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The National League began experimenting with a livelier ball in 1929, and the results were immediate and significant.  Only two players in the senior circuit hit more than 30 home runs the previous year.  In 1929, that number jumped to five, with four men hitting as many as 39 long balls.  No player in the league drove in as many as 140 runs in 1928, and only one scored as many as 130 times.  In 1929, the number in both categories jumped to four.  Throughout the league as a whole, 5,769 runs were scored in 1928.  In 1929, the number rose to 6,609.  

The pennant-winning Chicago Cubs led the offensive onslaught, topping the major leagues with 982 runs scored.  Chicago finished the regular season with a record of 98-54, 10 ½ games ahead of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates, who also placed second in the league with 904 runs scored.  The Cubs boasted one of the most fearsome right-handed-hitting attacks in baseball history.  Left fielder Riggs Stephenson batted .362 and drove in 110 runs.  Right fielder Kiki Cuyler hit .360, knocked in 102 runs, and scored 111 others.  Center fielder Hack Wilson hit 39 home runs, led the league with 159 runs batted in, scored 135 times, and batted .345.  Meanwhile, playing for his fourth team in four years, Rogers Hornsby captured N.L. MVP honors by hitting 39 home runs, driving in 149 runs, batting .380, leading the league with 156 runs scored, 409 total bases, and a .679 slugging percentage, and also placing among the leaders with 229 hits, 47 doubles, and a .459 on-base percentage.  

Not just a one-dimensional team, the Cubs also allowed the second-fewest runs of any team in the National League (758).  The threesome of Pat Malone, Charley Root, and Guy Bush heading Chicago’s pitching staff.  Malone led the league with 22 victories and five shutouts, and he also finished among the leaders with 19 complete games and a 3.57 ERA.  Root posted 19 wins and 19 complete games, and he placed near the top of the league rankings with 272 innings pitched and a 3.47 ERA.  Bush added 18 victories and 18 complete games.

Despite their outstanding team balance, the Cubs proved to be easy prey for the powerful Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series, losing the Fall Classic in five games.  The A’s outscored the Cubs by a combined margin of 26-17 in the five contests, overcoming deficits in the latter stages of Games Four and Five, to capture their first world championship since 1913.

Although the Chicago Cubs won the National League pennant rather handily in 1929, four of the circuit’s top players performed for other teams.  Playing in the tiny Baker Bowl, Lefty O'Doul and Chuck Klein both posted prolific offensive numbers for the fifth-place Phillies.  O'Doul led the league with a .398 batting average, 254 hits, and a .465 on-base percentage, and he also finished among the leaders with 32 home runs, 122 runs batted in, 152 runs scored, and 397 total bases.  Klein led the league with 43 home runs, and he also finished among the leaders with 145 runs batted in, 126 runs scored, a .356 batting average, 219 hits, 45 doubles, 405 total bases, and a .657 slugging percentage.  

Meanwhile, both Mel Ott and Bill Terry had big years for the third-place New York Giants, who finished 13 ½ games off the pace.  The 20-year-old Ott compiled huge numbers in his break-out season, batting .328, leading the league with 113 bases on balls, finishing second to Klein with 42 homers, and also placing among the leaders with 151 runs batted in, 138 runs scored, a .449 on-base percentage, and a .635 slugging percentage.  Terry batted .372, drove in 117 runs, scored 103 others, and collected 226 hits.

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

• April 27 - Brooklyn relief pitcher Clise Dudley became the first player ever to hit a home run off the first pitch he saw.

• May 8 - Carl Hubbell pitched a no-hitter for the New York Giants in an 11–0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

• July 6 - After losing 10-6 in the opener of a double header against the Philadelphia Phillies, the St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning on their way to a 28-6 victory in the second game.  The two teams combined to collect a record 73 hits in a double header.

• October 5 – Philadelphia’s Lefty O'Doul collected six hits in nine at-bats in a double header with the New York Giants on the last day of the season, to finish the year with a .398 batting average.  The mark represents an all-time high for National League outfielders.

• Chicago’s Hack Wilson led all hitters in the World Series with a .471 batting average.

• Rogers Hornsby's .380 batting average established a Chicago Cubs team record - the fourth such record he set during the decade.

Johnny Frederick of Brooklyn established an all-time rookie record with 52 doubles.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1735 5273 755 1535 705 .229 282 69 99 80 0 2252 .357 .300 .698 0 0 155
BSN 1754 5291 657 1481 598 .263 252 77 33 65 1986 .371 .316 .703 197
CHN 1713 5471 982 1655 933 .264 310 46 139 103 0 2474 .360 .367 .728 0 0 163
CIN 1743 5269 686 1478 618 .233 258 79 34 134 0 1996 .324 .295 .653 0 0 175
NY1 1718 5295 891 1582 819 .261 250 47 136 85 0 2334 .439 .352 .829 0 0 147
PHI 1835 5484 897 1693 841 .270 305 51 153 59 2559 .378 .371 .777 135
PIT 1742 5490 904 1663 828 .244 285 116 60 94 0 2360 .355 .345 .735 0 0 176
SLN 1678 5364 831 1569 779 .198 310 84 100 72 2347 .313 .281 .623 154

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 326 70 83 1359 549 549 6128 1553 92 117.660 743 887 59 7 16 32 2
BSN 262 56 98 1354 366 530 6051 1604 103 104.160 770 876 78 4 12 18 0
CHN 295 98 54 1400 548 537 6123 1542 77 75.790 646 759 79 14 21 23 2
CIN 276 66 88 1369 347 413 5948 1558 61 82.530 671 760 75 5 8 12 2
NY1 244 66 56 1105 325 320 4790 1263 85 41.440 495 581 49 8 12 11 1
PHI 358 71 82 1348 369 616 6303 1743 122 133.130 918 1036 45 5 24 21 4
PIT 288 88 65 1381 409 439 6010 1530 96 100.290 668 779 79 5 13 22 0
SLN 269 78 74 1360 453 474 6041 1604 101 87.440 704 807 83 6 8 20 7

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1603 6044 4070 1782 192 .959 0 0 0 0 13
BSN 1596 6176 4055 1917 204 .929 0 0 0 0 14
CHN 1594 6264 4190 1920 154 .974 0 0 0 0 13
CIN 1580 6243 4103 1978 162 .955 0 0 0 0 7
NY1 1560 6187 4101 1929 157 .946 0 0 0 0 8
PHI 1670 6200 4040 1969 191 .960 0 0 0 0 9
PIT 1609 6126 4135 1810 181 .955 0 0 0 0 9
SLN 1571 6001 4073 1754 174 .942 0 0 0 0 6

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1929 World Series, Bill Terry, Carl Hubbell, Charley Root, Chicago Cubs, Chuck Klein, Clise Dudley, Dazzy Vance, Guy Bush, Hack Wilson, Johnny Frederick, Kiki Cuyler, Mel Ott, Pat Malone, Philadelphia Athletics, Riggs Stephenson, Rogers Hornsby

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