The 1935 baseball season marked the end of legendary Babe Ruth's career. Learn about this and other headlines from the year below.
Lefty Gomez, Yankees Fall Short
Had Lefty Gomez finished with a won-lost record of 15-12 rather than 12-15, the Yankees would have won the 1935 American League flag by one percentage point. As it was, the Yankees still conceivably could have won had they and the Tigers both made up all of their contests that were postponed and played a full 154-game schedule.
Dean Brothers Do It Again
Dizzy Dean and brother Paul won 47 games between them for the 1935 Cardinals, nearly equaling their sibling record of 49 victories set the previous year. However, they each lost to the Cubs on consecutive days in late September to scotch the last chance for the Cards to catch the red-hot Bruins.
The Babe Bows Out
Though Babe Ruth was 40 years of age in 1935 and woefully out of shape, he could still hit, especially when he had to think about nothing else. But baseball then required that half the game be played in the field, and there was simply no place Ruth could be stationed without hurting himself and the team. In his last game, he injured his knee and had to leave in the first inning.
Buddy Myer Wins 1935 American League Bat Title
Buddy Myer won the 1935 American League batting title (.349) by going 4-for-5 on the season's final day, while Cleveland's Joe Vosmik was protecting what seemed a safe lead by sitting out the first game of a doubleheader. Alarmed when he learned of Myer's outburst, Vosmik played the second game but went 1-for-4 and lost the crown by a point.
Wes Ferrell Wins 25, Hits .347
A lame arm mixed with a hot temper caused Wes Ferrell to be shipped to the Red Sox by the Indians. Ferrell came back to have his finest all-around season in 1935. He led American League pitchers in wins with 25, complete games with 31, and innings pitched with 322. Ferrell batted .347.
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