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The following are the baseball events of the year 1931 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Al Simmons PHA .390 Chick Hafey STL .349
HR Babe Ruth NYY
Lou Gehrig NYY
46 Chuck Klein PHI 31
RBI Lou Gehrig NYY 184 Chuck Klein PHI 121
Wins Lefty Grove1 PHA 31 Jumbo Elliott PHI
Bill Hallahan STL
Heinie Meine PT
19
ERA Lefty Grove1 PHA 2.06 Bill Walker NYG, 2.26
Ks Lefty Grove1 PHA 175 Bill Hallahan STL 159

1MLB Pitching Triple Crown Winner

Major league baseball final standings

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American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Philadelphia Athletics 107 45 .704 --
New York Yankees 94 59 .614 13.5
Washington Senators 92 62 .597 16
Cleveland Indians 78 76 .506 30
St. Louis Browns 63 91 .409 45
Boston Red Sox 62 90 .408 45
Detroit Tigers 61 93 .396 47
Chicago White Sox 56 97 .366 51.5

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
St. Louis Cardinals 101 53 .656 --
New York Giants 87 65 .572 13
Chicago Cubs 84 70 .545 17
Brooklyn Robins 79 73 .520 21
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 79 .487 26
Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 .429 35
Boston Braves 64 90 .416 37
Cincinnati Reds 58 96 .377 43

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Kansas City Monarchs 18 7 .720
Indianapolis ABCs 43 20 .683
St. Louis Stars 23 17 .575
Chicago Columbia Giants 16 13 .552
Louisville White Sox 19 23 .452
Detroit Stars 23 30 .487
Cleveland Cubs 25 28 .453

Columbus Blue Birds

3 3 .500
Cuban House of David 7 23 .233

† Columbus and HoD were not in the league but their games counted in the standings.

  • No official standings were published.
  • St. Louis was declared champion.

East (independent teams) final standings

A loose confederation of teams were gathered in the East to compete with the West, however East teams did not organize a formal league as the West did.

East
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Hilldale Daisies 44 16 .733
Homestead Grays 46 19 .708
Pittsburgh Crawfords 5 3 .625
Baltimore Black Sox 21 26 .447
Cuban Stars 7 14 .333
Harlem Black Bombers 6 13 .316
Newark Browns 3 9 .250
New York Bacharach Giants 0 4 .000
Brooklyn Royal Giants 0 7 .000

Events

  • February 5 - Chicago Cubs outfielder Hack Wilson, who set National League marks for home runs (56) and runs batted in (191) the previous season, signs for $35,000. His RBI record is still standing today.
  • November 30 - George Gibson comes out of retirement to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ten years earlier, Gibson had led the Pirates to three first-division finishes.
  • December 1 - The Chicago Cubs trade future Hall of Famer Hack Wilson and pitcher Bud Teachout to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Burleigh Grimes. Wilson slumped to .261 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI, after hit .356 with 56 HR and set a major league record with 191 RBI a year earlier.

Births

January-April

May-August

September-December

Deaths

  • January 4 - Roger Connor, 73, first baseman, mainly for the New York Giants, who batted .317 lifetime and held career home run record until 1921; ranked second all-time in hits, runs and RBI, and first in triples, upon retirement, and led league in batting, hits, HRs, RBI and doubles once each; hit first grand slam in major league history
  • January 14 - Hardy Richardson, 75, second baseman and outfielder who batted .300 seven times, led NL in hits and HRs with 1886 Detroit team; among first ten players to reach 1500 hits
  • February 11 - Charles Dryden, 71, sportswriter who made his name with an idiosyncratic style that emphasized personalities in the game; known for the many nicknames he created, included "The Peerless Leader," "The Old Roman", "Hitless Wonders"
  • March 27 - Ernest Barnard, 56, president of the American League since 1927, previously general manager and president of the Indians
  • March 28 - Ban Johnson, 67, founder of the American League who served as its president from 1901-1927; played major role in eradicating rowdyism prevalent in the game of the 1890s, and fiercely protected authority of umpires
  • April 25 - August "Garry" Herrmann, 71, owner of the Cincinnati Reds from 1902 to 1927 who led the sport as chairman of the National Commission from 1903 to 1920; ensured that World Series would be held annually
  • April 29 - Jimmy McAleer, 66, center fielder for the Cleveland Spiders who later managed AL teams in Cleveland, St. Louis and Washington; was part owner of the Red Sox in 1910s
  • May 14 - Doc Newton, 53, pitcher for eight seasons, with the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Superbas, and New York Highlanders.
  • June 10 - Mickey Hughes, 64, pitcher for three seasons from 1888-1890, mainly for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms.
  • October 2 - George Bradley, 79, pitcher who threw the major leagues' first no-hitter, also winning 45 games and leading NL in ERA in 1876
  • October 26 - Charles Comiskey, 72, owner of the Chicago White Sox since the team's formation in 1901, during which time they won four AL pennants and two World Series; was first manager to win four consecutive pennants, with St. Louis Browns (1885-1888), and had highest winning percentage (.608) among managers of at least 1200 games; revolutionized defensive play at first base
  • November 6 - Jack Chesbro, 57, pitcher who used spitball to set modern record of 41 victories with 1904 New York Highlanders; five-time 20-game winner led both leagues in wins and winning percentage, led NL in shutouts twice
  • November 27 - Jack Burdock, 79, second baseman, mainly for Boston, who was among first ten players to collect 500 hits; hit into the majors' first unassisted triple play
  • December 18 - C. V. Matteson, 70, pitched one game for the 1884 St. Louis Maroons of the Union Association

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