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Although the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals remained atop the National League standings for much of the 1935 campaign, the Chicago Cubs compiled a 21-game winning streak during the season’s latter stages that propelled them into first place.  The Cubs finished the year with a record of 100-54, four games ahead of the second-place Cardinals.  The Giants finished third in the senior circuit, 8 ½ games behind the pennant-winning Cubs.  

A well-balanced ball club, Chicago led the National League in both runs scored (847) and fewest runs allowed (597).  Billy Herman, Augie Galan, and Gabby Hartnett paced the Cubs on offense.  Second baseman Herman topped the senior circuit with 227 hits and 57 doubles, and he also placed among the leaders with 113 runs scored and a .341 batting average.  Outfielder Galan batted .314, accumulated 203 hits and 41 doubles, and led the league with 133 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.  Catcher Hartnett captured N.L. MVP honors by batting .344 and driving in a team-leading 91 runs.  

Chicago's deep starting rotation included 20-game winners Lon Warneke and Bill Lee, along with Larry French and Charley Root, each of whom surpassed 15 victories.  Lee was particularly effective, tossing 18 complete games and placing among the league leaders with a 2.96 ERA.

The Cubs entered the World Series against the Detroit Tigers hoping to win their first world championship in almost three decades.  However, after defeating the Tigers in Game One, the Cubs lost four of the next five contests, thereby coming up short in the Fall Classic for the third time in seven years.

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

Joe Medwick of the Cardinals led the league with 365 total bases and placed second with 126 runs batted in, 132 runs scored, 224 hits, and a .353 batting average.

• Pittsburgh’s Arky Vaughan won the batting title with a mark of .385.  He also topped the circuit with a .491 on-base percentage and a .607 slugging percentage.

• New York’s Mel Ott finished among the league leaders with 31 home runs, 114 runs batted in, and 113 runs scored.

• The Dean brothers posted a combined record of 47-24, with Dizzy leading all National League pitchers with 28 wins, 190 strikeouts, 29 complete games, and 325 innings pitched.  

• May 24 - At Crosley Field, the Cincinnati Reds and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies played the first night game in major league history, which Cincinnati won 2–1.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt turned on the lights with a switch in the White House.

• May 25 – Playing for the Boston Braves, Babe Ruth went 4-for-4 with three home runs and six runs batted in against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Ruth’s effort was the last multi-homer game of his career, with the last of his 714 home runs being the first ball ever hit to clear the roof at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

• May 30 – Babe Ruth played his last major league game.

• November 26 - The National League temporarily assumed control of the bankrupt Boston Braves franchise after several attempts to buy the last-place club fell through.

• Lon Warneke posted Chicago’s only two victories in the 1935 World Series, surrendering just one run in the process.

• Len Koenecke of the Dodgers was killed by the pilot in a fight on a private plane.

• Pittsburgh’s Cy Blanton (2.59) and Bill Swift (2.69) finished first and second in the league in earned run average.

• Boston’s road record of 13-65 remains the worst in modern Major League Baseball history.

• By winning 21 straight games, the Chicago Cubs established a record for most consecutive wins without a tie.

Wally Berger of the cellar-dwelling Braves led the National League with 34 home runs and 130 runs batted in.

• Chicago’s Augie Galan became the first player to play an entire 154-game season without grounding into a double play.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1785 5410 711 1496 666 .259 235 62 59 60 0 2032 .342 .325 .687 120 0 70
BSN 1778 5309 575 1396 544 .220 233 33 75 20 0 1920 .296 .294 .601 139 0 80
CHN 1656 5486 847 1581 782 .233 303 62 88 66 2272 .341 .339 .723 115 150
CIN 1792 5296 646 1403 605 .234 244 68 73 72 2002 .318 .315 .643 93 80
NY1 1675 5514 755 1582 691 .270 246 56 122 32 2306 .378 .364 .788 115 114
PHI 1766 5442 685 1466 624 .203 249 32 92 52 2055 .317 .250 .628 91 84
PIT 1642 5415 743 1543 682 .240 255 90 66 30 0 2176 .340 .336 .704 135 0 77
SLN 1758 5457 829 1548 762 .212 286 59 86 71 0 2210 .333 .267 .650 100 0 97

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 299 70 83 1358 480 436 5942 1519 88 83.900 637 767 62 11 20 38 2
BSN 289 38 115 1331 355 404 5969 1645 81 52.910 729 852 54 6 5 14 2
CHN 272 100 54 1395 589 400 5878 1417 85 40.910 505 596 81 12 14 32 2
CIN 315 68 85 1355 500 438 5929 1490 65 51.420 648 772 59 9 13 20 1
NY1 248 68 50 1102 374 362 4734 1119 79 44.470 480 553 52 9 11 31 1
PHI 358 64 89 1374 475 505 6248 1652 106 90.500 727 873 53 8 15 20 2
PIT 271 86 67 1365 549 312 5818 1428 63 58.270 519 647 76 15 11 25 3
SLN 293 96 58 1385 602 377 5898 1445 68 78.540 542 625 73 9 18 24 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1665 6088 4076 1824 188 .951 0 0 0 0 11
BSN 1621 5947 3991 1759 197 .964 0 0 0 0 7
CHN 1560 6224 4180 1858 186 .961 0 0 0 0 13
CIN 1614 6059 4065 1790 204 .965 0 0 0 0 20
NY1 1551 6168 4206 1789 173 .965 0 0 0 0 8
PHI 1657 6144 4121 1795 228 .954 0 0 0 0 8
PIT 1532 5956 4094 1672 190 .952 0 0 0 0 9
SLN 1620 5916 4157 1595 164 .955 0 0 0 0 10

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1935 World Series, Arky Vaughan, Augie Galan, Babe Ruth, Bill Lee, Bill Swift, Billy Herman, Carl Hubbell, Charley Root, Chicago Cubs, Cy Blanton, Detroit Tigers, Dizzy Dean, Gabby Hartnett, Joe Medwick, Larry French, Len Koenecke, Lon Warneke, Mel Ott, Paul Waner, Wally Berger

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