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1928 Baseball Season


More 1928 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are more highlights from the 1928 baseball season, including the retirement of Tris Speaker.

  • Tris Speaker retires and still holds major league career records for doubles (793), as well as DPs by an outfielder (139).
  • Speaker retires holding the record for assists by an outfielder (448) and putouts by an outfielder (6,787).
  • Eddie Collins plays the last of his career record 2,651 games at second base.
  • Giant Freddy Lindstrom's 231 hits set a National League record for third basemen and top the senior loop.
  • Yankee Tom Zachary posts a 12-0 record.
  • On July 10 vs. Cleveland, Washington's Milt Gaston pitches a 14-hit shutout.
  • The Giants win 25 games in September to nearly overtake the Cards at the wire.
  • Bob Meusel sets a major league career record when he hits for the cycle the third time.
  • Babe Ruth leads the majors in runs a record eighth time.
  • The last-place Phils have a 5.52 staff ERA, the worst in modern history to this point.
  • Taylor Douthit of the Cards handles 566 chances, an all-time record for an outfielder.
  • In January, the Giants trade Rogers Hornsby to the Braves for Shanty Hogan and Jimmy Welsh.
  • In November, the Braves send Hornsby to the Cubs for five players and $200,000.
  • In May, Washington sells George Sisler to the Braves for $7,500.
  • Washington obtains Buddy Myer from the Red Sox for five players.
  • Urban Shocker dies at 38 of heart disease.
  • The Braves finish with a .327 win pct. (50-103), the poorest ever by a seventh-place team playing a 154-game schedule.
  • Del Bissonette hits 25 homers, a Dodgers rookie record.
  • Mickey Cochrane hits 12 triples, a record for American League catchers.
  • Washington's Sammy West has a .996 FA, a new major league record for outfielders.
  • Buddy Myer leads the American League in steals with 30.
  • Kiki Cuyler, now with the Cubs, leads the National League in thefts with 37.
  • Lefty Grove and Yankee George Pipgras tie for the American League lead in wins with 24.
  • Washington's Garland Braxton is the American League ERA king (2.52).
  • Paul Waner leads the National League in runs (142).
  • Joe Sewell continues to be the hardest player to fan, as he Ks seven times.
  • Babe Ruth tops the American League in strikeouts (87) for the fifth and last time.
  • The Browns finish a surprising third, as they have two 20-game winners -- Al Crowder (21) and Sam Gray (20).
  • Crowder tops the American League in win pct. (.808), becoming the only Brownie ever to do so.
  • Red Ruffing of the Red Sox leads the league in losses with 25.
  • The Red Sox finish last for the fourth straight year.
  • The Pirates' .309 BA is the best in the majors by 13 points.
  • The sixth-place Dodgers, thanks largely to Dazzy Vance, have the best ERA in the majors (3.25).
  • Chick Hafey, the first bespectacled outfielder in Major League Baseball history, hits 27 homers for the Cards.

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