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1933 Baseball Season

1933 Baseball Season Highlights
Jimmie Foxx, the A's first baseman, collected his second MVP Award at the age of 25.
Jimmie Foxx, the A's first baseman, collected his second MVP Award at the age of 25.

The 1933 baseball season featured the first All-Star game, with Connie Mack (American League) and John McGraw (National League) managing. Babe Ruth sparkled, hitting a two-run homer that won the game. Find highlights from the 1933 baseball season below.

  • Cincinnati's Red Lucas paces the majors in fewest walks per game -- an incredible .74.
  • Washington's Joe Judge and Sam Rice are broken up after 18 years as road roommates, as Judge is traded.
  • Brownie Sammy West goes 6-for-6 in an 11-inning game on April 13.
  • Jimmie Foxx earns the second of two MVP awards.
  • Mickey Cochrane becomes the only catcher ever to lead the majors in OBP (.459).
  • On April 25, Russ Van Atta of the Yankees debuts with four hits -- a record for pitchers.
  • Lloyd Waner's eight Ks are fewest ever by a major league regular outfielder.
  • Brownie Ski Melillo's .991 FA is a new major league record for second basemen.
  • Indian Willie Kamm's .984 FA is a new major league record for third basemen.
  • The Phil's infielder Mickey Finn dies of an ulcer.
  • The average major league player's salary is now down to $6,000.
  • The Cards swap Sparky Adams, Paul Derringer, and Allyn Stout to Cincinnati for three players.
  • The A's send Cochrane to Detroit for John Pasek and $100,000.
  • The A's send Lefty Grove, Rube Walberg, and Max Bishop to the Red Sox for two players and $125,000.
  • The A's finish third in 1933, the last time they'll finish that high under Connie Mack.
  • Player/manager Joe Cronin is second in the American League MVP vote -- the highest finish ever by a Washington player.
  • Cronin leads the American League in doubles (45), as well as FA by a shortstop.
  • Mel Ott tops the National League in walks with 75.
  • Arky Vaughan of Pittsburgh leads the majors with 19 triples.
  • Ben Chapman again wins the American League theft crown (27).
  • The Yankees top the American League in runs with 927 -- 240 more than the National League-leading Cards score.

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