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1939 Baseball Season


More 1939 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are more highlights from the 1939 baseball season, including stats from the Browns' disappointing season.

  • Pittsburgh Pirate Lee Handley and Chicago Cub Stan Hack tie for the National League theft lead with just 17.
  • Johnny Mize leads National League in homers (28), BA (.349), SA (.626), and total bases (353).
  • Bob Feller leads the American League in wins (24), innings (297), and Ks (246), and ties in CGs (24).

    Billy Herman
    Billy Herman made his
    debut in the major leagues
    in 1931 with the
    Chicago Cubs.

  • Bucky Walters tops the major leagues in innings (319), CGs (31), and ERA (2.29).
  • Red Frank McCormick again leads the National League in hits (209), and also leads in
    RBI (128) and runs produced (209).
  • Brooklyn Dodger's Cookie Lavagetto goes 6-for-6 on
    Sept. 23.
  • The Browns finish at 43-111, an American League record 641/2 games out of first.
  • The average player's salary in 1939 is about $7,300.
  • Williams sets the American League rookie records for SA (.609) and walks (107).
  • Earl Whitehill retires with a 4.36 career ERA, highest in major league  history by a 200-game winner.
  • Bob Schmidt of Duluth in the Northern League hits an OB record .441.
  • The New York Yankees go 54-20 on the road to set an American League record.
  • The Browns go 18-59 at home to set the American League record for worst home performance in a season.
  • Washington Senator's Buddy Lewis is the American League triples leader with 16.
  • Washington Senator's George Case wins his first American League steals crown with 51.
  • Johnny Murphy of the New York Yankees leads the majors with 19 saves.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals' Curt Davis wins 22 games and bats .381.
  • Billy Werber tops the National League in runs (115).
  • St. Louis Cardinal Enos Slaughter leads the National League in doubles with 52.
  • Billy Herman of the Chicago Cubs leads the majors with 18 triples.
  • Mel Ott tops the National League in OBP (.449).
  • Dutch Leonard wins 20 games for sixth-place Washington Senators.
  • The New York Yankees have a record eight pitchers who work 116 or more innings and a ninth, Murphy, who appears in 38 games.
  • For a second year in a row, the Red Sox have no pitchers who work 200 innings.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals lead the majors with a .294 batting average.

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