In 1935 the Detroit Tigers "won" the American League (AL) pennant and went on to defeat the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.
However, neither the Tigers nor the second place Yankees had played all their games. There were enough unplayed games for the teams to have switched positions at the top of the AL. Each AL team was scheduled to play 22 games against each of the other 7 AL teams. 22*7=154. 11 home, 11 road against each team. 77 home, 77 road.
Detroit was missing three against Philadelphia in Philadelphia.
Another odd thing about Detroit: home record: 53-25, which is 78 games, one more than a team would have scheduled.
Boston 1 in New York
Chicago 2 in New York
Philadelphia 2 in Philadelphia
The Tigers finished the regular season with two doubleheaders in Chicago: Saturday Sept. 28 (split) and Sunday Sept. 29 (lost both; game two 6 innings, 14-2). The Tigers had lost the three previous games. The next game the Tigers played was Wednesday Oct. 2, 1935 against the Chicago Cubs in game one of the World Series that Detroit would win 4 games to 2.
But the Tigers were short three games against the Athletics in Philadelphia.
The Yankees finished the regular season with no games Friday and Saturday and a doubleheader Sunday against Boston at Yankee Stadium: loss, win (game two 5 innings). Prior to that the Yankees had won 7 consecutive.
As far as making up the games in the final days of the regular season: none of these teams played on Friday; don't know why. Neither Boston nor the Yankees played Saturday and they played that doubleheader Sunday; maybe it rained Saturday in New York. Philadelphia played at home against Washington: doubleheader Saturday, single game Sunday.
Maybe the outcome had been a forgone conclusion. Maybe they didn't pay that much attention. Maybe they thought that Detroit would win at least two games against last place Philadelphia (58-91=149 games) and it wasn't worth the cost of the trip. This was, after all, in the middle of the Great Depression. Here are the AL attendance figures for 1935:
|CLE||397,615||5,164||26.4||27.9||102||101||1||3||6||$101,350||Johnson and O'Neill|
Maybe if the missing games had been between the top two teams, they would have been played. Maybe. Maybe the system lacked integrity.
Would the Philadelphia Athletics have objected to playing five more games at home against the Tigers and Yankees with those teams fighting for the pennant? Scheduling could have been the Yankees play Boston and Chicago at home while the Tigers play their three in Philadelphia. Then if the Yankees were still alive, they travel to Philadelphia for two more games. Sounds a bit like the current double wild card tournament format with a tie thrown in.
So what the heck? The Yankees would have played three more home games and made some money. Only Detroit would have nothing to gain.
And the Yanks would have been assured at least those first two World Series home games if they won the pennant. Wouldn't the Yankees have wanted that? And the extra money from the AL for finishing first.
I'm guessing it was understood that this just wasn't an option. The World Series was played with no travel days. This reduced the number of days in hotels and kept costs down.
All this is not to mention that if the Yankees had any brains instead of waiting to get him in 1936 they would have paid off the San Francisco Seals and acquired Joe DiMaggio by mid May 1935 once he had demonstrated that he was healthy and the Yanks could have won the 1935 pennant outright. There will be a major post on this very soon:
1935 second place Yanks outspent first place Tigers maybe 2 to 1. Thursday, June 18, 2015