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1930 Baseball Season

More 1930 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are more highlights from the 1930 baseball season, including the myriad hitting records set this year by some of baseball's greatest players.

  • The National League as a whole has a 20th-Century record .303 BA and .448 SA.

  • The American League posts a loop record .421 SA.

  • The Cards score a National League record 1,004 runs.

  • All eight Cardinals regulars hit .300 or better.

  • Cincinnati's Hod Ford is the only National League regular to hit below .250.

  • The Cubs slug a major league record .481.

  • The Giants hit a major league record .319.

  • The Senators have a staff ERA of 3.96 and are the only Major League Baseball team with an ERA below 4.00.

  • Cub Pat Malone and Pirate Remy Kremer tie for the National League lead in wins with 20.

  • Harry Heilmann becomes the first player to homer in every major league park in use during his career.

  • Babe Ruth becomes the first documented player to fan 1,000 times.

  • On May 6, Gene Rye of Waco in the Texas League hits three home runs in one inning.

  • At age 46, Jack Quinn of the A's becomes the oldest player to homer in a major league game.

  • Guy Bush of the Cubs gives up a post-1901 National League record 155 earned runs by a pitcher.

  • George Watkins sets a major league rookie record when he hits .373.

  • Watkins's .621 SA is also a rookie record.

  • Brave Wally Berger sets all-time National League rookie records with 38 homers and 119 RBI.

  • Senator Sam Rice's 207 hits, 121 runs, and 271 total bases all set records for a player past his 40th birthday.

  • Red Barber begins his broadcast career with WRUF in Gainesville, Florida.

  • Lou Gehrig tops the American League in total bases (419) and RBI (174).

  • Cleveland's Johnny Hodapp leads the American League with 225 hits and 51 doubles.

  • Babe Ruth leads the American League with 49 homers.

  • Cub Kiki Cuyler tops the majors with 37 steals; American League leader Marty McManus of Detroit has just 23.

  • Jimmie Foxx goes 6-for-7 on May 30.

  • On Jan. 10, Art Shires knocks out Braves catcher Al Spohrer in a boxing match at Boston Garden.

  • On July 25, the A's perform two triple plays in a game against Cleveland.

  • The 1930 Pirates are the last National League team to hit 100 triples in a season as they bang out 119.

  • Earle Combs tops the American League with 22 triples.

  • Wild Bill Hallahan of the Cards leads the National League in Ks with 177.

  • Cubs pitcher Hal Carlson dies of an intestinal hemorrhage.

  • The average player's salary in 1930 is around $7,000.

  • In June, Washington trades Goose Goslin to the Browns for Al Crowder and Heinie Manush.
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