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The St. Louis Cardinals ended up winning a hard-fought, three-team battle for the National League pennant in 1928.  The Cardinals finished the regular season with a record of 95-59, just two games ahead of the runner-up New York Giants, and only four games in front of the third-place Chicago Cubs.

The National League’s most well-balanced ball club, the Cardinals finished tied for first in the league with 807 runs scored, while also allowing the second-fewest runs of any team in the senior circuit (636).  Bill Sherdel and Jesse Haines anchored the St. Louis pitching staff, combining to win a total of 41 games.  The ancient Pete Alexander contributed another 16 victories.  

Meanwhile, the quartet of Taylor Douthit, Frankie Frisch, Chick Hafey, and Jim Bottomley paced St. Louis on offense.  Douthit batted .295 and scored 111 runs.  Frisch batted an even .300, scored 107 runs, and finished second in the league with 29 stolen bases.  Hafey placed among the league leaders with 27 home runs, 111 runs batted in, and a .337 batting average.  Bottomley captured N.L. MVP honors by tying for the league lead with 31 homers and topping the circuit with 136 runs batted in, 20 triples, and 362 total bases.  He also batted .325 and finished near the top of the league rankings with 123 runs scored, 42 doubles, and a .628 slugging percentage.  By amassing 31 home runs, 20 triples, and 42 doubles, Bottomley became one of just a handful of players in baseball history to top the 20-mark in each category in the same season.

The Cardinals subsequently faced the New York Yankees in a World Series that amounted to more of a coronation than a competition.  The Yankees swept the Cardinals in four straight games, outscoring them in the process by a combined margin of 27-10.  New York also out-homered St. Louis, nine-to-one.  By defeating the Cardinals in such overwhelming fashion, the Yankees exacted a measure of revenge for their earlier loss to St. Louis in the 1926 Fall Classic.

Although the Cardinals ended up representing the National League in the World Series, both the second-place Giants and third-place Cubs proved to be worthy contenders for the league championship.  Led by the trio of Bill Terry, Mel Ott, and Fred Lindstrom, the Giants tied the Cardinals for the league-lead in runs scored.  Terry batted .326 and drove in 101 runs.  Ott batted .322 and led the club with 18 home runs.  Lindstrom finished first in the senior circuit with 231 hits, and he also placed among the leaders with a .358 batting average, 107 runs batted in, and 39 doubles.  Meanwhile, right-hander Larry Benton posted a 2.73 ERA and tied for the league lead with 25 victories and 28 complete games  

The Cubs had the league’s best pitching staff, and they also had one of the circuit’s top sluggers.  Hack Wilson tied Jim Bottomley for the league lead with 31 home runs, and he also finished third in the league with 120 runs batted in.  

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• January 10 - The New York Giants traded Rogers Hornsby to the Boston Braves for Shanty Hogan and Jimmy Welsh.

• November 7 - The Boston Braves sent Hornsby to the Chicago Cubs for Bruce Cunningham, Percy Jones, Lou Legett, Freddie Maguire, Socks Seibold, and $200,000.

• Rogers Hornsby won his seventh batting title in his only year in Boston, leading the National League with a mark of .387.  His .387 average remains a franchise record.  Hornsby also topped the circuit with a .498 on-base percentage and a .632 slugging percentage.
 
• Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance won 22 games and led the major leagues with a 2.09 ERA and 200 strikeouts.

• Pittsburgh’s Burleigh Grimes tied Larry Benton for the league lead with 25 victories.

Pie Traynor batted .337 and finished second in the league with 124 runs batted in.

Paul Waner also had an outstanding year for the defending N.L. champion Pirates, who finished fourth in the league, nine games off the pace.  Waner topped the senior circuit with 142 runs scored and 50 doubles, and he also placed among the leaders with a .370 batting average, 223 hits, 19 triples, and 329 total bases.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1813 5243 665 1393 621 .224 229 70 66 81 1960 .318 .300 .628 160
BSN 1777 5228 631 1439 577 .170 241 41 52 60 0 1918 .293 .209 .547 0 0 191
CHN 1674 5260 714 1460 665 .199 251 64 92 83 0 2115 .324 .274 .648 0 0 210
CIN 1716 5184 648 1449 588 .229 229 67 32 83 1908 .317 .290 .641 212
NY1 1758 5412 804 1595 756 .243 275 59 118 62 0 2342 .413 .350 .808 0 0 172
PHI 1846 5234 660 1396 607 .218 257 47 85 52 0 2002 .322 .285 .616 0 0 159
PIT 1664 5371 837 1659 768 .285 246 100 52 64 2261 .374 .396 .808 202
SLN 1730 5357 807 1505 749 .231 292 70 113 82 0 2276 .358 .313 .694 0 0 187

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 296 77 76 1395 551 468 5983 1378 59 31.130 504 639 75 16 15 10 2
BSN 321 50 103 1359 343 524 6106 1596 100 120.440 730 867 54 1 6 23 2
CHN 276 91 63 1381 531 508 5879 1383 56 57.110 521 615 75 12 14 18 1
CIN 273 78 74 1370 355 410 5876 1516 58 75.860 600 685 68 11 11 11 2
NY1 261 83 55 1268 362 384 5398 1337 70 105.310 529 604 71 6 15 24 0
PHI 341 43 109 1356 404 675 6197 1660 108 92.530 828 948 42 4 11 22 2
PIT 264 85 67 1357 385 446 5861 1422 66 66.150 594 704 82 8 11 23 1
SLN 273 95 59 1416 422 399 6015 1470 86 43.170 531 634 83 4 21 16 4

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1652 6273 4186 1870 217 .951 0 0 0 0 8
BSN 1608 6167 4077 1897 193 .968 0 0 0 0 13
CHN 1559 6268 4141 1971 156 .967 0 0 0 0 8
CIN 1591 6200 4112 1926 162 .965 0 0 0 0 10
NY1 1614 6335 4174 1988 173 .964 0 0 0 0 4
PHI 1650 6150 4034 1935 181 .957 0 0 0 0 7
PIT 1552 6063 4059 1803 201 .940 0 0 0 0 10
SLN 1573 6227 4248 1819 160 .973 0 0 0 0 9

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