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1928_in_baseball

1928 in baseball

Champions

Awards and honors

Statistical Leaders

American League National League
AVG Goose Goslin WSH .379 Rogers Hornsby BSN .387
HR Babe Ruth NYY 54 Jim Bottomley STL &
Hack Wilson CHC
31
RBI Babe Ruth NYY &
Lou Gehrig NYY
142 Jim Bottomley STL 136
Wins Lefty Grove PHA &
George Pipgras NYY
24 Larry Benton NYG &
Burleigh Grimes PIT
25
ERA Garland Braxton WSH 2.51 Dazzy Vance BRO 2.09
Ks Lefty Grove PHA 183 Dazzy Vance BRO 200

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 101 53 .656 --
Philadelphia Athletics 98 55 .641 2.5
St. Louis Browns 82 72 .532 19
Washington Senators 75 79 .487 26
Chicago White Sox 72 82 .468 29
Detroit Tigers 68 86 .442 33
Cleveland Indians 62 92 .403 39
Boston Red Sox 57 96 .373 43.5

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
St. Louis Cardinals 95 59 .617 --
New York Giants 93 61 .604 2
Chicago Cubs 91 63 .591 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 85 67 .559 9
Cincinnati Reds 78 74 .513 16
Brooklyn Robins 77 76 .503 17.5
Boston Braves 50 103 .327 44.5
Philadelphia Phillies 43 109 .283 51

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League (West)
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
St. Louis Stars 68 25 .731
Kansas City Monarchs 49 31 .613
Detroit Stars 58 38 .604
Chicago American Giants 45 37 .549
Birmingham Black Barons 44 54 .449
Memphis Red Sox 30 52 .366
Cleveland Tigers 21 53 .284
Cuban Stars 14 44 .241

  • St. Louis won the first half, Chicago won the second half.
  • St. Louis beat Chicago 5 games to 4 games in a play-off.

Eastern Colored League final standings

Eastern Colored League (East)
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 32 23 .582
Hilldale 26 27 .491
Baltimore Black Sox 20 22 .476
New York Lincoln Giants 17 21 .447
Homestead Grays 8 5 .615
Brooklyn Royal Giants 3 6 .333
Newark Cuban Stars 1 3 .250

  • The League broke up midway through the season due the breakdown of the founder (and manager of Hilldale) although the individual teams continued to play.

Events

  • June 16 - At Comiskey Park, Boston Red Sox second baseman Bill Regan hits two home runs in the 4th inning during a 10–5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Regan matches his last year's total in the inning. His first homer is off loser Ted Blankenship, and the second is an inside-the-park-off Sarge Connally. Ellis Burks will be the second player in Red Sox history to hit a pair of HRs in an inning, on August 27, . Rookie Ed Morris is the winning pitcher.
  • July 26 - Bob Meusel of the New York Yankees hit for the cycle for the third time in his career. The Yankees scored 11 runs in the top of the 12th to beat the Detroit Tigers, 12–1, in 12 innings.
  • October 9 - The New York Yankees defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3, in Game 4 of the World Series to win their third World Championship, four games to none. Babe Ruth hits three home runs in Game 4. This is the second time in three years Ruth hits three home runs in a World Series game.

Births

Deaths

  • January 14 - Al Reach, 87, pioneer who as second baseman was the sport's first professional player in 1865; batted .353 for 1871 champion Athletics in first season of National Association; co-founder of the Phillies, serving as team president from 1883-1902, later part owner of Athletics; publisher of annual baseball guides beginning in 1883
  • January 28 - Jake Thielman , 48, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Naps and Boston Red Sox between 1905 and 1908
  • February 1 - Hughie Jennings, 58, shortstop, most notably for the Baltimore Orioles, who batted .311 lifetime but had career shortened by numerous beanings; team captain was runnerup in 1896 batting race with .401 mark; managed Tigers to consecutive pennants from 1907 to 1909, later coach with Giants
  • March 19 - Tom Lovett, 64, pitcher for six seasons, mainly with the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, pitched a no-hitter in .
  • April 23 - Joe Miller, 67, shortstop for two seasons in the American Association, 1884-1885.
  • June 23 - Malachi Kittridge, 58, a catcher for the Louisville Colonels, Boston Beaneaters, Washington Senators and Cleveland Naps between 1890 and 1906
  • July 18 - Ed Killian, 51, pitcher who clinched 1907 pennant for Tigers with two wins in doubleheader; allowed 9 home runs in 1600 career innings, none from 1903-07
  • September 9 - Urban Shocker, 38, pitcher who had 20-win seasons for the Browns from 1920-1923, was 18-6 for 1927 Yankees before retiring; led AL in strikeouts in 1922
  • October 22 - Jack Dunn, 56, owner and manager of minor league Baltimore Orioles since 1907 who developed stars including Babe Ruth and Lefty Grove; won seven consecutive pennants from 1919-25, was second winningest manager in history of minors with 2107 victories; won 23 games as pitcher for 1899 NL champion Brooklyn
  • October 31 - José Méndez, 41, star Cuban pitcher of the Negro Leagues, primarily with the All Nations team and the Kansas City Monarchs; managed Monarchs from 1920-26, winning 1924 title in first Negro League World Series
  • November 11 - Oyster Burns, 64, right fielder, mainly for Brooklyn, who batted .300 lifetime and led NL in home runs and RBI in 1890
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