1926 Leaders & Numbers

Hack Wilson busted out in Chicago after the Giants lost him through a very costly clerical error (though some say New York manager John McGraw wanted him gone, anyway). Babe Ruth returned to the Yankees’ good graces with a patented Ruthian onslaught—and once again came oh-so-close to snagging an AL triple crown. Foiling him this year was Heinie Manush, good enough to make Tiger manager-center fielder Ty Cobb demote himself to a part-timer. On the eve of his fall from grace at Pittsburgh, Kiki Cuyler remained the NL’s biggest overall offensive threat. Cavernous Griffith Stadium continued to do its best to obscure Goose Goslin’s power numbers; the muscular Senator hit all 17 of his homers on the road. Johnny Mostil peaked as the White Sox’ leadoff man a year before news of his affair with teammate Red Faber’s wife led to a suicide attempt. Nobody allowed more hits and walks in the majors than George Uhle, yet the Indian workhorse was still at his sterling best. Pete Donohue and Carl Mays effectively wound it up on the mound at Cincinnati before winding down as over-the-hill material. Sophomore Lefty Grove introduced himself to a place he’d become very familiar with—the top spot among AL ERA contenders—thanks to a major cutdown in walks. Jesse Petty picked up the slack for a slumping Dazzy Vance and Burleigh Grimes in Brooklyn. Urban Shocker electrified anew in New York City for the Yankees, who righted the previous wrong of trading him off to the Browns in 1918.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1926
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Hack Wilson Chicago 142 .321 529 97 170 36 8 21 109 69 6 10
2. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 144 .336 536 101 180 35 22 8 79 66 4 11
3. Kiki Cuyler Pittsburgh 157 .321 614 113 197 31 15 8 92 50 9 35
4. Jim Bottomley St. Louis 154 .299 603 98 180 40 14 19 120 58 4 4
5. Billy Southworth New York-St. Louis 135 .320 507 99 162 28 7 16 99 33 3 14
6. Les Bell St. Louis 155 .325 581 85 189 33 14 17 100 54 0 9
7. Rogers Hornsby St. Louis 134 .317 527 96 167 34 5 11 93 61 0 3
8. Edd Roush Cincinnati 144 .323 563 95 182 37 10 7 79 38 0 8
9. George Grantham Pittsburgh 141 .318 449 66 143 27 13 8 70 60 1 6
10. Babe Herman Brooklyn 137 .319 496 64 158 35 11 11 81 44 1 8
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1926
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Babe Ruth New York 152 .372 495 139 184 30 5 47 146 144 3 11 9
2. Lou Gehrig New York 155 .313 572 135 179 47 20 16 112 105 1 6 5
3. Goose Goslin Washington 147 .354 568 105 201 26 15 17 108 63 7 8 8
4. Al Simmons Philadelphia 147 .341 583 90 199 53 10 19 109 48 1 11 3
5. Harry Heilmann Detroit 141 .367 502 90 184 41 8 9 103 67 4 6 7
6. Heinie Manush Detroit 136 .378 498 95 188 35 8 14 86 31 6 11 5
7. George Burns Cleveland 151 .358 603 97 216 64 3 4 114 28 8 13 7
8. Johnny Mostil Chicago 148 .328 600 120 197 41 15 4 42 79 10 35 14
9. Bibb Falk Chicago 155 .345 566 86 195 43 4 8 108 66 2 9 10
10. Tris Speaker Cleveland 150 .304 539 96 164 52 8 7 86 94 0 6 1
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1926
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Carl Mays Cincinnati 3.14 19 12 .613 1 39 33 281 295 98 53 2 4 0
2. Ray Kremer Pittsburgh 2.61 20 6 .769 5 37 26 231.1 248 67 51 0 4 0
3. Pete Donohue Cincinnati 3.37 20 14 .588 2 47 36 285.2 316 107 39 1 9 0
4. Jesse Petty Brooklyn 2.84 17 17 .500 1 38 33 275.2 273 87 79 2 3 0
5. Charlie Root Chicago 2.82 18 17 .514 2 42 32 271.1 297 85 62 1 6 1
6. Guy Bush Chicago 2.86 13 9 .591 2 35 15 157.1 158 50 42 1 3 0
7. Pete Aleaxnder Chicago-St. Louis 3.05 12 10 .545 2 30 23 200.1 215 68 31 0 2 0
8. Flint Rhem St. Louis 3.21 20 7 .741 0 34 34 258 277 92 75 5 1 1
9. Hal Carlson Philadelphia 3.23 17 12 .586 0 35 34 267.1 320 96 47 3 2 0
10. Lee Meadows Pittsburgh 3.97 20 9 .690 0 36 31 226.2 284 100 52 3 4 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1926
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. George Uhle Cleveland 2.83 27 11 .711 1 39 36 318.1 321 100 118 8 13 0
2. Ted Lyons Chicago 3.01 18 16 ..529 2 39 31 283.2 286 95 106 1 1 0
3. Lefty Grove Philadelphia 2.51 13 13 .500 6 45 33 258 245 72 101 5 6 0
4. Herb Pennock New York 3.62 23 11 .676 2 40 33 266.1 327 107 43 6 4 0
5. Stan Coveleski Washington 3.12 14 11 .560 1 36 34 245.1 275 85 81 3 0 0
6. Urban Shocker New York 3.38 19 11 .633 2 41 32 258.1 311 97 71 1 2 0
7. Waite Hoyt New York 3.85 16 12 .571 4 40 28 217.2 236 93 62 2 2 0
8. Eddie Rommel Philadelphia 3.08 11 11 .500 0 37 26 219 255 75 54 3 2 0
9. Firpo Marberry Washington 3.00 12 7 .632 22 64 5 138 132 46 66 0 3 0
10. Garland Buckeye Cleveland 3.10 6 9 .400 0 32 18 165.2 169 57 69 4 6 0

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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