1935 Boston Braves season: Wikis

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1935 Boston Braves
Babe Ruth's final season in majors
Major league affiliations
Location
1935 Information
Owner(s) Emil Fuchs
Manager(s) Bill McKechnie
Local television none
Local radio Yankee Network
(Fred Hoey)

In an attempt to make his dream come true to manage, Babe Ruth came to the Braves in 1935. He was hired as vice president and assistant manager, and the team owner Emil Fuchs promised Ruth a share of team profits.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

On opening day, Babe Ruth was part of all of the Braves' runs in a 4-2 win over the New York Giants. This was the only time the Braves were over .500 all year. Ruth was near the end of his career. He was unable to run, and his fielding was so terrible that three of the Braves' pitchers threatened to go on strike if Ruth were in the lineup. It soon became obvious that Ruth was part of the team because of the name recognition that he commanded. Ruth discovered that Fuchs expected him to invest some of his money in the team.[3]

Ruth retired on June 1, six days after he had what remains one of the most memorable afternoons in baseball history. It would be the last three home runs of his career in a game at Forbes Field while playing the Pittsburgh Pirates. He'd wanted to quit as early as May 12, but Fuchs wanted him to hang on so he could play in every National League park. Fuchs lost control of the team soon afterward.[3]

The Braves finished 38-115, the worst season in franchise history. Their .248 winning percentage is the third-worst in baseball history (behind only the 1899 Cleveland Spiders and 1916 Philadelphia Athletics) and the second-worst in modern baseball history. During the season, Braves pitcher Ben Cantwell would be the last pitcher in the 20th century to lose at least 25 games in one season.[4]

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Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Chicago Cubs 100 54 -- .649
St. Louis Cardinals 96 58 4 .623
New York Giants 91 62 8.5 .595
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 67 13.5 .562
Brooklyn Dodgers 70 83 29.5 .458
Cincinnati Reds 68 85 31.5 .444
Philadelphia Phillies 64 89 35.5 .418
Boston Braves 38 115 61.5 .248

Notable transactions

Roster

1935 Boston Braves roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Spohrer, AlAl Spohrer 92 260 63 .242 1 16
1B Jordan, BuckBuck Jordan 130 470 131 .279 5 35
2B Mallon, LesLes Mallon 116 412 113 .274 2 25
3B Whitney, PinkyPinky Whitney 126 458 125 .273 4 60
SS Urbanski, BillyBilly Urbanski 132 514 118 .230 4 30
OF Berger, WallyWally Berger 150 589 174 .295 34 130
OF Lee, HalHal Lee 112 422 128 .303 0 39
OF Thompson, TommyTommy Thompson 112 297 81 .273 4 30

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Moore, RandyRandy Moore 125 407 112 .275 4 42
Coscarart, JoeJoe Coscarart 86 284 67 .236 1 29
Hogan, ShantyShanty Hogan 59 163 49 .301 2 25
Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth 28 72 13 .181 6 12
Maranville, RabbitRabbit Maranville 23 67 10 .149 0 5
Lewis, BillBill Lewis 6 4 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Frankhouse, FredFred Frankhouse 40 230.2 11 15 4.76 64

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cantwell, BenBen Cantwell 39 210.2 4 25 4.61 34
Smith, BobBob Smith 46 203.1 8 18 3.94 58
Betts, HuckHuck Betts 44 159.2 2 9 5.47 40
Brown, BobBob Brown 15 65 1 8 6.37 17

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Benton, LarryLarry Benton 29 2 3 0 6.88 21
Blanche, AlAl Blanche 6 0 0 0 1.56 4
Mangum, LeoLeo Mangum 3 0 0 0 3.86 0

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Seattle Indians Pacific Coast League Dutch Ruether
A Harrisburg Senators New York-Pennsylvania League Art Shires
D McKeesport Braves Pennsylvania State Association Wilbur Cooper

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Notes

  1. ^ Bill Lewis page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Babe Ruth page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Neyer, Rob (2006). Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Blunders. New York City: Fireside. ISBN 0743284917.  
  4. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.349, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  5. ^ Shanty Hogan page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

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