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The following are the baseball events of the year 1934 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

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Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Lou Gehrig NYY .363 Paul Waner PIT .362
HR Lou Gehrig NYY 49 Ripper Collins STL
Mel Ott NYG
35
RBI Lou Gehrig NYY 165 Mel Ott NYG 135
Wins Lefty Gomez NYY 26 Dizzy Dean STL 30
ERA Lefty Gomez NYY 2.33 Carl Hubbell NYG 2.30

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Detroit Tigers 101   53 .656     --
2nd New York Yankees 94   60 .610   7.0
3rd Cleveland Indians 85   69 .552   16.0
4th Boston Red Sox 76   76 .500   24.0
5th Philadelphia Athletics 68   82 .453   31.0
6th St. Louis Browns 67   85 .441   33.0
7th Washington Senators 66   86 .434   34.0
8th Chicago White Sox 53   99 .349   47.0

National League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 95   58 .621     --
2nd New York Giants 93   60 .608   2.0
3rd Chicago Cubs 86   65 .570   8.0
4th Boston Braves 78   73 .517   16.0
5th Pittsburgh Pirates 74   76 .493   19.5
6th Brooklyn Dodgers 71   81 .467   23.5
7th Philadelphia Phillies 56   93 .376   37.0
8th Cincinnati Reds 52   99 .344   42.0

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League*
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Pittsburgh Crawfords 64 22 .744
Philadelphia Stars 18 15 .612
Chicago American Giants 30 30 .545 (typo in source)
Nashville Elite Giants 20 28 .417
Cleveland Red Sox 8 17 .320
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 6 18 .250
Baltimore Black Sox 2 10 .167

*Source refers to the league as the "East-West League," but the league was more generally known as the "Negro National League." Several games were included in the standings against non-League teams.

Source: Holway, John B. (2001). The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History. Fern Park, FL: Hastings House Publishers. p. 305. ISBN 0803820070.  

Post-season:

  • Chicago won the first half, Philadelphia won the second half.
  • Philadelphia beat Chicago 4 games to 3 games (1 tie) in a play-off.

Events

  • February 5 - Hank Aaron is born in Mobile, Alabama. After a one-year stint with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues and two years in the minors, Aaron will make his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves on his way to set a major league record 755 home runs.
  • July 13 - Babe Ruth became the first Major League Baseball player to amass 700 home runs.
  • November 20 - Catcher Moe Berg shoots movie film showing the roofs of Tokyo. The film will allegedly be used as a guide by United States bombers during World War II.

Births

January-April

May-August

September-December

Deaths

  • February 25 - John McGraw, 60, winningest manager in history with 2763 victories, all but 180 with the New York Giants, whom he led from 1902-1932; domineering style inspired both fierce loyalty and widespread hatred; won record 10 NL pennants, with three World Series titles (1905, 1921-22), also 11 second-place finishes; career .586 winning percentage was second highest among managers with 1000 wins; as third baseman, batted .334 lifetime, led NL in walks and runs twice each with Baltimore Orioles teams which won pennants in 1894-95-96
  • February 28 - John Irwin, 72, third baseman for eight seasons; 1882, 1884, 1886-1891.
  • March 13 - Fielder Jones, 62, center fielder who batted .300 six times, managed White Sox "Hitless Wonders" to upset victory in 1906 World Series
  • March 20 - Herm Doscher, 81, third baseman for five teams from 1872 to 1882 who also umpired for five seasons in the National League and American Association
  • April 1 - Barney Gilligan, 78, catcher for 11 seasons, most prominently for the Providence Grays.
  • April 4 - Dick Johnston, 70, center fielder who played eight seasons, from 1884 to 1891.
  • April 27 - Joe Vila, 67, sportswriter and editor for New York newspapers since 1893 who assisted in AL's move of Baltimore franchise to New York in 1903
  • May 14 - Lou Criger, 62, catcher who was behind plate for most of Cy Young's 511 victories, led AL in assists and double plays with 1903 champion Red Sox
  • June 11 - Tim Manning, 80, second baseman who played for the Providence Grays and the Baltimore Orioles from 1882-1885.
  • June 29 - Charles Somers, 65, executive who fostered startup of American League as owner of the Indians from 1901 formation until 1916, also owned Red Sox in 1901-02 and financed Athletics in their initial seasons; owner of New Orleans minor league team since 1913
  • July 6 - Ray Francis, 42, pitched from 1922 through 1925 for the Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox
  • July 18 - Si Sanborn, 67, sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune from 1900-1920, later with The Sporting News
  • August 8 - Wilbert Robinson, 71, catcher for the Orioles champions of the 1890s who batted .334 and .353 in 1893-94 seasons, briefly held record for career games caught; managed Brooklyn from 1914-31, winning NL pennants in 1916 and 1920; also Giants pitching coach from 1903-13
  • November 21 - Fred Glade, 58, pitcher for the Chicago Orphans, St. Louis Browns and New York Highlanders at the turn of the XX century
  • November 22 - Pop Swett, 64, catcher who played in 37 games for the 1890 Boston Reds.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Total Baseball V; Thorn, John et.al. editors; 1997; Viking Penguin

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