The 1930 baseball season was truly a slugfest, with records broken right and left. Here are some of the headlines from the 1930 baseball season:
Pat Malone Posts 20 Wins
Pat Malone's frequent tantrums on the diamond and highly publicized escapades off it slowed his progress to the majors and shortened his stay after he arrived. But for a brief while, he was the best right-handed pitcher in the National League. In 1930 with the Cubs, he tied for the league-lead in victories with 20 and paced the league in complete games with 22. With the Yankees in 1936, he paced the American League in saves and relief wins.
Chuck Klein, Bill Terry Burn Up National League
Chuck Klein scored 158 runs in 1930, a record in the National League, to become the circuit's top all-around hitter that year. Bill Terry led the league with a .401 batting average, the last .400 mark in the loop.
Guy Bush Gives Up 155 Runs
Apart from the 1930 season, the year in which he surrendered 155 runs (a 20th-century National League record), Guy Bush usually had a respectable ERA and a bundle of wins. Arriving in the majors in 1925 from the Mississippi back country, he became Pete Alexander's protege and learned enough to net 176 victories. Bush is best remembered for surrendering Babe Ruth's final home run.
Joe Cronin Fails to Rate
Joe Cronin of the Senators had a seemingly monster year in 1930. He hit .346 with 203 hits, 41 doubles, 127 runs, and 126 RBI. Being a run-frenzy year, though, Cronin didn't even make the leader board in any offensive category that season. His RBI total fell 64 short of Hack Wilson's mark. Still, Cronin's numbers that year are some of the best ever by a shortstop.
Lefty Grove Triumphs in 30
Including his 1930 World Series output, Lefty Grove won 30 games and lost just six in 1930 (a half-dozen of his wins came in relief). Grove also rang up nine saves, as he toed the rubber in 53 contests. Heywood Broun once wrote: "When danger beckoned thickest, it was always Grove who stood towering on the mound."
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