1934 Leaders & Numbers

The “nice guys” of New York—Mel Ott and Lou Gehrig—proved to be anything but on opposing pitchers. Gehrig’s rude treatment was worth a triple crown, the AL’s second in a row. Right behind Gehrig in the AL batting race—as well as the baseball encyclopedia, alphabetically—was Charlie Gehringer. Second-year Athletic Bob Johnson made like Babe Ruth’s instant heir, slamming 20 homers in his first 50 games before cooling off. Dizzy Dean entered the books as the NL’s last 30-game winner to date with the help of the hometown scorer, who credited him with two victories that really should have gone to others. Lost in the Dean media circus at St. Louis was the dazzling offensive tear of Ripper Collins. Bill Werber was the sole pleasant surprise among the many pricey underachievers brought into the Red Sox fold by new owner Tom Yawkey. Earl Averill felt back at home in Cleveland’s cozy League Park after struggling to fuel his power stroke at nearby, monstrous Municipal Stadium. One Lefty (Gomez) replaced another (sore-armed Grove) as the AL’s dominant ace. Rookie Curt Davis gave the Phillies something they hadn’t seen in ages: Pitching. Waite Hoyt, the primary ace of the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, finally found a stable home in Pittsburgh as one of the NL’s stingiest relievers after bouncing around the previous three years. Bobo Newsom’s 20 losses included a 1-0 defeat to Boston in which he pitched nine no-hit innings up front.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1934
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Mel Ott New York 153 .326 582 119 190 29 10 35 135 85 3 0 10
2. Ripper Collins St. Louis 154 .333 600 116 200 40 12 35 128 57 2 2 11
3. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 146 .362 599 122 217 32 16 14 90 68 2 8 15
4. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh 149 .333 558 115 186 41 11 12 94 94 2 10 3
5. Joe Medwick St. Louis 149 .319 620 110 198 40 18 18 106 21 1 3 15
6. Wally Berger Boston 150 .298 615 92 183 35 8 34 121 49 3 2 14
7. Bill Terry New York 153 .354 602 109 213 30 6 8 83 60 2 0 8
8. Chuck Klein Chicago 115 .301 435 78 131 27 2 20 80 47 2 3 6
9. Len Koenecke Brooklyn 123 .320 460 79 147 31 7 14 73 70 1 8 6
10. Sam Leslie Brooklyn 146 .332 546 75 181 29 6 9 102 69 3 5 10
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1934
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Lou Gehrig New York 154 .363 579 128 210 40 6 49 165 109 2 9 5
2. Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia 150 .334 539 120 180 28 6 44 130 111 1 11 2
3. Hank Greenberg Detroit 153 .339 593 118 201 63 7 26 139 63 2 9 5
4. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 154 .356 601 134 214 50 7 11 127 99 3 11 8
5. Hal Trosky Cleveland 154 .330 625 117 206 45 9 35 142 58 2 2 2
6. Earl Averill Cleveland 154 .313 598 128 187 48 6 31 113 99 4 5 3
7. Al Simmons Chicago 138 .344 558 102 192 36 7 18 104 53 2 3 2
8. Bob Johnson Philadelphia 141 .307 547 111 168 26 6 34 92 58 1 12 8
9. Bill Werber Boston 152 .321 623 129 200 41 10 11 67 77 1 40 15
10. Babe Ruth New York 125 .288 365 78 105 17 4 22 84 104 2 1 3
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1934
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Carl Hubbell New York 2.30 21 12 .636 8 49 35 313 337 80 37 2 2 0
2. Dizzy Dean St. Louis 2.66 30 7 .811 7 50 33 311.2 330 92 75 2 6 0
3. Lon Warneke Chicago 3.21 22 10 .688 3 43 35 291.1 321 104 66 4 2 0
4. Freddie Fitzsimmons New York 3.04 18 14 .563 1 38 37 263.1 302 89 51 9 1 0
5. Curt Davis Philadelphia 2.95 19 17 .528 5 51 31 274.1 325 90 60 1 7 0
6. Waite Hoyt Pittsburgh 2.93 15 6 .714 5 48 17 190.2 202 62 43 1 2 0
7. Van Lingle Mungo Brooklyn 3.37 18 16 .529 3 45 38 315.1 345 118 104 6 3 1
8. Hal Schumacher New York 3.18 23 10 .697 0 41 36 297 347 105 89 10 2 0
9. Paul Dean St. Louis 3.44 19 11 .633 2 39 26 233.1 282 89 52 1 5 1
10. Roy Parmalee New York 3.42 10 6 .625 0 22 21 152.2 152 58 60 5 6 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1934
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Lefty Gomez New York 2.33 26 5 .839 1 38 33 281.2 259 73 96 3 0 0
2. Mel Harder Cleveland 2.61 20 12 .625 4 44 29 255.1 264 74 81 2 7 0
3. Schoolboy Rowe Detroit 3.45 24 8 .750 1 45 30 266 295 102 81 1 1 0
4. Johnny Murphy New York 3.12 14 10 .583 4 40 20 207.2 226 72 76 1 0 0
5. Tommy Bridges Detroit 3.67 22 11 .667 1 36 35 275 297 112 104 3 3 0
6. Bobby Burke Washington 3.21 8 8 .500 0 37 15 168 159 60 72 4 1 0
7. Red Ruffing New York 3.93 19 11 .633 0 36 31 256.1 286 112 104 1 1 0
8. Wes Ferrell Boston 3.63 14 5 .737 1 26 23 181 217 73 49 3 0 0
9. Eldon Auker Detroit 3.42 15 7 .682 1 43 18 205 261 78 56 1 3 1
10. Bobo Newsom St. Louis 4.01 16 20 .444 5 47 32 262.1 304 117 149 5 1 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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1934 Awards


NL MVP
Dizzy Dean, St. Louis

AL MVP
Mickey Cochrane, Detroit