1935 World Series

The 1935 World Series featured the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs, with the Tigers winning in six games for their first championship in five Series appearances. They had lost in 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1934.

The Tigers won despite losing the services of first baseman Hank Greenberg. In Game 2, Greenberg collided with Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett and broke his wrist, sidelining him for the rest of the Series.

The Cubs had won 21 consecutive games in September (still a record as of 2018), eventually taking the National League pennant by four games over the defending World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals.

In Game 6, Tommy Bridges pitched a complete game victory to win the Series for Detroit. With the score tied 3–3 in the top of the ninth inning, Bridges gave up a leadoff triple to Stan Hack, but retired the next three batters without the runner on third scoring. In the bottom of the ninth, Goose Goslin drove in the winning run with two outs. After the game, manager Mickey Cochrane said the following of Bridges' gutsy performance: "A hundred and fifty pounds of courage. If there ever is a payoff on courage this little 150-pound pitcher is the greatest World Series hero."[1]

In addition to Bridges, the Tigers had a hitting hero. Right fielder Pete Fox accumulated ten hits and an average of .385 for the Series. Fox hit safely in all six games.

Detroit owner Frank Navin, then 64 years old, had been running the organization for 30 years and had seen four of his teams win American League pennants, only to lose four World Series. Six weeks after the Tigers finally won the World Series in October 1935, Navin suffered a heart attack while riding a horse and died.[2]

1935 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Detroit Tigers (4) Mickey Cochrane (player/manager) 93–58, .616, GA: 3
Chicago Cubs (2) Charlie Grimm 100–54, .649, GA: 4
DatesOctober 2–7
UmpiresGeorge Moriarty (AL), Ernie Quigley (NL), Bill McGowan (AL), Dolly Stark (NL)
Hall of FamersUmpire: Bill McGowan
Tigers: Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin, Hank Greenberg.
Cubs: Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, Freddie Lindstrom.
Broadcast
RadioNBC, CBS, Mutual
Radio announcersNBC: Hal Totten, Ty Tyson, Graham McNamee, Boake Carter
CBS: France Laux, Truman Bradley, Jack Graney
Mutual: Bob Elson, Red Barber, Quin Ryan
World Series

Summary

AL Detroit Tigers (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 2 Chicago Cubs – 3, Detroit Tigers – 0 Navin Field 1:51 47,391[3] 
2 October 3 Chicago Cubs – 3, Detroit Tigers – 8 Navin Field 1:59 46,742[4] 
3 October 4 Detroit Tigers – 6, Chicago Cubs – 5 (11 innings) Wrigley Field 2:27 45,532[5] 
4 October 5 Detroit Tigers – 2, Chicago Cubs – 1 Wrigley Field 2:28 49,350[6] 
5 October 6 Detroit Tigers – 1, Chicago Cubs – 3 Wrigley Field 1:49 49,237[7] 
6 October 7 Chicago Cubs – 3, Detroit Tigers – 4 Navin Field 1:57 48,420[8]

Matchups

Game 1

Wednesday, October 2, 1935 1:30 pm (ET) at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
WP: Lon Warneke (1–0)   LP: Schoolboy Rowe (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: Frank Demaree (1)
DET: None

A pitching duel between Lon Warneke and Schoolboy Rowe, both of whom went the distance, was decided by its leadoff batter, Augie Galan, doubling, and scoring on an error by Rowe that allowed Billy Herman to reach and eventually score on a Gabby Hartnett single. Frank Demaree added a homer in the ninth for the visiting Cubs.

Game 2

Thursday, October 3, 1935 1:30 pm (ET) at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 6 1
Detroit 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 X 8 9 2
WP: Tommy Bridges (1–0)   LP: Charlie Root (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
DET: Hank Greenberg (1)

In the bottom of the first, Jo-Jo White hit a leadoff single and scored on a double by Mickey Cochrane, who scored on Charlie Gehringer's single before Hank Greenberg's two-run home run knocked Cubs' starter Charlie Root out of the game. In the fourth, Roy Henshaw got two outs before letting the Tigers load the bases on a single, hit-by-pitch and walk. A wild pitch scored a run, then after a walk reloaded the bases, Gehringer's two-run single made it 7–0 Tigers. The Cubs got on the board in the fifth when Phil Cavarretta reached first on an error, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Billy Jurges's single. The Cubs got two more runs in the seventh on Billy Herman's single with runners on second and third, but the Tigers added a run in the bottom half on Pete Fox's RBI single off of Fabian Kowalik. Tommy Bridges pitched a complete game as the Tigers' 8–3 tied the series heading to Chicago.

Game 3

Friday, October 4, 1935 1:30 pm (CT) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 6 12 2
Chicago 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 10 3
WP: Schoolboy Rowe (1–1)   LP: Larry French (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: None
CHC: Frank Demaree (2)

In Game 3, Frank Demaree's leadoff home run in the second off of Elden Auker put Chicago on the board. A one-out single and subsequent error put runners on first and third before Bill Lee's groundout made it 2–0 Cubs. They added a run in the fifth when Billy Jurges drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Augie Galan's single. The Tigers got on the board in the sixth when Goose Goslin singled off of Lee and scored on Pete Fox's triple. In the eighth, after a walk and double, Goslin's two-run single tied the game and knocked Lee out. Reliever Lon Warneke allowed two singles, the second of which to Billy Rogell scoring a run, then Fox stole home to make it 5–3 Tigers. Detroit brought back Game 1 starter Schoolboy Rowe in relief. He allowed three straight one-out singles in the ninth, the last of which to Ken O'Dea, before Augie Galan's sacrifice fly sent the game into extra innings, but Rowe nailed down the victory after Jo-Jo White's RBI single scored the winning run off of Larry French in the 11th.

Game 4

Saturday, October 5, 1935 1:30 pm (CT) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
Chicago 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
WP: General Crowder (1–0)   LP: Tex Carleton (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: None
CHC: Gabby Hartnett (1)

Alvin "General" Crowder did it all for Detroit, pitching a complete-game five-hitter, allowing only one run on Gabby Hartnett's home run in the second, singling in the third and scoring his team's first run on Charlie Gehringer's RBI double, and getting Flea Clifton home as the go-ahead run with a groundout in the sixth off of Tex Carleton aided by two errors. Chicago threatened against Crowder with a pair of one-out hits in the ninth, but Stan Hack grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Game 5

Sunday, October 6, 1935 1:30 pm (CT) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
Chicago 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 8 0
WP: Lon Warneke (2–0)   LP: Schoolboy Rowe (1–2)   Sv: Bill Lee (1)
Home runs:
DET: None
CHC: Chuck Klein (1)

Staving off elimination, the Cubs got a two-run home run from Chuck Klein after a leadoff triple in the second. They added another run in the seventh on Billy Herman's RBI double off of Schoolboy Rowe. They replaced Lon Warneke after six innings with right-hander Bill Lee, who gave up Detroit's only run in the ninth on three consecutive singles (the last of which to Pete Fox before settling down to retire the final three batters.

This was the first of three World Series games that the Cubs have won in Wrigley Field. The others were Game 6 in 1945, and Game 5 in 2016.

Game 6

Monday, October 7, 1935 1:30 pm (ET) at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 12 0
Detroit 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 4 12 1
WP: Tommy Bridges (2–0)   LP: Larry French (0–2)
Home runs:
CHC: Billy Herman (1)
DET: None

In Game 6, Pete Fox's RBI double off of Larry French put the Tigers on the board. Billy Herman's RBI single tied the game in the third off of Tommy Bridges, who put the Tigers back in front in the fourth with an RBI groundout with two on, but Herman's two-run home run in the fifth put the Cubs ahead 3–2. The Tigers tied the game in the sixth when Billy Rogell doubled with two outs and scored on Marv Owen's single. In the ninth, Mickey Cochrane singled and moved to second on a groundout before Goose Goslin's walk-off single won it in front of Detroit's home fans, pitcher Tommy Bridges getting his second win of the Series. Stan Hack tripled to lead off the top of the 9th for the Cubs, but was left stranded at third.

Composite line score

1935 World Series (4–2): Detroit Tigers (A.L.) over Chicago Cubs (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit Tigers 5 0 1 4 0 3 1 4 2 0 1 21 51 9
Chicago Cubs 2 3 3 0 4 0 3 0 3 0 0 18 48 6
Total attendance: 286,672   Average attendance: 47,779
Winning player's share: $6,545   Losing player's share: $4,199[9]

Detroit: "City of Champions"

When the Detroit Tigers won the 1935 World Series, the city of Detroit was mired in the Great Depression, which had hit the city and its industries particularly hard. However, with the success of the Tigers and other Detroit teams and athletes in 1935/36, Detroit's luck appeared to be changing, as the City was dubbed the "City of Champions." The Lions continued Detroit's winning ways by capturing the 1935 NFL Championship Game, followed by the Detroit Red Wings winning the 1935–36 Stanley Cup championship. With the Stanley Cup win, the city had seen three major league championships in less than a year. Detroit's "champions" included Detroit's "Brown Bomber", Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion; native Detroiter Gar Wood who was the champion of unlimited powerboat racing and the first man to go 100 miles per hour on water; and Eddie "the Midnight Express" Tolan, a black Detroiter who won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter races at the 1932 Summer Olympics.

Notes

  1. ^ Tommy Bridges at the SABR Baseball Biography Project, by Ralph Berger, Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved September 9, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "1935 World Series Game 1 – Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1935 World Series Game 2 – Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1935 World Series Game 3 – Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1935 World Series Game 4 – Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1935 World Series Game 5 – Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1935 World Series Game 6 – Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009.

References

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 157–161. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2143. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.

External links

1935 Chicago Cubs season

The 1935 Chicago Cubs season was the 64th season for the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 60th in the National League and the 20th at Wrigley Field. The season saw the Cubs finish with 100 wins for the first time in 25 years; they would not win 100 games in another season until 2016. The Cubs won their 14th National League pennant in team history and faced the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, but lost in six games.

The 1935 season is largely remembered for the Cubs' 21-game winning streak. The streak began on September 4 with the Cubs 2.5 games out of first place. They would not lose again until September 28. The streak propelled the Cubs to the National League pennant. The 21-game winning streak tied the franchise and major league record set in 1880 when they were known as the Chicago White Stockings.

1935 Detroit Tigers season

The 1935 Detroit Tigers won the 1935 World Series, defeating the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 2. The season was their 35th since they entered the American League in 1901. It was the first World Series championship for the Tigers.

1935 in baseball

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

1936 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1936 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. This was Detroit's second appearance in the Final and Toronto's sixth. Detroit would win the series 3–1 to win their first Stanley Cup.

1937 Detroit Tigers season

The 1937 Detroit Tigers finished in second place in the American League with a record of 89–65. The team finished 13 games behind the New York Yankees. Their winning percentage of .578 ranks as the 15th best season in Detroit Tigers history.

1945 World Series

The 1945 World Series matched the American League Champion Detroit Tigers against the National League Champion Chicago Cubs. The Tigers won the Series four games to three, giving them their second championship and first since 1935.

Paul Richards picked up four runs batted in in the seventh game of the series, to lead the Tigers to the 9–3 game win, and 4–3 Series win.

The World Series again used the 3–4 wartime setup for home field sites, instead of the normal 2–3–2. Although the major hostilities of World War II had ended, some of the rules were still in effect. Many of the majors' better players were still in military service. Warren Brown, author of a history of the Cubs in 1946, commented on this by titling one chapter "World's Worst Series". He also cited a famous quote of his, referencing himself anonymously and in the third person. When asked who he liked in the Series, he answered, "I don't think either one of them can win it."

In a similar vein, Frank Graham jokingly called this Series "the fat men versus the tall men at the office picnic."

One player decidedly not fitting that description was the Tigers' slugger Hank Greenberg, who had been discharged from military service early. He hit the only two Tigers homers in the Series, and scored seven runs overall and also drove in seven.

The Curse of the Billy Goat originated in this Series before the start of Game 4. Having last won the Series in 1908, the Cubs owned the dubious record of both the longest league pennant drought and the longest World Series drought in history, not winning another World Series until 2016.

The Series was a rematch of the 1935 World Series. In that Series' final game, Stan Hack led off the top of the ninth inning of Game 6 with a triple but was stranded, and the Cubs lost the game and the Series. Hack was still with the Cubs in 1945. According to Warren Brown's account, Hack was seen surveying the field before the first Series game. When asked what he was doing, Hack responded, "I just wanted to see if I was still standing there on third base."

Alvin Crowder

Alvin Floyd Crowder (January 11, 1899 – April 3, 1972), nicknamed "General", was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played eleven seasons in the American League with the Washington Senators, the St. Louis Browns, and the Detroit Tigers. In 402 career games, Crowder pitched 2344.1 innings and posted a win-loss record of 167–115, with 150 complete games, 16 shutouts, and a 4.12 earned run average (ERA).

Bill Lee (right-handed pitcher)

William Crutcher "Big Bill" Lee (October 21, 1909 – June 15, 1977) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He played professionally for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Braves during the 1930s and 1940s.

Bill Walker (baseball)

William Henry Walker (October 7, 1903 – June 14, 1966) was a professional baseball left-handed pitcher over parts of ten seasons (1927–1936) with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. He was the National League ERA champion twice (in 1929 and 1931) with New York. For his career, he compiled a 97–77 record in 272 appearances with a 3.59 ERA and 626 strikeouts.

He was born and later died in East St. Louis, Illinois at the age of 62.

By Saam

Byrum Fred "By" Saam, Jr. (September 11, 1914 – January 16, 2000) was an American sportscaster. He was best known as the first full-time voice of baseball in Philadelphia.

Fabian Kowalik

Fabian Lorenz Kowalik (April 22, 1908 in Falls City, Texas – August 14, 1954 in Karnes City, Texas), was a professional baseball pitcher. He played in the Major League Baseball from 1932 to 1936 for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Bees.

He pitched for the Cubs in the 1935 World Series, despite only playing 20 regular season games. His sole appearance came in Game 2, pitching 4⅓ innings and giving up one unearned run, as well as scoring a single in the 7th inning.After getting married in February 1936, Kowalik arrived at spring training for the 1936 season out of shape. After recording an 0-2 record in six games, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on the 21st of May. His season didn't improve - Kowalik posted an 1-5 record and an ERA of 5.38 in twenty-two games. Placed on waivers, Kowalik was picked up by the Atlanta Braves on the 6th of September, and played his last MLB game against his old team, the Phillies, on the 27th of September. Replacing Hal Lee in left field, Kowalik hit an RBI single in a 4-3 loss. Kowalik played in the minors from 1937 to 1940, retiring due to persistent arm injuries and lack of form.

Flea Clifton

Herman Earl "Flea" Clifton (December 12, 1909 – December 22, 1997), was a professional baseball player for 13 years from 1930 to 1943. He played parts of four season in Major League Baseball as an infielder for the Detroit Tigers from 1934 to 1937. He was a member of the 1935 Detroit Tigers team and was the starting third baseman in the 1935 World Series.

Clifton also played 12 years of minor league baseball, including stints with Raleigh Capitals (1930–1931), Beaumont Exporters (1932–1933), Toledo Mud Hens (1936–1937), Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–1941), Oklahoma City Indians (1941–1942), Fort Worth Cats (1942), and Minneapolis Millers (1943). After retiring from baseball in 1944, Clifton worked in the insurance business in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 40 years.

George Moriarty

George Joseph Moriarty (July 7, 1884 – April 8, 1964) was an American third baseman, umpire and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1903 to 1940. He played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Highlanders, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago White Sox from 1903 to 1916.

Goose Goslin

Leon Allen "Goose" Goslin (October 16, 1900 – May 15, 1971) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball known for his powerful left-handed swing and dependable clutch hitting. He played 18 seasons with the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns, and Detroit Tigers, from 1921 until 1938. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968.

Hub Walker

Harvey Willos "Hub" Walker (August 17, 1906 – November 26, 1982) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played five seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1931, 1935, 1945) and Cincinnati Reds (1936–1937). Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Walker was the brother of Major League player, Gee Walker. Hub and his younger brother, Gee, were teammates both at the University of Mississippi and with the Detroit Tigers in 1931 and 1935. Hub Walker played in 297 Major League games, 211 in the outfield. Walker had a career . 263 batting average with a .354 on-base percentage.

Brother Gee Walker played for the Tigers in their 1935 World Series championship, and Hub played for the Tigers a decade later in their 1945 World Series championship.

Hub Walker joined the Detroit Tigers late in the 1945 season after serving three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Having had only 32 plate appearances, Walker was ineligible for the World Series, but MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler waived the rules to allow the returning World War II veteran to play in the Series. Walker played in two games of the 1945 World Series for the Tigers, getting a double and scoring a run in two World Series at bats as a pinch hitter.

Walker also played in the minor leagues for the Minneapolis Millers and Toledo Mud Hens.

Hub Walker died in 1982 at age 76 in San Jose, California.Hub Walker donated his papers to the University of Mississippi Library. The papers available there include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and a notebook of World War II reminiscences.

Jo-Jo White

Joyner Clifford "Jo-Jo" White (June 1, 1909 – October 9, 1986) was an American center fielder in professional baseball. He played nine seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1932–38), Philadelphia Athletics (1943–44), and Cincinnati Reds (1944). Born in Red Oak, Georgia, Joyner White was known as "Jo-Jo" because of the way he pronounced the name of his native state of Georgia.

The 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 165 lb (75 kg) White batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He began his playing career in minor league baseball in 1928 and after four full years of apprenticeship, he made the Tigers' roster at age 22 at the outset of the 1932 season.

Joe Sullivan (pitcher)

Joe Sullivan (September 26, 1910 – April 8, 1985), was a Major League pitcher who played five season in the Major Leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1935–1936), Boston Red Sox (1939–1940), Boston Braves (1941), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1941). In five major league seasons, Sullivan had a record of 30–37 with a 4.01 ERA. A knuckleball specialist, Sullivan once pitched 12 straight innings of scoreless relief.

Born in Mason City, Illinois, Sullivan's family moved west, where he graduated from Silverdale (now Central Kitsap) High School in 1928. Sullivan was a three-sport player at Silverdale High. [1]

After high school, Sullivan played semi-pro ball for the Bremerton Cruisers of the Northwest League. In 1929, Sullivan played for New Westminster of the Vancouver City League. In 1930, Bloedel-Donovan Lumber Co. of Port Angeles took him to a 16-team state tournament where Sullivan signed with New York Yankees scout Bill Essick. [2] That season, he played with Hollywood of the Pacific Coast League. After being released, Sullivan went to Tucson to play in the Arizona State League.

The Detroit Tigers bought his contract in 1932 and sent him to Beaumont of the Texas League. Returning to play for Hollywood in 1934, a 25–11 season earned him his first shot in the bigs the following year. [3]

Sullivan broke into the major leagues in 1935 with a Detroit Tigers team that went on to win its first World Series Championship in Sullivan's rookie season. Sullivan started 12 games for the 1935 Tigers and had a 3.51 ERA. Sullivan did not appear in the 1935 World Series.

In 1936, Sullivan's performance lagged, as his ERA jumped to 6.78 in 26 games (22 in relief). He finished the 1936 season 2–5 and did not pitch in the major leagues in 1937 or 1938.

In 1939, Sullivan was given a second chance by the Boston Braves. He played three seasons with the Braves, but never had a winning record. In June 1941, Sullivan was purchased from the Braves by the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he pitched in 16 games and finally had a winning record of 4–1. Despite having his first winning record with the Pirates, Sullivan never played another game in major league baseball.

After his 1941 season with Pittsburgh, Sullivan played for Portland of the Pacific Coast League. In 1943 he played for the Bremerton Cruisers and then pitched home games for the original Kitsap BlueJackets in 1946, then of the class-B Western International League. [4]

In 1945, he began a career with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where he eventually became fire chief and worked until 1970.[5]

Sullivan died April 8, 1985 in Sequim, Washington, after a long bout with cancer. [6]

Mickey Cochrane

Gordon Stanley "Mickey" Cochrane (April 6, 1903 – June 28, 1962), nicknamed "Black Mike", was an American professional baseball player, manager and coach. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers. Cochrane was considered one of the best catchers in baseball history and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.Cochrane was born in Massachusetts and was a multi-sport athlete at Boston University. After college, he chose baseball over basketball and football. He made his major league debut in 1925, having spent only one season in the minor leagues. He was chosen as the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player in 1928 and he appeared in the World Series from 1929 to 1931. Philadelphia won the first two of those World Series, but Cochrane was criticized for giving up stolen bases when his team lost the series in 1931. Cochrane's career batting average (.320) stood as a record for MLB catchers until 2009.

Cochrane's career ended abruptly after a near-fatal head injury from a pitched ball in 1937. After his professional baseball career, he served in the United States Navy in World War II and ran an automobile business. Cochrane died of cancer in 1962. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked him 65th on its list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

Pete Fox

Ervin "Pete" Fox (March 8, 1909 – July 5, 1966) was an American professional baseball player from 1930 to 1946. He played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball, principally as a right fielder, for the Detroit Tigers from 1933 to 1940 and the Boston Red Sox from 1941 to 1945. Though his given name was Ervin, Fox became known as "Pete" in 1932 when fans in Beaumont, Texas, dubbed him "Rabbit" in reference to his speed, with the nickname reportedly evolving into "Peter Rabbit" and then simply "Pete".

Fox compiled a .298 career batting average and finished among the American League leaders in batting average four times—8th in 1935 (.321), 10th in 1937 (.331), 9th in 1943 (.288), and 6th in 1944 (.315). His .321 average in 1935 was third highest on the Tigers team that defeated the Chicago Cubs in the 1935 World Series. Fox also ranked among the American League leaders in stolen bases on seven occasions between 1934 and 1944.

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