Year In Review : 1932 National League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

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"If there were one more like him (Dizzy Dean) in all of baseball, just on more, as God is my judge, I'd get out of the game." - Branch Rickey

1932 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
New York
100
Batting Average
Brooklyn
.368
Doubles
Pittsburgh
62
Hits
Philadelphia
226
Home Runs
Philadelphia
38
New York
On Base Percentage
New York
.424
RBI
Philadelphia
143
Runs
Philadelphia
152
Slugging Average
Philadelphia
.646
Stolen Bases
Philadelphia
20
Total Bases
Philadelphia
420
Triples
Cincinnati
19

1932 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Cincinnati
28
ERA
Chicago
2.37
Games
Pittsburgh
47
Saves
Brooklyn
8
Shutouts
St. Louis
4
Pittsburgh
Chicago
Strikeouts
St. Louis
191
Winning Percentage
Chicago
.786
Wins
Chicago
22

1932 National League

Team Standings

Chicago Cubs 90 64 .584 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 68 .558 4
Brooklyn Dodgers 81 73 .526 9
Philadelphia Phillies 78 76 .506 12
Boston Braves 77 77 .500 13
St.Louis Cardinals 72 82 .468 18
New York Giants 72 82 .468 18
Cincinnati Reds 60 94 .390 30

1932 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Philadelphia
446
Batting Average
Philadelphia
.292
Doubles
Philadelphia
330
Hits
Philadelphia
1,608
Home Runs
Philadelphia
122
On Base Percentage
Philadelphia
.348
Runs
Philadelphia
844
Slugging Average
Philadelphia
.442
Stolen Bases
St. Louis
92
Triples
Pittsburgh
90

1932 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Cincinnati
83
ERA
Chicago
3.45
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
1,444
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Boston
61
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cincinnati
276
Saves
Philadelphia
17
Shutouts
St. Louis
13
Strikeouts
St. Louis
681
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baseball almanac fast facts

On June 22, 1932, the National League finally approved the wearing of uniform numbers &mdsah; a practice started during the 1929 American League season.

On August 14, 1932, Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers relieved Van Mungo during the ninth inning and became the oldest pitcher (he was forty-nine) to earn a victory.

Did you know that Chuck Klein led the National League in home runs AND stolen bases during this season? Why is the significant? We challenge you to find that combination in any National League player who played during the lively ball era (1920+).

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