Bruce Orser's
Plant Field /
Plant Stadium

Tampa Florida

Former Home of the Tampa Smokers

Former Spring Home
of the
Chicago Cubs
Boston Red Sox
Washington Senators
Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox

All of the pieces had been falling into place and in 1924, it would all come together. All 4 future Hall of Famers seemed to have their career year at once. Rookie Goose Goslin would lead the pack batting .344 with 30 2Bs, 17 3Bs and 12 HRs while knocking in 129 RBIs. Sam Rice would bat .334 with 39 2Bs, 14 3Bs and 24 SBs. 2B/Mgr. Bucky Harris batted .268 with 28 2Bs and 20 SBs. Joe Judge batted .324 with 38 2Bs and on the mound, the "Big Train" Walter Johnson had one of his best years in awhile, putting up a 23-7, 2.72 record… his 11th 20+ win season. He would earn his 2nd AL MVP award. Tom Zachary (15-9, 2.75) and George Mobridge (16-11, 3.76) pitched well behind him. The Senators would finish at 92-62 swiping 1st place and in a nail-biter against the New York Giants but the Senators would come away victorious in Game 7 winning their 1st ever Championship Title. With a celebratory victory in their hands, Tampa was proud to have been a part of that success. The Senators were hoping to stay on a roll and played great ball again in 1925 with Joe Judge (31 2Bs, 8 HRs, .314), Bucky Harris (30 2Bs, .287), Ossie Bluege (27 2Bs, .287), C Muddy Ruel (.310) playing excellent baseball while Sam Rice hit a whopping .350 with 31 2Bs, 13 3Bs and 27 SBs. Goose Goslin meanwhile had turned into a legitimate power hitter slamming 34 2Bs, 20 3Bs, 18 HRs, 113 RBIs, 27 SBs… all while batting .334. Despite these amazing numbers, the American League MVP was given to the Senators SS Roger Peckinpaugh who put up 16 2Bs, 13 SBs and batted .294. Though a Senator had again won the MVP it did seem a little odd for Peckinpaugh to be the recipient over Goslin or Rice. The Senators finished with even better numbers … 96-55 (.636), their best record in history behind Hall of Famers, Walter Johnson (20-7, 3.07) and Stan Coveleski (20-5, 2.84).