Winning Percentage : 1942 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:

"Maybe I missed my routine and my game so much that I was trying to rationalize reasons for getting it back. I wanted those 162 games. I wanted all the suspense of the playoff and home run races. And I honestly didn't believe baseball would bend far enough to allow the possibility of games in November. I was wrong. And baseball was right." - Paul White in USA Today Baseball Weekly (September 14, 2001)
1942 Winning Percentage Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Johnny Beazley .778 (.77778) St. Louis Cardinals 1
Mort Cooper .759 (.75862) St. Louis Cardinals 2
Bill Lohrman .737 (.73684) St. Louis Cardinals 3
New York Giants
Whit Wyatt .731 (.73077) Brooklyn Dodgers 4
Curt Davis .714 (.71429) Brooklyn Dodgers 5
Harry Gumbert .643 (.64286) St. Louis Cardinals 6
Max Lanier .619 (.61905) St. Louis Cardinals 7
Johnny Vander Meer .600 (.60000) Cincinnati Reds 8
Kirby Higbe .593 (.59259) Brooklyn Dodgers 9
Carl Hubbell .579 (.57895) New York Giants 10
Claude Passeau .576 (.57576) Chicago Cubs 11
Ray Starr .536 (.53571) Cincinnati Reds 12
Rip Sewell .531 (.53125) Pittsburgh Pirates 13
Bob Carpenter .524 (.52381) New York Giants 14
Bucky Walters .517 (.51724) Cincinnati Reds 15
Bill Lee .500 (.50000) Chicago Cubs 16
Lon Warneke .500 (.50000) St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs
Hal Schumacher .480 (.48000) New York Giants 18
Paul Derringer .476 (.47619) Cincinnati Reds 19
Al Javery .429 (.42857) Boston Braves 20
Bob Klinger .421 (.42105) Pittsburgh Pirates 21
Tommy Hughes .400 (.40000) Philadelphia Phillies 22
Hi Bithorn .391 (.39130) Chicago Cubs 23
Elmer Riddle .389 (.38889) Cincinnati Reds 24
Jim Tobin .364 (.36364) Boston Braves 25


Jack Clark , Denny Galehouse , Dizzy Trout and Tony Conigliaro .

Future Hall of Famer Sammy Sosa is best known for wearing number twenty-one; however, when the young slugger played for the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991) he only wore number twenty-five.

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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