1930 Season News

The New York Yankees' and Detroit Tigers' outfields combined on May 9th for a meager two putouts setting an American League record that has never been equaled. The National League record for outfielder idleness was previously set at one putout when the Pittsburgh Pirates took on the "Brooklyn Superbas" back in August of 1910.

The rules governing homeruns was changed after Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Al Lopez bounced one over Cincinnati Reds' left fielder Bob Meusel and into the bleachers on September 12th. The lucky round-tripper marked the last recorded "bouncer" and has since then been marked as a guaranteed double.

On the final day of the regular season, a young nineteen-year-old rookie named Dizzy Dean made his Major League debut with St. Louis Cardinals surrendering just 3-hits en route to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

On March 8th, Babe Ruth signed a new two year contract for $160,000 with the New York Yankees. At $80,000 per year, "The Sultan of Swat" became the highest paid player of all time and earned more money than the President of the United States. In an effort to assure posterity, Yankees General Manager Ed Barrow was quoted as saying that "No one in baseball will ever be paid more than Ruth."
1930 American League
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Athletics 102-52 -
Washington Senators 94-60 8.0
New York Yankees 86-68 16.0
Cleveland Indians 81-73 21.0
Detroit Tigers 75-79 27.0
St. Louis Browns 64-90 38.0
Chicago White Sox 62-92 40.0
Boston Red Sox 52-102 50.0
1930 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 92-62 -
Chicago Cubs 90-64 2.0
New York Giants 87-67 5.0
Brooklyn Robins 86-68 6.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 80-74 12.0
Boston Braves 70-84 22.0
Cincinnati Reds 59-95 33.0
Philadelphia Phillies 52-102 40.0
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 102 52 0.662 951 6.18 751 4.88 125 84 0.294 0.365 0.452 4.28 488 672 0.976 121
Washington Senators 94 60 0.610 892 5.79 689 4.47 57 52 0.302 0.365 0.426 3.96 504 524 0.974 150
New York Yankees 86 68 0.558 1062 6.90 898 5.83 152 93 0.309 0.382 0.488 4.88 524 572 0.965 132
Cleveland Indians 81 73 0.526 890 5.78 915 5.94 72 85 0.304 0.362 0.431 4.88 528 441 0.962 156
Detroit Tigers 75 79 0.487 783 5.08 833 5.41 82 86 0.284 0.341 0.421 4.70 570 574 0.968 156
St. Louis Browns 64 90 0.416 751 4.88 886 5.75 75 124 0.268 0.331 0.391 5.07 449 470 0.969 152
Chicago White Sox 62 92 0.403 729 4.73 884 5.74 63 74 0.276 0.325 0.391 4.71 407 471 0.962 136
Boston Red Sox 52 102 0.338 612 3.97 814 5.29 47 75 0.264 0.310 0.365 4.68 488 356 0.968 161
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 92 62 0.597 1004 6.52 784 5.09 104 87 0.314 0.369 0.471 4.39 476 639 0.970 176
Chicago Cubs 90 64 0.584 998 6.48 870 5.65 171 111 0.309 0.374 0.481 4.80 528 601 0.973 167
New York Giants 87 67 0.565 959 6.23 814 5.29 143 117 0.319 0.367 0.473 4.61 439 522 0.974 164
Brooklyn Robins 86 68 0.558 871 5.66 738 4.79 122 115 0.304 0.361 0.454 4.03 394 526 0.972 167
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 74 0.519 891 5.79 928 6.03 86 128 0.303 0.362 0.449 5.24 438 393 0.965 164
Boston Braves 70 84 0.455 693 4.50 835 5.42 66 117 0.281 0.323 0.393 4.91 475 424 0.971 167
Cincinnati Reds 59 95 0.383 665 4.32 857 5.56 74 75 0.281 0.337 0.400 5.08 394 361 0.973 164
Philadelphia Phillies 52 102 0.338 944 6.13 1199 7.79 126 142 0.315 0.365 0.458 6.71 543 384 0.962 169