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1931 Baseball Season


1931 Baseball Season Highlights
Although the 1931 baseball season was less lively than previous years, players like Lou Gehrig and Earl Webb went on to set major league records in runs produced and doubles hit. Find the highlights from the 1931 baseball season below.
  • The Athletics roar to their third consecutive flag with a franchise record .704 win pct.

  • The Cards win the National League pennant for the second straight year.

  • The Cards take the 1931 World Series in seven games.

    Joe McCarthy
    Joe McCarthy, new
    manager of the Yankees,
    brought the team back
    to hitting form.

  • Joe McCarthy, fired the previous year by the Cubs, becomes manager of the Yankees.

  • Burleigh Grimes and Bill Hallahan both win two games for the Cards.

  • Cardinal Pepper Martin is the 1931 World Series' offensive star, hitting .500 and swiping five bases.

  • The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) appoints two committees, one in each league, to elect the MVPs.

  • Lefty Grove is selected as the first BBWAA winner in the American League.

  • Frankie Frisch of the Cards wins the MVP Award in the National League.

  • The ball is dejuiced in 1931, and hitting stats, especially in the National League, tumble accordingly.

  • Chuck Klein tops the National League in homers . with 31 and RBI with 121.

  • Klein leads in total bases (347) and slugging (.584).

  • Cardinal Chick Hafey wins the batting title at .349, a tad better than Giant Bill Terry who also hits .349.

  • Hafey is the first batting crown winner to wear glasses.

  • No National League pitcher wins 20 games -- it is the first time the National League or American League hasn't had a 20-game winner.

Learn about more 1931 baseball season highlights in our final section.

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