15 March 2008

1933 American League

The Washington Senators took the pennant by seven games over the Yankees, using a good offense and the best pitching in the league. This was the last pennant by a Washington team to date. Jimmie Foxx won the Triple Crown (again, sort of), and the first All-Star Game was played. Philadelphia was a distant third, the only other team over .500. Cleveland and Detroit were close to .500, with Chicago, Boston and St. Louis trailing.

Foxx really won the Triple Crown this year, with the batting title at .356, 48 homers, and 163 RBI. Heinie Manush was second in batting at .336 followed by Lou Gehrig at .334. Gehrig was second in homers and RBI at 34 and 139. Foxx led in slugging and OPS, while Mickey Cochrane led in on-base. Gehrig led with 138 runs, Manush with 221 hits and 17 triples, Joe Cronin with 45 doubles. Ben Chapman had 27 steals.

Lefty Grove and Alvin Crowder each had 24 wins, Lefty Gomez had 163 strikeouts, Mel Harder a 2.95 ERA, and Jack Russell 13 saves. He was a real terrier on the mound, heh, heh, heh. Earl Whitehill won 22, Tommy Bridges was second with a 3.09 ERA, Gomez third at 3.18. Bump Hadley was second with 149 strikeouts.

Win Shares leaders, players; Jimmie Foxx (Philadelphia) 41, Lou Gehrig (New York) 36, Joe Cronin (Washington) 34, Babe Ruth (New York) 29, Charlie Gehringer (Detroit) 28, Heinie Manush (Washington) 27, Earl Averill (Cleveland), Mickey Cochrane (Philadelphia) and Joe Kuhel (Washington) 26.

WS leaders, pitchers; Mel Harder (Cleveland) 24, Lefty Grove (Philadelphia), Bump Hadley (St. Louis) and Earl Whitehill (Washington) 23, General Crowder (Washington) 21, Tommy Bridges and Firpo Marberry (Detroit) 20, Wes Ferrell (Cleveland) 18.

WARP3: Foxx 8.6, Cronin 7.9, Gehrig 7.3, Gehringer 6.6, Ruth 6.0 (and fading), Bill Dickey (New York) 5.4, Billy Rogell (Detroit) 5.2, Al Simmons (Chicago) 5.1, Luke Appling (Chicago) 4.9, Cochrane 4.8.

Pitchers: Grove 6.0, Hadley 5.8 (best year), Harder 4.6, George Blaeholder (St. Louis) 3.8, Bridges 3.7, Monte Pearson (Cleveland) 3.4, Marberry 3.3 (last good year), Jack Russell (Washington) and Red Ruffing (New York) 3.2, Whitehill and Ferrell 3.1.

WAR leaders, position players: Foxx 11.0, Cronin 8.5, Gehrig 8.3, Gehringer 8.2, Ruth 7.7, Cochrane 7.1, Rogell 6.2, Simmons and Chapman 5.8, Appling 5.6, Dickey and Myer 5.4. Pitchers: Grove 6.9, Hadley 6.3, Whitehill 5.1, Marberry 5.0, Harder 4.9, Bridges 4.3, Crowder and Pearson 4.1, Brown 3.6, Gomez and Weaver 3.5.

Actual award voting: MVP top 10.
Place Name Team 1st place votes Total votes
1 Jimmie Foxx PHA 4 74
2 Joe Cronin WSH 2 62
3 Heinie Manush WSH 2 54
4 Lou Gehrig NYY 0 39
5 Lefty Grove PHA 0 35
6 Charlie Gehringer DET 0 32
7 Alvin Crowder WSH 0 28
8 Al Simmons CHW 0 19
9 Earl Whitehill WSH 0 18
10 Ski Melillo SLB 0 12

Best player: Jimmie Foxx. The A's finished only 3rd, as Connie Mack's second fire sale was under way, but Foxx was dominating the league, a fearsome hitter at .356-48-163. Joe Cronin of the pennant winners rates 2nd at .309 with 118 RBI. Lou Gehrig 3rd at .334-32-139. Charlie Gehringer rates #4 with .325-12-105. Aging Babe Ruth is still #5, at .301-34-103.

Best pitcher: Lefty Grove. He wasn't as dominating as before, and the signs of 1934's troubles are there, but he was still the best in the league. Grove would have only been #3 or #4 in the NL this year. Grove was 24-8, 3.30. Mel Harder ranks #2 by leading the league in ERA despite a 15-17 record. Earl Whitehill's 22-8 3.33 is 3rd. Bump Hadley's 15-20 3.92 for the Browns ranks 4th. Alvin Crowder #5 with a 24-15 record and 3.97 ERA.

Best rookie: Indian Bob Johnson debuted at age 27 and batted .290 with 21 HR and 93 RBI for the A's, giving them a sweep of the player awards. Wasn't enough.

Best manager: Joe Cronin guided his aging team to a last-hurrah pennant.

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