YEAR IN REVIEW : 1937 National League

Off the field...

On May 6 th , the German blimp "Hindenburg" burst into flames two-hundred feet over its intended landing spot at New Jersey's Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Thirty-five people on board the flight were killed (thirteen passengers and twenty-two crewmen), along with one crewman on the ground. The giant flying zeppelin measured eight-hundred three feet in length and weighed approximately two-hundred forty-two tons, but still managed a top speed of just over eighty miles per hour. As it reached its final destination in New Jersey, it hovered over its landing spot and was beginning to be pulled down to the ground by landing lines by over two-hundred crewmen when disaster struck. A small burst of flame started just forward of the upper fin, then blossomed into an inferno that quickly engulfed the dirigible's tail.

Once again, tragedy struck in the skies as America's first female pilot pioneer, Amelia Earhart, was lost over the Pacific during her attempt to make an around-the-world flight along the equator. The flight, which began in Miami, had made it around the world to Lae before she and her Lockheed Electra mysteriously vanished. Her last communication by radio was "we are flying northeast."

In the American League...

On July 25 th , Mel Almada of the Washington Senators tied a Major League record by scoring five runs himself in the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns. Almada added four more in the second game setting another Major League record for most individual runs in an eighteen inning period.

Harlond Clift of the St. Louis Browns equaled an American League record with nine assists in a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. By the end of the season, the third baseman went on to set a new Major League record for total chances and the still-standing mark of four-hundred five assists.

On December 6 th , the Boston Red Sox acquired the contract of an up-and-coming nineteen year-old named Ted Williams. Signed at the age of seventeen by his hometown San Diego Padres, Williams produced adequate numbers in the tough Pacific Coast League but improved beyond his years (and peers) while playing for the American Association in Minneapolis.

In the National League...

On May 3 rd , the New York Giants tied an unusual Major League record after playing an entire nine inning game against the Boston Bees without a single chance for their outfielders. The Bees outfield managed only three chances themselves and went on to win 3-1.

En route to a 21-10 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at the Baker Bowl, Cincinnati Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi matched the modern Major League record with six hits (five singles and a double) in six consecutive times at bat.

Mickey Owen, the catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, became only the third backstop to ever pull off an unassisted double play as the "Redbirds" went on to beat the Boston Bees 5-2 at Sportsman's Park III on August 3 rd .

Around the League...

In January, Cincinnati fell victim to its worst flooding disaster ever as rising water overwhelmed the lower city limits and Crosley Field. At its peak, river water covered the infield diamond and lower grandstands with as much as twenty-one feet of water. Taking advantage of a photographic opportunity, Reds pitchers Gene Schott and Lee Grissom rowed a boat out from the center field wall for a once in a lifetime image that appeared in newspapers across the country.

The American League All-Stars topped the Nationals 8-3 in the Midsummer Classic. However, the biggest story of the contest was a bizarre play that marked the beginning of the end of Dizzy Dean's spectacular career. With two out, Earl Averill cracked a low line drive that caught Dean directly on the front of his foot. Later, in the clubhouse, it was discovered that Dean's toe was broken. Anxious to get back in the game, Dean and the Cardinals management decided he would return to the mound before the toe was fully healed. Their impatience proved costly as the injury affected his delivery, which eventually injured his arm, and ultimately ended his glory days at the tender age of twenty-six.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"He (Carl Hubbell) could throw strikes at midnight." - Hall of Famer Billy Herman

1937 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
102
St. Louis
.374
St. Louis
56
St. Louis
237
St. Louis
31
On Base Percentage
New York
.442
St. Louis
St. Louis
154
St. Louis
111
St. Louis
.641
Chicago
23
St. Louis
406
Pittsburgh
17

1937 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
24
Boston
2.38
Philadelphia
56
Pittsburgh
7
New York
Boston
5
Cincinnati
Boston
New York
159
New York
.733
New York
22

1937 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants 95 57 .625 0
Chicago Cubs 93 61 .604 3
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 68 .558 10
St. Louis Cardinals 81 73 .526 15
Boston Bees 79 73 .520 16
Brooklyn Dodgers 62 91 .405 33½
Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 .399 34½
Cincinnati Reds 56 98 .364 40

1937 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
538
Chicago
.287
St. Louis
264
Pittsburgh
1,550
New York
111
Chicago
.355
Chicago
811
Chicago
.416
St. Louis
78
Pittsburgh
86

1937 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
85
Boston
3.22
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,341
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cincinnati
38
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
372
Cincinnati
18
Boston
16
New York
653
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On June 5, 1937, the St. Louis Cardinals took a chance and signed a 16 year-old pitcher to his first professional contract - that particular pitcher was none other than Stan Musial .

On June 25, 1937, Augie Galan of the Chicago Cubs hit a home run batting left-handed then one inning later went deep hitting right-handed. The Cubs beat the Dodgers 11-to-2 and Galan earned the distinction of being the first National League player to hit switch home runs during the same game .

On September 29, 1937, New York Giants' pitcher Cliff Melton defeated the Phillies 6-to-3 and won his 20th game of the season. Three days later the Phillies lost 7-to-1 again, but this time to Jim Turner of the Braves - who recorded his 20th win of the season. One day later the Phillies lost 6-to-0 to Lou Fette who ALSO won his 20th game of the season.

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