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1937 Baseball Season


More 1937 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are more highlights from the 1937 baseball season, including the year's Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Joe DiMaggio tops the American League in runs (151) and total bases (418).

  • Hank Greenberg tops the American League in RBI (183) and runs produced (280).

  • Greenberg's RBI total is one off the American League record.

  • Beau Bell of the Browns leads the American League in hits (218) and doubles (51).

  • Lefty Gomez tops the American League in wins (21), shutouts (six), Ks (194), and ERA (2.33).

  • Gomez's teammate Red Ruffing is the only other 20-game winner in the American League.

  • Braves have the best ERA in the National League (3.22) but post worst BA in the majors (.247).

  • The Yankees have three men with 130-plus RBI -- Joe DiMaggio (167), Lou Gehrig (159), and Bill Dickey (133).

  • The Giants have no one with 100 RBI.

  • Cincinnati's Ernie Lombardi goes 6-for-6 on May 9.

  • Cub Frank Demaree goes 6-for-7 in a 14-inning game on July 5.

  • DiMaggio is second in the American League MVP vote as a sophomore.

  • The Cubs' Gabby Hartnett hits .354 and is second in the National League MVP vote.

  • Dizzy Dean breaks his toe in the All-Star Game and never recovers his blazing fastball.

  • The Browns lose a club record 108 games.

  • The Indians trade Joe Vosmik, Bill Knickerbocker, and Oral Hildebrand to the Browns for Ivy Andrews, Lyn Lary, and Moose Solters.

  • The Red Sox swap Rick and Wes Ferrell and Melo Alamada to Washington for Ben Chapman and Bobo Newsom.

  • Harlond Clift turns 50 DPs, a major league record for third basemen in a 154-game schedule.

  • Clift handles a major league record 603 chances at third base.

  • Jim Walkup of the Browns has a 7.36 ERA in 150 innings.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, John McGraw, Connie Mack, George Wright, Morgan Bulkeley, and Ban Johnson.

  • Pittsburgh's Arky Vaughan tops the National League in triples (17).

  • Chicago's Augie Galan leads the National League in steals with just 23.

  • Phillie Dolph Camilli tops the National League in OBP (.446).

  • Rookie Cliff Melton wins 20 for the Giants.

  • The National League has three rookie 20-game winners -- a modern Major League Baseball record.

  • Gehrig tops the majors with 127 walks.

  • Wes Ferrell leads the American League in innings (281) and CGs (26).

  • Clint Brown of the White Sox tops the majors with 18 saves.

  • The Tigers again lead the majors in batting (.292).

  • The Browns again have the worst ERA in the majors (6.00).

  • The Braves go 79-73 two years after going 38-115.

  • Johnny Mize of the Cards hits .364 with 25 homers and 113 RBI.

  • The Cubs lead the National League in runs (811), batting (.287), slugging (.416), and fielding (.975), though are mediocre on the hill.

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