1935 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1935 throughout the world.  


Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP
  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Buddy Myer WSH .349 Arky Vaughan PIT .385
HR Jimmie Foxx PHA
Hank Greenberg DET
36 Wally Berger BSN 34
RBI Hank Greenberg DET 170 Wally Berger BSN 130
Wins Wes Ferrell BOS 25 Dizzy Dean STL 28
ERA Lefty Grove BOS 2.70 Cy Blanton PIT 2.58

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Detroit Tigers 93   58 .616     --
2nd New York Yankees 89   60 .597   3.0
3rd Cleveland Indians 82   71 .536   12.0
4th Boston Red Sox 78   75 .510   16.0
5th Chicago White Sox 74   78 .487   19.5
6th Washington Senators 67   86 .438   27.0
7th St. Louis Browns 65   87 .428   28.5
8th Philadelphia Athletics 58   91 .389   34.0

National League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Chicago Cubs 100   54 .649     --
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 96   58 .623   4.0
3rd New York Giants 91   62 .595   8.5
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 86   67 .562   13.5
5th Brooklyn Dodgers 70   83 .458   29.5
6th Cincinnati Reds 68   85 .444   31.5
7th Philadelphia Phillies 64   89 .418   35.5
8th Boston Braves 38   115 .248   61.5

Negro League Baseball final standings[edit]

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League*
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Pittsburgh Crawfords 34 17 .666
Brooklyn Eagles 15 12 .555
New York Cuban Stars 28 24 .538
Columbus Elite Giants 16 17 .485
Philadelphia Stars 40 41 .494
Homestead Grays 23 24 .489
Chicago American Giants 18 24 .429
Newark Dodgers 17 33 .340

*Source refers to the league as the "East-West League," but the league was more generally known as the "Negro National League."

Source: Holway, John B. (2001). The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History. Fern Park, FL: Hastings House Publishers. p. 316. ISBN 0-8038-2007-0. 


  • Pittsburgh won one half, New York won one half.
  • Pittsburgh beat New York 5 games to 2 games in a play-off.


January - May[edit]

  • April 21
    • The Cleveland Indians open their season with three consecutive extra innings games, amassing 41 total innings.
    • After ten innings, the contest between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants at the Baker Bowl is called a 4-4 tie. The Phillies tie an NL record by turning six double plays, with Phillies shortstop Blondy Ryan tying the individual mark by being part of five of the double plays.
  • May 8 - In the first game of a double header with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi ties a Major League record by hitting four consecutive doubles en route to a 15-4 victory. Lombardi logs just one at-bat in the second game, and gets a single.
  • May 25 - Babe Ruth of goes 4-for-4 with three home runs and six runs batted in. It is the last multi-homer game of Ruth's career, with the final home run, the 714th of his career, being the first ball ever hit to clear the roof at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.[1]
  • May 30 - Babe Ruth ends his playing career with the Boston Braves.

June - September[edit]

  • June 26 - The Pittsburgh Pirates sweep a double header with the Boston Braves. Pirates centerfielder Lloyd Waner sets a Major League record with eighteen put outs.
  • July 7 - The Detroit Tigers complete a ten-game winning streak that pulls them within one game of the first place Yankees.
  • July 22 - With a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Braves end a fifteen-game losing streak.
  • July 23 - With first place in the American League on the line, the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees split a double header. Detroit wins the following day, 4-0, to leave Detroit a half game up on the Yankees. They remain in first for the remainder of the season.
  • August 10 - The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia A's, 18-7. Right fielder George Selkirk hits two home runs and drives in eight.
  • August 27 - In the first game of a double header at Comiskey Park with the Chicago White Sox, Lou Gehrig goes three-for-five with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Yankees to a 13-10 victory. In the second game, Gehrig is walked five times. Chicago wins that game, 4-3.
  • August 31 - Vern Kennedy pitches a no-hitter as the Chicago White Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians, 5–0. It is the first no-hitter in the American League since 1931, and the first ever at Chicago's Comiskey Park.[2]
  • September 12 - The Philadelphia Athletics sweep a double header from the Chicago White Sox to end a thirteen-game losing streak.
  • September 27 - The first place Chicago Cubs sweep a double header with the St. Louis Cardinals that brings their winning streak to 27 games. The Cubs were in third place, 2.5 games back of the Cards, when the streak began.

October - December[edit]

  • October 2 - Schoolboy Rowe pitched effectively, however, his fielding error lead to two unearned runs in the first inning as the Chicago Cubs take game one of the 1935 World Series, 3-0.
  • October 3 - Hank Greenberg's two run home run caps off a four run first inning for the Tigers as Detroit takes game two of the World Series, 8-3. In the bottom of the seventh, Greenberg is hit by a pitch that ends his season.
  • October 4 - As part of a double switch, Freddie Lindstrom moves from centerfield to third base in the tenth inning of game three of the World Series. An inning later, he misplays Flea Clifton's ground ball to allow the Detroit Tigers to take the 6-5 victory.
  • October 5 - Gabby Hartnett hits a second-inning home run to put the Cubs on the board first, but the Tigers come back with two unanswered runs, and win 2-1.
  • October 7 - With the score tied at three, Stan Hack leads off the ninth inning for the Cubs with a triple. He is left stranded by Bill Jurges, Larry French and Augie Galan fail to drive him in. In the bottom of the inning, Goose Goslin singles in Mickey Cochrane to give the Detroit Tigers their first World Championship, four games to two. This was Detroit's first Series victory after failing to win four previous times.[2] Cubs skipper Charlie Grimm is widely second-guessed[who?] for letting the pitcher bat in the top of the inning.
  • November 9 - Bob Gibson is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • November 26 - The National League assumes control of the bankrupt, Boston Braves franchise after several failed attempts to buy the last-place club. The league takes over only temporarily, until matters can be straightened out.[1]
  • December 9 - The New York Giants trade Roy Parmelee, Phil Weintraub and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for Burgess Whitehead.
  • December 10 - The Boston Red Sox acquire Jimmie Foxx and Johnny Marcum from the Philadelphia Athletics for Gordon Rhodes, minor leaguer George Savino and $150,000.
  • December 12 - The Boston Braves trade Ed Brandt and Randy Moore to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Ray Benge, Tony Cuccinello, Al Lopez and Bobby Reis. They also sell the contracts of Flint Rhem and Johnny Vander Meer to the Cincinnati Reds.
  • December 17 - The Boston Red Sox acquire Heinie Manush from the Washington Senators for Roy Johnson and Carl Reynolds.







  • March 16 - Ed Fuller, 67, pitcher in 1886.
  • April 19 - Jim Donahue, 73, catcher for five seasons from 1886-1891.
  • April 22 - Charlie Blackwell, 40, outfielder in the Negro leagues from 1915 to 1929
  • April 28 - Swede Carlstrom, 47, shortstop for the Boston Red Sox in 1911
  • May 3 - Ted Breitenstein, 65, pitcher for the Browns and Reds whose 160 victories were the most by a 19th-century left-hander
  • May 4 - Dory Dean, 82, Pitcher for 1876 Cincinnati Reds
  • June 8 - Jay Parker, 60, pitcher for the 1899 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • June 17 - Wiman Andrus, 76, played one game for the 1885 Providence Grays.
  • July 2 - Hank O'Day, 75, National League umpire for 30 years between 1895 and 1927 who worked in ten World Series; won 22 games as pitcher in 1890 Players' League, and also managed the Reds and Cubs
  • July 10 - Paul Hines, 83, center fielder who won the first Triple Crown in 1878, also led NL in doubles three times and ended career with lifetime average over .300; had more hits than any other player over NL's first five seasons, and was second player to collect 1500 hits
  • October 22 - Tommy Tucker, 71, first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Beaneaters, Washington Senators, Brooklyn Bridebrooms, St. Louis Browns, and Cleveland Spiders between 1887 and 1899, who led the American Association hitters in 1889 with a .372 average
  • November 6 - Billy Sunday, 72, outfielder who ended his baseball career to become a renowned evangelist
  • November 13 - Frank Navin, 64, owner of the Detroit Tigers since 1908 who assembled the pennant-winning teams of 1907-09 and 1934–35
  • December 21 - Cy Rigler, 53, National League umpire since 1906 who worked in ten World Series and the first All-Star game; created arm signals for balls and strikes
  • December 28 - Jack Corcoran, 77, catcher for the 1884 Brooklyn Atlantics


  1. ^ a b c Total Baseball V; Thorn, John et al. editors; 1997; Viking Penguin; p. 2018
  2. ^ a b c Total Baseball V; Thorn, John et al. editors; 1997; Viking Penguin; p. 2020