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1938 Baseball Season

More 1938 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are more highlights from the 1938 baseball season, including the broadcast of home games by all three New York teams.

  • Gabby Hartnett is the last full-time player/manager to win a National League pennant.

  • Yankee Monte Pearson no-hits Cleveland on August 27.

  • Red Sox Pinky Higgins collects a major league record 12 hits in 12 consecutive at-bats.

  • Ernie Lombardi grounds into a National League record 30 DPs.

  • The Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees allow their home games to be broadcast on a regular basis.

  • Foxx wins the American League bat crown (.349) and also leads in RBI (175), and total bases (398).

  • Hank Greenberg leads the American League in runs (144) and ties for lead in walks (119).

  • Stan Hack's 16 steals are an all-time low by a National League leader.

  • Red Ruffing tops the American League in wins (21).

  • Pitcher Red Lucas retires with 114 career pinch hits, a major league record to this juncture.

  • Mel Ott tops the National League in homers (36) and runs (116).

  • For the seventh straight year, Ott plays 150 or more games in a 154-game season.

  • Ducky Medwick paces National League in doubles (47), RBI (122), and runs produced (201).

  • Johnny Mize leads the National League in triples (16), SA (.614), and total bases (326).

  • Bill Lee tops majors in shutouts (nine) and ERA (2.66).

  • Hank Steinbacher of the White Sox goes 6-for-6 on June 22.

  • Bobo Newsom wins 20 games for the Browns despite a 5.08 ERA.

  • Boston finishes 9-1/2 games behind the Yankees -- it is the closest any American League team finishes from 1936-1939.

  • Phils trade Dolph Camilli to Dodgers for Eddie Morgan and cash.

  • In December, Giants swap Dick Bartell, Hank Leiber, and Gus Mancuso to Cubs for Bill Jurges, Frank Demaree, and Ken O'Dea.

  • In April, the Cards send Dizzy Dean to the Cubs for three players and $185,000.

  • Washington trades Joe Kuhel to the White Sox for Zeke Bonura.

  • The Reds send Eddie Miller to the Braves for five players.

  • The Dodgers hire Larry MacPhail as general manager.

  • Monty Stratton, a 15-game winner with the White Sox, loses his leg after the season in a hunting accident.

  • Tuberculosis forces Washington's John Stone to quit the game and enter a sanitarium.

  • Detroit hits a record ten grandslams.

  • Virgil "Fire" Trucks of Andalusia in the Alabama-Florida League fans 418 batters.

  • George McQuinn of the Browns has a 34-game hitting streak.

  • Mace Brown of Pittsburgh wins 15 games in relief to set a major league record.

  • Vince DiMaggio of the Braves sets a major league record by fanning 134 times.

  • On June 16, the Browns walk Jimmie Foxx a record six times in one game.
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