Year In Review : 1933 National 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The legal prevention of alcoholic beverages known as "Prohibition" was finally repealed due to the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment.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

"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
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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