Following are more headlines from the 1935 baseball season, including the Detroit Tigers' victory in the World Series.
Phil Cavarretta Racks Up Records
Phil Cavarretta set six season batting records for teenage players in 1935. He never played a day in the minors but probably should have. His lack of development reduced him to a bench-warmer by the late 1930s. During World War II, he became a regular again.
Lou Gehrig: Only 119 RBI
Although Lou Gehrig didn't win the Triple Crown in 1935, as he did in '34, he still had reason to smile. The Iron Horse led the league in runs (125), walks (132), and on-base percentage (.466). He also knocked in 119 runs, but amazingly, it was his lowest output between 1927 and 1937 (during that 11-year stretch, Gehrig averaged 153 RBI per year).
Lots of Light, Little Action
Only three runs were tallied in the first night game in major league history, played on May 25, 1935, in Crosley Field, as scores remained scarce in contests played under the lights throughout the 1930s.
Gabby Hartnett Shines at Plate
The most multitalented catcher of his era, Gabby Hartnett had more power than Mickey Cochrane and was clearly superior to Bill Dickey defensively. In 1935, Hartnett was third in the National League in batting average (.344) while leading all of the loop's backstops in assists and fielding average.
1935 Detroit Tigers Go All the Way
The 1935 World Series triumph rendered the Browns the only American League team that was still in search of its first championship. Hank Greenberg and Tommy Bridges were the lone members of the 1935 club still in Bengal livery when Detroit copped its second title in 1945.
Frank Navin Dies After 1935 World Series
Frank Navin became president of the Tigers in 1911, two years after Detroit had won three straight pennants, and was convinced that with Ty Cobb on the team there would be many more flags. Unluckily for Navin, the Tigers didn't win again until 1934, and his park (built in 1912) was seldom filled. Navin died in 1935, after seeing the ball club win its first World Series.
Pete Fox Tops Series Hitters
Pete Fox was known by some followers of the game as "Single X" -- not only to distinguish him from Jimmie Foxx ("Double XX") but also because he was primarily a singles hitter. In the 1935 World Series, Fox went the extra mile, spearheading all batters with a .385 average and ten hits.
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