More 1943 Baseball Season Highlights
Check out more 1943 baseball season highlights, including Jim Bagby Jr. topping the American League in innings and the Giants finishing last:
- On June 17, Joe Cronin becomes the first to pinch-hit a homer in both games of a doubleheader.
- Chicago White Sox Wally Moses and New York's Johnny Lindell tie for the American League lead in triples with 12 -- a new record-low for loop leader.
- Spud Chandler and Detroit's Dizzy Trout tie for the American League lead in wins (20).
- Spud Chandler leads in win percentage (.833) and ERA (1.64) and ties for the lead in shutouts (five).
- Jim Bagby Jr. -- son of 30-game winner Jim Sr. -- tops the American League in innings (273).
- During the 1943 baseball season, no pitcher in the American League has more than 20 complete games.
- Cleveland's Allie Reynolds leads the American League in Ks with 151.
- Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer repeats as National League K leader (174).
- For the first time since 1927, major league homer total falls below 1,000.
- The Cards hit .279 while no regular on the Yankees hits above .280.
- The Cards' Max Lanier leads the National League in ERA at 1.90.
- Cardinal Mort Cooper leads National League in win pct. (.724) and ties for lead in wins (21).
- Washington's George Case wins his fifth consecutive American League theft crown (61).
- George Case leads the American League in runs (102).
- The Giants finish last for the first time since 1915.
- To save on rubber, a new balata baseball is introduced.
- There are no homers in the first 11 games of the season, and the new ball is shelved.
- Mel Ott is second in the National League with 18 homers -- all 18 are hit in his home park.
- The Chicago White Sox play 44 doubleheaders.
- The Phils play a National League record 43 doubleheaders.
- The bankrupt Phils franchise is sold to the National League for $50,000; Bill Cox becomes owner.
- Guy Curtwright of the Chicago White Sox hits in 26 straight games, an American League rookie record.
- The A's lose an American League record (since broken) 20 straight games.
- Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis bans Phils' new owner Bill Cox for life for betting on his own team.
- On Sept. 16, Philly's Carl Scheib, age 16, becomes the youngest player ever to pitch in an American League game.
- The American League wins the first All-Star Game played at night, 5-3 at Shibe Park.
- Arky Vaughan quits the Dodgers at the end of the 1943 baseball season rather than continue to play under manager Leo Durocher.
- During the season, Vaughan leads the National League in runs (112).
- Detroit rookie Dick Wakefield tops the American League in hits (200) and doubles (38), and is second in batting (.316).
- The American League has only three .300 hitters and only five above .290.
- Ace Adams sets a new modern major league record with 70 mound appearances.
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- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
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