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The Detroit Tigers captured their first American League pennant in 25 years in 1934, finishing seven games in front of the second-place Yankees, with a record of 101-53.  Detroit boasted a solid pitching staff that compiled the second-lowest team ERA (4.06) in the league.  Tommy Bridges and “Schoolboy” Rowe anchored Detroit’s starting rotation.  Bridges won 22 games and finished among the league leaders with 151 strikeouts, 23 complete games, and 275 innings pitched.  Rowe compiled a record of 24-8 and also finished among the leaders in strikeouts, complete games, and innings pitched.

However, it was Detroit’s offense that truly separated them from the rest of the American League in 1934.  Although the Tigers finished fourth in the league with only 74 home runs, they topped the junior circuit with 958 runs scored and a team batting average of .300.  Both figures far-exceeded the marks posted by their nearest competitors.  Goose Goslin batted .305, knocked in 100 runs, and scored 106 others.  Third baseman Marv Owen had a career-year, batting .317 and driving in 96 runs.  Shortstop Billy Rogell batted .296, knocked in 100 runs, and scored 114 others.  Player-manager Mickey Cochrane was named A.L. MVP for batting .320, driving in 76 runs, and helping to stabilize Detroit’s pitching staff.  

The team’s top two offensive performers, though, were Charlie Gehringer and Hank Greenberg, who formed quite an imposing duo in the middle of the batting order.  Greenberg led the league with 63 doubles and placed among the leaders with 26 home runs, 139 runs batted in, 118 runs scored, and a .339 batting average.  Gehringer topped the circuit with 134 runs scored and 214 hits, and he also finished near the top of the league rankings with 127 runs batted in, a .356 batting average, and 50 doubles.

The Tigers ended up losing a hard-fought seven-game World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, with the Dean brothers proving to be the difference.  Both Dizzy and Daffy posted two victories for the Cardinals, while also compiling identical 2.00 earned run averages.  The Fall Classic ended on a bizarre note when Detroit fans pelted Joe Medwick with garbage after the St. Louis outfielder slid aggressively into Tiger third baseman Marv Owen during the Cardinals’ 11-0 Game Seven route.  Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis subsequently ordered Medwick to leave the game for his own safety.

Although the Tigers featured the American League’s most formidable offense in 1934, the second-place Yankees had the junior circuit’s best player.  Lou Gehrig won the A.L. Triple Crown by leading the league with 49 home runs, 165 runs batted in, and a .363 batting average.  He also finished first with 409 total bases, a .465 on-base percentage, and a .706 slugging percentage, while placing among the league leaders as well with 128 runs scored, 210 hits, 40 doubles, and 109 bases on balls.  

Other notable events from around the league and players who distinguished themselves over the course of the season included:

• July 13 - Babe Ruth became the first Major League Baseball player to amass 700 home runs.

• September 18 - Bobo Newsom of St. Louis no-hit Boston for nine innings but lost 2-1 in 10 innings.

• November 21 - The New York Yankees acquired Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League for $25,000 and four players.

• Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith sent his son-in-law, Joe Cronin, to the Red Sox for Lyn Lary and $250,000.

• New York’s Lefty Gomez won the pitcher’s Triple Crown by leading the American League with 26 wins, a 2.33 ERA, and 158 strikeouts.  He also topped the circuit with a winning percentage of .839 and six shutouts.

• The American League won the All-Star Game 9-7.

• Cleveland first baseman Hal Trosky established a rookie record by amassing 374 total bases.

• The Yankees released future Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Joe Sewell on the same day.

• Detroit's Schoolboy Rowe tied an American League record by winning 16 straight games.

• Detroit’s Goose Goslin compiled a 30-game hitting streak.

• Washington's Jack Russell was the first reliever selected to an All-Star Game.

Firpo Marberry became the first pitcher to post 100 career saves.

• Boston’s Bill Werber led the majors with 40 steals.

Jimmie Foxx led both leagues with 111 walks and placed among the A.L. leaders with 44 home runs, 130 runs batted in, 120 runs scored, a .334 batting average, a .449 on-base percentage, and a .653 slugging percentage.

• In addition to leading the American League with a .300 team batting average, Detroit topped the circuit with a .974 fielding average.

• The Yankees led the league with a 3.76 team ERA.

• Babe Ruth finished his final season in New York with only 22 home runs and 84 runs batted in.  He retired early the following year.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BOS 1703 5338 820 1465 756 .208 287 70 51 116 47 2045 .331 .281 .621 85
CHA 1674 5302 704 1395 668 .224 237 40 71 36 27 1925 .350 .289 .657 0 0 111
CLE 1684 5396 814 1550 765 .219 340 46 100 52 32 2282 .320 .312 .653 0 0 87
DET 1669 5471 957 1643 872 .216 349 53 74 125 55 2320 .384 .295 .702 101
NYA 1714 5368 842 1494 789 .241 227 61 135 71 46 2248 .393 .331 .737 0 0 90
PHA 1732 5320 764 1492 708 .207 236 50 144 57 35 2260 .316 .278 .651 99
SLA 1737 5288 674 1415 632 .279 252 59 62 43 31 1971 .370 .362 .732 101
WS1 1774 5446 729 1512 680 .214 278 70 51 47 42 2083 .325 .285 .627 0 0 130

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BOS 291 76 76 1361 538 543 6077 1527 70 56.920 653 775 68 8 9 29 1
CHA 271 53 99 1354 506 628 6228 1599 139 83.790 814 945 72 5 8 44 3
CLE 297 85 69 1366 554 582 6067 1476 70 82.110 650 764 72 8 19 40 4
DET 282 101 53 1371 640 488 5945 1467 86 51.750 618 708 74 12 14 19 3
NYA 265 94 60 1383 656 542 5936 1349 71 56.240 577 669 83 13 10 13 3
PHA 297 68 82 1338 480 693 6018 1429 84 101.910 745 838 68 8 8 33 3
SLA 326 67 85 1350 499 632 6035 1499 94 50.080 674 800 50 6 20 27 3
WS1 318 66 86 1383 412 503 6148 1622 74 129.100 718 806 61 3 12 28 4

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BOS 1572 6054 4083 1782 189 .956 0 0 0 0 7
CHA 1544 6061 4066 1788 207 .956 0 0 0 0 16
CLE 1589 6103 4100 1833 170 .947 0 0 0 0 9
DET 1571 6031 4099 1776 156 .958 0 0 0 0 6
NYA 1635 5891 4149 1582 160 .967 0 0 0 0 9
PHA 1598 6016 4011 1809 196 .921 0 0 0 0 12
SLA 1584 5980 4050 1743 187 .967 0 0 0 0 10
WS1 1645 6230 4145 1924 161 .971 0 0 0 0 8

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1934 World Series, American League, Babe Ruth, Billy Rogell, Billy Werber, Bobo Newsom, Charlie Gehringer, Clark Griffith, Detroit Tigers, Dizzy Dean, Firpo Marberry, Goose Goslin, Hal Trosky, Hank Greenberg, Herb Pennock, Jack Russell, Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Medwick, Joe Sewell, Kenesaw Landis, Lefty Gomez, Lou Gehrig, Lyn Lary, Marv Owen, Mickey Cochrane, Paul Dean, Schoolboy Rowe, St. Louis Cardinals, Tommy Bridges

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