1931 Baseball Season Highlights
- The Athletics roar to their third consecutive flag with a franchise record .704 win pct.
- The Cards win the National League pennant for the second straight year.
- The Cards take the 1931 World Series in seven games.
Joe McCarthy, new
manager of the Yankees,
brought the team back
to hitting form.
- Joe McCarthy, fired the previous year by the Cubs, becomes manager of the Yankees.
- Burleigh Grimes and Bill Hallahan both win two games for the Cards.
- Cardinal Pepper Martin is the 1931 World Series' offensive star, hitting .500 and swiping five bases.
- The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) appoints two committees, one in each league, to elect the MVPs.
- Lefty Grove is selected as the first BBWAA winner in the American League.
- Frankie Frisch of the Cards wins the MVP Award in the National League.
- The ball is dejuiced in 1931, and hitting stats, especially in the National League, tumble accordingly.
- Chuck Klein tops the National League in homers . with 31 and RBI with 121.
- Klein leads in total bases (347) and slugging (.584).
- Cardinal Chick Hafey wins the batting title at .349, a tad better than Giant Bill Terry who also hits .349.
- Hafey is the first batting crown winner to wear glasses.
- No National League pitcher wins 20 games -- it is the first time the National League or American League hasn't had a 20-game winner.
Learn about more 1931 baseball season highlights in our final section.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1930 Baseball Season
- 1932 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth