YEAR IN REVIEW : 1930 National League

Off the field...

Economics dominated politics in the 1930's and the decade began with the construction of shanty towns called "Hoovervilles" (named after a president who felt that relief should be left to the private sector) and ended with a series of federal programs funded by the national government and an assortment of commissions set up to regulate Wall Street, the banking industry, and other business enterprises.

The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Hoover who desired a limited upward revision of tariff rates with general increases on farm products and industrial rates. The controversial act brought retaliatory tariffs from many foreign countries causing U.S. foreign trade to suffer while intensifying America's economic depression.

Many of America's most distinguished writers produced works of fiction during the thirties. The list includes such names as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thornton Wilder. Some of the novels of this period explored what was happening in America during the Great Depression. One standout, John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", chronicled the life of a displaced Oklahoma family who had lost its farm to the drought of the Dust Bowl.

In the American League...

During an April 27 th , 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox first baseman Bud Clancy became the first player at his position since Al McCauley of Washington (American Association) in 1891 to have no chances in a nine-inning game.

The New York Yankees' and Detroit Tigers' outfields combined on May 9 th for a meager two putouts setting an American League record that has never been equaled. The National League record for outfielder idleness was previously set at one putout when the Pittsburgh Pirates took on the "Brooklyn Superbas" back in August of 1910.

On May 11 th , Cleveland Indians outfielder Bibb Falk accomplished true offensive symmetry after collecting five hits, five runs batted in and five runs (in the first five innings) during a 25-7 massacre over the Philadelphia Athletics.

In the National League...

New York Giants pitcher Larry Benton set an unwanted modern Major League record (since tied several times) by surrendering six separate home runs in a single game. Training the Chicago Cubs 14-4, Benton and his teammates managed to tack on five runs (on four home runs) in the bottom of the seventh to tie the Major League record for most runs in a side.

The rules governing homeruns was changed after Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Al Lopez bounced one over Cincinnati Reds' left fielder Bob Meusel and into the bleachers on September 12 th . The lucky round-tripper marked the last recorded "bouncer" and has since then been marked as a guaranteed double.

On the final day of the regular season, a young nineteen-year-old rookie named Dizzy Dean made his Major League debut with St. Louis Cardinals surrendering just 3-hits en route to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Around the League...

On March 8 th , Babe Ruth signed a new two year contract for $160,000 with the New York Yankees. At $80,000 per year, "The Sultan of Swat" became the highest paid player of all time and earned more money than the President of the United States. In an effort to assure posterity, Yankees General Manager Ed Barrow was quoted as saying that "No one in baseball will ever be paid more than Ruth."

By April 29 th , suspicions that the 1930 ball was the "liveliest ever" increase as an astounding one-hundred twenty-three runs were scored in just seven Major League games.

With no Most Valuable Player Award for the second year in a row (due to financial strains), the Associated Press polled its members and named Joe Cronin as it's unofficial American League MVP for 1930. The Baseball Writers Association named Hack Wilson the MVP of the Nationals and his team (the Chicago Cubs) presented him with the $1000 bonus. The Sporting News, also acting to fill the MVP void, announced its own selection of Bill Terry as the Most Valuable Player for the National League, and Joe Cronin for the American League.

On November 23 rd , Red Badgro, a St. Louis Browns outfielder / New York Giants receiver caught his third touchdown pass of the season (against the Green Bay Packers) igniting a two-sport career that would eventually land him in the Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Hack Wilson's career was relatively short, much like his stature, but he packed a wallop in his prime." - National Baseball Hall of Fame

1930 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
105
New York
.401
Philadelphia
59
New York
254
Chicago
56
New York
.458
Chicago
191
Philadelphia
158
Chicago
.723
Chicago
37
Philadelphia
445
Pittsburgh
23

1930 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Pittsburgh
22
Chicago
Brooklyn
2.61
Philadelphia
48
St. Louis
8
Chicago
4
Brooklyn
St. Louis
177
New York
.731
Pittsburgh
20
Chicago

1930 National League

Team Standings

St.Louis Cardinals 92 62 .597 0
Chicago Cubs 90 64 .584 2
New York Giants 87 67 .565 5
Brooklyn Robins 86 68 .558 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 74 .519 12
Boston Braves 70 84 .455 22
Cincinnati Reds 59 95 .383 33
Philadelphia Phillies 52 102 .338 40

1930 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
588
New York
.319
St. Louis
373
Philadelphia
1,783
Chicago
171
Chicago
.378
St. Louis
1,004
Chicago
.481
Pittsburgh
76
Pittsburgh
119

1930 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
90
New York
3.31
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,341
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cincinnati
51
Fewest Walks Allowed
Brooklyn
351
St. Louis
20
New York
17
St. Louis
St. Louis
626
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Did you know that the 1930 St. Louis Cardinals were the first team this century to score more than one-thousand runs during a single season?

The 191 runs batted in by Hack Wilson of the Chicago Cubs were so amazing that Baseball Almanac made an entire page for that fabulous hitting feat.

The 1930 New York Giants were a remarkable team as well setting a new National League record for highest batting average (.319) by a team during a single season.

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