YEAR IN REVIEW : 1926 National League

Off the field...

U.S. troops were deployed to Nicaragua in May to help restore civil order after a revolt broke out against the new president Emiliano Chamorro. The resulting "Bryan-Chamorro Treaty" (terminated in 1970) granted the United States an option for a canal route through the country as well as the installation naval bases. For the majority of the century, Nicaragua's politics had been dominated by the competition for power between the Liberals, who were centered in the city of León, and the Conservatives who were centered in Granada.

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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

Chicago
69
Cincinnati
.353
St. Louis
40
Boston
201
Chicago
21
Pittsburgh
.413
St. Louis
120
Pittsburgh
113
Philadelphia
.568
Pittsburgh
35
St. Louis
305
Pittsburgh
22

1926 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cincinnati
24
Pittsburgh
2.61
New York
50
New York
6
Cincinnati
5
Brooklyn
184
Pittsburgh
.769
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

St. Louis
478
Cincinnati
.290
Chicago
291
Hits
Cincinnati
1,541
St. Louis
St. Louis
90
Cincinnati
.349
St. Louis
817
St. Louis
.415
New York
94
Cincinnati
120

1926 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
90
Chicago
3.26
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,370
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Chicago
39
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cincinnati
324
Pittsburgh
18
Cincinnati
14
Brooklyn
517
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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