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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

New York
100
Brooklyn
.368
Pittsburgh
62
Philadelphia
226
Philadelphia
38
New York
New York
.424
Philadelphia
143
Philadelphia
152
Philadelphia
.646
Philadelphia
20
Philadelphia
420
Cincinnati
19

1932 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cincinnati
28
Chicago
2.37
Pittsburgh
47
Brooklyn
8
St. Louis
4
Pittsburgh
Chicago
St. Louis
191
Chicago
.786
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

Philadelphia
446
Philadelphia
.292
Philadelphia
330
Philadelphia
1,608
Philadelphia
122
Philadelphia
.348
Philadelphia
844
Philadelphia
.442
St. Louis
92
Pittsburgh
90

1932 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cincinnati
83
Chicago
3.45
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
1,444
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Boston
61
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cincinnati
276
Philadelphia
17
St. Louis
13
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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