Year In Review : 1934 National 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outing on a Sunday (beating the Cincinnati Reds 9-5) after the state's "Blue Law" (prohibiting games on Sundays) was repealed.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.

"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



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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