Taylor Douthit a Hit in Field
In 1928, Taylor Douthit set all-time season records for the most putouts and most total chances by an outfielder. He also set the 20th-Century record for the most total chances per game. Douthit lost his job to Pepper Martin.
Rogers Hornsby Hits .387
In 1928, his sole year with the Braves, Rogers Hornsby became the first Brave of the 20th Century to win a hitting crown (.387). He also set 20th-Century season records for the franchise for both the highest batting and slugging averages (.632).
Jim Bottomley Reaches Prime
At his peak in 1928 (in which he led the National League with 20 triples and 136 RBI and tied for the loop-high with 31 home runs), Jim Bottomley suffered the same fate as virtually every Cardinals star in the 1920s and 1930s. Almost as soon as he turned age 30, his days as a regular were numbered. Even though Bottomley nearly led the circuit in batting in 1931, Cardinals general manager Branch Rickey wanted him platooned with rookie Ripper Collins.
Herb Pennock Tops the American League in Shutouts
Herb Pennock went 17-6 in 1928, leading the American League with five shutouts. He also posted a 2.56 ERA, the best of his 22-year career. With his 240-162 lifetime record, Pennock approached Hall of Fame credentials. Voters, however, were not fooled. With the powerful Yankees, Pennock went 162-90; with mere mortal teams, he was a mediocre 78-72.
Babe Ruth No. 1 Once Again
In 1928, Ruth and Gehrig once again finished one-two in the American League in every major slugging department except total bases, where Heinie Manush of the Browns snuck into second place just ahead of Gehrig. Between them, the Yankees' dynamite duo hammered seven home runs in the 1928 World Series and hit .593.
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