Year In Review : 1933 American League

Off the field...

The legal prevention of alcoholic beverages known as "Prohibition" was finally repealed due to the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment. After World War I, national prohibition had become the law as stated in the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which strictly forbid the manufacturing, sale, import, or export of any and all intoxicating liquors. In spite of the Volstead Act (1919), law enforcement proved to be very difficult and smuggling (or bootlegging) on a large scale could not be prevented. As a result, the illicit manufacture of liquor sprang up with such rapidity that authorities were unable to suppress it.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated his "New Deal" domestic reform program. The first phase (1933-34) attempted to provide recovery and relief from the Great Depression through programs of agricultural and business regulation, inflation, price stabilization, and public works. As a result, Congress established numerous emergency organizations, notably the National Recovery Administration (NRA), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Public Works Administration.

In the American League...

During a May 16 th marathon at Griffith Stadium, the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians both combined to break a Major League record by using eleven different pitchers in twelve innings. With both bullpens depleted, the Senators finally broke through the stalemate for the 11-10 decision.

On August 14 th , Philadelphia Athletics slugger Jimmie Foxx hit for the cycle against the Cleveland Indians while driving in nine runs for a new American League record. Eight players amazingly would hit for the cycle during the 1933 season.

New York Yankees icon Babe Ruth returned to the mound on October 1 st to pitch the final outing of his career. Adding a homerun to support his own cause, "The Bambino" finished the complete game with a 6-5 victory over his old teammates (and rivals) the Boston Red Sox.

In the National League...

Honus Wagner left retirement to rejoin the Pittsburgh Pirates as a coach. Wagner had previously played seventeen years with the ball club and would remain for thirty-nine more while giving batting tips to future Hall of Famers Pie Traynor, Kiki Cuyler, Arky Vaughn, Ralph Kiner, and the Waner brothers.

On March 11 th , a substantial earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area interrupting an exhibition game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. As fans exited the grandstands amidst panic, players from both teams were forced to huddle around the center of the diamond until the tremors stopped.

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Dick Bartell equaled a Major League mark on April 25 th with four doubles in four at bats during a 7-1 victory over the Boston Braves at the Baker Bowl.

Around the League...

Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis took a voluntary pay-cut of forty percent setting an example for the league-wide salary cuts that were anticipated due to the lingering Depression.

The All-Star Game made its debut on July 6 th 1933, at Chicago's Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition. The National League's manager John McGraw and American Leagues's Connie Mack were chosen to lead a line-up of big hitters including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Babe Ruth. With fellow All-Star, Charlie Gehringer on first in the bottom of the third, Ruth drove one into the right-field stands for the first homer in All-Star history. The rest of the American Leaguers followed suite and went on to beat the Nationals in the inaugural Midsummer Classic 4-2.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I'm not a headline guy. I know that as long as I was following (Babe) Ruth to the plate I could have stood on my head and no one would have known the difference." - Lou Gehrig

1933 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
New York
114
Batting Average
Philadelphia
.356
Doubles
Washington
45
Hits
Washington
221
Home Runs
Philadelphia
48
On Base Percentage
Philadelphia
.459
RBI
Philadelphia
163
Runs
New York
138
Slugging Average
Philadelphia
.703
Stolen Bases
New York
27
Total Bases
Philadelphia
403
Triples
Washington
17

1933 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Philadelphia
21
ERA
Cleveland
2.33
Games
Washington
52
Saves
Washington
13
Shutouts
Cleveland
6
Strikeouts
New York
163
Winning Percentage
Philadelphia
.750
Wins
Philadelphia
24
Washington

1933 American League

Team Standings

Washington Senators 99 53 .651 0
New York Yankees 91 59 .607 7
Philadelphia Athletics 79 72 .523 19½
Cleveland Indians 75 76 .497 23½
Detroit Tigers 75 79 .487 25
Chicago White Sox 67 83 .447 31
Boston Red Sox 63 86 .423 34½
St. Louis Browns 55 96 .364 43½

1933 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
New York
700
Batting Average
Washington
.287
Doubles
Philadelphia
297
Hits
Washington
1,586
Home Runs
New York
144
On Base Percentage
New York
.369
Runs
New York
927
Slugging Average
New York
.440
Philadelphia
Stolen Bases
New York
76
Triples
Washington
86

1933 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Cleveland
74
ERA
Cleveland
3.71
Fewest Hits Allowed
Cleveland
1,382
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cleveland
60
Fewest Walks Allowed
Washington
452
Saves
Washington
26
Shutouts
Cleveland
12
Strikeouts
New York
711
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baseball almanac fast facts

On June 7, 1933, Jimmie Foxx hit a home run in his final at-bat of a game. A day later, he hit three more home runs for a total of four consecutive long balls in two consecutive days.

On July 6, 1933 , the first All-Star Game was played and the New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth was the main attraction.

On July 19, 1933, Rick Ferrell of the Red Sox played against his brother Wes Ferrell of the Indians. Each will hit a home run making this the first time brothers on opposing teams hit home runs during the same game.

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