In 1925, soccer arrived at Fenway Park for the first time with a pair of matches in October. Several amateur baseball and football teams also played at the park during the year and provided a change of pace from the dispiriting Red Sox season.
Record: 47-105, 8th in American League
Manager: Lee A. Fohl
Almost nothing went right for the Red Sox in 1925, with a 2-10 April start setting the tone for the season. Lee Fohl returned as manager but the Red Sox won only 47 games, the fewest wins in team history. While losing 105 games, the team scored 639 runs but allowed 922 and committed 63 more errors than it had the year before.
Perhaps there was some solace that the Yankees had fallen all the way to seventh place, but the Red Sox were so deep in the cellar that there were still more than 20 games separating them from New York. The longest Red Sox winning streak in 1925 was three games long and attendance plunged by over 180,000 at Fenway Park.
Ike Boone had another good year and so did new third baseman Doc Prothro. First baseman Phil Todt's 75 RBIs and 11 home runs led the team while Ted Wingfield was the team's leader in wins with a 12-19 record. Howard Ehmke and rookie Red Ruffing both earned nine victories. The fact that a future Hall of Famer like Ruffing could fare so poorly (9-18) reflected both his inexperience and the team around him. There wasn't much hope to build a better team though, as Quinn and company lacked the capital to compete.
In 1925, an eclectic mix of non-Red Sox baseball games were played at Fenway Park. Rivals Holy Cross and Boston College played each other in May, while a pair of youth games took place during the summer. One of the youth games was a contest involving two girls teams, while the other was a showdown between a boys team from Chelsea and a youth team from the North End that preceded a Red Sox game. Later in the year, two championship games were decided at Fenway Park including the National Post Office Championship.
|1925 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|May 16||Holy Cross 5, Boston College 1|
|June 22||Bloomer Girl All-Stars 5, "Billie" Delaney's Peanut Hustlers 4|
|August 11||Unknowns (Chelsea, MA) 5, Eagle Juniors 4|
("Boys Day" Game)
|August 25||Old Colony Trust 10, R. H. White 6|
|August 28||R. H. White 10, Old Colony Trust 1|
|September 8||Everett Tigers 1, Roxbury Braves 0|
(Massachusetts Intercity League Championship)
|September 27||Boston Post Office 10, Waterbury (CT) Post Office 3|
(National Post Office Championship)
Another year of non-baseball events at Fenway Park included the annual war memorial service in May, along with several football games during the fall. In October, Fenway Park hosted its first professional soccer matches.
|1925 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park|
|May 24||War Memorial Service*|
|October 12||Boston English 6, Boston Trade School 0|
|October 12||Dorchester High 0, Mechanic Arts 0 (Football)|
|October 17||Boston Woodsies 0, Fall River Marksmen 0 (Soccer)|
|October 31||Boston vs. Providence (Soccer)|
|November 14||BU 14, Providence College 6 (Football)|
|November 26||Pere Marquette 9, Fitton A. C. 7 (Football)|
|December 12||Hartford Blues 10, St. Alphonsus 0 (Football)|
*Started in the 1910s, a late May memorial service coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend was often held at Fenway Park through the mid-20th Century.
Before they played at Fenway Park on November 14, 1925, Providence College had rejected Boston University's request to play the game not by timed periods, but instead by a little-used regimen that would have had each team use a 40-play period system that BU had used in the previous game against Brown in Providence, RI.
Providence head coach Archie Golembeski remarked:
"While the system may produce approximately the same results as the customary timing methods so far as the elapsed time of periods and the number of plays per period are concerned, I believe it tends to devitalize the game by eliminating an element of suspense which is essential to football." (Bridgeport (CT) Telegram, November 12, 1925)