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Old 11-28-2019, 12:42 PM   #48
Jamee999
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1938

Changes
  • Random relocation - The Providence Angels were selected for relocation, having not had a winning record since 1929. I used the Census List of Population of the 100 Largest Urban Places in the US in 1940. I picked a city at random from the top 50. They moved to Dayton, Ohio.
  • Award winner rand - NL ROY Cliff Melton (Cincinnati) was randomly assigned to the St. Louis Browns.
  • Mass adjust finances (smaller) - Finances were mass-adjusted by -5%.
Off-Season
- The Rangers traded second baseman Charlie Gehringer to Cincinnati for starter Oral Hildebrand.

American League
St. Louis Browns (101-53)
Baltimore Orioles (90-64)
New York Yankees (89-65)
Minnesota Twins (85-69)
Washington Senators (84-70)
Chicago White Sox (82-72)
Boston Red Sox (81-73)
Texas Rangers (80-74)
Detroit Tigers (79-75)
Cleveland Indians (77-77)
Dayton Angels (72-82)
Kansas City Royals (63-91)
Nashville Sounds (51-103)
Toronto Blue Jays (44-110)

AL MVP: Hal Trosky (Washington)
AL CYA: Pete Donohue (Chicago) (10th award, 3rd in AL)
AL ROY: Sam Chapman (Dayton)

National League
Louisville Colonels (102-52)
Milwaukee Brewers (92-62)
Brooklyn Dodgers (91-63)
Chicago Cubs (91-63)
Pittsburgh Pirates (82-72)
Boston Braves (81-73)
Philadelphia Phillies (79-75)
Cincinnati Reds (77-77)
Montreal Expos (77-77)
St. Louis Cardinals (76-78)
Indianapolis Hoosiers (64-90)
New York Giants (63-91)
Newark Bears (56-98)
Durham Bulls (47-107)

NL MVP: Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) (3rd award)
NL MOP: Larry French (Cincinnati) (4th award)
NL ROY: Joe Gordon (Durham)

Statistical Leaders
Batting Average: Hal Trosky (Washington) .287, Hank Greenberg (Brooklyn) .271
Home Runs: Hal Trosky (Washington) 53, Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) 51
Runs Batted In: Hal Trosky (Washington) 136, Hank Greenberg (Brooklyn) 137
Stolen Bases: Ben Chapman (Baltimore) 14, Luke Appling (Chicago) 17
WAR: Hal Trosky (Washington) 11.5, Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) 14.5

Wins: Pete Donohue (St. Louis) 22, Lee Grissom (Milwaukee) 22
ERA: Pete Donohue (St. Louis) 1.13, Larry French (Cincinnati) 1.47
Strikeouts: Tommy Bridges (Chicago) 163, Carl Fischer (Chicago) 133
Saves: Bob Brown (Baltimore) 40, Bob Adams (Milwaukee) / Paul Hopkins (Philadelphia) 37
WAR: Pete Donohue (St. Louis) 11.5, Carl Fischer (Chicago) 11.1

Notes
- The Browns won the pennant for the first time since 1932. Pitchers Pete Donohue, Cliff Melton, and Snipe Hansen were crucial, while catcher Don Padgett provided value on both sides of the plate.
- Louisville returned to the World Series for the first time since 1917. DiMaggio, Joe Medwick, and Ernie Lombardi were their best hitters, while Bill Swift was at the top of the rotation.
- Trosky joined Jimmy Williams, Jack Fournier, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein, and Jimmie Foxx as winners of the AL Triple Crown.
- Johnny Mize (Minnesota) joined Trosky and DiMaggio by hitting 50 home runs for the first time.
- Lou Gehrig (Red Sox) hit .255 with 45 homers, and finished second in the AL in OPS.
- Donohue led his league in ERA for the ninth time.
- Greenberg and DiMaggio finished first and second in all three NL Triple Crown stats.

Achievements & Milestones
- Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) hit three home runs in a game.
- Ben Chapman (Baltimore) hit for the cycle.
- There were 22 no-hitters thrown. Tex Carleton (Cincinnati) pitched two.
- Travis Jackson (Minnesota), Bill Terry (Texas), and Jim Bottomley (Louisville) all passed 2000 hits.
- Babe Herman (Milwaukee) hit his 300th home run.
- Al Simmons (Minnesota) hit homer #400.
- Jimmie Foxx (Cleveland) became the fourth man to hit 500 homers.
- Carl Hubbell (Philadelphia) won his 200th game.
- Pete Donohue (Browns) joined the 350 win club. He also struck out his 2000th batter.

World Series
- St. Louis defeated Louisville, 5 games to 2.
- Joe Kuhel was series MVP. The first baseman went 10-28 with 4 RBI.
- Pete Donohue (St. Louis) threw a shutout in Game One, a 4-0 Browns win.
- The Browns scored four runs in the first inning of Game Three, on their way to a 4-2 win.
- Dom Dallessandro (Louisville) had five RBI in Game Four, as the Cols won 7-2.
- Harlond Clift (St. Louis) hit an RBI single in the top of the eleventh inning, giving the Browns a 4-3 win, and taking back the lead in the series.
- Rookie Ernie Koy (St. Louis) went 9-28, while Clift batted 8-27.
- Snipe Hansen (St. Louis) won both of his starts.
- Joe Medwick (Louisville) crushed the ball, batting 8-26 with four homers and nine RBI.
- Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) was just 3-25 in his first World Series.

Retirements
- Jim Bottomley. Six-time All-Star with a big bat, but a liability in the field. 2019 career hits, 370 homers, and a 157 OPS+. 1923 NL batting champion.
- Joe Hauser. Slugging first baseman for Quakers, Rangers, among others. 337 career homers, and a 150 OPS+. Led AL in RBI in 1925.
- Red Lucas. Louisville's ace for many years. 218-194 career record, and a 126 OPS+. Four All-Stars, and two Gold Gloves.
- Ray Roberts. Five-time All-Star closer who saved at least 20 games in nine straight seasons, and totaled 338 over his career with a 206 ERA+.
- Babe Ruth. The greatest baseball player to ever live. 3272 hits, 963 home runs, a 226 career OPS+. Retired as all-time leader in SLG, OPS, runs scored, total bases, homers, RBI, walks, and WAR. Holds the top four single-season HR marks, with 81 in 1927. Had 201 RBI in 1921, and a 1.521 OPS in 1922. 6 Triple Crowns, 15 MVP awards, 16 All-Star appearances, 17 Silver Sluggers. Four world titles with the Braves, with an NLCS MVP and two WS MVPs. He had 35 postseason homers; the next most is seven.
- Joe Sewell. Outstanding two-way shortstop who made eight All-Star teams, and won seven Silver Sluggers. 2165 career hits, and a 125 OPS+ while playing good defense.
- Earl Whitehill. Crafty lefty who retired with a 233-220 record, and a 124 ERA+. Mostly pitched for the Giants, but also the Red Sox and Texas. Workhorse who twice led his league in innings pitched.

Draft
- Toronto drafted Ted Williams first overall.
- Durham used the second choice on Charlie Keller.
- Barney McCosky went third to Nashville.
- Hal Newhouser was the first pitcher chosen, to Newark at #4.


Hal Trosky won the American League Triple Crown and MVP. Joe Kuhel was World Series MVP.
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