Year In Review : 1932 National 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.

"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



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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