Archive for March, 2009

1935: How Things Played Out Last Season

March 1, 2009

Here is where things stood at the end of regular play last year:

NL

  

Chicago Cubs

100 54 .649 0

St. Louis Cardinals

96 58 .623 4

New York Giants

91 62 .595

Pittsburgh Pirates

86 67 .562 13½

Brooklyn Dodgers

70 83 .458 29½

Cincinnati Reds

68 85 .444 31½

Philadelphia Phillies

64 89 .418 35½

Boston Braves

38 115 .248 61½

 

AL 

 

Detroit Tigers

93 58 .616 0

New York Yankees

89 60 .597 3

Cleveland Indians

82 71 .536 12

Boston Red Sox

78 75 .510 16

Chicago White Sox

74 78 .487 19½

Washington Senators

67 86 .438 27

St. Louis Browns

65 87 .428 28½

Philadelphia Athletics

58 91 .389 34

Until late in the season, it was looking like a possible repeat of the ’34 World Series,  with the Tigers and the Cards facing off again in the Fall Classic.  In the AL, by early August, Detriot, had overtaken the Yankees again and never looked back, opening a 7-game lead by the third week of that month.  While the Yanks made things close in September, they came up 3 games short, closer than their deficit in the  ’34 season.  In the ’35 campaign, however, the Yanks no longer had Ruth in their line-up, although they still remained a powerhouse team with Gehrig at the head, batting in more runs (119) in the league than all but Hank Greenberg (170) and more homers (30)  than all but Greenberg and Foxx (tied at 36).    Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer were the big and reliable bats that powered Detroit to their second consecutive pennant.

In the NL, by early September, St. Louis had overtaken the New York Giants in a race where the teams had been neck-and-neck, with the Chicago Cubs steadily climbing and  in a close third.  The Cubbies took the lead in September, however, thanks to a 21-game winning streak driven by the hot bat of  second baseman Billy Herman (the league’s leader that year in hits, 227, and the third highest batting average, .341) and a solid pitching staff, including 20-game winner Lon Warneke.

Detriot prevailed in the Series 4 games to 2, winning their first world championship.  Although falling short yet again in the Fall Classic , Chicago avoided  the fate that befell them  three years earlier when they were swept in the ’32 series by the Yankees.

Pitching stars in 1935, included the Card’s Dizzy Dean, leading the NL with 28 wins and 190 strikeouts.  (His brother and teammate, Paul “Daffy” Dean, was no slouch either, pairing with Dizzy to provide the Cards a total of 47 wins.)  In the AL, Bosox pitcher Wes Ferrell led the league with 25 wins and his teammate, Lefty Grove ,  had the lowest ERA (2.70).

Introduction: About this Blog

March 1, 2009

Inspired by the excellent blog, Depression Era Baseball, the seeming parallels to our current times, and a rare  recorded radio broadcast I listened to on my MP3 player of Game 3 of the 1936 World Series (available on www.archive.org), I have decided  to replay the 1936 baseball season using D.B. Schmidt’s Strategic Baseball Simulator, a computer baseball simulator available to all for free by accessing http://sbs-baseball.com/, and to periodically post results from the simulation at this blog as they unfold.

I will try to follow the approach generally taken by the author of the Depression Era Baseball blog but, if you review the blog, you will see that he set the bar rather high and obviously devoted much time to his enterprise.  I liked his approach of weaving in tidbits concerning real current events and real baseball events of those times into his posts reporting his replay results. I will try to do some of that here, time permitting.