New York took the pennant in the first year of the post-McGraw era, with Bill Terry in charge. This despite an off year by Giants star Mel Ott. The Giants led most of the way but the competition kept close, with Pittsburgh finishing five games back, Chicago six back, Boston nine of the pace and St. Louis 9.5 away. Brooklyn was a poor sixth. Chuck Klein won the triple crown although the Phillies slipped back to 7th, ahead of only Cincinnati.
Chuck Klein's Triple Crown was significantly park-aided, but he still edged Wally Berger for the OPS+ lead. Klein's .368 average was ahead of teammate Spud Davis at .349, his 28 HR edged Berger's 27, and his 120 RBI was ahead of Berger's 106. Klein also led in on-base, slugging, OPS, hits (223) and doubles (44). Pepper Martin had 26 steals and 122 runs, while Arky Vaughan led with 19 triples.
Carl Hubbell was nearly taking a pitching triple at the same time, leading in wins with 23 and ERA at 1.66, and finishing second in strikeouts. Dizzy Dean led that with 199. Ben Cantwell, Guy Bush, and Dean each won 20, with Lon Warneke second in ERA at 2.00 and Hal Schumacher third at 2.16.
Win Shares leaders, players; Wally Berger (Boston) 36, Arky Vaughan (Pittsburgh) 34, Mel Ott (New York) 31, Chuck Klein (Philadelphia) 30, Pepper Martin (St. Louis) 29, Paul Waner (Pittsburgh) 28, Joe Medwick (St. Louis) 24, Babe Herman (Chicago), Chick Hafey (Cincinnati) and Freddie Lindstrom (Pittsburgh) 23.
WS leaders, pitchers; Carl Hubbell (New York) 33, Ed Brandt (Boston) and Lon Warneke (Chicago) 29, Hal Schumacher (New York) 23, Dizzy Dean (St. Louis) 22, Ben Cantwell (Boston) and Larry French (Pittsburgh) 21.
WARP3: Vaughan 9.4, Klein 8.6, Berger 7.7, Ott 6.5, Martin 5.6, Lindstrom (last good year) and Gabby Hartnett (Chicago) 5.3, Waner 5.2, Frankie Frisch (St. Louis) and Al Lopez (Brooklyn) 5.1, Riggs Stephenson (Chicago) 4.7, Herman and Billy Jurges (also Chicago) 4.6.
Pitchers: Hubbell 10.8 (best year), Warneke 8.6, Brandt 8.4 (best year), Schumacher 7.0 (best year), Van Lingle Mungo (Brooklyn) 6.7, Dean 6.2, Huck Betts (Boston) 5.3, French, Tex Carleton (St. Louis) and Ed Holley (Philadelphia) 4.7, Cantwell 4.5 (best year).
WAR, position players: Klein 7.8, Vaughan and Berger 6.6, Martin 5.8, Ott 5.6, Davis 4.5, Waner 4.4, Herman 4.2, Jurges and Lindstrom 4.0, Terry and Medwick 3.9. Pitchers: Hubbell 8.2, Warneke 6.1, Brandt 5.4, Schumacher 5.3, Dean 4.6, French and Mungo 4.4, Betts 3.6, Root 3.4, Carleton 3.2.
Actual MVP vote (top 15):
Place Name Team Points
1 Carl Hubbell NYG 77
2 Chuck Klein PHI 48
3 Wally Berger BSN 44
4 Bill Terry NYG 35
5 Pepper Martin STL 31
6 Gus Mancuso NYG 24
7 Dizzy Dean STL 23
8 Pie Traynor PIT 20
9 Blondy Ryan NYG 19
10 Ben Cantwell BSN 18
10 Al Lopez BRO 18
12 Guy Bush CHC 11
12 Rabbit Maranville BSN 11
12 Hal Schumacher NYG 11
15 Larry French PIT 10
Best player: Chuck Klein. Even with the hitter's park, he led the league in OPS+. Berger and Vaughan (in his second year) were great too. Klein had a .368-28-120 line to finish ahead of Wally Berger's .312-27-106. Arky Vaughan led in triples and ranks third. Ott is #4 at .283-23-103. Pepper Martin (.316, 122 runs) 5th.
Best pitcher: Carl Hubbell over a strong field. The NL is definitely getting more competitive about now, and Hubbell shone with a 23-12 record and 1.66 ERA. Lon Warneke ranked #2 with an 18-13 record and 2.00 ERA. #3 was Ed Brandt at 18-14, 2.60 ERA. Hal Schumacher was #4 at 19-12, 2.16. Dizzy Dean's first 20-win season earns him 5th.
Best rookie: None I could find. The best rookies were in the AL.
Best manager: Bill Terry won the pennant in his first full season on the job.