Dizzy wins 31; the Babe blasts No. 700

dizzyfreeLook back at the 1934 MLB season.

By Glen Sparks

Washington Senators catcher Moe Berg makes an error April 22. It is his first miscue in 117 games. Berg, a Princeton University grad, will work as a U.S. spy during World War II, traveling to Europe to investigate Germany’s nuclear weapons program.

Babe Ruth blasts career home run No. 700 on July 13, in his final season with the New York Yankees. Ruth hits another 14 homers before retiring the following year, with the Boston Braves.

Lou Gehrig win the Triple Crown in the American League. The great Yankees first baseman leads the league in batting average (.363), home runs (49) and RBI (165).

New York Giants screwball artist Carl Hubbell enjoys an All-Star game for the ages on July 10 at the Polo Grounds. In order, he strikes out Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin, future Hall of Famers all.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ James “Ripper” Collins and the New York Giants’ Mel Ott tie for the National League lead in home runs with 35. Ott tops the N.L. in RBI with 135.

Cardinals ace Dizzy Dean shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 on Sept. 30. Dean finishes the year 30-7 and wins N.L. MVP honors. The Arkansas native follows up this great season with a 28-12 mark in 1935.

Paul “Big Poison” Waner, right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, hits .362 and wins his second N.L. batting crown. Waner earns a third title in 1936, finishing at .373, and bats .333 lifetime.

Mickey Cochrane knocks two home runs, drives in 75 and bats. 320. The Detroit Tigers catcher beats out Gehrig for A.L. MVP. (Gehrig won the junior circuit’s MVP honor in 1927. Rules back then prohibited players from winning a second award.)

The Cardinals crush the Detroit Tigers 11-0 in Game 7 of the World Series. The victory gives St. Louis its third world title. Dizzy wins two games for the Redbirds, and brother Daffy Dean wins two.

The Yankees buy the contract of Joe DiMaggio from the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League on Nov. 21. DiMaggio makes his debut with the Yanks in 1936.


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