1943 Season News

May 30 - The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League begins its first 108-game season with teams in Rockford, Kenosha, Racine, and South Bend; the league's total attendance for the year will be 176,612.

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns played four consecutive extra-inning games (May 31 and June 2) totaling forty-five innings. Both leagues combined to set a Major League record for overtime activity with ninety-one extra-innings in the American League and eighty in the National.

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell debuted a bizarre "softball-like" pitch that looped the ball eighteen to twenty feet high on its way down to the strike zone. The "gag-pitch" was almost impossible to judge from the batters box and was later coined as a "blooper" or "eephus ball". Despite the complaints of many batters from around the league, the approach was ruled legal and Sewell went on to a 20+ win season.

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League pennant thanks to the extraordinary play of second-year-man Stan Musial who hit .357 with two-hundred twenty hits, three-hundred forty-seven total bases, forty-eight doubles and twenty triples.

The evening before the All-Star Game in Boston, a team of Armed Forces "all-stars" managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams played the visiting Braves in a war fund-raising effort. Ruth himself agreed to pinch-hit in the eighth and his team went on to win 9-8 thanks to a Ted Williams home run. The following night, the Americans went on to edge the Nationals 5-3 in the first Midsummer Classic to be played under the lights
1943 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 98-56 -
Washington Senators 84-69 13.5
Cleveland Indians 82-71 15.5
Chicago White Sox 82-72 16.0
Detroit Tigers 78-76 20.0
St. Louis Browns 72-80 25.0
Boston Red Sox 68-84 29.0
Philadelphia Athletics 49-105 49.0
1943 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 105-49 -
Cincinnati Reds 87-67 18.0
Brooklyn Dodgers 81-72 23.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 80-74 25.0
Chicago Cubs 74-79 30.5
Boston Braves 72-80 36.5
Philadelphia Phillies 64-90 41.0
New York Giants 55-98 49.5
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 98 56 0.636 669 4.34 542 3.52 100 60 0.256 0.334 0.376 2.93 489 653 0.974 166
Washington Senators 84 69 0.549 666 4.35 595 3.89 47 48 0.254 0.331 0.347 3.18 540 495 0.971 145
Cleveland Indians 82 71 0.536 600 3.92 577 3.77 55 52 0.255 0.327 0.350 3.15 606 585 0.975 183
Chicago White Sox 82 72 0.532 573 3.72 594 3.86 33 54 0.247 0.320 0.320 3.20 501 476 0.973 167
Detroit Tigers 78 76 0.506 632 4.10 560 3.64 77 51 0.261 0.322 0.359 3.00 549 706 0.971 130
St. Louis Browns 72 80 0.474 596 3.92 604 3.97 78 74 0.245 0.320 0.349 3.41 488 572 0.975 127
Boston Red Sox 68 84 0.447 563 3.70 607 3.99 57 61 0.244 0.306 0.332 3.45 615 513 0.976 179
Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 0.318 497 3.23 717 4.66 26 73 0.232 0.291 0.297 4.05 536 503 0.973 148
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 105 49 0.682 679 4.41 475 3.08 70 33 0.279 0.331 0.391 2.57 477 639 0.976 183
Cincinnati Reds 87 67 0.565 608 3.95 543 3.53 43 38 0.256 0.313 0.340 3.13 579 498 0.980 193
Brooklyn Dodgers 81 72 0.529 716 4.68 674 4.41 39 59 0.272 0.344 0.357 3.88 637 588 0.972 137
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 74 0.519 669 4.34 605 3.93 42 44 0.262 0.333 0.357 3.08 422 396 0.973 159
Chicago Cubs 74 79 0.484 632 4.13 600 3.92 52 53 0.261 0.334 0.351 3.31 394 513 0.973 138
Boston Braves 68 85 0.444 465 3.04 612 4.00 39 66 0.233 0.297 0.309 3.25 441 409 0.972 139
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 0.416 571 3.71 676 4.39 66 59 0.249 0.314 0.335 3.79 451 431 0.970 143
New York Giants 55 98 0.359 558 3.65 713 4.66 81 80 0.247 0.310 0.335 4.08 626 588 0.973 140