1937 Season News

Harlond Clift of the St. Louis Browns equaled an American League record with nine assists in a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. By the end of the season, the third baseman went on to set a new Major League record for total chances and the still-standing mark of four-hundred five assists.

On December 6th, the Boston Red Sox acquired the contract of an up-and-coming nineteen year-old named Ted Williams. Signed at the age of seventeen by his hometown San Diego Padres, Williams produced adequate numbers in the tough Pacific Coast League but improved beyond his years (and peers) while playing for the American Association in Minneapolis.

On May 3rd, the New York Giants tied an unusual Major League record after playing an entire nine inning game against the Boston Bees without a single chance for their outfielders. The Bees outfield managed only three chances themselves and went on to win 3-1.

The American League All-Stars topped the Nationals 8-3 in the Midsummer Classic. However, the biggest story of the contest was a bizarre play that marked the beginning of the end of Dizzy Dean's spectacular career. With two out, Earl Averill cracked a low line drive that caught Dean directly on the front of his foot. Later, in the clubhouse, it was discovered that Dean's toe was broken. Anxious to get back in the game, Dean and the Cardinals management decided he would return to the mound before the toe was fully healed. Their impatience proved costly as the injury affected his delivery, which eventually injured his arm, and ultimately ended his glory days at the tender age of twenty-six.
1937 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 102-52 -
Detroit Tigers 89-65 13.0
Chicago White Sox 86-68 16.0
Cleveland Indians 83-71 19.0
Boston Red Sox 80-72 21.0
Washington Senators 73-80 28.5
Philadelphia Athletics 54-97 46.5
St. Louis Browns 46-108 56.0
1937 National League
Team Record GB
New York Giants 95-57 -
Chicago Cubs 93-61 3.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 86-68 10.0
St. Louis Cardinals 81-73 15.0
Boston Bees 79-73 16.0
Brooklyn Dodgers 62-91 33.5
Philadelphia Phillies 61-92 34.5
Cincinnati Reds 56-98 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
New York Yankees 102 52 0.662 979 6.36 671 4.36 174 92 0.283 0.365 0.456 3.65 506 652 0.972 134
Detroit Tigers 89 65 0.578 935 6.07 841 5.46 150 102 0.292 0.367 0.452 4.87 635 485 0.976 149
Chicago White Sox 86 68 0.558 780 5.06 730 4.74 67 115 0.280 0.348 0.400 4.17 532 533 0.971 173
Cleveland Indians 83 71 0.539 817 5.31 768 4.99 103 61 0.280 0.349 0.423 4.39 566 630 0.974 153
Boston Red Sox 80 72 0.526 821 5.40 775 5.10 100 92 0.281 0.354 0.411 4.48 597 682 0.970 139
Washington Senators 73 80 0.477 757 4.95 841 5.50 47 96 0.279 0.349 0.379 4.58 671 524 0.972 181
Philadelphia Athletics 54 97 0.358 699 4.63 854 5.66 94 105 0.267 0.341 0.397 4.85 613 469 0.967 150
St. Louis Browns 46 108 0.299 715 4.64 1023 6.64 71 143 0.285 0.346 0.399 6.00 653 468 0.972 166
National 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 Giants 95 57 0.625 732 4.82 602 3.96 111 85 0.278 0.330 0.403 3.43 404 653 0.974 143
Chicago Cubs 93 61 0.604 811 5.27 682 4.43 96 91 0.287 0.352 0.416 3.97 502 596 0.975 141
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 68 0.558 704 4.57 646 4.19 47 71 0.285 0.341 0.384 3.56 428 643 0.970 135
St. Louis Cardinals 81 73 0.526 789 5.12 733 4.76 94 95 0.282 0.329 0.406 3.98 448 571 0.973 127
Boston Bees 79 73 0.520 579 3.81 556 3.66 63 60 0.247 0.312 0.339 3.22 372 387 0.975 128
Brooklyn Dodgers 62 91 0.405 616 4.03 772 5.05 37 68 0.265 0.324 0.354 4.13 476 592 0.964 127
Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 0.399 724 4.73 869 5.68 103 116 0.273 0.332 0.391 5.05 501 529 0.970 157
Cincinnati Reds 56 98 0.364 612 3.97 707 4.59 73 38 0.254 0.312 0.360 3.94 533 581 0.966 139