1937 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1937 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 81–73 (.526)
League place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Sam Breadon
Manager(s) Frankie Frisch
Local radio KMOX
(France Laux, Jim Alt)
KWK
(Ray Schmidt, John O'Hara, Allan Anthony)
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The 1937 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 56th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 46th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 81-73 during the season and finished 4th in the National League.

Offseason[edit]

At the start of January 1937, general manager Branch Rickey named Robert L. Finch vice president of all Cardinals minor league baseball teams.[1] Their star pitcher, Dizzy Dean, spent the preseason in a contract dispute, even threatening to quit baseball. He finally signed for an estimated $24,000 on March 19.[2]

Regular season[edit]

As the season was set to begin, the Cardinals were considered the favorites to win the National League and face the New York Yankees in the 1937 World Series.[3]

Outfielder Joe Medwick won the MVP Award this year, batting .374, with 31 home runs and 154 RBIs. Conversely, Dizzy Dean battled injuries, staged a mid-game strike, engaged in multiple fights and was even suspended for a time. Dean finished with a 13-10 record and only one win after the All-Star Break and was named the "biggest bust of the year" by an Associated Press poll after the season.[2]

Season summary[edit]

The Cardinals started their season strongly, winning seven of their first eight games and jumping out to a 1½-game lead by the end of April. They were in second place as late as June 27, just half a game out of first place with a record of 35-24. However, they never rose any higher, spending the rest of the year in either third or fourth place, ending the season by losing six of eight and with their largest deficit of the year of 15 games out of first place.[4]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
New York Giants 95 57 .625
Chicago Cubs 93 61 3 .604
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 68 10 .558
St. Louis Cardinals 81 73 15 .526
Boston Bees 79 73 16 .520
Brooklyn Dodgers 62 91 33½ .405
Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 34½ .399
Cincinnati Reds 56 98 40 .364

Roster[edit]

1937 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
OF Medwick, JoeJoe Medwick 156 633 237 .374 31 154

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Frisch, FrankieFrankie Frisch 17 32 7 .219 0 4

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dean, DizzyDizzy Dean 27 197.1 13 10 2.69 120

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Blake, SheriffSheriff Blake 14 0 3 0 3.71 20
Andrews, NateNate Andrews 4 0 0 0 4.00 6
Dean, PaulPaul Dean 1 0 0 0 0

Farm system[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rickey Names Finch Cardinal Official". Los Angeles Times. January 3, 1937. p. A7. 
  2. ^ a b "Dean Biggest 'Bust' of Year". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. December 21, 1937. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Yankees, Cardinals Scribes' Favorites". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. March 24, 1937. p. 9. 
  4. ^ 1937 Cardinals Schedule and Results
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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