1933 Leaders & Numbers

The City of Brotherly Love found not one, but two triple crown winners to shower its adoration on: The A’s Jimmie Foxx and the Phillies’ Chuck Klein. Al Simmons, sent to Chicago as the first clearance item in Connie Mack’s second fire sale at Philadelphia, equaled Klein by earning 200 hits over five straight seasons. For one of the few times in his career, Pepper Martin lived up to the expectations pinned upon him after his unforgettable work at the 1931 World Series. As it had been since 1930, Wally Berger continued to account for roughly half of the Braves’ home runs. Sophomore Pirate Arky Vaughan was intent on becoming Honus Wagner resurrected—and so were the Bucs, who brought Wagner in to mentor and room with him. Heinie Manush and General Crowder made their biggest contributions in Washington three years after being dismissed by Brown owner Phil Ball in a rash, lopsided trade for Goose Goslin—who, by the way, came back to the Senators in 1933. Carl Hubbell wasn’t great because he could be, but because he had to be; five of his victories were 1-0 scores. Lefty Grove put the finishing touches on a six-year domination of the AL with a total record of 152-41. Mel Harder found it just that trying to win games, his AL-best ERA spoiled by an Indian offense struggling to adjust to the distant fences at monstrous Cleveland Stadium. Perennial loser Ben Cantwell sprang to life and became the Braves’ first 20-game winner since 1921, in their first winning season since…1921.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1933
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Chuck Klein Philadelphia 152 .368 505 101 223 44 7 28 120 56 1 15 3
2. Wally Berger Boston 137 .313 528 84 165 37 8 27 106 41 3 2 6
3. Pepper Martin St. Louis 145 .316 599 122 189 36 12 8 57 67 3 26 9
4. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh 152 .314 573 85 180 29 19 9 97 64 5 3 9
5. Babe Herman Chicago 137 .289 508 77 147 36 12 16 93 50 0 6 15
6. Mel Ott New York 152 .283 580 98 164 36 1 23 103 75 2 1 10
7. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 154 .309 618 101 191 38 16 7 70 60 2 3 10
8. Joe Medwick St. Louis 148 .306 595 92 182 40 10 18 98 26 2 5 15
9. Ripper Collins St. Louis 132 .310 493 66 153 26 7 10 68 38 3 7 13
10. Chick Fullis Philadelphia 151 .309 647 91 200 31 6 1 45 36 5 18 15
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1933
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia 149 .356 573 125 204 37 9 48 163 96 1 2 2
2. Lou Gehrig New York 152 .334 593 138 198 41 12 32 139 92 1 9 13
3. Babe Ruth New York 137 .301 459 97 138 21 3 34 103 114 2 4 5
4. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 155 .325 628 103 204 42 6 12 105 68 3 5 4
5. Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia 130 .322 429 104 138 30 4 15 60 106 3 8 6
6. Joe Cronin Washington 152 .309 602 89 186 45 11 5 118 87 2 5 4
7. Heinie Manush Washington 153 .336 658 115 221 32 17 5 95 36 2 6 4
8. Bob Johnson Philadelphia 142 .290 535 103 155 44 4 21 93 85 0 8 3
9. Tony Lazzeri New York 139 .294 523 94 154 22 12 18 104 73 2 15 7
10. Al Simmons Chicago 146 .331 605 85 200 29 10 14 119 39 2 5 1
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1933
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Carl Hubbell New York 1.66 23 12 .657 5 45 33 308.2 274 57 47 3 3 0
2. Lon Warneke Chicago 2.00 18 13 .581 1 36 34 287.1 286 64 75 6 3 0
3. Hal Schumacher New York 2.16 19 12 .613 1 35 33 258.2 226 62 84 4 1 0
4. Ed Brandt Boston 2.60 18 14 .563 4 41 32 287.2 286 83 77 2 3 1
5. Dizzy Dean St. Louis 3.04 20 18 .526 4 48 34 293 312 99 64 2 5 0
6. Larry French Pittsburgh 2.72 18 13 .581 1 47 35 291.1 317 88 55 1 5 0
7. Ben Cantwell Boston 2.62 20 10 .667 2 40 29 254.2 284 74 54 4 3 0
8. Huck Betts Boston 2.79 11 11 .500 4 35 26 242 252 75 55 1 0 0
9. Van Lingle Mungo Brooklyn 2.72 16 15 .516 0 41 28 248 244 75 84 7 0 0
10. Guy Bush Chicago 2.75 20 12 .625 2 41 32 259 288 79 68 6 1 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1933
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Mel Harder Cleveland 2.95 15 17 .469 4 43 31 253 284 83 67 2 3 0
2. Lefty Grove Philadelphia 3.20 24 8 .750 6 45 28 275.1 316 98 83 1 4 0
3. Firpo Marberry Detroit 3.29 16 11 .593 2 37 32 238.1 271 87 61 1 1 1
4. Earl Whitehill Washington 3.33 22 8 .733 1 39 37 270 298 100 100 6 4 0
5. Tommy Bridges Detroit 3.09 14 12 .538 2 33 28 233 216 80 110 2 6 1
6. General Crowder Washington 3.97 24 15 .615 4 52 35 299.1 353 132 81 2 3 0
7. Monte Weaver Washington 3.25 10 5 .667 0 23 21 152.1 156 55 53 0 1 1
8. Clint Brown Cleveland 3.41 11 12 .478 1 33 23 185 232 70 34 0 2 0
9. Bump Hadley St. Louis 3.92 15 20 .429 3 45 36 316.2 360 138 141 8 3 0
10. Lefty Gomez New York 3.18 16 10 .615 2 35 30 234.2 266 83 106 6 0 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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1933 Awards


NL MVP
Carl Hubbell, New York

AL MVP
Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia