More 1937 Baseball Season Highlights
Following are more highlights from the 1937 baseball season, including the year's Hall of Fame inductees.
- Joe DiMaggio tops the American League in runs (151) and total bases (418).
- Hank Greenberg tops the American League in RBI (183) and runs produced (280).
- Greenberg's RBI total is one off the American League record.
- Beau Bell of the Browns leads the American League in hits (218) and doubles (51).
- Lefty Gomez tops the American League in wins (21), shutouts (six), Ks (194), and ERA (2.33).
- Gomez's teammate Red Ruffing is the only other 20-game winner in the American League.
- Braves have the best ERA in the National League (3.22) but post worst BA in the majors (.247).
- The Yankees have three men with 130-plus RBI -- Joe DiMaggio (167), Lou Gehrig (159), and Bill Dickey (133).
- The Giants have no one with 100 RBI.
- Cincinnati's Ernie Lombardi goes 6-for-6 on May 9.
- Cub Frank Demaree goes 6-for-7 in a 14-inning game on July 5.
- DiMaggio is second in the American League MVP vote as a sophomore.
- The Cubs' Gabby Hartnett hits .354 and is second in the National League MVP vote.
- Dizzy Dean breaks his toe in the All-Star Game and never recovers his blazing fastball.
- The Browns lose a club record 108 games.
Indians trade Joe Vosmik, Bill Knickerbocker, and Oral Hildebrand to
the Browns for Ivy Andrews, Lyn Lary, and Moose Solters.
- The Red Sox swap Rick and Wes Ferrell and Melo Alamada to Washington for Ben Chapman and Bobo Newsom.
- Harlond Clift turns 50 DPs, a major league record for third basemen in a 154-game schedule.
- Clift handles a major league record 603 chances at third base.
- Jim Walkup of the Browns has a 7.36 ERA in 150 innings.
- The Hall of Fame inducts Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, John McGraw, Connie Mack, George Wright, Morgan Bulkeley, and Ban Johnson.
- Pittsburgh's Arky Vaughan tops the National League in triples (17).
- Chicago's Augie Galan leads the National League in steals with just 23.
- Phillie Dolph Camilli tops the National League in OBP (.446).
- Rookie Cliff Melton wins 20 for the Giants.
- The National League has three rookie 20-game winners -- a modern Major League Baseball record.
- Gehrig tops the majors with 127 walks.
- Wes Ferrell leads the American League in innings (281) and CGs (26).
- Clint Brown of the White Sox tops the majors with 18 saves.
- The Tigers again lead the majors in batting (.292).
- The Browns again have the worst ERA in the majors (6.00).
- The Braves go 79-73 two years after going 38-115.
- Johnny Mize of the Cards hits .364 with 25 homers and 113 RBI.
- The Cubs lead the National League in runs (811), batting (.287), slugging (.416), and fielding (.975), though are mediocre on the hill.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1936 Baseball Season
- 1938 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth