1930 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1930 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • None

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Al Simmons PHA .381 Bill Terry NYG .401
HR Babe Ruth NYY 49 Hack Wilson CHC 56
RBI Lou Gehrig NYY 174 Hack Wilson1 CHC 191
Wins Lefty Grove PHA 28 Ray Kremer PIT &
Pat Malone CHC
20
ERA Lefty Grove PHA 2.54 Dazzy Vance BRO 2.61
Ks Lefty Grove PHA 209 Bill Hallahan STL 177

1Single season record for RBIs

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Philadelphia Athletics   102 52 .662    –
2nd Washington Senators   94 60 .610 8.0
3rd New York Yankees   86 68 .558 16.0
4th Cleveland Indians   81 73 .526 21.0
5th Detroit Tigers   75 79 .487 27.0
6th St. Louis Browns   64 90 .416 38.0
7th Chicago White Sox   62 92 .403 40.0
8th Boston Red Sox   52 102 .338 50.0

National League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 92 62 .597    –
2nd Chicago Cubs 90 64 .584   2.0
3rd New York Giants 87 67 .565   5.0
4th Brooklyn Robins 86 68 .558   6.0
5th Pittsburgh Pirates 80 74 .519 12.0
6th Boston Braves 70 84 .455 22.0
7th Cincinnati Reds 59 95 .383 33.0
8th Philadelphia Phillies 52 102 .338 40.0

Negro League Baseball final standings[edit]

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
St. Louis Stars 69 29 .742
Kansas City Monarchs 54 33 .621
Detroit Stars 58 37 .611
Chicago American Giants 59 52 .532
Birmingham Black Barons 43 49 .467
Memphis Red Sox 27 31 .466
Nashville Elite Giants 39 47 .453
Cuban Stars 23 35 .397

Louisville White Sox

14 27 .341

†Louisville was not in the league but these games counted in the standings.

  • St. Louis won the first half, Detroit won the second half.
  • St. Louis beat Detroit 4 games to 3 games in a play-off.

East (independent teams) final standings[edit]

A loose confederation of teams were gathered in the East to compete with the West, however East teams did not organize a formal league as the West did.

East
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Lincoln Giants 19 4 .826
Homestead Grays 8 4 .667
Baltimore Black Sox 21 16 .568
Philadelphia Hilldales 8 17 .320
Cuban Stars 5 11 .313
Brooklyn Royal Giants 0 6 .00

Events[edit]

January – June[edit]

  • April 29 – Lefty Gomez pitches four innings and takes the loss in his major league debut.

July – September[edit]

  • July 8 – The New York Yankees are shut out, 4–0, by Rube Walberg and the Philadelphia Athletics. It is the Yankees' seventh loss in a row, and second shut out in that stretch (July 4 against the Washington Senators). They are the only two shut outs the Yankees suffer all season.
Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP
  • September 20 – Bill Terry goes four-for-five in the first game of a double header and two-for-four in the second to raise his season average to .402. He goes five-for-seven in a double header the next day to see his average go as high as .406. He ends the season with a .401 batting average. He is the last National Leaguer to bat over .400.
  • September 28
    • Dizzy Dean gives up just three hits and one earned run in his major league debut to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3–1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    • Babe Ruth picks up a complete game victory against his former team, the Boston Red Sox on the final day of the season.
  • October 1 – The Philadelphia Athletics defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 in game one of the 1930 World Series despite being out hit 9-5. All five hits by the A's are for extra bases (a double, two triples & two home runs).

October – December[edit]

  • October 4 – Bill Hallahan gets out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning by striking out Bing Miller. From there, he settles in, and leads the Cardinals to a 5–0 victory in game three of the World Series.
  • October 5 – Jimmie Dykes' throwing error in the fourth leads to two unearned runs as the Cardinals even up the series with a 3–1 victory.
  • October 6 – Jimmie Foxx breaks open a scoreless game with a two run home run in the ninth to give the A's the 2–0 victory in game five.
  • October 8 – The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1, in Game six of the World Series to win their second consecutive World Championship, and fifth overall, four games to two. This would be the Athletics' last World Series championship in the city of Philadelphia.
  • November 10 – Veteran pitcher Hippo Vaughn is reinstated by Judge Landis after eight years of ineligibility. Vaughn, who had lost a double no-hitter duel to Fred Toney in the 1917 season, had jumped the Chicago Cubs in 1922. Vaughn chose to pitch for a semi-professional team following a salary dispute with Chicago. He will go to spring training with the Cubs in 1931 but will fail to make the team at age 43.

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January  8 - Charlie Flannigan, 38, third baseman/outfielder for the 1913 St. Louis Browns.
  • January 20 - Jumbo Schoeneck, 57, first baseman for the Chicago Browns, Pittsburgh Stogies, Baltimore Monumentals and Indianapolis Hoosiers from 1884 to 1889, who finished in the top ten in 10 offensive categories of the Union Association in his rookie season.
  • January 25 - Spencer Heath, 36, relief pitcher for the 1920 Chicago White Sox.
  • January 30 - Rip Hagerman, 41, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1909) and Cleveland Indians (1914-1916).

February[edit]

  • February  3 - Gus Sandberg, 34, backup catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1923 to 1924.
  • February 13 - Dan Abbott, 67, pitcher for the 1890 Toledo Maumees.

March[edit]

  • March 11 - Bob Barr, 73, pitcher who played for six different teams of the American Association and National League between 1883 and 1891.
  • March 12 - Jack Powell, 70, pitcher who posted 245 wins and a 2.97 ERA with four teams from 1897 to 1904 .
  • March 15 - George Townsend, 62, catcher who played from 1887 to 1991 with the Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles of the American Association.
  • March 21 - Bill Fagan, pitcher for the New York Metropolitans (1887) and Kansas City Cowboys (1888) of the American Association.
  • March 25 - Bill Krieg, 71, catcher/outfielder/third baseman for the St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Brooklyn and Washington teams from 1884 to 1887, who also won three minor league batting titles in the 1880s.

April[edit]

  • April  5 - Jack McGeachey, 65, backup outfielder who hit .245 with 164 stolen bases in 608 games for six teams from 1886 to 1891.
  • April 11 - Wayland Dean, 27, pitcher who posted a 24-36 record with a 4.87 ERA for the Giants, Phillies and Cubs from 1924 to 1927.
  • April 14 - Frank Kitson, 60, pitcher who won 128 games with a 3.18 ERA for six teams from 1898 to 1907.
  • April 14 - John B. Sheridan, 61, sportswriter for St. Louis newspapers whose column "Back of the Home Plate" appeared in The Sporting News for many years.
  • April 18 - Jack Stivetts, 62, pitcher for St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Beaneaters and Cleveland Spiders through 1889 from 1899, who collected six 20-win seasons, including 30-win campaigns in 1891 and 1892, and also hurled a no-hitter and won two games in the 1892 championship playoff.
  • April 23 - Rube Manning, 46, pitcher who posted a 22-32 record with a 3.14 ERA in 84 games for the New York Yankees from 1907 through 1910.
  • April 23 - Larry Twitchell, 66, outfielder and one of the early sluggers in major league history, who played from 1886 through 1894 with seven different teams, most prominently for the Detroit Wolverines.
  • April 26 - Harry Mace, 63, pitcher for the 1891 Washington Statesmen.

May[edit]

  • May 28 - Hal Carlson, 36, National League pitcher, winner of 114 games with the Pirates, Phillies and Cubs from 1917 through 1930, who stricken suddenly in his hotel room before a game.

June[edit]

  • June  3 - George Hemming, 61, pitcher who posted a 91-82 record for six different clubs from 1891 through 1897.
  • June  5 - Lou Say, shortstop who hit .232 in 298 for eight teams in four different leagues from 1873 to 1884.
  • June  9 - Lew McCarty, 41, catcher who hit .266 for the Brooklyn, New York and St. Louis National League teams from 1913 to 1921.
  • June  9 - Harry Patton, 45, relief pitcher who appeared in one game for the 1910 St. Louis Cardinals.
  • June 10 - Wally Smith, 42, valuable man at all four infield positions, who hit .229 in 201 games for the Cardinals and Senators between 1911 and 1914.
  • June 22 - Bill Dam, 45, utility outfielder for the 1909 Boston Doves.

July[edit]

  • July  5 - Frederick Fass, 70, pitcher for the 1887 Indianapolis Hoosiers.
  • July 16 - Zeke Rosebraugh, 53, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1888 and 1889.
  • July 19 - Will Holland, 68, outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association in 1889.
  • July 26 - Tommy Madden, 46, outfielder for the Boston Beaneaters and New York Highlanders in the early 20th century.

August[edit]

  • August  4 - Sam Jackson, 81, second baseman for the Boston Red Stockings (1871) and the Brooklyn Atlantics (1872), who also became the third English player to reach the majors.
  • August  7 - Emmett Seery, 69, outfielder who played for seven different teams in all four active leagues during the 19th century.
  • August 15 - Guy Tutwiler, 41, first baseman for the Detroit Tigers between 1911 and 1913.
  • August 17 - Harry Maskrey, 68, outfielder who appeared in one game for the Louisville Eclipse of the American Association in 1882.
  • August 29 - Ben Sanders, 65, pitcher for five seasons, 1888-1892, threw no-hitter on August 22, 1892.

September[edit]

  • September  1 - John Reccius, 70, pitcher and center fielder for the 1882-1883 Louisville Eclipse.
  • September  7 - Mickey Keliher, 40, first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1911 to 1912.
  • September 14 - Jim McCauley, 67, backup catcher for the St. Louis Browns, Buffalo Bisons, Chicago White Stockings and Brooklyn Grays from 1884 to 1886.
  • September 19 - Arlie Pond, 57, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles from 1895 to 1898, as well as a doctor in the U.S. Army between 1898 and 1919.
  • September 25 - Joe Wilhoit, 44, right fielder for the Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Giants and Boston Red Sox from 1916 to 1919, who posted the longest hitting streak in baseball history with 69 games in 1919, while playing for the Wichita Jobbers of the Western League.

October[edit]

  • October  9 - Lem Cross, 58, pitcher who posted a 3-6 record with the Cincinnati Reds from 1893 to 1894.
  • October 29 - Gene Wright, 51, pitcher for the Brooklyn, Cleveland and St. Louis teams from 1901 to 1904.

November[edit]

  • November  7 - Warren Fitzgerald, 62, pitcher who posted a 15-20 record with a 3.66 ERA for the Louisville Colonels from 1891 to 1892.
  • November  7 - John Hanna, 67, catcher for the Washington Nationals and Richmond Virginians during the 1884 season.
  • November 19 - John Russell, pitcher for the Brooklyn Robins and Chicago White Sox bnetween 1917 and 1922.
  • November 20 - William B. Hanna, 68, sportswriter for various New York newspapers since 1888, known for his florid writing style.
  • November 28 - Ed Hendricks, 45, pitcher for the 1910 New York Giants.

December[edit]

  • December  3 - Harry Baumgartner, 38, relief pitcher who went 0-1 in nine games for the 1920 Detroit Tigers.
  • December  5 - Ben Guiney, 72, backup catcher for the Detroit Wolverines during the 1883 and 1884 seasons.
  • December  9 - Rube Foster, 51, pioneer and driving force in the Negro Leagues, as owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants from 1911 to 1925, who in 1920 founded the first stable Negro League, the Negro National League, and won its first three pennants, also regarded as the black baseball's premier pitcher in the century's first decade.
  • December  9 - Dave Rowe, 76, center fielder for five teams in six seasons between 1877 and 1888, who also managed the Kansas City Cowboys in 1885 and 1888.
  • December 14 - Al Hubbard, 70, catcher/shortstop for the 1883 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • December 25 - Fred Clement, 63, shortstop for the 1890 Pittsburg Alleghenys.
  • December 29 - Sandy Piez, 42, backup outfielder who spent most of his career as a specialist pinch-runner with the 1914 New York Giants.
  • December 29 - Ginger Shinault, 38, backup catcher who hit .295 in 35 games for the Cleveland Indians from 1921 to 1922.
  • December 29 - George Stutz, shortstop who appeared in six games with the 1926 Philadelphia Phillies.