1929 Philadelphia Athletics season: Wikis

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1929 Philadelphia Athletics
1929 AL Champions
1929 World Series Champions
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1929 Information
Owner(s) Connie Mack
Manager(s) Connie Mack
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The Philadelphia Athletics' 1929 season involved the A's finishing 1st in the American League with a record of 104 wins and 46 losses. After finishing in second place to the New York Yankees in 1927 and 1928, the club won the 1929 pennant by a large 18-game margin.

Led by longtime owner-manager Connie Mack, the Athletics dominated during the regular season. Mack had purchased quite a few players from the Baltimore Orioles minor league club, and many of them would contribute to the A's 1929-31 dynasty.

The most famous of these players was ace Lefty Grove. In 1929, Grove led the American League in ERA and strikeouts, on his way to a 20-6 record. Big George Earnshaw was the number two pitcher on the squad. He led the league in wins (24) and was second in strikeouts. Led by these two, Philadelphia allowed the fewest runs of any AL team.

On the offensive side, the A's boasted Hall of Famers Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx, and Al Simmons. Simmons beat out Babe Ruth for the RBI crown in 1929.

This club won the World Series over the NL champion Chicago Cubs, four games to one.

Bucketfoot Al Simmons

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Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Athletics 104 46 .693 --
New York Yankees 88 66 .571 18
Cleveland Indians 81 71 .533 24
St. Louis Browns 79 73 .520 26
Washington Senators 71 81 .467 34
Detroit Tigers 70 84 .455 36
Chicago White Sox 59 93 .388 46
Boston Red Sox 58 96 .377 48

Roster

1929 Philadelphia Athletics roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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

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

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 42 275.1 20 6 2.81 170

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

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

World series

AL Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Athletics – 3, Cubs – 1 October 8 Wrigley Field 50,740
2 Athletics – 9, Cubs – 3 October 9 Wrigley Field 49,987
3 Cubs – 3, Athletics – 1 October 11 Shibe Park 29,921
4 Cubs – 8, Athletics – 10 October 12 Shibe Park 29,921
5 Cubs – 2, Athletics – 3 October 14 Shibe Park 29,921

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Baltimore Orioles International League Fritz Maisel
D Martinsburg Blue Sox Blue Ridge League Dan O'Leary

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More recent honors

Al Simmons and the 1929-1931 Athletics were the subject of an August 19, 1996 cover-story in Sports Illustrated with the teaser, "The Team that Time Forgot". Author William Nack wrote, "according to most old-timers who played in that era, the 1927 and '28 Yankees and the 1929 and '30 Athletics matched up so closely that they were nearly equal, with the A's given the nod in fielding and pitching and the Yankees in hitting."[3]

On August 16, 2009, the Oakland Athletics celebrated the 80th anniversary of the 1929 team by wearing 1929 home uniforms against the Chicago White Sox. First pitches were thrown out by Kathleen Kelly, the granddaughter of Connie Mack, and Jim Conlin, the grandson of Jimmie Foxx.[4]. The A's won the game on a walk-off home run by Mark Ellis.[5]

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Preceded by
New York Yankees
1928
American League Champions
Philadelphia Athletics

1929
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Athletics
1930
Preceded by
New York Yankees
1928
World Series Champions
Philadelphia Athletics

1929
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Athletics
1930

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