1937 Leaders & Numbers

Joe Medwick won more than just the NL’s last triple crown to date; only his lack of speed kept him from leading every major offensive category, falling short in triples and steals. Lefty Gomez won the pitchers’ triple crown—leading the AL in wins, ERA and strikeouts—for the second time in four years. Hank Greenberg said that RBIs were more important to him than home runs, so he must have had an awful lot to be proud of in 1937. With a career-high .371 batting average at age 34, Charlie Gehringer was one of four Tiger hitters who banged out 200 hits. For the second straight year, Harland Clift ganged up with teammate Beau Bell to knock in 100 runs each for a 100-game loser, the last time any pair would do it even once until 2002. The Cincinnati front office spent much of the season cursing itself for not keeping Johnny Mize, returned to the Cardinals a few years earlier because of a “bad knee.” Cliff Melton, who once wildly flunked a trial with the Yankees, was right on target as a rookie Giant on the NL side of the Harlem. Two older “rookies,” Jim Turner (age 30) and Lou Fette (33), made it three 20-game winners among NL first-timers; neither of them would come close again. Johnny Allen’s near-perfect campaign gave him a career record of 85-30. Carl Hubbell nabbed his fifth and final 20-win effort, all in succession. A year after losing his appendix and tonsils—and a year before losing his leg in a hunting accident—Monty Stratton proved what he could do as a complete, pain-free performer on the mound.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1937
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Joe Medwick St. Louis 156 .374 633 111 237 56 10 31 154 41 2 4 11
2. Johnny Mize St. Louis 145 .364 560 103 204 40 7 25 113 56 5 2 5
3. Dolph Camilli Philadelphia 131 .339 475 101 161 23 7 27 80 90 2 6 3
4. Frank Demaree Chicago 154 .324 615 104 199 36 6 17 115 57 1 6 23
5. Mel Ott New York 151 .294 545 99 160 28 2 31 95 102 3 7 4
6. Billy Herman Chicago 138 .335 564 106 189 35 11 8 65 56 1 2 7
7. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 154 .354 619 94 219 30 9 2 74 63 0 4 11
8. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh 126 .322 469 71 151 17 17 5 72 54 2 7 6
9. Stan Hack Chicago 154 .297 582 106 173 27 6 2 63 83 3 16 6
10. Dick Bartell New York 128 .306 516 91 158 38 2 14 62 40 10 5 9
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1937
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Hank Greenberg Detroit 154 .337 594 137 200 49 14 40 183 102 3 8 3
2. Joe DiMaggio New York 151 .346 621 151 215 35 15 46 167 64 5 3 0
3. Lou Gehrig New York 157 .351 569 138 200 37 9 37 159 127 4 4 3
4. Charlie Gehringer Detroit 144 .371 564 133 209 40 1 14 96 90 1 11 4
5. Bill Dickey New York 140 .332 530 87 176 35 2 29 133 73 4 3 2
6. Harlond Clift St. Louis 155 .306 571 103 175 36 7 29 118 98 6 8 5
7. Zeke Bonura Chicago 116 .345 447 79 154 41 2 19 100 49 2 5 1
8. Bob Johnson Philadelphia 138 .306 477 91 146 32 6 25 108 98 1 9 7
9. Gee Walker Detroit 151 .335 635 105 213 42 4 18 113 41 5 23 7
10. Wally Moses Philadelphia 154 .320 649 113 208 48 13 25 86 54 2 9 7
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1937
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Jim Turner Boston 2.38 20 11 .645 1 33 30 256.2 267 68 52 0 0 0
2. Cliff Melton New York 2.61 20 9 .690 7 46 27 248 243 72 55 2 6 0
3. Lou Fette Boston 2.88 20 10 .667 0 35 33 259 258 83 81 2 4 1
4. Danny MacFayden Boston 2.93 14 14 .500 0 32 32 246 265 80 60 0 2 0
5. Carl Hubbell New York 3.20 22 8 .733 4 39 32 261.2 315 93 55 7 3 0
6. Van Lingle Mungo Brooklyn 2.91 9 11 .450 3 25 21 161 145 52 56 2 3 2
7. Dizzy Dean St. Louis 2.69 13 10 .565 1 27 25 197.1 227 59 33 1 2 3
8. Bill Lee Chicago 3.54 14 15 .483 3 42 34 272.1 331 107 73 2 0 0
9. Lee Grissom Cincinnati 3.26 12 17 .414 6 50 30 223.2 214 81 93 8 4 2
10. Gene Schott Cincinnati 2.97 4 13 .235 1 37 16 154.1 156 51 48 4 1 1
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1937
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Lefty Gomez New York 2.33 21 11 .656 0 34 34 278.1 263 72 93 2 1 0
2. Red Ruffing New York 2.98 20 7 .741 0 31 31 256.1 293 85 68 1 1 1
3. Lefty Grove Boston 3.02 17 9 .654 0 32 32 262 296 88 83 5 1 0
4. Johnny Allen Cleveland 2.55 15 1 .938 0 24 20 173 169 49 60 2 5 0
5. Monty Stratton Chicago 2.40 15 5 .750 0 22 21 164.2 160 44 37 0 2 0
6. Eldon Auker Detroit 3.88 17 9 .654 1 39 32 252.2 289 109 97 2 6 0
7. Jack Wilson Boston 3.70 16 10 .615 7 51 21 221.1 248 91 119 4 3 2
8. Thornton Lee Chicago 3.52 12 10 .545 0 30 25 204.2 260 80 60 1 1 0
9. Willis Hudlin Cleveland 4.10 12 11 .522 2 35 23 175.2 237 80 43 1 2 0
10. Mel Harder Cleveland 4.28 15 12 .556 2 38 30 233.2 296 111 86 2 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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1937 Awards


NL MVP
Joe Medwick, St. Louis

AL MVP
Charlie Gehringer, Detroit