Year In Review : 1932 American League

O ff the field...

Charles A. Lindbergh, the American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, faced every parent's nightmare after his child was kidnapped and murdered. In March, Lindberg's son was abducted from his own bedroom with a ransom demand of $50,000 for his release. After paying the sum, Lindberg's son was not returned infuriating the country and sparking one of the largest manhunts in modern history. In September, the missing child's battered body was found near Hopewell and further investigation revealed a suspect named Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who was found in possession of the ransom. In a sensational trial at Flemington, New Jersey, Hauptmann was convicted of murder and electrocuted on April 3 rd , 1936.

I n the American League...

On May 16 th , the New York Yankees recorded their fourth straight shutout to equal the American League record set by both Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906. The Pinstripes "perfect rotation" included Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, Red Ruffing, and Lefty Gomez who combined for an 8-0 triumph over the Indians.

Lou Gehrig, of the New York Yankees, tallied four consecutive homeruns during a 20-13 slugfest against the Philadelphia Athletics on June 3 rd . Teammate Tony Lazzeri hit for the cycle and the Bronx Bombers also set a Major League record with forty-one extra bases.

Washington Senators third baseman Ossie Bluege tied the American League record after being walked five times in the first game of a doubleheader that was eventually won by the Detroit Tigers 8-6.

I n the National League...

First baseman Bill Terry tied a National League record on April 17 th with twenty-one putouts as the New York Giants topped the Boston Braves 6-0 at the Polo Grounds.

Pittsburgh standout Paul Waner tied a Major League mark with four doubles in five at bats as the Pirates topped the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on May 20 th . Waner would later go on to break Chuck Klein's National League record for most doubles in a season with sixty-two.

John Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the oldest pitcher (at forty-nine) to win a Major League baseball game after relieving Van Mungo in the ninth to beat the New York Giants 2-1 on August 14 th . Teammate Johnny Frederick had tied the game with his fourth pinch-hit homerun of the year setting a new major league record and would go on to add two more before the season's end.

A round the league...

On May 30 th , a commemorative plaque in memory of former Yankee manager Miller Huggins was dedicated at Yankees Stadium initiating an array of tributes that would later evolve into "Monument Park".

At a June 22 nd meeting of the National League club presidents, a committee finally approved the addition of numbers on player uniforms. The American League's New York Yankees had initiated the concept in 1929 with the rest of the American League following close behind.

After holding several hearings, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis cleared Rogers Hornsby on charges of fraudulently "borrowing" money from several Chicago Cubs players. The investigation was initiated after local papers in the "Windy City" reported that Hornsby had obtained money from players to bet on horse races or to share in joint ventures.

During a joint meeting of American and National League owners on December 15 th , the concept of "chain store" baseball (originally developed as the St. Louis Cardinal farm system) was approved despite objections by Judge Landis.

"I believe the greatest team I ever saw was the 1932 Yankees." - Hall of Famer Billy Herman
1932 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

130

Batting Average

Detroit

.367

Boston

Doubles

Philadelphia

47

Hits

Philadelphia

216

Home Runs

Philadelphia

58

On Base Percentage

New York

.489

RBI

Philadelphia

169

Runs

Philadelphia

151

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.749

Stolen Bases

New York

38

Total Bases

Philadelphia

438

Triples

Washington

18

1932 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Philadelphia

27

ERA

Philadelphia

2.84

Games

Washington

54

Saves

Washington

13

Shutouts

Detroit

4

Philadelphia

Strikeouts

New York

190

Winning Percentage

New York

.810

Wins

Washington

26

1932 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

107 47 .695 0

Philadelphia Athletics

94 60 .610 13

Washington Senators

93 61 .604 14

Cleveland Indians

87 65 .572 19

Detroit Tigers

76 75 .503

St. Louis Browns

63 91 .409 44

Chicago White Sox

49 102 .325 56½

Boston Red Sox

43 111 .279 64

1932 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

766

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.290

Doubles

Cleveland

310

Hits

Philadelphia

1,606

Home Runs

Philadelphia

172

On Base Percentage

New York

.376

Runs

New York

1,002

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.457

Stolen Bases

Detroit

103

Triples

Washington

100

1932 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

96

ERA

New York

3.99

Fewest Hits Allowed

Detroit

1,421

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

70

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

446

Saves

Washington

22

Shutouts

New York

11

Strikeouts

New York

780



On June 3, 1932 , Lou Gehrig became the first American League player to hit four home runs during the same game review the box score for complete details.

On July 31, 1932, Municipal Stadium hosted its first game. 80,184 fans sat in the $2.64 million dollar stadium and watched the Athletics' Lefty Grove shutout the Indians 1-0.

On September 13, 1932, Joe McCarthy clinched the American League pennant while at the helm of the New York Yankees making him the first manager to win pennants in both the American and National leagues.

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