Year In Review : 1933 National League

O ff 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The legal prevention of alcoholic beverages known as "Prohibition" was finally repealed due to the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment.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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"Anybody who's ever had the privilege of seeing me play knows that I am the greatest pitcher in the world." - Dizzy Dean
1933 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

75

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.368

Doubles

Philadelphia

44

Hits

Philadelphia

223

Home Runs

Philadelphia

28

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.422

RBI

Philadelphia

120

Runs

St. Louis

122

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.602

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

26

Total Bases

Philadelphia

365

Triples

Pittsburgh

19

1933 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

26

St. Louis

ERA

New York

1.66

Games

St. Louis

48

Saves

Philadelphia

6

Shutouts

New York

10

Strikeouts

St. Louis

199

Winning Percentage

Boston

.667

Wins

New York

23

1933 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

91 61 .599 0

Pittsburgh Pirates

87 67 .565 5

Chicago Cubs

86 68 .558 6

Boston Braves

83 71 .539 9

St. Louis Cardinals

82 71 .536

Brooklyn Dodgers

65 88 .425 26½

Philadelphia Phillies

60 92 .395 31

Cincinnati Reds

58 94 .382 33

1933 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Brooklyn

397

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.285

Doubles

Chicago

256

St. Louis

Hits

Pittsburgh

1,548

Home Runs

New York

82

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.333

Runs

St. Louis

687

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.383

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

99

Triples

Pittsburgh

84

1933 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

95

ERA

New York

2.71

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,280

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cincinnati

47

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cincinnati

257

Saves

Boston

16

St. Louis

Shutouts

New York

23

Strikeouts

St. Louis

635



On November 21, 1933, Chuck Klein was sold to the Cubs for $125,000 and players Mark Koenig , Harvey Hendrick , and Ted Kleinhans - thus making Klein the first and only player traded after a Triple Crown season.

Did you know that on May 14, 1933, Hack Wilson hit the first ever Brooklyn Dodger pinch-hit grand slam?

On July 30, 1933, Dizzy Dean of the Cardinals becomes the first twentieth century pitcher to throw seventeen strikeouts in a nine inning game.

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