1937- Medwick Wins Triple Crown- 16-yr old Musial Signs


Lots of things happened in this season that will affect the future of the Cardinals. Some of it is good and some is bad.

Musial Kid Signs

On June 9th, the Cardinals sign a 16-yr old pitcher Stan Musial from Donora, PA. He would go on to an outstanding career but not as a pitcher.

Dizzy Dean Hurt

At the All Star game in Washington on July 7, Dizzy Dean is on the mound and takes a line drive off the toe from Cleveland’s Earl Averill that injures the left big toe. Dean wouldn’t be back to pitching until September. Medwick got four hits in the game.

As Dizzy Dean continued pitching at the conclusion of the season, he was not fully healed and compensated for his sore toe with poor pitching mechanics, which in turn injures his shoulder.

Frisch Has Final At Bat

Frankie Frisch recorded his final major league hit on August 4 as he pinch it and drove in two runs in the ninth to aid the Cardinals in a 7-6 win over Boston. (BOXSCORE)

Medwick Wins Triple Crown

The Cardinals finish fourth in the National League with an 81-73 record. Joe Medwick wins Triple Crown with 31 homers, 154 RBI’s and a stellar .374 batting average. He also garnered the National League MVP.

Mickey Owen, the catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, became only the third backstop to ever pull off an unassisted double play as they went on to beat the Boston Bees 5-2 at Sportsman’s Park III on August 3rd.

Other Events in 1937 baseball season from wikipedia:

  • January 17 – The St. Louis Browns trade Ivy Andrews, Lyn Lary and Moose Solters to the Cleveland Indians for Oral Hildebrand, Bill Knickerbocker and Joe Vosmik.
  • April 4 – The Washington Senators purchase Al Simmons’ contract from the Detroit Tigers for $15,000.
  • April 19 – Opening day, the Philadelphia Phillies sweep the Boston Bees in a double header, and the Philadelphia Athletics defeat the Washington Senators, 4-3, in the only games on the schedule.
  • April 20 – In the Boston Red Sox’s 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia A’s, Bobby Doerr makes his major league debut at second base, going three-for-five with a run scored.
  • May 3 – The New York Giants play an entire nine inning game with the Boston Bees without a single chance for their outfielders. The Bees outfield only had three chances themselves. Boston wins the game by a final score of 3-1.
  • May 9 – In the Cincinnati Reds’ 21-10 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi ties the modern Major League record with six hits in six consecutive times at bat.
  • May 19 – In pitchers’ duel between Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell, Dean is called for a balk in the sixth inning, resulting in a run for the Giants. Enraged, he begins throwing at New York batters, hitting Johnny McCarthy and inciting a bench-clearing brawl. Dean is fined $50.
  • May 25 – Detroit Tigers player/manager Mickey Cochrane hits a third-inning home run to tie the ballgame with the New York Yankees, 1-1. In his next at-bat, Yankees pitcher Bump Hadley strikes Cochrane on the left side of the head with a fastball, ending his playing career. Del Baker assumes managerial duties, as Cochrane does not return to the helm until 1938. The Yankees win the game, 4-3.
  • May 27 – The New York Giants’ Mel Ott’s ninth-inning home run helps Carl Hubbell win a record 24th straight game in a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field.
  • June 1 – Bill Dietrich pitches a no-hitter in an 8-0 Chicago White Sox victory over the St. Louis Browns.
  • June 8 – The Chicago White Sox defeat the New York Yankees 5-4, completing a ten-game winning streak, and moving into a first place tie with the Yankees.
  • June 11 – The Boston Red Sox trade brothers Rick and Wes Ferrell, along with Mel Almada, to the Washington Senators for Ben Chapman and Bobo Newsom.
  • June 12 – The Pittsburgh Pirates sell Waite Hoyt’s contract to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • June 15 – The New York Giants obtain Wally Berger from the Boston Bees for Frank Gabler and $35,000.
  • July 7 – The American League defeats the National League, 8-3, in the All-Star Game, held at Griffith Stadium, home of the Washington Senators.
  • July 15 – Philadelphia Athletics pitcher George Caster holds the Chicago White Sox to just four hits as the A’s beat the ChiSox 2-1, snapping a fifteen-game losing streak.
  • July 25 – Washington Senators leadoff hitter Mel Almada ties a major league record by scoring five runs in the second game of a double header with the St. Louis Browns. He’d scored four runs in the first game, giving him nine for the day.
  • August 3 – St. Louis Cardinals catcher Mickey Owen pulls off an unassisted double play in the Cards’ 5-2 over the Boston Bees at Sportsman’s Park.
  • August 8 – John Whitehead and the Chicago White Sox shut out the Boston Red Sox 13-0 in the second game of a double header to end the BoSox twelve-game winning streak (excluding one tie on August 1).
  • August 14 – The Detroit Tigers score 34 runs in a double header with the St. Louis Browns.
  • September 11 – The St. Louis Browns win the second game of a double header with the Cleveland Indians, 8-3, to snap a twelve-game losing streak.
  • September 22 – The St. Louis Browns lose 4-1 to the New York Yankees for their 100th loss of the season.
  • September 29 – After scoring fifteen runs in the first game a double header, the New York Yankees manage just one hit off Philadelphia A’s pitcher Eddie Smith in the second game, losing 3-0. It is only the second time all season the Yankees are shut out (May 8).
  • September 30 – The Boston Bees sweep a double header from the Dodgers to bring Brooklyn’s losing streak to fourteen games.
  • October 3 – On the final day of the season, the Cincinnati Reds are swept in a double header by the Pittsburgh Pirates to end the season with a fourteen-game losing streak.
  • October 4 – The Brooklyn Dodgers trade Jim Bucher, Johnny Cooney, Roy Henshaw and Joe Stripp to the St. Louis Cardinals for Leo Durocher.
  • October 6 – Having gotten just one hit, the New York Yankees finally get to Carl Hubbell in the sixth inning. Joe DiMaggio’s single with the bases loaded drives in two, as the Yankees go on to score seven runs that inning. Lefty Gomez, meanwhile, gives up just one run to carry the Yankees to an 8-1 victory in Game one of the rematch of the 1936 World Series.
  • October 7 – The Yankees win game two of the 1937 World Series by the same score, 8-1. Red Ruffing is the winning pitcher, and goes two-for-four with a double and threeruns batted in.
  • October 8 – For the third game in a row, Yankees pitching gives up just one run, as Monte Pearson pitches the Yankees to a 5-1 victory in game three.
  • October 9 – On the brink of elimination, New York Giants bats finally erupt, as they score six runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-3 victory in game four of the World Series.
  • October 10 – The New York Yankees defeat the New York Giants, 4-2, in Game five of the World Series to win their Major-League-record sixth World Championship, four game to one. The Yankees had been tied with the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox for most championships (they each had five). By the time either of those teams won their next Series, the Yankees had far outdistanced them, with 20 wins as of 1972, and 26 wins as of 2004, respectively.
  • October 28 – Tony Lazzeri joins the Chicago Cubs.
  • November 2 – American League batting champion Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers is named Most Valuable Player, receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees is a close second four points behind while Gehringer teammate Hank Greenberg, who collected 183 RBI, is a distant third. Gehringer also becomes the third Detroit player in four years to receive MVP honors.
  • November 9 – St. Louis Cardinals Triple Crown winner Joe Medwick is named National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
  • December 2
    • The Detroit Tigers trade Marv Owen, Mike Tresh and Gee Walker to the Chicago White Sox for Vern Kennedy, Tony Piet and Dixie Walker.
    • The St. Louis Browns trade Joe Vosmik to the Boston Red Sox for Red Kress, Buster Mills and Bobo Newsom.
  • December 6 – The Boston Red Sox acquired the contract of nineteen-year-old Ted Williams.