1931 Major League Baseball season

The 1931 Major League Baseball season.

1931 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 14 – October 10, 1931
Regular season
Season championsAL: Philadelphia Athletics
NL: St. Louis Cardinals
Season MVPAL: Lefty Grove (PHA)
NL: Frankie Frisch (STL)
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Athletics

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Al Simmons PHA .390 Chick Hafey SLC .349
HR Lou Gehrig NYY
Babe Ruth NYY
46 Chuck Klein PHP 31
RBI Lou Gehrig NYY 184 Chuck Klein PHP 121
Wins Lefty Grove PHA 31 Jumbo Elliott PHP
Bill Hallahan SLC
Heinie Meine PIT
ERA Lefty Grove PHA 2.06 Bill Walker NYG 2.26
SO Lefty Grove PHA 175 Bill Hallahan SLC 159
SV Wilcy Moore BSR 10 Jack Quinn BKN 15
SB Ben Chapman NYY 61 Frankie Frisch SLC 28

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Philadelphia Athletics 107 45 .704 --
New York Yankees 94 59 .614 13.5
Washington Senators 92 62 .597 16
Cleveland Indians 78 76 .506 30
St. Louis Browns 63 91 .409 45
Boston Red Sox 62 90 .408 45
Detroit Tigers 61 93 .396 47
Chicago White Sox 56 97 .366 51.5

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
St. Louis Cardinals 101 53 .656 --
New York Giants 87 65 .572 13
Chicago Cubs 84 70 .545 17
Brooklyn Robins 79 73 .520 21
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 79 .487 26
Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 .429 35
Boston Braves 64 90 .416 37
Cincinnati Reds 58 96 .377 43


American League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Shano Collins
Chicago White Sox Donie Bush
Cleveland Indians Roger Peckinpaugh
Detroit Tigers Bucky Harris
New York Yankees Joe McCarthy
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Bill Killefer
Washington Senators Walter Johnson

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves Bill McKechnie
Brooklyn Robins Wilbert Robinson
Chicago Cubs Joe McCarthy and Rogers Hornsby
Cincinnati Reds Dan Howley
New York Giants John McGraw
Philadelphia Phillies Burt Shotton
Pittsburgh Pirates Jewel Ens
St. Louis Cardinals Gabby Street


  • July 12 – the Chicago CubsSt Louis doubleheader has 33 doubles. Due to the large crowd spilling onto the field, any ball hit into them is a ground-rule double.[1]
  • August 29 – Facing Cincinnati Reds pitcher Si Johnson in his first at bat in the major leagues, Chicago Cubs player Billy Herman hits Johnson's pitch, which ricochets off the back of home plate and hits Herman in the head, knocking him out.[2]


  1. ^ "THT Live". hardballtimes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386.

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1931 Boston Braves season

The 1931 Boston Braves season was the 61st season of the franchise. The team finished seventh in the National League with a record of 64–90, 37 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1931 Boston Red Sox season

The 1931 Boston Red Sox season was the 31st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished sixth in the American League (AL) with a record of 62 wins and 90 losses.

1931 Brooklyn Robins season

The 1931 Brooklyn Robins finished in 4th place, after which longtime manager Wilbert Robinson announced his retirement with 1,375 career victories.

1931 Chicago Cubs season

The 1931 Chicago Cubs season was the 60th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 56th in the National League and the 16th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League with a record of 84–70, 17 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1931 Chicago White Sox season

The 1931 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 31st season in the major leagues, and its 32nd season overall. They finished with a record 56–97, good enough for 8th place in the American League, 51.5 games behind the first place Philadelphia Athletics.

1931 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1931 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished eighth and last in the National League with a record of 58–96, 43 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1931 Cleveland Indians season

The 1931 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the American League with a record 78–76, 30 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics.

1931 Detroit Tigers season

The 1931 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished seventh in the American League with a record of 61–93, 47 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics.

1931 New York Giants (MLB) season

The 1931 New York Giants season was the franchise's 49th season. The team finished in second place in the National League with an 87-65 record, 13 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1931 New York Yankees season

The 1931 New York Yankees season was the team's 29th season in New York and its 31st season overall. The team finished with a record of 94–59, finishing 13.5 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. This team is notable for holding the modern day Major League record for team runs scored in a season with 1,067 (6.88 per game average).

1931 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1931 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing first in the American League with a record of 107 wins and 45 losses. It was the team's third consecutive pennant-winning season and its third consecutive season with over 100 wins. However the A's lost the 1931 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The series loss prevented the Athletics from becoming the first major league baseball team to win three consecutive World Series; the New York Yankees would accomplish the feat a mere seven years later. The Athletics, ironically, would go on to earn their own threepeat in 1974, some forty-three years after the failed 1931 attempt.

1931 was also the A's final World Series appearance in Philadelphia. Their next AL pennant would be in 1972, after they had moved to Oakland.

1931 Philadelphia Phillies season

The following lists the events of the 1931 Philadelphia Phillies season.

1931 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1931 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 50th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 45th in the National League. The Pirates finished fifth in the league standings with a record of 75–79.

1931 St. Louis Browns season

The 1931 St. Louis Browns season involved the team finishing fifth in the American League with a record of 63 wins and 91 losses.

1931 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1931 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 50th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 40th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 101–53 during the season and finished first in the National League. In the World Series, they beat the Philadelphia Athletics in 7 games.

1931 Washington Senators season

The 1931 Washington Senators won 92 games, lost 62, and finished in third place in the American League. They were managed by Walter Johnson and played home games at Griffith Stadium.

1931 World Series

The 1931 World Series featured the two-time defending champion Philadelphia Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals beat the Athletics in seven games, a rematch and reversal of fortunes of the previous World Series.

The same two teams faced off during the 1930 World Series and the Athletics were victorious. The only day-to-day player in the Cardinals' lineup who was different in 1931 was the "Wild Horse of the Osage", Pepper Martin—a 27-year-old rookie who had spent seven seasons in the minor leagues. He led his team for the Series in runs scored, hits, doubles, runs batted in and stolen bases, and also made a running catch to stifle a ninth-inning rally by the A's in the final game.

The spitball pitch had been banned by Major League Baseball in 1920, but those still using it at that time were "grandfathered", or permitted to keep throwing it for the balance of their big-league careers. One of those who "wet his pill" still active in 1931 was Burleigh Grimes, with two Series starts, two wins and seven innings of no-hit pitching in Game 3. "Wild" Bill Hallahan started and won the other two for the Cards, and saved Game 7.

The Athletics had captured their third straight American League pennant, winning 107 games (and 313 for 1929–31). But this would prove to be the final World Series for longtime A's manager Connie Mack. As he did after the Boston "Miracle Braves" swept his heavily favored A's in the 1914 Series, Mack would break up this great team by selling off his best players, this time out of perceived economic necessity rather than pique and competition from the short-lived Federal League. It would be the A's last World Series appearance in Philadelphia and it would be 41 years—and two cities—later before the A's would return to the Fall Classic, after their successive moves to Kansas City in 1955 and Oakland in 1968. This would also be the city of Philadelphia's last appearance in the Series until 1950. It was also the last World Series until the 2017 edition in which both teams who had won at least 100 games in the regular season went the maximum seven games.

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