1930 Leaders & Numbers

All it took was one look at the numbers below to ask: Where have you gone, Christy Mathewson? Chuck Klein wasn’t about to miss a minute of this batting bonanza, playing every inning but one—after he was tossed late from a game. In just his last three months alone, Hack Wilson knocked in 100 runs. Lou Gehrig continued to be every bit as effective as Babe Ruth, initiating an eight-year stretch in which he would average 155 RBIs. Babe Herman might be best remembered as the top buffoon of Brooklyn’s daffiness era, but his franchise-record batting average suggested very little clowning around. Rookie Wally Berger hit eight more homers than the rest of his Brave teammates combined. Bill Terry produced the last NL .400 average to date—and needed just two bats all year to do it. Traded to the Browns, Goose Goslin finally got the chance to show his true power on a home field whose fences weren’t set back to the next county. Lefty Grove appeared to be the only pitcher stuck in time, throwing like it was 1909. Dazzy Vance, NL ERA leader and owner of baseball’s lowest opposing batting average (.246), also won the hard-luck award for managing a record barely above the .500 mark. Congrats to Pat Malone, the NL’s only 20-game winner with an ERA below 5.00. Lefty Stewart, just happy to be around after nearly dying of appendix problems in 1927, had the second best ERA by a player named Lefty—and third best in the AL, regardless of name.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1930
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Hack Wilson Chicago 155 .356 585 146 208 35 6 56 191 105 1 3
2. Chuck Klein Philadelphia 156 .386 648 158 250 59 8 40 170 54 4 4
3. Babe Herman Brooklyn 153 .393 614 143 241 48 11 35 130 66 4 18
4. Kiki Cuyler Chicago 156 .355 642 155 228 50 17 13 134 72 10 37
5. Bill Terry New York 154 .401 633 139 254 39 15 23 129 57 1 8
6. Mel Ott New York 148 .349 521 122 182 34 5 25 119 103 2 9
7. Chick Hafey St. Louis 120 .336 446 108 150 39 12 26 107 46 7 12
8. Lefty O'Doul Philadelphia 140 .383 528 122 202 37 7 22 97 63 5 3
9. Fred Lindstrom New York 148 .379 609 127 231 39 7 22 106 48 0 15
10. Frankie Frisch St. Louis 133 .346 540 121 187 46 9 10 114 55 0 15
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1930
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Lou Gehrig New York 154 .379 581 143 220 42 17 41 174 101 3 12 14
2. Al Simmons Philadelphia 138 .381 554 152 211 41 16 36 165 39 1 9 2
3. Babe Ruth New York 145 .359 518 150 186 28 9 49 153 136 1 10 10
4. Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia 153 .335 562 127 188 33 13 37 156 93 0 7 7
5. Eddie Morgan Cleveland 150 .349 584 122 204 47 11 26 136 62 1 8 4
6. Joe Cronin Washington 154 .346 587 127 203 41 9 13 126 72 5 17 10
7. Goose Goslin Washington-St. Louis 148 .308 584 115 180 36 12 37 138 67 3 17 11
8. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 154 .320 487 110 174 42 5 10 85 55 1 5 0
9. Carl Reynolds Chicago 138 .359 563 103 202 25 18 22 104 20 7 16 4
10. Earl Averill Cleveland 139 .339 534 102 181 33 8 19 119 56 2 10 7
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1930
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Dazzy Vance Boorklyn 2.61 17 15 .531 0 35 31 258.2 286 75 55 4 5 1
2. Pat Malone Chicago 3.94 20 9 .690 4 45 35 271.2 332 119 96 4 6 1
3. Carl Hubbell New York 3.87 17 12 .586 2 37 32 241.2 296 104 58 3 11 0
4. Bill Walker New York 3.93 17 15 .531 1 39 34 245.1 315 107 88 2 5 1
5. Roy Kolp Cincinnati 4.22 7 12 .368 3 37 19 168.1 210 79 34 3 0 1
6. Freddie Fitzsimmons New York 4.25 19 7 .731 1 41 29 224.1 308 106 59 6 1 0
7. Watty Clark Brooklyn 4.18 13 13 .500 6 44 24 200 269 93 38 1 0 0
8. Socks Seibold Boston 4.12 15 16 .484 2 36 33 251 336 115 85 1 2 0
9. Jumbo Elliott Brooklyn 3.95 10 7 .588 1 35 21 198.1 252 87 70 2 5 1
10. Larry French Pittsburgh 4.36 17 18 .486 1 42 35 274.2 385 133 89 3 6 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1930
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Lefty Grove Philadelphia 2.54 28 5 .848 9 50 32 291 297 82 60 2 5 0
2. Wes Ferrell Cleveland 3.31 25 13 .658 3 43 35 296.2 341 109 106 5 0 1
3. Ted Lyons Chicago 3.78 22 15 .595 1 42 36 297.2 367 125 57 2 2 1
4. Bump Hadley Washington 3.73 15 11 .577 2 42 34 260.1 260 108 105 4 6 0
5. Lefty Stewart St. Louis 3.45 20 12 .625 0 35 33 271 344 104 70 0 1 0
6. General Crowder St. Louis-Washington 3.89 18 16 .529 2 40 35 279.2 327 121 96 1 2 0
7. Sad Sam Jones Washington 4.07 15 7 .682 0 25 25 183.1 207 83 61 1 3 2
8. George Earnshaw Philadelphia 4.44 22 13 .629 2 49 39 296 359 146 139 10 1 2
9. Ad Liska Washington 3.29 9 7 .563 1 32 16 150.2 158 55 71 0 5 0
10. Pat Caraway Chicago 3.86 10 10 .500 1 38 21 193.1 227 83 57 0 3 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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