3. 1925 Washington Senators (96-55)
In 1925, the Senators were fresh off a World Series and brought back the same roster, this time featuring Roger Peckinpaugh as MVP. They were a little deeper this time around, getting much more support from everyone outside of the Big Four of Johnson, Rice, Gosselin, and Peckinpaugh.
The team steamrolled through the AL to a second straight pennant with a roster that included four starters that hit over .310, and all eight hitters hit over .285. Pitching wasn’t a problem for the team either, as the Senators finished second in ERA (3.70) and fourth in strikeouts (463).
The squad built a 3-1 lead in the World Series with Johnson pitching brilliantly in Games 1 and 4, but the team would miss chance after miss chance in the next three games. The season’s MVP, Peckinpaugh struggled throughout, committing a Series record EIGHT errors. The field was a soggy, and fog-filled mess, which didn’t help either.
Eventually, the Senators blew TWO separate four-run leads in the dramatic Game Seven and manager Bucky Harris was famously blamed for the loss as he started Walter Johnson for the third time in the series, and the Big Train struggled mightily. The team hurt themselves time and time again, and their lack of a title forces them down to #3.