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1942 Baseball Season

More 1942 Baseball Season Highlights

See below for more highlights of the 1942 baseball season, including pitcher Jim Tobin hitting three home runs in one game and Larry French throwing a no-hitter in his last game before heading to war:

  • Cleveland's Clint Brown sets a record when he pitches 220 straight games in relief roles.

  • Run production in both leagues is the lowest since 1919, the last year of the dead-ball era.

  • The Cardinals' 2.55 ERA is the best by any major league team from 1920 through 1966.

  • Cardinal Howie Krist has a 10-0 record, giving him the National League mark for most wins in a season without a loss.

  • In his last major league start before going into the Navy, Brooklyn's Larry French pitches a one-hitter.

  • French leads the National League with .789 win pct. -- the highest in history by a pitcher in his final major league season.

  • French leaves the majors with 197 wins -- the most at this juncture by any pitcher who never won 20 games in a season.

  • Hans Lobert of the Phils is the first rookie manager in major league history who's past the age of 60.

  • Washington's George Case tops the American League in steals with 44 in 50 attempts.

  • Johnny Mize leads the National League in RBI (110).

  • Red Sox rookie Johnny Pesky hits .331 and tops majors with 205 hits.

  • White Sox Ted Lyons goes 14-6 as he makes just 20 mound appearances, all of them CGs.

  • The American League wins the All-Star Game 3-1 at the Polo Grounds on July 6.

  • Detroit's Al Benton pitches a full five innings to get the save.

  • The next night, the American League wins 5-0 over the Service All-Stars, who are made up mostly of major leaguers in the armed forces.

  • Paul Waner collects his 3,000th hit. He was the last player to do this until 1957.

  • The average player's salary is down to $6,400.

  • The Phils score just 394 runs in 151 games.

  • Phillie outfielder Danny Litwhiler is the first major league regular to play a whole season without an error.

  • On August 14, the Yankees make a record seven DPs versus the A's.

  • On May 13, Brave Jim Tobin becomes the only pitcher in this century to hit three homers in a game.

  • Gordon and Rizzuto set an American League keystone record (since broken) when they total a combined 234 DPs.

  • Pittsburgh's Elbie Fletcher leads the National League in OBP (.417) for the third consecutive year.

  • Slaughter leads the National League in hits (188), triples (17), total bases (292), and runs produced (185).

  • Giant reliever Ace Adams appears in 61 games, which is a new NL mound record.

  • A's and Phils both finish last for the third year in a row.

  • In July, with the Dodgers 13-1/2 games ahead of the Cards, Pete Reiser crashes into a fence and fractures his skull.

  • Cardinals catch up to the Dodgers while Reiser's out with his injury.
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