Game of the Week: October 4, 1925: Heilmann Grabs Batting Title, Cobb Gets a Save

From the SABR Games Project:

Neither George Sisler’s homestanding St. Louis Browns nor Ty Cobb’s visiting Detroit Tigers had much of anything at stake as they wrapped up the 1925 season at Sportsman’s Park on Sunday, October 4. The Washington Senators had their second consecutive American League pennant in the bag; although well back, the Browns and Tigers had clinched third- and fourth-place money, respectively. Detroit’s Harry Heilmann, though, was in tight contention for the league’s batting title as the teams met for a doubleheader. …

The righty-swinging Heilmann had hit a torrid .541 from September 13 into the final day and as he continued to plug away with a 3-for-6 slate in the first game, he had bumped his season average up to .389 to tie Speaker. In the spirit of things, Cobb, going into the final day at .373, put himself in center field for both games, batting fourth with Heilmann, his right fielder, fifth. Cobb collected four of the Tigers’ 21 hits in the opener, chipping in his 12th home run, as Detroit romped, 10-4, in a leisurely 2 hours and 10 minutes in front of an assemblage apparently too small to warrant noting — it wasn’t reported in the unattributed but otherwise comprehensive doubleheader coverage by the Detroit Free Press.

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