Batting Average : 1939 National League Top 25

Finding the American or National League leader in virtually every hitting & pitching statistic is easy-to-do. Finding the top 25 players during any given season is far more challenging. Baseball Almanac has taken away that difficult problem and is pleased to present the data you requested:

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"Although baseball decided to extend the regular season deeper into October to play 162 games (after the 09-11 disaster), why not just play 154? Baseball has dealt with shortened seasons before. (Bud) Selig spoke about the sanctity of playing 162 games, but baseball played 154 games until 1961. Baseball should have just let the games go and continued with the current schedule." - Joe Morgan on ESPN (September 19, 2001)

1939 Batting Average Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Johnny Mize .349 (.34929) St. Louis Cardinals 1
Frank McCormick .332 (.33175) Cincinnati Reds 2
Joe Medwick .332 (.33168) St. Louis Cardinals 3
Paul Waner .328 (.32755) Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Morrie Arnovich .324 (.32383) Philadelphia Phillies 5
Ival Goodman .323 (.32340) Cincinnati Reds 6
Zeke Bonura .321 (.32088) New York Giants 7
Enos Slaughter .320 (.31954) St. Louis Cardinals 8
Harry Danning .313 (.31346) New York Giants 9
Buddy Hassett .308 (.30847) Boston Bees 10
Mel Ott .308 (.30808) New York Giants 11
Billy Herman .307 (.30658) Chicago Cubs 12
Arky Vaughan .306 (.30588) Pittsburgh Pirates 13
Augie Galan .304 (.30419) Chicago Cubs 14
Frank Demaree .304 (.30357) New York Giants 15
Cookie Lavagetto .300 (.29983) Brooklyn Dodgers 16
Debs Garms .298 (.29825) Boston Bees 17
Stan Hack .298 (.29797) Chicago Cubs 18
Jimmy Brown .298 (.29767) St. Louis Cardinals 19
Terry Moore .295 (.29496) St. Louis Cardinals 20
Lonny Frey .291 (.29132) Cincinnati Reds 21
Dolph Camilli .290 (.29027) Brooklyn Dodgers 22
Elbie Fletcher .290 (.28992) Boston Bees 23
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Billy Werber .289 (.28881) Cincinnati Reds 24
Ernie Lombardi .287 (.28667) Cincinnati Reds 25
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Jim Thome wore number twenty-five since he first came up with the Cleveland Indians making him the franchise record holder for that particular number ( Mike Garcia is second).

Jose Cruz of the Houston Astros had his number twenty-five retired on October 3, 1992, and became the first Major League player with that particular retired number.

The first player from the Angels franchise (they were the California Angels at the time) to wear the number twenty-five was Bob Perry .

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