Following are more headlines from the 1936 baseball season, including another World Series win for the Yankees.
Bob Feller, 17, Sets K Record
Bob Feller, the 17-year-old who struck out an American League-record 17 batters on September 23, 1936, was nearly declared a free agent by Kenesaw Mountain Landis after it became clear that Cleveland had signed him illegally. A few months later, Landis got back at the Indians by making farmhand Tommy Henrich a free agent. Henrich signed with the Yankees and played on pennant-winning ballclubs in each of his first three seasons, while Feller had to wait until 1948 to be on a winner.
1936 Giants Snare Flag
Although other National League teams scored more runs and fielded better, Bill Terry's crew had Carl Hubbell. The Giants, who finished 92-62 in 1936, had just a 66-56 record for games in which Hubbell did not figure in the decision.
Lou Gehrig Named 1936 MVP
In 1935, the one year that Lou Gehrig played with neither Babe Ruth nor Joe DiMaggio, he had his lowest RBI total of any season between 1926 and 1938. In 1936, Gehrig was named the American League's Most Valuable Player with 49 home runs, 167 runs, a .696 slugging average, 130 walks, and 270 runs produced -- all top marks in both circuits.
Arky Vaughan Sets SS Record
Arky Vaughan had the highest career batting average (.318) of any shortstop who played exclusively in this century (he placed fourth overall in the National League in 1936 with his .335 mark). Indeed, he may well have been the best of all the shortstops who played exclusively in this century. It hurt him, however, to play in Pittsburgh, where he couldn't escape the inevitable comparison to Honus Wagner.
1936 Yankees Over Giants in Six
Mel Ott hit a bases-loaded shot at Lou Gehrig in the first inning of game six of the 1936 World Series. The Giants scored two runs in the frame to get off to an early lead, but the Yankees put seven tallies across in the top of the ninth to sew up the Series.
Joe Medwick: 64 Doubles
Joe Medwick hated to be called "Ducky" nearly as much as National League hurlers hated what he did to their best pitches, even when they were not strikes. Medwick racked up 64 doubles in 1936, a record in the National League. He paced the circuit with 367 total bases, 138 RBI, and 223 hits.
Luke Appling Collects 128 RBI
Luke Appling knocked home 128 runs in 1936, and teammate Zeke Bonura tallied 138 RBI. Between them, though, they collected just 18 home runs. Just two years earlier, Bonura had been the first White Sox player to hit as many as 20 four-baggers with 27; in 1935, he collected 21 dingers. Appling, in 20 years with the Sox, never had more than eight.
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