Year In Review : 1934 American League

O ff the field...

American justice prevailed as Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker aka "Bonnie and Clyde" were ambushed and killed instantly by a posse of lawmen led by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana on May 23 rd . Together the pair committed thirteen murders, numerous kidnappings, and several burglaries and robberies requiring the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to engage in the largest manhunt the United States had seen up to that time. Another famous bank robber and cold-blooded killer who terrorized the Midwest during the early '30s, John Dillinger was also shot and killed by FBI agents outside of a Chicago movie theater in July.

The Securities and Exchange Commission agency of the U.S. government was created by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and was charged with protecting the interests of the public and investors in connection with the public issuance and sale of corporate securities. The Federal Communications Commission was also established to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest.

I n the American League...

Washington Senators reserve catcher Moe Berg set an American League record on April 21 st , after playing in his one-hundred seventeenth consecutive errorless game (dating back to 1931).

New York Yankees icon Lou Gehrig hit two home runs (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles on May 10 th , to tie the Major League record with four long hits and seven runs (in only five innings of play) to top the Chicago White Sox, 13-3.

The amazingly inconsistent St. Louis Browns shocked everyone on June 3 rd

I n the National League...

On April 29 th , the Pittsburgh Pirates became the last remaining major league city to play a home outing on a Sunday (beating the Cincinnati Reds 9-5) after the state's "Blue Law" (prohibiting games on Sundays) was repealed.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dazzy Vance notched the two-thousandth strikeout of his career during his last complete game, a 4-2 victory over the Boston Braves, on July 22 nd .

Reggie Grabowski of the Philadelphia Phillies, set an unwanted National League record after surrendering eleven hits (and runs) in the ninth inning against the New York Giants for a humiliating 21-4 loss on August 4 th .

A round the league...

Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who was granted absolute power in 1920 after the Black Sox scandal had tainted the game, denied participant Shoeless Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement in January.

Due to declining attendance, both the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns discontinued radio broadcasts from Sportsman's Park in an effort to promote ticket sales with the hometown fans. All games had been aired since 1926, but only on weekdays for the last two years.

As a novelty concept (that would eventually catch on), fans were tasked with voting in the participants for the second annual All-Star Game, which was to be played on July 10 th at the Polo Grounds in New York. Bill Terry of the New York Giants was the top vote-getter in the Midsummer Classic balloting.

Negro League ace Satchel Paige tossed a 4-0 no-hitter on July 4 th against the Homestead Grays in Pittsburgh, and then drove to Chicago to shut out the Chicago American Giants 1-0 (in twelve innings) giving him two shutouts (in two different cities) on the same day.

"Whatever Lou (Gehrig) does in the future doesn't count. He has had fourteen great seasons, and I mean great. If I could have only ten of them, I'd be satisfied." - Lou Gehrig
1934 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

111

Batting Average

New York

.363

Doubles

Detroit

63

Hits

Detroit

214

Home Runs

New York

44

On Base Percentage

New York

.465

RBI

New York

165

Runs

Detroit

134

Slugging Average

New York

.706

Stolen Bases

Boston

40

Total Bases

New York

409

Triples

New York

13

1934 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

25

ERA

New York

2.33

Games

Washington

54

Saves

Washington

7

Shutouts

Cleveland

6

New York

Strikeouts

New York

158

Winning Percentage

New York

.839

Wins

New York

26

1934 American League

Team Standings

Detroit Tigers

101 53 .656 0

New York Yankees

94 60 .610 7

Cleveland Indians

85 69 .552 16

Boston Red Sox

76 76 .500 24

Philadelphia Athletics

68 82 .453 31

St. Louis Browns

67 85 .441 33

Washington Senators

66 86 .434 34

Chicago White Sox

53 99 .349 47

1934 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

700

Batting Average

Detroit

.300

Doubles

Detroit

349

Hits

Detroit

1,644

Home Runs

Philadelphia

144

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.376

Runs

Detroit

958

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.425

Stolen Bases

Detroit

125

Triples

Boston

70

1934 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

83

ERA

New York

3.76

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,349

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

70

Boston

Fewest Walks Allowed

Detroit

488

Saves

St. Louis

20

Shutouts

Detroit

13

New York

Strikeouts

New York

656



On July 5, 1934, Lou Gehrig hit an inside the park grand slam. The slam was his fourth of the season and seventeenth during his Major League career — passing Babe Ruth's all-time record .

On July 13, 1934, Babe Ruth hit his seven-hundredth career home run and four days later he was walked for the two-thousandth time during his career.

On August 25, 1933, a rookie pitcher from Detroit named Schoolboy Rowe won his 16th consecutive game and tied the mark held by Lefty Grove , Walter Johnson , and Joe Wood .

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