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1931 Philadelphia Athletics season

Description : 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 accomp... Page:1576

1931 Philadelphia Athletics
1931 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
  • American League (since 1901)
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

  • November 29, 1930: Homer Summa and Ossie Orwoll were traded by the Athletics to the Portland Beavers for Herb Lahti (minors).
  • December 10, 1930: Cy Perkins was purchased from the Athletics by the New York Yankees.

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 LeagueWLPct.GB
Philadelphia Athletics10745.704--
New York Yankees9459.61413½
Washington Senators9262.59716
Cleveland Indians7876.50630
St. Louis Browns6391.40945
Boston Red Sox6290.40845
Detroit Tigers6193.39647
Chicago White Sox5697.36651½

Roster

1931 Philadelphia Athletics
Roster
Pitchers
  • 19 Sol Carter
  • 11 George Earnshaw
  • 10 Lefty Grove
  • 28 Waite Hoyt
  • 18 Lew Krausse
  • 15 Roy Mahaffey
  • 16 Hank McDonald
  • 17 Jim Peterson
  • 14 Eddie Rommel
  • 13 Bill Shores
  • 12 Rube Walberg
Catchers
  •  2 Mickey Cochrane
  • 20 Johnnie Heving
  • 21 Joe Palmisano

Infielders

  •  4 Max Bishop
  •  6 Joe Boley
  •  5 Jimmy Dykes
  •  3 Jimmie Foxx
  • 22 Eric McNair
  • 24 Phil Todt
  • 23 Dib Williams
Outfielders
  • 26 Doc Cramer
  • 44 Lou Finney
  •  8 Mule Haas
  •  9 Bing Miller
  • 25 Jimmy Moore
  •  7 Al Simmons
Manager
  • Connie Mack

Coaches

  • Eddie Collins
  • Kid Gleason
  • Earle Mack

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

PosPlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
CCochrane, MickeyMickey Cochrane122459160.3491789
1BFoxx, JimmieJimmie Foxx139515150.29130120
2BBishop, MaxMax Bishop130497146.294537
3BDykes, JimmyJimmy Dykes10135597.273346
SSWilliams, DibDib Williams8629479.269640
LFSimmons, AlAl Simmons128513200.39022128
CFHaas, MuleMule Haas102440142.323856
RFMiller, BingBing Miller137534150.281877

Other batters

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

PlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
Moore, JimmyJimmy Moore4914332.224221
Palmisano, JoeJoe Palmisano194410.22704

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

PlayerGIPWLERASO
Walberg, RubeRube Walberg4429120123.74106
Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw43281.22173.67152
Grove, LeftyLefty Grove41288.23142.06175
Mahaffey, RoyRoy Mahaffey30162.11544.2159
Hoyt, WaiteWaite Hoyt161111054.2230

Other pitchers

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

PlayerGIPWLERASO
McDonald, HankHank McDonald1970.1243.7123
Peterson, JimJim Peterson613016.237
Krausse, LewLew Krausse311104.091

Relief pitchers

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

PlayerGWLSVERASO
Carter, SolSol Carter200019.291

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.)
  • 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)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Athletics – 6, Cardinals – 2October 1Sportsman’s Park38,529
2Athletics – 0, Cardinals – 2October 2Sportsman’s Park35,947
3Cardinals – 5, Athletics – 2October 5Shibe Park32,295
4Cardinals – 0, Athletics – 3October 6Shibe Park32,295
5Cardinals – 5, Athletics – 1October 7Shibe Park32,295
6Athletics – 8, Cardinals – 1October 9Sportsman’s Park39,401
7Athletics – 2, Cardinals – 4October 10Sportsman’s Park20,805

Farm system

See also: Minor league baseball
LevelTeamLeagueManager
AAPortland BeaversPacific Coast LeagueSpencer Abbott
BHarrisburg SenatorsNew York-Pennsylvania LeagueJoe Cobb and Eddie Onslow

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Harrisburg

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