Carl Hubbell Stats

Carl Hubbell was born on Monday, June 22, 1903, in Carthage, Missouri. Hubbell was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 26, 1928, with the New York Giants. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Carl Hubbell baseball stats page.

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"In terms of All-Star Game pitching feats, there is one standing far, far apart from all others. On July 10, 1934 , in the Polo Grounds , the National League's Carl Hubbell wrote himself some baseball history by striking out the final three men of the first inning and the first two of the second. Any self-respecting baseball historian knows the names by heart, and almost invariably rattles them off so quickly it's as if the five men had one name: Ruthgehrigfoxxsimmonscronin." - Sportswriter Bob Ryan in the Boston Globe (2002) [ Carl Hubbell Quotes ]

Carl Hubbell

Carl 'The Meal Ticket' Hubbell Autograph on a 1979 TCMA Baseball Card (#88)

Carl 'The Meal Ticket' Hubbell Autograph on a 1979 TCMA Baseball Card (#88)

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Birth Name:
Carl Owen Hubbell
Nickname:
Carthage Catapault or King Carl or The Meal Ticket
Born On:
06-22-1903  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Carthage, Missouri
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-21-1988 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Scottsdale, Arizona
Cemetery:
New Hope Cemetery, Meeker, Oklahoma Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Meeker High School (Meeker, OK)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
07-26-1928 (Age 25)
Last Game:
08-24-1943
Draft:
Not Applicable

Carl Hubbell

Carl Hubbell Pitching Stats

1928 25 Giants 20 14 5 10 6 .625 2.83 8 1 1 124.0 511 117 39 49 7 21 - 37 1 3 0 -
1929 26 Giants 39 35 3 18 11 .621 3.69 19 1 1 268.0 1,130 273 110 128 17 67 - 106 5 6 0 -
1930 27 Giants 37 32 4 17 12 .586 3.87 17 3 2 241.2 1,037 263 104 120 11 58 - 117 3 11 0 -
1931 28 Giants 36 30 5 14 12 .538 2.65 21 4 3 248.0 1,010 211 73 88 14 67 - 155 3 4 0 -
1932 29 Giants 40 32 7 18 11 .621 2.50 22 0 2 284.0 1,151 260 79 96 20 40 - 137 3 4 1 -
1933 30 Giants 45 33 11 23 12 .657 1.66 22 10 5 308.2 1,206 256 57 69 6 47 - 156 3 3 0 -
1934 31 Giants 49 34 11 21 12 .636 2.30 25 5 8 313.0 1,255 286 80 100 17 37 - 118 2 2 0 -
1935 32 Giants 42 35 6 23 12 .657 3.27 24 1 0 302.2 1,265 314 110 125 27 49 - 150 7 3 0 -
1936 33 Giants 42 34 6 26 6 .813 2.31 25 3 3 304.0 1,202 265 78 81 7 57 - 123 3 5 0 -
1937 34 Giants 39 32 6 22 8 .733 3.20 18 4 4 261.2 1,087 261 93 108 18 55 - 159 7 3 0 -
1938 35 Giants 24 22 2 13 10 .565 3.07 13 1 1 179.0 732 171 61 70 16 33 - 104 1 2 0 -
1939 36 Giants 29 18 8 11 9 .550 2.75 10 0 2 154.0 639 150 47 60 11 24 - 62 2 2 0 -
1940 37 Giants 31 27 3 11 12 .478 3.65 11 2 0 214.1 916 220 87 102 22 59 - 86 3 2 0 -
1941 38 Giants 26 22 4 11 9 .550 3.57 11 1 1 164.0 705 169 65 73 10 53 - 75 4 2 0 -
1942 39 Giants 24 20 1 11 8 .579 3.95 11 0 0 157.1 660 158 69 75 17 34 - 61 2 1 0 -
1943 40 Giants 12 11 0 4 4 .500 4.91 3 0 0 66.0 299 87 36 36 7 24 - 31 4 0 0 -
16 Years 535 431 82 253 154 .622 2.98 260 36 33 3,590.1 14,805 3,461 1,188 1,380 227 725 - 1,677 53 53 1 -

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Carl Hubbell Hitting Stats

1928 25 Giants 20 47 3 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 - 11 1 - 0 - .106 .143 .128
1929 26 Giants 39 93 6 12 1 0 0 0 10 2 - 14 7 - 0 - .129 .147 .140
1930 27 Giants 37 86 5 13 3 0 0 0 3 1 - 13 10 - 0 - .151 .161 .186
1931 28 Giants 36 83 9 20 6 0 0 0 8 3 - 9 6 - 1 - .241 .276 .313
1932 29 Giants 40 108 11 26 3 1 1 0 6 2 - 11 4 - 0 - .241 .255 .315
1933 30 Giants 45 109 6 20 2 1 1 0 12 2 - 18 5 - 0 2 .183 .198 .248
1934 31 Giants 49 117 9 23 1 0 0 0 9 4 - 11 3 - 0 0 .197 .223 .205
1935 32 Giants 42 109 15 26 2 0 1 0 12 5 - 15 2 - 0 2 .239 .272 .284
1936 33 Giants 42 110 9 25 1 0 0 0 8 3 - 14 10 - 0 1 .227 .248 .236
1937 34 Giants 39 97 4 21 4 0 0 0 6 0 - 13 3 - 0 1 .216 .216 .258
1938 35 Giants 24 58 3 9 0 0 0 0 3 1 - 5 10 - 0 0 .155 .169 .155
1939 36 Giants 29 53 3 8 1 0 1 0 6 2 - 3 3 - 0 2 .151 .182 .226
1940 37 Giants 31 81 5 15 3 0 0 0 10 1 - 15 2 - 0 2 .185 .195 .222
1941 38 Giants 26 57 5 8 2 0 0 0 4 1 - 8 2 - 0 0 .140 .155 .175
1942 39 Giants 24 60 2 11 0 0 0 0 2 3 - 10 3 - 0 1 .183 .222 .183
1943 40 Giants 12 20 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 2 4 - 0 1 .200 .238 .200
16 Years 535 1,288 95 246 30 2 4 0 101 33 - 172 75 - 1 12 .191 .212 .227

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Carl Hubbell Fielding Stats

1928 Giants P 20 14 372 51 2.6 46 6 40 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .902 3.34
1929 Giants P 39 35 804 93 2.4 92 16 76 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .989 3.09
1930 Giants P 37 32 725 54 1.5 51 12 39 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.90
1931 Giants P 36 30 744 51 1.4 47 9 38 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .922 1.71
1932 Giants P 40 32 852 105 2.6 101 18 83 4 5 n/a n/a n/a .962 3.20
1933 Giants P 45 33 926 119 2.6 117 23 94 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .983 3.41
1934 Giants P 49 34 939 101 2.1 99 17 82 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.85
1935 Giants P 42 35 908 91 2.2 90 5 85 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.68
1936 Giants P 42 34 912 81 1.9 79 14 65 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.34
1937 Giants P 39 32 785 60 1.5 58 11 47 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.99
1938 Giants P 24 22 537 33 1.4 33 6 27 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.66
1939 Giants P 29 18 462 38 1.3 38 2 36 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.22
1940 Giants P 31 27 643 58 1.9 56 4 52 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.35
1941 Giants P 26 22 492 24 0.9 23 3 20 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.26
1942 Giants P 24 20 472 42 1.8 38 6 32 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .905 2.17
1943 Giants P 12 11 198 11 0.9 11 3 8 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
P Totals 535 431 10,771 1,012 1.9 979 155 824 33 55 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.45
16 Years 535 431 10,771 1,012 1.9 979 155 824 33 55 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.45

Carl Hubbell

Carl Hubbell Miscellaneous Stats

1928 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 23.5 1.76 2.69 1.52
1929 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.6 9.3 1.58 3.56 2.25
1930 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.6 28.7 2.02 4.36 2.16
1931 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.2 10.4 2.31 5.63 2.43
1932 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 108.0 9.8 18.0 3.43 4.34 1.27
1933 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 109.0 6.1 9.1 3.32 4.55 1.37
1934 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.6 13.0 3.19 3.39 1.06
1935 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 109.0 7.3 9.1 3.06 4.46 1.46
1936 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.9 13.8 2.16 3.64 1.69
1937 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.5 16.2 2.89 5.47 1.89
1938 Giants 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.6 19.3 3.15 5.23 1.66
1939 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 53.0 17.7 8.8 2.58 3.62 1.40
1940 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.4 8.1 1.46 3.61 2.48
1941 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.1 14.3 1.42 4.12 2.91
1942 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 30.0 1.79 3.49 1.94
1943 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.0 0.0 1.29 4.23 3.27
16 Years 1 - - 0 0 n/a 322.0 7.5 12.8 2.31 4.20 1.82

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Carl Hubbell Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1928 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
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1932 New York Giants 10 Undetermined n/a -
1933 New York Giants 11 $12,000.00 Stats Stats
1934 New York Giants 11 $18,000.00 Stats -
1935 New York Giants 11 $18,000.00 Stats -
1936 New York Giants 11 $18,000.00 Stats Stats
1937 New York Giants 11 $22,500.00 Stats Stats
1938 New York Giants 11 $22,500.00 Stats -
1939 New York Giants 11 Undetermined - -
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1942 New York Giants 11 Undetermined Stats -
1943 New York Giants 11 Undetermined - -
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Carl Owen Hubbell was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the New York Giants (1928-1943). Did you know that Carl Hubbell was the first player in National League history to win the (BBWAA) Most Valuable Player Award Winners twice? Too easy? Did you know he was also the first National League player to win an MVP unanimously (receiving all first place votes)?

CARL HUBBELL BIOGRAPHY

Ignoring warnings about the possible damage the screwball might do to his arm, Carl Hubbell stuck with the pitch and went on to become one of the greatest left handed pitchers of all time. He, along with Lefty Grove, starred on the mound during a time that is most remembered as a hitters era.

Hubbell got his first crack at the majors with Detroit in 1926 but was told not to use the screwball to avoid arm injury. He then failed to impress the Tigers and his next attempt at the Major Leagues came with the Giants two years later. Although he was purchased by New York mid way through the 1928 season Hubbell still managed to win ten games. He came into his own the next season winning 18 games.

In 1933 Hubbell began a string of five straight 20-victory seasons averaging 23 wins a year from 1933-37. He helped lead the Giants to a pennant and a World Championship in 1933, winning National League MVP by posting 23 wins, ten shutouts, 308 innings pitched and a microscopic 1.66 ERA. At one point Hubbell hurled 45 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. He then added two wins without allowing an earned run in New York's World Series win over the Senators.

Hubbell gave perhaps the greatest All Star Game pitching performance in history when, in 1934 , he struck out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth , Lou Gehrig , Jimmie Foxx , Al Simmons and Joe Cronin consecutively. Hubbell helped pace the Giants to back to back pennants in 1936-37 and won his second MVP in 1936 when he notched a career high 26 wins and concluded the year winning 16 straight decisions. Hubbell then won his first eight games in 1937 giving him 24 consecutive wins over two seasons, still a Major League record.

He finished his career with 253 victories, a .622 winning percentage and a lifetime 2.98 ERA. Hubbell was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947.

Carl Hubbell Hall of Fame Plaque
Carl Hubbell | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1947 ( HOF )
Carl Hubbell won twenty-four consecutive games between 1936 (16) and 1937 (8), the longest such streak in Major League history - a baseball feat we paid tribute too back in 2002. Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of "a nice game" he had a few years before the streak, a no-hitter researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), originally appearing in his book No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Carl Hubbell', Page 125):

Car Hubbell No Hitter (Box Score: May 8, 1929 )

Carl Hubbell had won his first two starts for New York in 1929 when he faced the fourth place Pittsburgh Pirates and the veteran Jess Petty on Wednesday, May 8 , before 8000 fans in the Polo Grounds.

Sparky Adams began the game with a grounder which shortstop Travis Jackson fielded and threw wildly over first for a two-base error. Lloyd Waner's sacrifice bunt moved Adams to third but he was stranded there as Paul Waner popped to short and Pie Traynor's hot grounder to third was fielded flawlessly by Fred Lindstrom.

Jackson made a fine play on Dick Bartell's grounder to end the second and, with two out in the third, Adams walked but was forced at second on Waner's grounder to short. Jackson tossing to second baseman Andy Cohen for the out.

From then until the ninth, Hubbell set the Pirates down in order. Traynor lined a well-hit ball to right with one out in the fourth but right to Mel Ott, and Waner ended the sixth with a grounder on which Jackson made a fine play. The other chances were routine.

Harry Riconda batted for relief pitcher Remy Kremer to start the ninth and lined one to left. Chick Fullis, playing deep, raced in, got both hands on the ball then dropped it for an error. Adams followed with a bounder to short and Jackson, in his haste to start a double play, fumbled the ball.

Hubbell had no worries about losing the game for he had an 11-0 lead, but his mates were making a no-hitter mighty difficult, for Carl now had to pitch to the great Waner brothers.

Lloyd Waner was first and Hubbell got him on a called third strike. Lloyd's brother Paul, after slashing a wicked one, just foul, down the first base line, hit one between the mound and first. Hubbell, who had shown a weakness as a fielder the year before, pounced on the ball, fired it to second to force Adams, and Jackson's relay to Bill Terry at first doubled Waner to end the game.

The Giants scored twice in each of the first three innings. With two out in the first, Traynor erred on Lindstrom's roller and Ott hit a long drive over Paul Waner's head in right for an inside-the-park homer. Fullis homered with one out in the second, his third in three days. Bob O'Farrell tripled to right, and Fred Fussell relieved Petty. Hubbell's sacrifice fly to right scored O'Farrell.

Cohen began the third with a homer to upper left. Ott walked and, with two out, Jackson beat out a hit to third. When Fullis singled to left, scoring Ott, Kremer relieved Fussell, fanned O'Farrell and finished the game, despite a five-run sixth.

In that frame, O'Farrell doubled with one out, Hubbell was safe on first baseman Earl Sheely's error, Edd Roush tripled, Cohen singled and, with two out, Ott hit his second homer. Ott tied two no-hit game records with two home runs and three runs scored.

Hubbell finished the season with an 18-11 record.

The Carthage Catapault. The Meal Ticket. King Carl. Three great nicknames for one of the greatest left handers in baseball history. Join Baseball Almanac as we take a look at some additional numbers of interest as they relate one of the most dominant lefties ever:

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Carl Hubbell - 1934 All-Star Game

5 - Carl Hubbell struck out five future Hall of Famers in succession during the 1934 All-Star Game ; Babe Ruth , Lou Gehrig , Jimmie Foxx , Al Simmons and Joe Cronin . Easily one of the most iconic moments in All-Star history.

11 - Carl Hubbell wore #11 with the New York Giants from 1933 through 1943 and the franchise retired it in his honor in 1944, the first National League player to have his number retired.

45 - Carl Hubbell was ranked forty-fifth in 1999 by The Sporting News when their editors ranked Baseball's 100 Greatest Players .

45.1 - Carl Hubbell once pitched 45.1 consecutive scoreless innings setting a National League record in 1933 that stood until 1968 - this feat is still kept here on Baseball Almanac in the 40+ Consecutive Scoreless Innings Pitched record book.

1933 - Carl Hubbell pitched in his first World Series in 1933 and had their been a World Series Most Valuable Player Award (it started in 1955), The Meal Ticket might have won, pitching two complete games ( Game 1 [9 IP] & Game 4 [11 IP]), winning them both, finishing with an 0.00 ERA, and striking out fifteen.

1947 - Carl Hubbell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947, four years after he retired (a five-year wait period hadn't yet been put in place); however, it was third year on the ballot before the writers gave him 87% of their votes.

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