1928 Season News

On May 1st, the Cleveland Indians outfield tied a Major League record with five assists in a game against the St. Louis Browns. Rookie Sam Langford also tied another Major League mark after posting four of them himself. It was the tenth time (once in extra innings) that the record was equaled in the major leagues, and the last time the century. Although the "Tribe" was out-hit 12-10, they managed to hold on for the 4-3 victory.

Forty-one year-old Detroit Tiger veteran Ty Cobb stole home on June 15th against the Cleveland Indians for the fiftieth (and final time) in his twenty-four year career to extend another one of his ninety Major League records.

The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals combined on June 2nd to set a Major League record with a 2-1 effort that was the result of three pinch-hit home runs.

On September 18th, the Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs combined to set a National League record with eight double plays between them.

On December 11th, National League President John Heydler first proposed the concept of a designated hitter (also known as the tenth regular). Heydler contended that the fans were tired of seeing weak hitting pitchers come up to bat and the incorporation of a designated hitter would improve the quality of play and speed up the game.
1928 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 101-53 -
Philadelphia Athletics 98-55 2.5
St. Louis Browns 82-72 19.0
Washington Senators 75-79 26.0
Chicago White Sox 72-82 29.0
Detroit Tigers 68-86 33.0
Cleveland Indians 62-92 39.0
Boston Red Sox 57-96 43.5
1928 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 95-59 -
New York Giants 93-61 2.0
Chicago Cubs 91-63 4.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 85-67 9.0
Cincinnati Reds 78-74 16.0
Brooklyn Robins 77-76 17.5
Boston Braves 50-103 44.5
Philadelphia Phillies 43-109 51.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 101 53 0.656 894 5.81 685 4.45 133 59 0.296 0.363 0.450 3.74 452 487 0.967 136
Philadelphia Athletics 98 55 0.641 829 5.42 615 4.02 89 66 0.295 0.360 0.436 3.36 424 607 0.970 124
St. Louis Browns 82 72 0.532 772 5.01 742 4.82 63 93 0.274 0.343 0.393 4.17 454 456 0.970 146
Washington Senators 75 79 0.487 718 4.66 705 4.58 40 40 0.284 0.343 0.393 3.88 466 462 0.971 146
Chicago White Sox 72 82 0.468 656 4.26 725 4.71 24 66 0.270 0.330 0.358 3.98 501 418 0.970 149
Detroit Tigers 68 86 0.442 744 4.83 804 5.22 62 58 0.279 0.338 0.401 4.32 567 451 0.965 140
Cleveland Indians 62 92 0.403 674 4.38 830 5.39 34 52 0.285 0.332 0.382 4.47 511 416 0.965 187
Boston Red Sox 57 96 0.373 589 3.85 770 5.03 38 49 0.264 0.316 0.361 4.39 452 407 0.972 139
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 95 59 0.617 807 5.24 636 4.13 113 86 0.281 0.350 0.425 3.38 399 422 0.974 134
New York Giants 93 61 0.604 807 5.24 653 4.24 118 77 0.293 0.346 0.430 3.67 405 399 0.972 175
Chicago Cubs 91 63 0.591 714 4.64 615 3.99 92 56 0.278 0.341 0.402 3.40 508 531 0.975 176
Pittsburgh Pirates 85 67 0.559 837 5.51 704 4.63 52 66 0.309 0.361 0.421 3.95 446 385 0.967 123
Cincinnati Reds 78 74 0.513 648 4.26 686 4.51 32 58 0.280 0.329 0.368 3.94 410 355 0.974 194
Brooklyn Robins 77 76 0.503 665 4.35 640 4.18 66 59 0.266 0.336 0.374 3.25 468 551 0.965 113
Boston Braves 50 103 0.327 631 4.12 878 5.74 52 100 0.275 0.332 0.367 4.83 524 343 0.969 141
Philadelphia Phillies 43 109 0.283 660 4.34 957 6.30 85 108 0.267 0.331 0.382 5.56 675 404 0.971 171