Year In Review : 1930 American League

O ff the field...

Economics dominated politics in the 1930's and the decade began with the construction of shanty towns called "Hoovervilles" (named after a president who felt that relief should be left to the private sector) and ended with a series of federal programs funded by the national government and an assortment of commissions set up to regulate Wall Street, the banking industry, and other business enterprises.

The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Hoover who desired a limited upward revision of tariff rates with general increases on farm products and industrial rates. The controversial act brought retaliatory tariffs from many foreign countries causing U.S. foreign trade to suffer while intensifying America's economic depression.

Many of America's most distinguished writers produced works of fiction during the thirties. The list includes such names as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thornton Wilder. Some of the novels of this period explored what was happening in America during the Great Depression. One standout, John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", chronicled the life of a displaced Oklahoma family who had lost its farm to the drought of the Dust Bowl.

I n the American League...

During an April 27 th , 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox first baseman Bud Clancy became the first player at his position since Al McCauley of Washington (American Association) in 1891 to have no chances in a nine-inning game.

The New York Yankees' and Detroit Tigers' outfields combined on May 9 th for a meager two putouts setting an American League record that has never been equaled. The National League record for outfielder idleness was previously set at one putout when the Pittsburgh Pirates took on the "Brooklyn Superbas" back in August of 1910.

On May 11 th , Cleveland Indians outfielder Bibb Falk accomplished true offensive symmetry after collecting five hits, five runs batted in and five runs (in the first five innings) during a 25-7 massacre over the Philadelphia Athletics.

I n the National League...

New York Giants pitcher Larry Benton set an unwanted modern Major League record (since tied several times) by surrendering six separate home runs in a single game. Training the Chicago Cubs 14-4, Benton and his teammates managed to tack on five runs (on four home runs) in the bottom of the seventh to tie the Major League record for most runs in a side.

The rules governing homeruns was changed after Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Al Lopez bounced one over Cincinnati Reds' left fielder Bob Meusel and into the bleachers on September 12 th . The lucky round-tripper marked the last recorded "bouncer" and has since then been marked as a guaranteed double.

On the final day of the regular season, a young nineteen-year-old rookie named Dizzy Dean made his Major League debut with St. Louis Cardinals surrendering just 3-hits en route to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

A round the league...

On March 8 th , Babe Ruth signed a new two year contract for $160,000 with the New York Yankees. At $80,000 per year, "The Sultan of Swat" became the highest paid player of all time and earned more money than the President of the United States. In an effort to assure posterity, Yankees General Manager Ed Barrow was quoted as saying that "No one in baseball will ever be paid more than Ruth."

By April 29 th , suspicions that the 1930 ball was the "liveliest ever" increase as an astounding one-hundred twenty-three runs were scored in just seven Major League games.

With no Most Valuable Player Award for the second year in a row (due to financial strains), the Associated Press polled its members and named Joe Cronin as it's unofficial American League MVP for 1930. The Baseball Writers Association named Hack Wilson the MVP of the Nationals and his team (the Chicago Cubs) presented him with the $1000 bonus. The Sporting News, also acting to fill the MVP void, announced its own selection of Bill Terry as the Most Valuable Player for the National League, and Joe Cronin for the American League.

On November 23 rd , Red Badgro, a St. Louis Browns outfielder / New York Giants receiver caught his third touchdown pass of the season (against the Green Bay Packers) igniting a two-sport career that would eventually land him in the Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

"You'll (Waite Hoyt) pitch the way I tell you to or you won't pitch for me at all (Hoyt was traded on May 30, 1930)." - Yankee Manager Bob Shawkey
1930 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

136

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.381

Doubles

Cleveland

51

Hits

Cleveland

225

Home Runs

New York

49

On Base Percentage

New York

.493

RBI

New York

174

Runs

Philadelphia

152

Slugging Average

New York

.732

Stolen Bases

Detroit

23

Total Bases

New York

419

Triples

New York

22

1930 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

29

ERA

Philadelphia

2.54

Games

Philadelphia

50

Saves

Philadelphia

9

Shutouts

Cleveland

3

Philadelphia

New York

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

209

Winning Percentage

Philadelphia

.848

Wins

Philadelphia

28

1930 American League

Team Standings

Philadelphia Athletics

102 52 .662 0

Washington Senators

94 60 .610 8

New York Yankees

86 68 .558 16

Cleveland Indians

81 73 .526 21

Detroit Tigers

75 79 .487 27

St. Louis Browns

64 90 .416 38

Chicago White Sox

62 92 .403 40

Boston Red Sox

52 102 .338 50

1930 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

644

Batting Average

New York

.309

Doubles

Cleveland

358

Hits

New York

1,683

Home Runs

New York

152

On Base Percentage

New York

.384

Runs

New York

1,062

Slugging Average

New York

.488

Stolen Bases

Washington

101

Triples

New York

110

1930 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Washington

78

ERA

Washington

3.97

Fewest Hits Allowed

Washington

1,367

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Washington

52

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

407

Saves

Philadelphia

21

Shutouts

Philadelphia

8

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

672



On May 12, 1930, Milt Shoffner

On June 13, 1930, two previous batting champions were traded for one another for the first time ever. Those two batting champions were Goose Goslin and Heinie Manush and we invite you to examine their batting titles .

Have you ever seen a triple steal? If you could have seen the Athletics play the Indians on July 25, 1930 you would have seen the A's turn two. The first took place in the first inning, the second took place in the fourth inning, both were successful, and the A's won 14-1.

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