Year In Review : 1928 National League

Off the field...

On June 18 th , Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean during a historic flight that lasted twenty-four hours and forty-nine minutes. The first woman to obtain pilot's certification from the National Aeronautic Association, Earhart flew as a passenger aboard a Fokker F.VIIb-3m flown by Wilmer Stultz and Slim Gordon. She later made the first solo flight by a woman from Hawaii to California in 1935, but her plane was later lost somewhere in the Pacific in 1937 as she was attempting to circumnavigate the globe. The exact circumstances of her (presumed) crash are still unknown today.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact was developed as an international effort to outlaw war. The declaration originally started as a bilateral French-American accord, but fourteen nations registered immediately, and sixty-two nations eventually signed. Although unsuccessful, the treaty marked the high point of idealism in the pursuit of peace. The proclamation stated "Whereas a Treaty between the President of the United States Of America, the President of the German Reich, His Majesty the King of the Belgians, the President of the French Republic, His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India, His Majesty the King of Italy, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, the President of the Republic of Poland, and the President of the Czechoslovak Republic, providing for the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy."

In the American League...

On May 1 st , the Cleveland Indians outfield tied a Major League record with five assists in a game against the St. Louis Browns. Rookie Sam Langford also tied another Major League mark after posting four of them himself. It was the tenth time (once in extra innings) that the record was equaled in the major leagues, and the last time the century. Although the "Tribe" was out-hit 12-10, they managed to hold on for the 4-3 victory.

Forty-one year-old Detroit Tiger veteran Ty Cobb stole home on June 15 th against the Cleveland Indians for the fiftieth (and final time) in his twenty-four year career to extend another one of his ninety Major League records.

Washington Senators pitcher Milt Gaston set another unusual American League record after surrendering fourteen hits en route to a 9-0 shutout over the Cleveland Indians on July 10 th .

In the National League...

The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals combined on June 2 nd to set a Major League record with a 2-1 effort that was the result of three pinch-hit home runs.

Following a Labor Day doubleheader rainout, the Boston Braves went on to play a record nine consecutive doubleheaders between September 4 th and the 15 th : First, the Brooklyn Dodgers on the 4 th and 5 th ; then Philadelphia Phillies on the 7 th and 8 th ; followed by the New York Giants on the 10 th , 11 th , 13 th , and 14 th ; and finally the Chicago Cubs on the 15 th . Starting with Philadelphia, the Braves also went on to set an unwanted record by dropping five consecutive games including all four against the Giants.

On September 18 th , the Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs combined to set a National League record with eight double plays between them.

Around the League...

After voters in Massachusetts finally approved Sunday baseball in Boston (provided that the ballpark is more than 1,000 feet from a church), Pennsylvania was left as the only state in the major leagues with no Sunday baseball.

Alfred J. Reach, founder of A.J. Reach Sporting Goods, died on January 14 th at the tender age of eighty-seven. Reach had become the first ballplayer ever to receive a regular salary after signing as a catcher with the Philadelphia Athletics at $25 a week (for expenses) in 1865.

On December 11 th , National League President John Heydler first proposed (see newspaper story at bottom of page) the concept of a designated hitter (also known as the tenth regular). Heydler contended that the fans were tired of seeing weak hitting pitchers come up to bat and the incorporation of a designated hitter would improve the quality of play and speed up the game.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The DH cuts down strategy. It helps mediocre teams and good teams can't have full benefit of better pinch hitters. The bad teams benefit." - Billy Martin

1928 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Boston
107
Batting Average
Boston
.387
Doubles
Pittsburgh
50
Hits
New York
231
Home Runs
St. Louis
31
Chicago
On Base Percentage
Boston
.498
RBI
St. Louis
136
Runs
Pittsburgh
142
Slugging Average
Boston
.632
Stolen Bases
Chicago
37
Total Bases
St. Louis
362
Triples
St. Louis
20

1928 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
New York
28
Pittsburgh
ERA
Brooklyn
2.09
Games
Pittsburgh
48
Saves
St. Louis
5
St. Louis
Shutouts
Chicago
4
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Strikeouts
Brooklyn
200
Winning Percentage
New York
.735
Wins
New York
25
Pittsburgh

1928 National League

Team Standings

St.Louis Cardinals 95 59 .617 0
New York Giants 93 61 .604 2
Chicago Cubs 91 63 .591 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 85 67 .559 9
Cincinnati Reds 78 74 .513 16
Brooklyn Robins 77 76 .503 17½
Boston Braves 50 103 .327 44½
Philadelphia Phillies 43 109 .283 51

1928 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
St. Louis
568
Batting Average
Pittsburgh
.309
Doubles
St. Louis
292
Hits
Pittsburgh
1,659
Home Runs
New York
118
On Base Percentage
Pittsburgh
.364
Runs
Pittsburgh
837
Slugging Average
New York
.430
Stolen Bases
Chicago
83
Cincinnati
Triples
Pittsburgh
100

1928 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
St. Louis
83
ERA
Brooklyn
3.25
Fewest Hits Allowed
Brooklyn
1,378
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Chicago
56
Fewest Walks Allowed
St. Louis
399
Saves
St. Louis
21
Shutouts
Brooklyn
16
Strikeouts
Brooklyn
551
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If you want to try a challenge, try to find other players who have led their league in home runs and triples — a combination led by Jim Bottomley in 1928.

Did you know that on December 11, 1928, the National League voted for and approved a new position called the designated hitter? The American League voted no to the idea which was proposed by National League president John A. Heydler and strongly supported by the New York Giants manager John McGraw .

Designated Hitter History

Designated Hitter History | December 12, 1928 | The Brooklyn Citizen

On September 4, 1928 the Boston Braves played a doubleheader. On September 15, 1928 they played another doubleheader; however, between those two dates ALL their match-ups were a record setting nine consecutive doubleheaders.

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