1936 Leaders & Numbers

If not off the field, Joe DiMaggio certainly became Lou Gehrig’s best new friend on it, as the star rookie’s presence greatly benefited the Iron Horse in the Yankee lineup. Joe Medwick’s 64 doubles set a NL record, and along with Charlie Gehringer became the last two players to date to reach 60. No other player in a White Sox uniform—Joe Jackson included—has ever hit higher than Luke Appling did in 1936. Once-and-again Phillie Chuck Klein happily showed you could go home again. After a switch-hitting experiment muddied up his 1935 numbers, Hal Trosky returned to left-handed form and averaged over a RBI per game. For the fifth time in six years, Carl Hubbell was the toughest pitcher to get safely aboard against by allowing a .276 on-base percentage. Tommy Bridges’ magical curve garnered his third 20-win season, leading the AL in victories for the only time in his career. Larry French and Bill Lee represented a sturdy Cub rotation and shared the NL shutout lead (along with another Cub, Lon Warneke) with four each. Johnny Allen, used sparingly in New York, proved with the Indians that his winning knack wasn’t a byproduct of generous Yankee support. Van Lingle Mungo wasn’t the latest dance craze but the frustrated workhorse who threatened to leave Brooklyn if Dodger hitters didn’t start backing him up. Wes Ferrell did bolt the Red Sox—straight off the mound—for the same reason, and hastened the end to his stormy tenure in Boston.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1936
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Mel Ott New York 150 .328 534 120 175 28 6 33 135 111 5 6 8
2. Joe Medwick St. Louis 155 .351 636 115 223 64 13 18 138 34 4 3 14
3. Dolph Camilli Philadelphia 151 .315 530 106 167 29 13 28 102 116 3 5 7
4. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 148 .373 585 107 218 53 9 5 94 74 3 7 15
5. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh 156 .335 568 122 190 30 11 9 78 118 5 6 7
6. Gus Suhr Pittsburgh 156 .312 583 111 182 33 12 11 118 95 2 8 14
7. Johnny Mize St. Louis 126 .329 414 76 136 30 8 19 93 50 1 1 4
8. Chuck Klein Chicago-Philadelphia 146 .306 601 102 184 35 7 25 104 49 0 6 8
9. Pepper Martin St. Louis 143 .309 572 121 177 36 11 11 76 58 0 23 11
10. Billy Herman Chicago 153 .334 632 101 211 57 7 5 93 59 1 5 16
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1936
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Lou Gehrig New York 155 .354 579 167 205 37 7 49 152 130 7 3 4
2. Jimmie Foxx Boston 155 .338 585 130 198 32 8 41 143 105 1 13 4
3. Earl Averill Cleveland 152 .378 614 136 232 39 15 28 126 65 1 3 3
4. Hal Trosky Cleveland 151 .343 629 124 216 45 9 42 162 36 3 6 5
5. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 154 .354 641 144 227 60 12 15 116 83 4 4 1
6. Luke Appling Chicago 138 .388 526 111 204 31 7 6 128 85 1 10 6
7. Bill Dickey New York 112 .362 423 99 153 26 8 22 107 46 3 0 2
8. Joe DiMaggio New York 138 .323 637 132 206 44 15 29 125 24 4 4 0
9. Zeke Bonura Chicago 148 .330 587 120 194 39 7 12 138 84 4 4 2
10. John Stone Washington 123 .341 437 95 149 22 11 15 90 60 0 8 0
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1936
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Carl Hubbell New York 2.31 26 6 .813 3 42 34 304 286 78 57 3 5 0
2. Dizzy Dean St. Louis 3.17 24 13 .649 11 51 34 315 373 111 53 4 3 0
3. Danny MacFayden Boston 2.87 17 13 .567 0 37 32 266.2 283 85 66 4 5 0
4. Van Lingle Mungo Brooklyn 3.35 18 19 .486 3 45 38 311.2 299 116 118 10 3 0
5. Red Lucas Pittsburgh 3.18 15 4 .789 0 27 22 175.2 199 62 26 1 3 0
6. Bill Lee Chicago 3.31 18 11 .621 1 43 33 258.2 280 95 93 6 3 0
7. Paul Derringer Cincinnati 4.02 19 19 .500 5 51 37 282.1 364 126 42 6 4 2
8. Larry French Chicago 3.39 18 9 .667 3 43 28 252.1 310 95 54 1 6 0
9. Cy Blanton Pittsburgh 3.51 13 15 .464 3 44 32 235.2 262 92 55 8 3 0
10. Frank Gabler New York 3.12 9 8 .529 6 43 14 161.2 201 56 34 1 3 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1936
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Lefty Grove Boston 2.81 17 12 .586 2 35 30 253.1 279 79 65 0 4 0
2. Johnny Allen Cleveland 3.44 20 10 .667 1 36 31 243 249 93 97 13 1 0
3. Tommy Bridges Detroit 3.60 23 11 .676 0 39 38 294.2 352 118 115 6 5 1
4. Wes Ferrell Boston 4.19 20 15 .571 0 39 38 301 363 140 119 3 6 0
5. Red Ruffing New York 3.85 20 12 .625 0 33 33 271 340 116 90 7 3 0
6. Pete Appleton Washington 3.53 14 9 .609 3 38 20 201.2 220 79 77 5 3 0
7. Monte Pearson New York 3.71 19 7 .731 1 33 31 223 230 92 135 6 3 0
8. Schoolboy Rowe Detroit 4.51 19 10 .655 3 41 35 245.1 311 123 64 5 2 1
9. Vern Kennedy Chicago 4.63 21 9 .700 0 35 34 274.1 321 141 147 8 3 0
10. Bobo Newsom Washington 4.32 17 15 .531 2 43 38 285.2 333 137 146 8 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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1936 Awards


NL MVP
Carl Hubbell, New York

AL MVP
Lou Gehrig, New York