Year In Review : 1935 American League

O ff the field...

American political leader Huey Long was assassinated in Louisiana. Known as "The Kingfish", Long narrowly defeated for governor of Louisiana in 1924 and moved into office four years later. When the state legislature obstructed his program of economic and social reform, he established control of the state through extensive use of patronage. Long was responsible for the building of badly needed roads and bridges, the expansion of state-owned hospitals, and the extension of the school system into remote rural regions. He also increased the taxes of large businesses in Louisiana, especially those of the big oil companies. In September, he was assassinated by Dr. Carl A. Weiss, who was also slain by Long's bodyguards. Despite his untimely death, Long's administration continued to prosper for several years and the Long family remained an important political power in the state.

I n the American League...

Jo-Jo White of the Detroit Tigers and Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees both tied an American League record after tallying five walks each in a single game.

The Cleveland Indians set a new American League marathon mark (forty-one innings) on April 21 st after playing in their third consecutive overtime game: fourteen innings against the St. Louis Browns and twenty-four and thirteen innings against the Detroit Tigers.

On August 31 st , Chicago White Sox ace Vern Kennedy tossed the first no-hitter (5-0) ever at Comiskey Park as well as the first no-no in Major League Baseball since 1931.

I n the National League...

Blondy Ryan of the Philadelphia Phillies tied a Major League record (for an individual) on April 21 st after turning five separate double plays against the New York Giants. After collectively adding a sixth, the Phillies themselves tied the National League record (for a team) with six double plays.

Cincinnati Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi tied the Major League record for most consecutive doubles after hitting four straight (off of four different pitchers) en route to a 15-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on May 8 th .

Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Lloyd Waner set a still-standing Major League record with eighteen put outs during a doubleheader sweep against the Boston Braves on June 26 th .

A round the league...

Babe Ruth, who was recently released by the New York Yankees, signed a short-term contract with the National League's Boston Braves that included $20,000 and a substantial share in the team's profits.

The Cincinnati Reds hosted the Philadelphia Phillies for the first ever night game on May 24 th . Under the lights, the home team prevailed 2-1 before a Crosley Field crowd of 24,422.

On May 25 th , Babe Ruth hit the last three homeruns of his career (712, 713, 714) during an 11-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. "The Sultan", who had a previously boasted a three-homer game in the American League (May 21, 1930), became the first Major League player ever to turn a "hat trick" in both leagues.

In November, the National League temporarily assumed control over the bankrupt Boston Braves after several failed attempts to sell the club. Finishing the season with one-hundred fifteen losses, (a record that remained until the 1962 expansion New York Mets lost one-hundred twenty) the fledgling franchise had barely managed a winning percentage of .248, which remained a twentieth century low.

"Don't know it all. Give the other fellow credit for a little knowledge." - Lefty Grove
1935 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

132

Batting Average

Washington

.349

Doubles

Cleveland

47

Hits

Cleveland

216

Home Runs

Philadelphia

36

Detroit

On Base Percentage

New York

.466

RBI

Detroit

170

Runs

New York

125

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.636

Stolen Bases

Boston

29

Total Bases

Detroit

389

Triples

Cleveland

20

1935 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

31

ERA

Boston

2.70

Games

New York

58

St. Louis

Saves

St. Louis

7

Shutouts

Detroit

6

Strikeouts

Detroit

163

Winning Percentage

Detroit

.720

Wins

Boston

25

1935 American League

Team Standings

Detroit Tigers

93 58 .616 0

New York Yankees

89 60 .597 3

Cleveland Indians

82 71 .536 12

Boston Red Sox

78 75 .510 16

Chicago White Sox

74 78 .487

Washington Senators

67 86 .438 27

St. Louis Browns

65 87 .428 28½

Philadelphia Athletics

58 91 .389 34

1935 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

627

Batting Average

Detroit

.290

Doubles

Cleveland

324

Hits

Washington

1,591

Home Runs

Philadelphia

112

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.366

Runs

Detroit

919

Slugging Average

Detroit

.435

Stolen Bases

Boston

91

Triples

Washington

95

1935 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Detroit

87

ERA

New York

3.60

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,276

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Boston

67

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

457

Saves

Cleveland

21

Shutouts

Detroit

16

Strikeouts

New York

594



The Yankees set a record with six solo home runs during a game against Boston on the 1st of June in 1935. Bill Dickey hit two while Frankie Crosetti , Ben Chapman , George Selkirk and Red Rolfe hit one each.

Vern Kennedy pitched the first no-hitter at Comiskey Park, which opened in 1910, on August 31, 1935, against the Cleveland Indians. But, did you know that Kennedy TRULY helped his own cause when he slugged a bases loaded triple during the gem?

On December 10, 1935, Jimmie Foxx was sold to the Athletics for $150,000 AND Al Simmons was sold to the Tigers for $75,000.

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