1930 Baseball Season Highlights
- The A's win their second consecutive American League Flag.
- The Cards come home first in the National League, 2 games ahead of the Cubs.
- The A's repeat and win the 1930 World Series, this time in six games.
- George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove both win two Series games for the A's.
Gabby Hartnett of the
Chicago Cubs sets a
20th-century record for
catchers with his .630 SA.
- Cub Gabby Hartnett's .630 SA sets a 20th-century record for catchers.
- In a hitter's year, neither Philadelphia nor St. Louis hit above .200 in the 1930 World Series.
- On Oct. 2, Cardinal George Watkins becomes the first National League player to homer in his first Series at-bat.
- Hack Wilson drives in a major league record 190 runs.
- Wilson sets a National League record with 56 home runs.
- Dodger Dazzy Vance's 2.61 ERA is 1.15 runs better than the next-lowest ERA in the National League.
- Lefty Grove's 2.54 ERA is 0.76 runs better than the next-lowest ERA in the American League.
- Grove leads the majors in wins (28), win pct. (.848), Ks (209), and amazingly, saves (nine).
- Grove is the only American League pitcher to fan more than 200 since 1916.
- Al Simmons tops the American League in batting (.381), runs (152), and runs produced (281).
- Giant Bill Terry leads the National League with a .401 BA, the last .400 average in the league.
- After a long holdout, Babe Ruth signs for $80,000 -- a Major League Baseball record salary at this juncture.
- Adam Comorosky of the Pirates leads the majors with 23 triples.
- Philly's Chuck Klein sets National League records for runs (158), total bases (445), and runs produced (288).
- Klein tops the National League in doubles (59) and runs produced (288).
- Klein hits .386 with 40 homers, 170 RBI, and 250 hits.
- Klein registers a 20th-Century National League record 44 assists by an outfielder.
- Dodger Babe Herman's .393 BA is the highest of the 20th Century by a National League runner-up.
- Philly pitchers give up a record 1,199 runs and have a record-high 6.71 ERA. Opponents hit .342 off Philly pitching.
- Les Sweetland's 7.71 ERA for the Phils is the worst ever by an ERA qualifier.
- Philly Claude Willoughby posts a 7.59 ERA.
Find even more highlights of the 1930 baseball season in our final section.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1929 Baseball Season
- 1931 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth