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The following are the baseball events of the year 1938 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 Jimmie Foxx BOS .349 Ernie Lombardi CIN .342
HR Hank Greenberg DET 58 Mel Ott NYG 36
RBI Jimmie Foxx BOS 175 Joe Medwick STL 122
Wins Red Ruffing NYY 21 Bill Lee CHC 22
ERA Lefty Grove BOS 3.08 Bill Lee CHC 2.66

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 99   53 .651     --
2nd Boston Red Sox 88   61 .591   9.5
3rd Cleveland Indians 86   66 .566   13.0
4th Detroit Tigers 84   70 .545   16.0
5th Washington Senators 75   76 .497   23.5
6th Chicago White Sox 65   83 .439   32.0
7th St. Louis Browns 55   97 .362   44.0
8th Philadelphia Athletics 53   99 .349   46.0

National League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Chicago Cubs 89   63 .586     --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates 86   64 .573   2.0
3rd New York Giants 83   67 .553   5.0
4th Cincinnati Reds 82   68 .547   6.0
5th Boston Braves 77   75 .507   12.0
6th St. Louis Cardinals 71   80 .470   17.5
7th Brooklyn Dodgers 69   80 .463   18.5
8th Philadelphia Phillies 45   105 .300   43.0

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Homestead Grays 27 10 .730 --
Baltimore Elite Giants 23 9 .719 1.5
Newark Eagles 28 17 .622 3
Pittsburgh Crawfords 24 16 .600 4.5
Philadelphia Stars 30 24 .556 5.5
New York Black Yankees 7 18 .280 14
Washington Black Senators 2 13 .133 14

Events

  • May 6 - OF Bob Seeds of the Newark Bears (IL) hits four home runs in four successive innings and drives in 12 runs against Buffalo. Tomorrow he will slam three more. His seven homers in the two-day barrage account for 17 RBI and 30 total bases. In his first 59 games‚ Seeds will clout 28 HR and drive in 95 runs.
  • June 26 - Carl Hubbell wins his 200th game‚ as the New York Giants beat the visiting Cubs 5–1 and stretch their lead over the second-place Reds to two games. Larry French takes the loss. Newly acquired Bob Seeds‚ up from Newark‚ leads the way with a 470-foot inside the park home run.
  • August 2 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals used a yellow baseball in the first game of a doubleheader as an experiment. The two teams went back to the white ball in the second game as the Dodgers swept the doubleheader 6–2 and 9–3.
  • November 26 - National League president Ford Frick steps in and pays $350 for funeral services, including the cost of a coffin, for the unclaimed body of Hack Wilson. The former slugger, who had died probably of alcohol abuse a few days earlier in a Baltimore hospital, is identified only as a white male.
  • December 14 - Major League Baseball teams adopt several resolutions. The National League allows the Cincinnati Reds to play their season opener one day before other teams, as a way of honoring the 100th anniversary of baseball and of the 1869 Red Stockings being the first professional team. In other news, Will Harridge is re-elected as American League president and given a 10-year term. The AL permits the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics to play night games. Finally, MLB agree on a standard ball but disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Judge Landis will eventually decide on 25.

Births

January-March

April-June

July-September

October-December

Deaths

  • January 12 - Dupee Shaw, 78, pitcher who played six seasons. Won 30 games and struck out 451 batters in 1884.
  • January 24 - Jim Mutrie, 86, manager who led New York Metropolitans to the American Association title in 1884, then won pennants in 1888-89 after moving to NY's NL franchise - which he renamed by marveling over his "Giants"; career .611 winning percentage was best of 19th century
  • January 28 - Pop Rising, 56, outfielder for the 1905 Boston Americans
  • January 31 - Charlie Chech, 59, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Naps and Boston Red Sox between 1905 and 1909
  • February 22 - Mert Hackett, 78, catcher for five seasons, including the 1883 National League champions, the Boston Beaneaters.
  • February 26 - Tex Jones, 53, played nine games for the Chicago White Sox in 1911
  • March 18 - Hobe Ferris, 60, lowest ever career on base percentage; committed first ever error in a World Series game
  • March 30 - Dasher Troy, 81, second baseman for five seasons, most notably for the 1884 American Association champs, the New York Metropolitans.
  • April 3 - Count Campau, 74, outfielder for three seasons, and one-time manager for the St. Louis Browns in 1890.
  • April 11 - Cristóbal Torriente, 44, All-Star Cuban right fielder in the Negro Leagues who batted .339 lifetime
  • May 21 - Silver King, 70, pitcher who had three 30-win seasons for the 1887-89 St. Louis Browns, and another for the 1890 Chicago team in the Players League; first sidearm pitcher
  • July 4 - Chief Roseman, 82, outfielder for seven seasons, from 1882-1890.
  • October 3 - Morgan Murphy, 71, catcher and noted sign stealer for 11 seasons, from 1890 to 1901.
  • October 16 - Joe Knight, 79, Canadian-born outfielder who finished sixth in the 1890 National League batting race with a .312 average

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