Following are more headlines from the 1928 baseball season, including the renewal of Babe Ruth's contract.
Hack Wilson Bangs 31 Homers
Cubs slugger Hack Wilson was 5'6", weighed 190 pounds, and wore a size 18 collar and a size 51/2 shoe. Chicago sportswriter Warren Brown described him as "a high-ball hitter on the field and off it." His postgame escapades notwithstanding, Wilson paced the National League in home runs four times between 1926 and 1930. In 1928, he tied for the lead (31 round-trippers) with Cardinal Jimmy Bottomley.
Babe Ruth Renews Contract
With Yankees owner Jake Ruppert at his side, Babe Ruth signed a new contract with the Bombers. In 1930, Ruth earned an $80,000 salary, the highest in baseball. When informed that he was making $5,000 per year more than President Herbert Hoover, Ruth reportedly quipped, "I had a better year than he did." Ruth clubbed 54 homers in 1928 and 49 in 1930.
Mickey Cochrane Named MVP
By 1928, Mickey Cochrane had clearly established himself as the American League's premier receiver, taking the Most Valuable Player Award by two votes over Heinie Manush. Beginning the following year, he would have competition from Yankees rookie Bill Dickey, who hit .324 and led American League backstoppers in assists.
Goose Goslin Wins the American League Bat Title
Goose Goslin became the first Senator since 1902 to win a batting title (.379). He copped the honor on the last day of the 1928 season in a tight three-way race with Manush and Lou Gehrig. Goslin's 17 homers that year represented nearly half the Senators' total, as the club fell below .500 in its last season under player/manager Bucky Harris.
The Babe Brings it Home
In the two World Series games that Sportsman's Park hosted that year, seven home runs were hit -- all of them by the visiting Yankees, who won both clashes by identical 7-3 scores. Babe Ruth hit a record three home runs in game four of the Series and set a fall classic record by batting .625 (10-for-16); this mark would stand until 1990, when Cincinnati's Billy Hatcher hit .750 (9-for-12). Ruth also scored nine runs in the four-game affair.
Learn about some of the highlights of the 1928 baseball season on the next page.