1928 Baseball Season

1928 Baseball Season Highlights

Chick Hafey was the first outfielder in Major League Baseball to wear eyeglasses.
Chick Hafey was the first outfielder in Major League Baseball to wear eyeglasses.

Once again, the New York Yankees took control, dominating the 1928 baseball season. Babe Ruth was on a roll and had a great team to play with. The season also featured more movement of players between other teams and several retirements.

Read on for highlights of the 1928 baseball season.

  • The Yankees edge the A's by 21/2 games to take their third straight American League flag.
  • The Cards, managed by Bill McKechnie, who piloted the 1925 Pirates, return to the top in the National League.
  • The Yankees sweep a remarkably one-sided 1928 World Series.
  • Waite Hoyt is the series' top pitcher, winning two CGs.
  • Babe Ruth hits .625 in the 1928 World Series to set an all-time series BA record.
  • Lou Gehrig hits .545 in the 1928 World Series and has a 1.727 SA, an all-time World Series record.
  • Between them, Ruth and Gehrig hit seven homers and knock in 13 runs in the 1928 World Series.
  • Jimmy Bottomley of the Cards is named National League MVP.
  • Philly's Mickey Cochrane wins the American League MVP by two votes over St. Louis' Heinie Manush.
  • Rogers Hornsby, playing now for the Braves, tops the National League in batting (.387).
  • Washington's Goose Goslin wins the American League bat crown (.379) by one point over Heinie Manush.
  • Babe Ruth tops the majors in homers (54), runs (163), walks (135), and SA (.709).
  • Ruth and Lou Gehrig tie for the major league lead in RBI with 142.
  • Gehrig leads the majors in runs produced (254) and is third in the American League in hitting (.374).
  • Heinie Manush tops the American League in hits (241) and doubles (47).
  • Cub Hack Wilson again ties for the National League homer crown (31), this time with Bottomley.
  • Dazzy Vance's 2.09 ERA is the best in the majors.
  • Vance wins 22 games, ties for the National League lead in shutouts (four), and leads the majors in Ks (200).
  • Giant Larry Benton ties for most wins in Major League Baseball (25) and leads the National League in win pct. (.735).
  • Rogers Hornsby, in his only season with the Braves, hits .387, a franchise record.
  • Ty Cobb retires, and still holds career major league records for BA (.366) and runs scored (2,245).
  • Cobb retires with major league records in hits (4,190), stolen bases (892), and RBI (1,933) (all since broken).

Read more 1928 baseball season highlights in our final section.

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