1932 Leaders & Numbers

Jimmie Foxx might have matched Roger Maris 29 years in advance, but three potential home runs were turned into ground rule doubles at St. Louis because extra netting—an extension of the outfield wall hung up just a few years earlier—swatted them back. Chuck Klein became the second and last modern league leader in both homers and steals. Klein paired with Don Hurst and Pinky Whitney to place 1-2-3 in the NL RBI race, pacing the Phillies to their only winning year between 1917 and 1949. Babe Ruth, aging into nothing more than a home run machine at age 37, collected 40-plus blasts for the seventh straight year. Babe Herman made good on a one-year tour of duty with the Reds after the Dodgers gave up on his threat to holdout in Brooklyn. It was a bad year for Lefty Grove, but only in relative terms; he lost ten games for the first time in five years and threw fewer strikeouts than someone else (Red Ruffing) after seven years at the top—but capped his sixth straight 20-win campaign and his fourth straight AL ERA crown. With his first and only NL ERA title, Lon Warneke more than set the pace for his own string of ten straight winning seasons. At 21, Dizzy Dean made his presence known by becoming an instant threat on the mound—and a pain in the rear to Cardinal management, threatening to bolt at midseason due to a contract he suddenly wasn’t happy with. Wes Ferrell became the first, and still the only, pitcher to win at least 20 games in each of his first four years. The records of Red Lucas and Si Johnson were less reflective of their performance as it was the Reds’ woeful ability to score.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1932
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Chuck Klein Philadelphia 154 .348 650 152 226 50 15 38 137 60 1 20
2. Mel Ott New York 154 .318 566 119 180 30 8 38 123 100 4 6
3. Bill Terry New York 154 .350 643 124 225 42 11 28 117 32 1 4
4. Don Hurst Philadelphia 150 .339 579 109 196 41 4 24 143 65 7 10
5. Lefty O'Doul Brooklyn 148 .368 595 120 219 32 8 21 90 50 7 11
6. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 154 .341 630 107 215 62 10 8 82 56 2 13
7. Babe Herman Cincinnati 148 .326 577 87 188 38 19 16 87 60 0 7
8. Hack Wilson Brooklyn 135 .297 481 77 143 37 5 23 123 51 1 2
9. Pinky Whitney Philadelphia 154 .298 624 93 186 33 11 13 124 35 0 6
10. Dick Bartell Philadelphia 154 .308 614 118 189 48 7 1 53 64 6 8
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1932
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia 154 .364 585 151 213 33 9 58 169 116 0 3 7
2. Lou Gehrig New York 156 .349 596 138 208 42 9 34 151 108 3 4 11
3. Babe Ruth New York 133 .341 457 120 156 13 5 41 137 130 2 2 2
4. Al Simmons Philadelphia 154 .322 670 144 216 28 9 35 151 47 1 4 2
5. Earl Averill Cleveland 153 .314 631 116 198 37 14 32 124 75 6 5 8
6. Heinie Manush Washington 149 .342 625 121 214 41 14 14 116 36 5 7 2
7. Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia 139 .293 518 118 152 35 4 23 112 100 4 0 1
8. Joe Cronin Washington 143 .318 557 95 177 43 18 6 116 66 3 7 5
9. Ben Chapman New York 151 .299 581 101 174 41 15 10 107 71 5 38 18
10. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 152 .298 618 112 184 44 11 19 107 68 3 9 8
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1932
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Lon Warneke Chicago 2.37 22 6 .786 0 35 32 277 283 73 64 5 2 0
2. Carl Hubbell New York 2.50 18 11 .621 2 40 32 284 320 79 40 3 4 1
3. Red Lucas Cincinnati 2.94 13 17 .433 0 31 31 269.1 291 88 35 0 1 0
4. Watty Clark Brooklyn 3.49 20 12 .625 0 40 36 273 312 106 49 3 4 1
5. Si Johnson Cincinnati 3.27 13 15 .464 2 42 27 245 270 89 57 0 2 0
6. Huck Betts Boston 2.80 13 11 .542 1 31 27 221.1 256 69 35 0 0 0
7. Larry French Pittsburgh 3.02 18 16 .529 4 47 33 274.1 352 92 62 1 1 0
8. Dizzy Dean St. Louis 3.30 18 15 .545 2 46 33 286 322 105 102 2 5 2
9. Steve Swetonic Pittsburgh 2.82 11 6 .647 0 24 19 162.2 167 51 55 3 0 0
10. Guy Bush Chicago 3.21 19 11 .633 0 40 30 238.2 301 85 70 5 7 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1932
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Lefty Grove Philadelphia 2.84 25 10 .714 7 44 30 291.2 308 92 79 0 1 0
2. General Crowder Washington 3.33 26 13 .667 1 50 39 327 370 121 77 0 0 0
3. Red Ruffing New York 3.09 18 7 .720 2 35 29 259 267 89 115 5 3 0
4. Wes Ferrell Cleveland 3.66 23 13 .639 1 38 34 287.2 350 117 104 4 0 1
5. Johnny Allen New York 3.70 17 4 .810 4 33 21 192 192 79 76 5 5 1
6. Mel Harder Cleveland 3.75 15 13 .536 0 39 32 254.2 304 106 68 1 3 0
7. Ted Lyons Chicago 3.28 10 15 .400 2 33 26 230.2 273 84 71 1 3 0
8. Lefty Gomez New York 4.21 24 7 .774 1 37 31 265.1 335 124 105 0 2 0
9. Monty Weaver Washington 4.08 22 10 .688 2 43 30 234 263 106 112 4 0 1
10. Clint Brown Cleveland 4.08 15 12 .556 1 37 32 262.2 340 119 50 4 4 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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1932 Awards


NL MVP
Chuck Klein, Philadelphia

AL MVP
Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia