Year In Review : 1926 National League

O ff the field...

Controversial radio host Father Coughlin began broadcasting his right-wing addresses in which he criticized such diverse groups as U.S. bankers, trade unionists, and Communists. Later, he organized the National Union for Social Justice, which denounced President Roosevelt's "New Deal" policies and advocated such measures as silver inflation as well as the nationalizing of banks, utilities, and many natural resources. Coughlin also published a magazine titled "Social Justice" in which he made increasingly anti-Semitic remarks directed especially at Jewish members of Wall Street.

I n the American League...

After eleven seasons (ten-and-a-half years), New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp was replaced by an "up-and-coming" rookie from Columbia University named Lou Gehrig who would hold the position for 2,130 consecutive games.

Despite losing 11-7 to the Chicago White Sox at Sportsman's Park III on April 22 nd , the St. Louis Browns managed to tie an American League record with five double plays.

On April 13 th , Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson and Philadelphia Athletics knuckleballer Eddie Rommel met for what is still considered to be the greatest opening-day pitchers' duel in baseball history. After going head-to-head for fifteen grueling innings, Johnson emerged the 1-0 victor after fanning twelve batters.

I n the National League...

The Cincinnati Reds used a Major League record-tying eight sacrifices on May 6 th , in a 14-1 triumph over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies at Crosley Field.

The city of St. Louis declared May 22 nd as "Rogers Hornsby Day" to honor the longtime player / manager. The Cardinals presented Hornsby with $1,000 in gold and a medal as the National League MVP for his performance in the 1925 season.

During a September 3 rd outing against the Boston Braves, the New York Giants set a National League record after recording an astounding twelve runs in the fifth inning. The mid-game rally devastated the Braves who were unable to recover en route to an embarrassing 17-3 disaster.

A round the league...

The Major League Baseball Rules Committee finally agreed to allow the use of a resin bag by pitchers. The Committee also discussed the elimination of the intentional walk (forcing the pitcher to throw to the batter), as calling a "catcher balk" had not eliminated the practice as originally intended.

A ninteen year-old pitching phenomenon named Satchel Paige made his debut on May 1 st in the Negro Southern League leading Chattanooga to a 5-4 triumph over Birmingham.

On May 8 th , the bleachers along the left field line at Fenway Park were partially destroyed by a fire. Surprisingly, the Red Sox management opted not to replace the seats.

"I saw a lot of good hitters but I never saw a better one than Paul Waner. I mean I once threw a side arm spitter right into his belly and he hit it into the upper deck." - Burleigh Grimes
1926 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

69

Batting Average

Cincinnati

.353

Doubles

St. Louis

40

Hits

Boston

201

Home Runs

Chicago

21

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.413

RBI

St. Louis

120

Runs

Pittsburgh

113

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.568

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

35

Total Bases

St. Louis

305

Triples

Pittsburgh

22

1926 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cincinnati

24

ERA

Pittsburgh

2.61

Games

New York

50

Saves

New York

6

Shutouts

Cincinnati

5

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

184

Winning Percentage

Pittsburgh

.769

Wins

Cincinnati

20

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

St. Louis

1926 National League

Team Standings

St. Louis Cardinals

89 65 .578 0

Cincinnati Reds

87 67 .565 2

Pittsburgh Pirates

84 69 .549

Chicago Cubs

82 72 .532 7

New York Giants

74 77 .490 13½

Brooklyn Robins

71 82 .464 17½

Boston Braves

66 86 .434 22

Philadelphia Phillies

58 93 .384 29½

1926 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

478

Batting Average

Cincinnati

.290

Doubles

Chicago

291

Hits

Cincinnati

1,541

St. Louis

Home Runs

St. Louis

90

On Base Percentage

Cincinnati

.349

Runs

St. Louis

817

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.415

Stolen Bases

New York

94

Triples

Cincinnati

120

1926 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

90

ERA

Chicago

3.26

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,370

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Chicago

39

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cincinnati

324

Saves

Pittsburgh

18

Shutouts

Cincinnati

14

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

517



On May 23, 1926, Hack Wilson of the Chicago Cubs became the first player to hit a ball off the old scoreboard (four-hundred forty-seven feet away) at Wrigley Field.

Hack Wilson would also lead the league in base on balls with sixty-nine. This is the Major League record for fewest base on balls by the league leader.

On June 24, 1926, Rogers Hornsby would get career hit number two-thousand — a bases-loaded game winner.

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