – 6, Cardinals – 2 October 1 Sportsman’s Park 38,529
    2 Athletics – 0, Cardinals – 2 October 2 Sportsman’s Park 35,947
    3 Cardinals – 5, Athletics – 2 October 5 Shibe Park 32,295
    4 Cardinals – 0, Athletics – 3 October 6 Shibe Park 32,295
    5 Cardinals – 5, Athletics – 1 October 7 Shibe Park 32,295
    6 Athletics – 8, Cardinals – 1 October 9 Sportsman’s Park 39,401
    7 Athletics – 2, Cardinals – 4 October 10 Sportsman’s Park 20,805

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Harrisburg[4]

    Notes

    1. ^ Homer Summa page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Cy Perkins page at Baseball Reference
    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
    4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

    References