Look back at the 1937 MLB season.
By Glen Sparks
Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer tops the American League with a .371 batting average and wins the MVP award. He drives in 96 runs and posts a career-high .458 on-base percentage. Gehringer, from Fowlerville, Mich., bats .320 in a Hall of Fame career, all of it spent with the Detroit Tigers. The Mechanical Man.
Joe “Ducky” Medwick, left-fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, wins the National League MVP award. The New Jersey native wins the Triple Crown with a .374 batting average, 31 home runs (tied with the New York Giants’ Mel Ott) and 154 RBI. He also leads the league in slugging percentage (.641) and OPS (1.056).
Lefty Gomez wins the pitching version of the Triple Crown. The New York Yankees hurler wins 21 games, posts a 2.33 ERA and strikes out 194 batters. The southpaw from northern California goes 189-102 over 14 seasons.
Hank Greenberg brings ‘em home. The Tigers first baseman ends the season with a league-high 183 RBI to go with his 40 homers. Greenberg, from New York City, slams 331 home runs in a 13-season career (interrupted by his service in World War II). He leads the league in home runs and RBI four times each.
New York Giants screwball artist Carl Hubbell tops the N.L. in wins (22) and strikeouts (153). The left-hander plays his entire career with the Giants, earns two MVP awards (1933 and ’36) and wins 253 games.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi gets six straight hits in a 21-10 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hubbell wins his 24th straight game May 27 with a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. After winning 16 games to close out the 1936 season, he starts off the ’37 season with eight straight wins.
Mel Almada scores big on July 25. The leadoff hitter for the Washington Senators comes across the plate four time in the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns. The native of Mexico (raised in Los Angeles) ties a major league record in the second game by scoring five runs.
The Tigers enjoy a big day Aug. 14 in a doubleheader against the Browns. They win the first game 16-1 and the second one 20-7. Detroit pitcher Elden Auker drives in five runs in Game 1; Gehringer knocked in six in Game 2.
The Yankees and Giants meet in the World Series. The Yanks drop only Game 4 and win the Series in five games. Gomez goes 2-0 in his two starts with a 1.50 ERA. Joe DiMaggio drives in four runs for the Yankees. Jo-Joe Moore hits .391 (nine-for-23) in a losing cause for the Giants.