1935 Leaders & Numbers

Respect was initially tough to find for Hank Greenberg, left off the All-Star Game roster despite 110 RBIs at the break; he found it at year’s end with the AL MVP. Honus Wagner apparently did his job tutoring Pirate shortstop Arky Vaughan, who hit higher than the great Wagner ever did. In his one year after Babe Ruth and before Joe DiMaggio, it was safe to pitch around Lou Gehrig, who set a personal high for walks. Billy Herman could have easily been confused with Babe Herman, both in terms of name and ability to mash a baseball. Sophomores Augie Galan, Hank Leiber and Moose Solters all caught the opposition by surprise after mundane, part-time rookie numbers in 1934; for each, it would be their most productive season. Almost anything would have been a letdown after winning 30 games, but the hangover was almost non-existent for Dizzy Dean in his post-1934 performance. No one played longer in a Cleveland uniform than Mel Harder, who had the best showing of his 20 years as an Indian. After two straight years losing over 20 games, Paul Derringer said enough and won 22 on a Cincinnati staff from which no one else won more than eight. Both Lefty Grove and Wes Ferrell woke back up to their normal aspirations in Boston after subpar results in 1934. Rookie Cy Blanton was certainly the year’s underrated surprise, leading the NL in ERA, opposing average (.229) and on-base percentage (.272). Johnny Marcum found brief success in Philadelphia with the addition of the suddenly popular screwball to his repertoire.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1935
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh 137 .385 499 108 192 34 10 19 99 97 7 4 5
2. Joe Medwick St. Louis 154 .353 634 132 224 46 13 23 126 30 4 4 15
3. Mel Ott New York 152 .322 593 113 191 33 6 31 114 82 3 7 4
4. Ripper Collins St. Louis 150 .313 578 109 181 36 10 23 122 65 3 0 5
5. Augie Galan Chicago 154 .314 646 133 203 41 11 12 79 87 4 22 0
6. Wally Berger Boston 150 .295 589 91 174 39 4 34 130 50 4 3 14
7. Hank Lieber New York 154 .331 613 110 203 37 4 22 103 48 10 0 20
8. Billy Herman Chicago 154 .341 666 113 227 57 6 7 83 42 3 6 17
9. Gabby Hartnett Chicago 116 .344 413 67 142 32 6 13 91 41 1 1 13
10. Johnny Moore Philadelphia 153 .323 600 84 194 33 3 19 93 45 5 4 6
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1935
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Hank Greenberg Detroit 152 .328 619 121 203 46 16 36 170 87 0 4 3
2. Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia 147 .346 535 118 185 33 7 36 115 114 0 6 4
3. Lou Gehrig New York 149 .329 535 125 176 26 10 30 119 132 5 8 7
4. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 150 .330 610 123 201 32 8 19 108 79 3 11 4
5. Joe Vosmik Cleveland 152 .348 620 93 216 47 20 10 110 59 4 2 1
6. Buddy Myer Washington 151 .349 616 115 215 36 11 5 100 96 4 7 6
7. Pete Fox Detroit 131 .321 517 116 166 38 8 15 73 45 6 14 4
8. Bob Johnson Philadelphia 147 .299 582 103 174 29 5 28 109 78 2 2 4
9. Moose Solters Boston-St. Louis 151 .319 631 94 201 45 7 18 112 36 1 11 2
10. Earl Averill Cleveland 140 .288 563 109 162 34 13 19 79 70 1 8 4
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1935
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Dizzy Dean St. Louis 3.04 28 12 .700 5 50 36 325.1 372 110 77 1 4 0
2. Cy Blanton Pittsburgh 2.58 18 13 .581 1 35 30 254.1 229 73 55 7 2 0
3. Hal Schumacher New York 2.89 19 9 .679 0 33 33 261.2 268 84 70 4 5 0
4. Bill Swift Pittsburgh 2.70 15 8 .652 1 39 22 203.2 211 61 37 0 1 1
5. Paul Derringer Cincinnati 3.51 22 13 .629 2 45 33 276.2 334 108 49 2 4 0
6. Carl Hubbell New York 3.27 23 12 .657 0 42 35 302.2 395 110 49 7 3 0
7. Paul Dean St. Louis 3.37 19 12 .613 5 46 33 269.2 309 101 55 2 9 0
8. Bill Lee Chicago 2.96 20 6 .769 1 39 32 252 274 83 84 7 5 0
9. Larry French Chicago 2.96 17 10 .630 2 42 30 246.1 309 81 44 8 2 1
10. Watty Clark Brooklyn 3.30 13 8 .619 0 33 25 207 248 76 28 1 1 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1935
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Mel Harder Cleveland 3.29 22 11 .667 2 42 35 287.1 331 105 53 1 0 0
2. Lefty Grove Boston 2.70 20 12 .625 1 35 30 273 287 82 65 2 3 0
3. Schoolboy Rowe Detroit 3.69 19 13 .594 3 42 34 275.2 305 113 68 1 2 1
4. Wes Ferrell Boston 3.52 25 14 .641 0 41 38 322.1 384 126 108 5 3 0
5. Red Ruffing New York 3.12 16 11 .593 0 30 29 222 252 77 76 1 1 1
6. Willis Hudlin Cleveland 3.69 15 11 .577 5 36 29 231.2 276 95 61 2 3 0
7. Ivy Andrews St. Louis 3.54 13 7 .650 1 50 20 213.1 261 84 53 0 1 0
8. Tommy Bridges Detroit 3.51 21 10 .677 1 36 34 274.1 343 107 113 5 3 1
9. Johnny Marcum Philadelphia 4.08 17 12 .586 3 39 27 242.2 283 110 83 2 2 0
10. Lefty Gomez New York 3.18 12 15 .444 1 34 30 246 277 87 86 5 3 1

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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1935 Awards


NL MVP
Gabby Hartnett, Chicago

AL MVP
Hank Greenberg, Detroit