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1935 Boston Braves season

1935 Boston Braves
Babe Ruth's final season in majors
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Braves Field (since 1915)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1871)
  • Results
    Record 38–115 (.248)
    League place 8th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Emil Fuchs (April–August)
    Bob Quinn (August–September)
    Manager(s) Bill McKechnie
    Local television none
    Local radio Yankee Network
    (Fred Hoey)
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    The 1935 Boston Braves season saw the Braves finish with the worst record in the National League and the majors, with a record of 38 wins and 115 losses.

    In an attempt to make his dream come true to manage, Babe Ruth came to the Braves in February 1935. He was hired as vice president and assistant manager, and team owner Emil Fuchs promised Ruth a share of team profits.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    On opening day, Babe Ruth was part of all of the Braves' runs in a 4–2 win over the New York Giants. However, Ruth was only a shadow of his former self. Although he had a fairly decent season in 1934, years of high living had begun taking their toll on his conditioning. His deterioration became more pronounced in early 1935. He couldn't run, and his fielding was so terrible that three of the Braves' pitchers threatened to go on strike if Ruth was in the lineup. A month into the season, Ruth stopped hitting as well. It soon became obvious that Ruth's titles as vice president and assistant manager were mere window dressing, and that he was only on the team due to the attention he commanded. He also discovered that rather than give him a share of the Braves' profits, Fuchs expected him to invest some of his money in the team.[3]

    Seeing a team in utter collapse and realizing he was finished even as a part-time player, Ruth retired on June 1, six days after he had had what remains one of the most memorable afternoons in baseball history. He clouted what turned out to be the last three home runs of his career in a game at Forbes Field while playing the Pittsburgh Pirates. He'd wanted to quit as early as May 12, but Fuchs wanted him to hang on so he could play in every National League park. Fuchs lost control of the team soon afterward.[3]

    Despite fielding essentially the same team that finished fourth a year earlier, the 1935 season quickly turned into a debacle. In fact, their Opening Day win was the only time they were over .500 all year. They won only four games in May, and by the time Ruth retired they were 9-27, their season all but finished. They ultimately finished 38–115, the worst season in franchise history. Their .248 winning percentage is tied for the seventh-worst in baseball history, and the sixth-worst in National League hsitory. It is the second-worst in modern baseball history (behind only the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics), and the worst in modern National League history. During the season, Braves pitcher Ben Cantwell would be the last pitcher in the 20th century to lose at least 25 games in one season.[4]

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Chicago Cubs 100 54 -- .649
    St. Louis Cardinals 96 58 4 .623
    New York Giants 91 62 8.5 .595
    Pittsburgh Pirates 86 67 13.5 .562
    Brooklyn Dodgers 70 83 29.5 .458
    Cincinnati Reds 68 85 31.5 .444
    Philadelphia Phillies 64 89 35.5 .418
    Boston Braves 38 115 61.5 .248

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1935 Boston Braves
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    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 Spohrer, AlAl Spohrer 92 260 63 .242 1 16
    1B Jordan, BuckBuck Jordan 130 470 131 .279 5 35
    2B Mallon, LesLes Mallon 116 412 113 .274 2 25
    3B Whitney, PinkyPinky Whitney 126 458 125 .273 4 60
    SS Urbanski, BillyBilly Urbanski 132 514 118 .230 4 30
    OF Berger, WallyWally Berger 150 589 174 .295 34 130
    OF Lee, HalHal Lee 112 422 128 .303 0 39
    OF Thompson, TommyTommy Thompson 112 297 81 .273 4 30

    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
    Moore, RandyRandy Moore 125 407 112 .275 4 42
    Coscarart, JoeJoe Coscarart 86 284 67 .236 1 29
    Hogan, ShantyShanty Hogan 59 163 49 .301 2 25
    Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth 28 72 13 .181 6 12
    Maranville, RabbitRabbit Maranville 23 67 10 .149 0 5
    Lewis, BillBill Lewis 6 4 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
    Frankhouse, FredFred Frankhouse 40 230.2 11 15 4.76 64
    Brandt, EdEd Brandt 29 174.2 5 19 5.00 61

    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
    Cantwell, BenBen Cantwell 39 210.2 4 25 4.61 34
    Smith, BobBob Smith 46 203.1 8 18 3.94 58
    Betts, HuckHuck Betts 44 159.2 2 9 5.47 40
    Brown, BobBob Brown 15 65 1 8 6.37 17
    Rhem, FlintFlint Rhem 10 40.1 0 5 5.36 10

    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
    Benton, LarryLarry Benton 29 2 3 0 6.88 21
    Blanche, AlAl Blanche 6 0 0 0 1.56 4
    Mangum, LeoLeo Mangum 3 0 0 0 3.86 0

    Farm system

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    See also

    Notes

    1. Bill Lewis page at Baseball Reference
    2. Babe Ruth page at Baseball Reference
    3. 3.0 3.1 Neyer, Rob (2006). Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Blunders. New York City: Fireside. ISBN 0-7432-8491-7. 
    4. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.349, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    5. Shanty Hogan page at Baseball Reference
    6. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

    References