1937 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1937 throughout the world.  

Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Charlie Gehringer DET .371 Joe Medwick STL .374
HR Joe DiMaggio NYY 46 Joe Medwick STL
& Mel Ott
31
RBI Hank Greenberg DET 183 Joe Medwick STL 154
Wins Lefty Gomez1 NYY 21 Carl Hubbell NYG 22
ERA Lefty Gomez1 NYY 2.33 Jim Turner BSB 2.38
Ks Lefty Gomez1 NYY 194 Carl Hubbell NYG 159

1American League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 102   52 .662     --
2nd Detroit Tigers 89   65 .578   13.0
3rd Chicago White Sox 86   68 .558   16.0
4th Cleveland Indians 83   71 .539   19.0
5th Boston Red Sox 80   72 .526   21.0
6th Washington Senators 73   80 .477   28.5
7th Philadelphia Athletics 54   97 .358   46.5
8th St. Louis Browns 46   108 .299   66.0

National League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Giants 95   57 .625     --
2nd Chicago Cubs 93   61 .604   3.0
3rd Pittsburgh Pirates 86   68 .558   10.0
4th St. Louis Cardinals 81   73 .526   15.0
5th Boston Bees 79   73 .520   16.0
6th Brooklyn Dodgers 62   91 .405   33.5
7th Philadelphia Phillies 61   92 .399   34.5
8th Cincinnati Reds 56   98 .364   40.0

Negro league baseball final standings

Negro American League final standings

Negro American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Cincinnati Tigers 19 10 .655
Chicago American Giants 25 14 .641
Kansas City Monarchs 13 8 .619
Memphis Red Sox 12 10 .545
Birmingham Black Barons 17 21 .447
Indianapolis Athletics 16 20 .444
St. Louis Stars 9 27 .250
Detroit Stars 4 12 .250
  • Kansas City awarded first-half championship, but Chicago American Giants had better record and disputed it.
  • No second half of the season was recorded and Kansas City was awarded the Pennant.

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Homestead Grays 31 13 .705 --
Newark Eagles 26 11 .703 1.5
Washington Elite Giants 27 17 .614 4
Philadelphia Stars 25 27 .481 10
Pittsburgh Crawfords 12 16 .429 11
New York Black Yankees 9 14 .391 11.5

Events

January - June

  • April 20 - In the Boston Red Sox's 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia A's, Bobby Doerr makes his major league debut at second base, going three-for-five with a run scored.
  • May 3 - The New York Giants play an entire nine inning game with the Boston Bees without a single chance for their outfielders. The Bees outfield only had three chances themselves. Boston wins the game by a final score of 3-1.
  • May 19 - In pitchers' duel between Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell, Dean is called for a balk in the sixth inning, resulting in a run for the Giants. Enraged, he begins throwing at New York batters, hitting Johnny McCarthy and inciting a bench-clearing brawl. Dean is fined $50.
  • May 25 - Detroit Tigers player/manager Mickey Cochrane hits a third-inning home run to tie the ballgame with the New York Yankees, 1-1. In his next at-bat, Yankees pitcher Bump Hadley srikes Cochrane on the left side of the head with a fastball, ending his playing career. Del Baker assumes managerial duties, as Cochrane does not return to the helm until 1938. The Yankees win the game, 4-3.
  • June 8 - The Chicago White Sox defeat the New York Yankees 5-4, completing a ten-game winning streak, and moving into a first place tie with the Yankees.
  • June 12 - The Pittsburgh Pirates sell Waite Hoyt's contract to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • June 15 - The New York Giants obtain Wally Berger from the Boston Bees for Frank Gabler and $35,000.

July - September

  • July 15 - Philadelphia Athletics pitcher George Caster holds the Chicago White Sox to just four hits as the A's beat the ChiSox 2-1, snapping a fifteen-game losing streak.
  • July 25 - Washington Senators leadoff hitter Mel Almada ties a major league record by scoring five runs in the second game of a double header with the St. Louis Browns. He'd scored four runs in the first game, giving him nine for the day.
  • August 8 - John Whitehead and the Chicago White Sox shut out the Boston Red Sox 13-0 in the second game of a double header to end the BoSox twelve-game winning streak (excluding one tie on August 1).
  • August 14 - The Detroit Tigers score 34 runs in a double header with the St. Louis Browns.
  • September 11 - The St. Louis Browns win the second game of a double header with the Cleveland Indians, 8-3, to snap a twelve-game losing streak.
  • September 22 - The St. Louis Browns lose 4-1 to the New York Yankees for their 100th loss of the season.
  • September 29 - After scoring fifteen runs in the first game a double header, the New York Yankees manage just one hit off Philadelphia A's pitcher Eddie Smith in the second game, losing 3-0. It is only the second time all season the Yankees are shut out (May 8).
  • September 30 - The Boston Bees sweep a double header from the Dodgers to bring Brooklyn's losing streak to fourteen games.

October - December

  • October 3 - On the final day of the season, the Cincinnati Reds are swept in a double header by the Pittsburgh Pirates to end the season with a fourteen-game losing streak.
  • October 6 - Having gotten just one hit, the New York Yankees finally get to Carl Hubbell in the sixth inning. Joe DiMaggio's single with the bases loaded drives in two, as the Yankees go on to score seven runs that inning. Lefty Gomez, meanwhile, gives up just one run to carry the Yankees to an 8-1 victory in Game one of the rematch of the 1936 World Series.
  • October 8 - For the third game in a row, Yankees pitching gives up just one run, as Monte Pearson pitches the Yankees to a 5-1 victory in game three.
  • October 9 - On the brink of elimination, New York Giants bats finally erupt, as they score six runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-3 victory in game four of the World Series.
  • October 10 - The New York Yankees defeat the New York Giants, 4-2, in Game five of the World Series to win their Major-League-record sixth World Championship, four game to one. The Yankees had been tied with the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox for most championships (they each had five). By the time either of those teams won their next Series, the Yankees had far outdistanced them, with 20 wins as of 1972, and 26 wins as of 2004, respectively.
  • November 2 - American League batting champion Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers is named Most Valuable Player, receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees is a close second four points behind while Gehringer teammate Hank Greenberg, who collected 183 RBI, is a distant third. Gehringer also becomes the third Detroit player in four years to receive MVP honors.
  • December 6 - The Boston Red Sox acquired the contract of nineteen year-old Ted Williams.

Births

January–February

March–April

May–June

July–August

September–October

November–December

Deaths

  • January 18 - Michael Sexton, 73, president of the minor leagues from 1909 to 1931, during which time the minors expanded to record size and success, peaking with 47 leagues
  • February 7 - Charlie Bell, 68, pitcher for two major league seasons, 1889 and 1891.
  • April 14 - Ned Hanlon, 79, manager of the Baltimore Orioles teams which won NL pennants in 1894-95-96 with their aggressive play, then of the Brooklyn champions of 1899-1900; pioneer of various offensive tactics, previously a center fielder for Detroit Wolverines
  • April 15 - Emmett McCann, 35, shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s; later a minor league manager from 1931 to 1935
  • April 18 - Hick Carpenter, 81, third baseman who played in twelve seasons, eight with the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association.
  • May 23 - Danny Clark, 43, infielder for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, between 1922 and 1927
  • May 27 - Frank Grant, 71, second baseman widely considered to have been the 19th century's greatest black player
  • June 9 - Bill Watkins, 79, played one season in American Association, and managed another nine, including the 1887 NL champions Detroit Wolverines.
  • August 16 - Bunk Congalton, 62, Canadian-born outfielder who finished fourth in the American League batting race with a .320 average
  • August 21 - George Wright, 90, pioneer of the sport who starred as a shortstop on the first professional team in 1869, then as captain of the powerhouse Boston teams from 1871–78; managed Providence to NL pennant in 1879
  • September 20 - Harry Stovey, 80, first baseman and outfielder who was among the American Association's leading hitters; won five home run titles, led league in slugging, runs and triples multiple times; first player to hit 100 home runs, was seventh all-time in hits and first in runs upon retirement
  • October 1 - Mickey Devine, 45, catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and New York Giants between 1918 and 1925
  • October 31 - Ed Walsh, Jr., 37, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, and son of Hall of Famer Ed Walsh. Stopped Joe Dimaggio's 61 game minor league record hitting streak.
  • November 12 - Peek-A-Boo Veach, 75, pitcher and first baseman for three seasons; 1884,1887, and 1890.
  • November 16 - Dick Burns, 73, pitcher/outfielder for three seasons. Pitched no-hitter on August 26, 1884.
  • November 19 - Cub Stricker, 78, second baseman from 1882 to 1893 who had 1106 hits in his 11 season career.
  • November 21 - Al Pratt, 90, pitched two seasons for the Cleveland Forest Citys, later became the first manager in the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise history.
  • November 23 - Welday Walker, 77, he and his brother Moses Fleetwood Walker are officially recognized as the first African-Americans to play Major League Baseball. He played in five games for the 1884 Toledo Blue Stockings.
  • December 10 - Joe Battin, 85, infielder for 10 seasons during the time period of 1871 to 1890.









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