1929 Season News

August 11 - Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run in the second inning off Willis Hudlin at Cleveland's League Park. The homer was Ruth's 30th of the year, but it wasn't enough as the Indians beat the Yankees 6-5.

The New York Yankees announced that they were adding numbers on the backs of their uniforms. Initially, continuous numbers were distributed based upon a player's position in the batting order (Combs #1, Koenig #2, Ruth #3, Gehrig #4, Meusel #5, Lazzeri #6, Durocher #7, Grabowski #8). Several weeks later, the Cleveland Indians agreed to follow suite and by 1931 all American League teams were utilizing the new identification technique. However, some National League players still remained numberless until 1933.

On August 3rd, the Chicago Cubs voiced their complaint about the ragged sleeve on the pitching arm of Brooklyn Dodger ace Dazzy Vance (an old trick to distract the hitter). Soon after, a Major League rule was passed that required all pitchers to maintain neat attire. The mandate would expand over the years to include caps, gloves, glasses and other visual deterrents.
1929 American League
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Athletics 104-46 -
New York Yankees 88-66 18.0
Cleveland Indians 81-71 24.0
St. Louis Browns 79-73 26.0
Washington Senators 71-81 34.0
Detroit Tigers 70-84 36.0
Chicago White Sox 69-93 46.0
Boston Red Sox 58-96 48.0
1929 National League
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 98-57 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 88-65 10.5
New York Giants 84-67 13.5
St. Louis Cardinals 78-74 20.0
Philadelphia Phillies 71-82 27.5
Brooklyn Robins 70-83 28.5
Cincinnati Reds 66-88 33.0
Boston Braves 56-98 43.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Philadelphia Athletics 104 46 0.693 901 6.01 615 4.10 122 73 0.296 0.362 0.451 3.44 487 573 0.975 117
New York Yankees 88 66 0.571 899 5.84 775 5.03 142 83 0.295 0.361 0.450 4.19 485 484 0.970 152
Cleveland Indians 81 71 0.533 717 4.72 736 4.84 62 56 0.294 0.351 0.417 4.05 488 389 0.968 162
St. Louis Browns 79 73 0.520 733 4.82 713 4.69 46 100 0.276 0.350 0.381 4.08 462 415 0.975 148
Washington Senators 71 81 0.467 730 4.80 776 5.11 48 48 0.276 0.345 0.375 4.34 496 494 0.969 156
Detroit Tigers 70 84 0.455 926 6.01 928 6.03 110 73 0.299 0.359 0.453 4.96 646 467 0.961 149
Chicago White Sox 59 93 0.388 627 4.13 792 5.21 37 84 0.268 0.323 0.363 4.41 505 328 0.969 153
Boston Red Sox 58 96 0.377 605 3.93 803 5.21 28 78 0.267 0.321 0.365 4.43 496 416 0.965 159
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago Cubs 98 54 0.645 982 6.46 758 4.99 139 77 0.303 0.370 0.452 4.16 537 548 0.975 169
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 65 0.575 904 5.91 780 5.10 60 96 0.303 0.361 0.430 4.36 439 409 0.970 136
New York Giants 84 67 0.556 897 5.94 709 4.70 136 102 0.296 0.354 0.436 3.97 387 431 0.975 163
St. Louis Cardinals 78 74 0.513 831 5.47 806 5.30 100 101 0.293 0.352 0.438 4.66 474 453 0.971 149
Philadelphia Phillies 71 82 0.464 897 5.86 1032 6.75 153 122 0.309 0.374 0.467 6.13 616 369 0.969 153
Brooklyn Robins 70 83 0.458 755 4.93 888 5.80 99 92 0.291 0.353 0.427 4.92 549 549 0.968 113
Cincinnati Reds 66 88 0.429 686 4.45 760 4.94 34 61 0.281 0.333 0.379 4.41 413 347 0.974 148
Boston Braves 56 98 0.364 657 4.27 876 5.69 33 103 0.280 0.331 0.375 5.12 530 366 0.967 146