1928 Leaders & Numbers

Gotham’s dynamic duo, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, rolled along without peer. Goose Goslin risked losing the AL batting title to Heinie Manush when he waived off a pinch-hitter for his last at-bat; he singled to cement a micro-thin margin. Rogers Hornsby, exiled yet again for his abrasive ego (and alleged, extensive debts from horse racing bets), became the first Brave to hit 20 homers in the year they brought the fences in at Braves Field. Charlie Gehringer, named the Mechanical Man for his consistent level of great hitting, perfectly matched his eventual .320 career batting average. The Pirates clearly got the better end of a deal that gave them Burleigh Grimes, while his former Giant mates suffered with Vic Aldridge—who held out, seldom won and finally quit. Larry Benton helped ease the Giants’ pain by matching Grimes in victories. Lefty Grove highlighted the start of an impressive six-year run by striking out the side on nine pitches—twice. The White Sox thought they had a Grove clone in another ex-Baltimore Oriole standout, Tommy Thomas, but the overworked Thomas lacked the kind of support Grove had in Philly. Dazzy Vance reigned as the NL strikeout king for the seventh straight (and last) time while forging a career-low ERA. The here-today, gone-tomorrow success of Ed Morris kept the Red Sox from becoming the first AL team to lose 100 games four straight years.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1928
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Jim Bottomley St. Louis 149 .325 576 123 187 42 20 31 136 71 3 10
2. Rogers Hornsby Boston 140 .387 486 99 188 42 7 21 94 107 1 5
3. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 152 .370 602 142 223 50 19 6 86 77 5 6
4. Chick Hafey St. Louis 138 .337 520 101 175 46 6 27 111 40 2 8
5. Hack Wilson Chicago 145 .313 520 89 163 32 9 31 129 77 2 4
6. Fred Lindstrom New York 153 .358 646 99 231 39 9 14 107 25 2 15
7. Del Bissonette Brooklyn 155 .320 587 90 188 30 13 25 106 70 4 5
8. Bill Terry New York 149 .326 568 100 185 36 11 17 101 64 0 7
9. George Grantham Pittsburgh 124 .323 440 93 142 24 9 10 85 59 4 9
10. Pie Traynor Pittsburgh 144 .337 569 91 192 38 12 3 124 28 1 12
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1928
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Babe Ruth New York 154 .323 536 163 173 29 8 54 142 137 3 4 5
2. Lou Gehrig New York 154 .374 562 139 210 47 13 27 142 95 4 4 11
3. Goose Goslin Washington 135 .379 465 80 173 36 10 17 102 48 3 16 3
4. Heinie Manush St. Louis 154 .378 638 104 241 47 20 13 108 39 2 6 9
5. Al Simmons Philadelphia 119 .351 464 78 163 33 9 15 107 31 3 1 4
6. Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia 118 .328 400 85 131 29 10 13 79 60 1 3 9
7. Lu Blue St. Louis 154 .281 549 116 154 32 11 14 80 105 4 12 7
8. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 154 .320 603 108 193 29 16 6 74 69 6 15 9
9. Harry Heilmann Detroit 151 .328 588 83 183 38 10 14 107 57 0 7 3
10. Tony Lazzeri New York 116 .332 404 62 134 30 11 10 82 43 1 15 5
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1928
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Dazzy Vance Brooklyn 2.09 22 10 .688 2 38 32 280.1 259 65 72 1 7 0
2. Burleigh Grimes Pittsburgh 2.99 25 14 .641 3 48 37 330.2 344 110 77 3 9 1
3. Larry Benton New York 2.73 25 9 .735 4 42 36 310.1 341 94 71 6 0 0
4. Sheriff Blake Chicago 2.47 17 11 .607 1 34 29 240.2 221 66 101 3 3 0
5. Bill Sherdel St. Louis 2.86 21 10 .677 5 38 27 248.2 302 79 56 2 2 0
6. Eppa Rixey Cincinnati 3.43 19 18 .514 2 43 37 291.1 329 111 67 2 3 0
7. Watty Clark Brooklyn 2.68 12 9 .571 3 40 19 194.2 205 58 50 1 1 0
8. Art Nehf Chicago 2.65 13 7 .650 0 31 21 176.2 199 52 52 1 1 0
9. Freddie Fitzsimmons New York 3.68 20 9 .690 1 40 31 261.1 303 107 65 6 4 0
10. Jesse Haines St. Louis 3.18 20 8 .714 0 33 28 240.1 280 85 72 3 6 1
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1928
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Lefty Grove Philadelphia 2.58 24 8 .750 4 39 31 261.2 258 75 64 4 1 0
2. Herb Pennock New York 2.56 17 6 .739 3 28 24 211 221 60 40 3 0 0
3. Garland Braxton Washington 2.51 13 11 .542 6 38 24 218.1 201 61 44 2 5 0
4. Waite Hoyt New York 3.36 23 7 .767 8 42 31 273 327 102 60 2 1 0
5. Jack Quinn Philadelphia 2.90 18 7 .720 1 31 28 211.1 248 68 34 0 7 0
6. Sam Gray St. Louis 3.19 20 12 .625 3 35 31 262.2 289 93 86 1 1 0
7. Geogre Pipgras New York 3.38 24 13 .649 3 46 38 300.2 326 113 103 5 3 0
8. Tommy Thomas Chicago 3.08 17 16 .515 2 36 32 283 319 97 76 0 4 1
9. Sad Sam Jones Washington 2.84 17 7 .708 0 30 27 224.2 224 71 78 5 2 0
10. Ed Morris Boston 3.53 19 15 .559 5 47 29 257.2 276 101 80 1 5 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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