Year In Review : 1934 National League

Off 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.

In 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 after tying an American League record for most consecutive hits (nine in the sixth-inning — all with two outs) to beat the first place Cleveland Indians 12-8.

In 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outing on a Sunday (beating the Cincinnati Reds 9-5) after the state's "Blue Law" (prohibiting games on Sundays) was repealed.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 .

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Learn to know every man under you, get under his skin, know his faults. Then cater to him - with kindness or roughness as his case may demand." - John McGraw

1934 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Pittsburgh
94
Batting Average
Pittsburgh
.362
Doubles
Chicago
42
Philadelphia
Hits
Pittsburgh
217
Home Runs
New York
35
St. Louis
On Base Percentage
Pittsburgh
.431
RBI
New York
135
Runs
Pittsburgh
122
Slugging Average
St. Louis
.615
Stolen Bases
St. Louis
23
Total Bases
St. Louis
369
Triples
St. Louis
18

1934 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
New York
25
ERA
New York
2.30
Games
Philadelphia
51
Saves
New York
7
Shutouts
St. Louis
7
Strikeouts
St. Louis
195
Winning Percentage
St. Louis
.811
Wins
St. Louis
30

1934 National League

Team Standings

St. Louis Cardinals 95 58 .621 0
New York Giants 93 60 .608 2
Chicago Cubs 86 65 .570 8
Boston Braves 78 73 .517 16
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 76 .493 19½
Brooklyn Dodgers 71 81 .467 23½
Philadelphia Phillies 56 93 .376 37
Cincinnati Reds 52 99 .344 42

1934 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Brooklyn
548
Batting Average
St. Louis
.288
Doubles
St. Louis
294
Hits
St. Louis
1,582
Home Runs
New York
126
On Base Percentage
Brooklyn
.350
Runs
St. Louis
799
Slugging Average
St. Louis
.425
Stolen Bases
St. Louis
69
Triples
Brooklyn
548

1934 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
St. Louis
78
ERA
New York
3.19
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,384
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cincinnati
61
Fewest Walks Allowed
New York
351
Saves
New York
30
Shutouts
St. Louis
15
Strikeouts
St. Louis
689
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baseball almanac fast facts

On July 10, 1934, the second Midsummer Classic was played. Carl Hubbell performed the impossible when he struck out five consecutive hall of famers - Babe Ruth , Lou Gehrig , Jimmie Foxx , Al Simmons and Joe Cronin .

On September 13, 1934, Commissioner Landis sold, for the first time, the broadcast rights to the 1934 World Series to Ford Motor Company for $100,000.

Did you know that on December 11, 1934, the National League changed the rules to permit night baseball?

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