1938 Detroit Tigers season

1938 Detroit Tigers season

1938 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter Briggs, Sr.
Manager(s) Mickey Cochrane, Del Baker
Local radio WWJ (AM)
(Ty Tyson)
WXYZ
(Harry Heilmann)
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The 1938 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 84 wins and 70 losses, good enough for fourth place in the American League. Hank Greenberg hit 58 home runs, and became the first unanimous selection as the American League MVP.

Offseason

Regular season

The highight of the 1938 season was first baseman Hank Greenberg challenging the single-season home run record held by Babe Ruth (60). Hank went into the season's final weekend against the Cleveland Indians with 58 home runs, but failed to homer on Saturday or Sunday. He did tie Jimmie Foxx's record for a right-handed hitter, set in 1932.[2]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 99 53 .651 --
Boston Red Sox 88 61 .591 9.5
Cleveland Indians 86 66 .566 13.0
Detroit Tigers 84 70 .545 16.0
Washington Senators 75 76 .497 23.5
Chicago White Sox 65 83 .439 32.0
St. Louis Browns 55 97 .362 44.0
Philadelphia Athletics 53 99 .349 46.0

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
C York, RudyRudy York 135 463 138 .298 33 127
1B Greenberg, HankHank Greenberg 155 556 175 .315 58 146
2B Gehringer, CharlieCharlie Gehringer 152 568 174 .306 20 107
3B Ross, DonDon Ross 77 265 69 .260 1 30
SS Rogell, BillyBilly Rogell 136 501 130 .259 3 55
OF Walker, DixieDixie Walker 127 454 140 .308 6 43
OF Fox, PetePete Fox 155 634 186 .293 7 96
OF Morgan, ChetChet Morgan 74 306 87 .284 0 27

Other batters

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
Christman, MarkMark Christman 95 318 79 .248 1 44
White, Jo-JoJo-Jo White 78 206 54 .262 0 15
Laabs, ChetChet Laabs 64 211 50 .237 7 37
Tebbetts, BirdieBirdie Tebbetts 53 143 42 .294 1 25
Piet, TonyTony Piet 41 80 17 .213 0 14
Cullenbine, RoyRoy Cullenbine 25 67 19 .284 0 9
Hayworth, RayRay Hayworth 8 19 4 .211 0 5
McCoy, BennyBenny McCoy 7 15 3 .200 0 0
Archie, GeorgeGeorge Archie 3 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kennedy, VernVern Kennedy 33 190.1 12 9 5.06 53
Gill, GeorgeGeorge Gill 24 164 12 9 4.12 30
Auker, EldenElden Auker 27 160.2 11 10 5.27 46
Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges 25 151 13 9 4.59 101
Rowe, SchoolboySchoolboy Rowe 4 21 0 2 3.00 4

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lawson, RoxieRoxie Lawson 27 127 8 9 5.46 39
Poffenberger, BootsBoots Poffenberger 25 125 6 7 4.82 28
Eisenstat, HarryHarry Eisenstat 32 125.1 9 6 3.72 37
Benton, AlAl Benton 19 95.1 5 3 3.30 33
Harris, BobBob Harris 3 10 1 0 7.20 7

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Coffman, SlickSlick Coffman 39 4 4 2 6.02 31
Wade, JakeJake Wade 27 3 2 0 6.56 23
Rogalski, JoeJoe Rogalski 2 0 0 0 2.57 2
Davis, WoodyWoody Davis 2 0 0 0 1.50 1

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
A1 Beaumont Exporters Texas League Al Vincent
C Charleston Senators Middle Atlantic League Paul O'Malley
D Andalusia Bulldogs Alabama-Florida League Yam Yaryan
D Beckley Bengals Mountain State League Eli Harris
D Tiffin Mud Hens Ohio State League Tony Rogala
D Harlingen Hubs Texas Valley League Jake Atz
D Hobbs Boosters West Texas-New Mexico League Neal Rabe

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Beaumont, Beckley, Harlingen[3]

Notes

  1. ^ Mike Tresh page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Hank Greenberg Facts from". The Baseball Page.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

External links

  • 1938 Detroit Tigers season at Baseball Reference