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The following are the baseball events of the year 1937 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

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Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Charlie Gehringer DET .371 Joe Medwick STL .374
HR Joe DiMaggio NYY 46 Joe Medwick STL
& Mel Ott
31
RBI Hank Greenberg DET 183 Joe Medwick STL 154
Wins Lefty Gomez1 NYY 21 Carl Hubbell NYG 22
ERA Lefty Gomez1 NYY 2.33 Jim Turner BSB 2.38
Ks Lefty Gomez1 NYY 194 Carl Hubbell NYG 159

1American League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 102   52 .662     --
2nd Detroit Tigers 89   65 .578   13.0
3rd Chicago White Sox 86   68 .566   16.0
4th Cleveland Indians 83   71 .539   19.0
5th Boston Red Sox 80   72 .526   21.0
6th Washington Senators 73   80 .477   28.5
7th Philadelphia Athletics 54   97 .358   46.5
8th St. Louis Browns 46   108 .299   66.0

National League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Giants 95   57 .625     --
2nd Chicago Cubs 93   61 .604   3.0
3rd Pittsburgh Pirates 86   68 .558   10.0
4th St. Louis Cardinals 81   73 .526   15.0
5th Boston redsox 79   73 .526   16.0
6th Brooklyn Dodgers 62   91 .405   33.5
7th Philadelphia Phillies 61   92 .399   34.5
8th Cincinnati Reds 56   98 .364   40.0

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Homestead Grays 31 13 .705 --
Newark Eagles 26 11 .703 1.5
Washington Elite Giants 27 17 .614 4
Philadelphia Stars 25 27 .481 10
Pittsburgh Crawfords 12 16 .429 11
New York Black Yankees 9 14 .391 11.5
  • Homestead beat Pittsburgh in a one-game play-off for the Pennant.

Events

  • May 27 - The New York Giants' Mel Ott's ninth-inning home run helps Carl Hubbell win a record 24th straight game in a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field.
  • November 2 - American League batting champion Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers is named Most Valuable Player, receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees is a close second four points behind while Gehringer teammate Hank Greenberg, who collected 183 RBI, is a distant third. Gehringer also becomes the third Detroit player in four years to receive MVP honors.

Births

January-April

May-August

September-December

Deaths

  • January 18 - Michael Sexton, 73, president of the minor leagues from 1909 to 1931, during which time the minors expanded to record size and success, peaking with 47 leagues
  • April 14 - Ned Hanlon, 79, manager of the Baltimore Orioles teams which won NL pennants in 1894-95-96 with their aggressive play, then of the Brooklyn champions of 1899-1900; pioneer of various offensive tactics, previously a center fielder for Detroit Wolverines
  • April 15 - Emmett McCann, 35, shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s; later a minor league manager from 1931 to 1935
  • April 18 - Hick Carpenter, 81, third baseman who played in 12 seasons, eight with the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association.
  • May 23 - Danny Clark, 43, infielder for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, between 1922 and 1927
  • May 27 - Frank Grant, 71, second baseman widely considered to have been the 19th century's greatest black player
  • August 16 - Bunk Congalton, 62, Canadian-born outfielder who finished fourth in the American League batting race with a .320 average
  • August 21 - George Wright, 90, pioneer of the sport who starred as a shortstop on the first professional team in 1869, then as captain of the powerhouse Boston teams from 1871-78; managed Providence to NL pennant in 1879
  • September 20 - Harry Stovey, 80, first baseman and outfielder who was among the American Association's leading hitters; won five home run titles, led league in slugging, runs and triples multiple times; first player to hit 100 home runs, was seventh all-time in hits and first in runs upon retirement
  • October 1 - Mickey Devine, 45, catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and New York Giants between 1918 and 1925
  • October 31 - Ed Walsh, Jr., 37, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, and son of Hall of Famer Ed Walsh. Stopped Joe Dimaggio's 61 game minor league record hitting streak.
  • November 12 - Peek-A-Boo Veach, 75, pitcher and first baseman for three seasons; 1884,1887, and 1890.
  • November 16 - Dick Burns, 73, pitcher/outfielder for three seasons. Pitched no-hitter on August 26, 1884.
  • November 19 - Cub Stricker, 78, second baseman from 1882 to 1893 who had 1106 hits in his 11 season career.
  • November 23 - Welday Walker, 77, he and his brother Moses Fleetwood Walker are officially recognized as the first African-Americans to play Major League Baseball. He played in five games for the 1884 Toledo Blue Stockings.

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