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The following are the baseball events of the year 1929 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

American League National League
AVG Lew Fonseca CLE .369 Lefty O'Doul PHI .398
HR Babe Ruth NYY 46 Chuck Klein PHI 43
RBI Al Simmons PHA 157 Hack Wilson CHC 159
Wins George Earnshaw PHA 24 Pat Malone CHC 22
ERA Lefty Grove PHA 2.81 Bill Walker NYG 3.09
Ks Lefty Grove PHA 170 Pat Malone CHC 166

Major league baseball final standings

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American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Philadelphia Athletics 104 46 .693 --
New York Yankees 88 66 .571 18
Cleveland Indians 81 71 .533 24
St. Louis Browns 79 73 .520 26
Washington Senators 71 81 .467 34
Detroit Tigers 70 84 .455 36
Chicago White Sox 59 93 .388 46
Boston Red Sox 58 96 .377 48

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Chicago Cubs 98 54 .645 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 65 .575 10.5
New York Giants 84 67 .556 13.5
St. Louis Cardinals 78 74 .513 20
Philadelphia Phillies 71 82 .464 27.5
Brooklyn Robins 70 83 .458 28.5
Cincinnati Reds 66 88 .429 33
Boston Braves 56 98 .364 43

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League (West)
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Kansas City Monarchs 66 14 .825
St. Louis Stars 60 28 .682
Chicago American Giants 44 25 .638
Detroit Stars 38 39 .494
Cuban Stars 15 34 .306
Birmingham Black Barons 24 41 .369
Memphis Red Sox 10 38 .250

Nashville Elite Giants

5 14 .263

† Nashville was not in the league but their games counted in the standings.

American Negro League final standings

American Negro League (East)
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Lincoln Giants 38 18 .679
Baltimore Black Sox 53 29 .646
Homestead Grays 37 21 .627
Hilldale 42 36 .538
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 16 30 .391
Cuban Stars 16 26 .381
  • Baltimore was awarded the Pennant as they reportedly won both halves of the season.

Events

  • January 22 - The New York Yankees announce they will put numbers on the backs of their uniforms, becoming the first baseball team to start continuous use of the numbers. The first numbers are based on positions in the batting order; thus, Babe Ruth will wear number 3 and Lou Gehrig number 4. In a few weeks, the Cleveland Indians announce that they, too, will put numbers on the uniforms. By 1931, all American League teams will use them. It will be 1933 before all National League players are numbered.
  • August 11 - Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run in the second inning off Willis Hudlin at Cleveland's League Park. The homer was Ruth's 30th of the year, but it wasn't enough as the Indians beat the Yankees, 6-5.
  • October 14 - The Philadelphia Athletics defeat the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in Game 5 of the World Series to win their fourth World Championship, four games to one. The Cubs held an 8-run lead in Game 4 and were poised to knot the series at two games, when the Athletics scored 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, effectively putting an end to the Series.

Births

January-April

May-August

September-December

Deaths

  • January 2 - Denny Lyons, 62, third baseman who batted .310 lifetime, set record with 255 putouts in 1887; led American Association in slugging in 1890
  • January 3 - Charlie Smith, 48, pitcher who played from 1902 through 1914 for the Cleveland Bronchos, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, ending with a 2.81 ERA in 1,349 innings
  • January 11 - Mike Golden, 77, pitcher and outfielder for the Keokuk Westerns, Chicago White Stockings, and Milaukee Grays during his two season career in 1875 and 1878.
  • February 2 - Thorny Hawkes, 76, second baseman for two seasons in the majors; 1879 and 1884.
  • February 2 - Mike Walsh, 78, umpire in the NL's first season in 1876 who later officiated in the American Association; managed Louisville in 1884
  • March 13 - Sherry Magee, 44, left fielder for the Phillies who led NL in RBI four times and in hits, runs and doubles once each; 1910 batting champion, his 441 stolen bases included 23 thefts of home plate; NL umpire in 1928
  • March 23 - Denny Williams, 32, outfielder who played from 1921 to 1928 for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox
  • May 13 - George Stallings, 61, manager who led "Miracle Braves" to 1914 title; also managed Phillies, Tigers and Highlanders
  • May 28 - Ollie Beard, 67, shortstop for the Cincinnati Red Stockings/Reds from 1889 to 1890 and third baseman for the 1891 Louisville Colonels. Family reportedly invented the Kentucky dish, Burgoo.
  • July 3 - Bill McClellan, 73, second baseman and shortstop for eight seasons from 1878 to 1888.
  • July 5 - Ted Sullivan, 78, Manager of four different Major League teams in three seasons, 1883-1888.
  • August 15 - Jack Manning, 75, pitcher and right fielder from 1873-1886.
  • September 25 - Miller Huggins, 50, manager of the Yankees since 1918 who led the team to its first six pennants and three World Series titles, including the legendary 1927 "Murderer's Row" squad; as second baseman, led NL in walks four times, batted .304 for 1912 Cardinals
  • October 1 - Lee Richmond, 72, pitcher whose 32 victories for 1880 Worcesters included the major leagues' first perfect game
  • October 9 - Red Kleinow, 42, catcher from 1904 through 1911 for the New York Highlanders, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies
  • October 14 - Joe Borden, 75, pitcher who threw the first no-hitter in professional organized baseball history in 1875, later won the first game in National League history.
  • November 14 - Joe McGinnity, 58, pitcher whose 246 victories included eight 20-win seasons; led NL in wins five times, innings four times and games six times; 31 wins for 1903 Giants included three complete August doubleheaders; also won over 200 games in minor leagues
  • November 15 - Billy Nash, 64, third baseman for Boston who scored 100 runs four times; led league in putouts, double plays and fielding four times each
  • November 30 - Jimmy Wood, 84, player-manager for several teams in the National Association, 1871-1875.
  • December 19 - Doc McMahon, 42, pitched for the 1908 Boston Red Sox in their inaugural season, and defeated the New York Highlanders, 11–3, in his only major league appearance

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