More 1933 Baseball Season Headlines
Following are more headlines from the 1933 baseball season, including the Giants' World Championship win.
Joe Judge Bolts
Joe Judge missed a chance to join Sam Rice, Ossie Bluege, and Goose Goslin (the only members of the 1924 World Champion Senators still with the team when they won their flag in 1933), when he was sent to the Dodgers after the 1932 season. In 1933, he hit .214 in Brooklyn and .296 in Boston.
1933 New York Giants Win World Crown
Bill Terry's championship Giants squad was so deep in outfielders that Lefty O'Doul got into only one 1933 World Series game. Another backup gardener was Homer Peel, the holder of the best career average in the Texas League (a .325 mark).
Bill Terry's Team Well-Armed
Although the Giants under Bill Terry had neither the best hitting nor the best fielding team in the National League in 1933, they did have, by far, the best pitching staff. Spearheaded by Carl Hubbell (23 victories, a 1.66 ERA), the Giants had a composite 2.71 ERA -- 0.13 runs per game better than Lefty Grove's American League-leading ERA.
Nick Altrock Pinch Hits at Age 57
Forgotten by 1934 was the fact that Nick Altrock had once been much more than a clown and a coach who would take an occasional swing to perk up the Washington crowd (as he had done in 1933, when at 57 years of age, he pinch hit in a game for the Senators). For three straight years beginning in 1904, Altrock won 20 or more games for the White Sox and was among the best lefties in the game.
1933 Giants Take Series 4-1
Giants first baseman Bill Terry just missed nailing a Senator baserunner on a pickoff play in the 1933 World Series. Attendance for the four games following the opening contest was down; as a result, the Giants took home the smallest winning shares since 1920.
Chuck Klein King in Philadelphia
All of Chuck Klein's hitting stats declined so precipitously when he was traded to the Cubs -- .368 average, 223 hits, 28 home runs, and 120 RBI (all league-highs) in 1933 and .301 average, 131 hits, 20 home runs, and 80 RBI in 1934 -- that his great years with the Phils are often attributed to his having played with a weak team in a bandbox park. The fact, however, is that in his two full years with the Cubs, injuries severely cut his playing time.
Mel Ott One of Few to Walk
In 1933, National League hurlers gave up 1,386 fewer walks than American League pitchers. Mel Ott and Gus Suhr were the only two National League hitters to get more than 70 free passes.
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