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1937 St. Louis Cardinals season

1937 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Sportsman's Park (since 1920)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (since 1882)
  • Results
    Record 81–73 (.526)
    League place 4th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Sam Breadon
    Manager(s) Frankie Frisch
    Local radio KMOX
    (France Laux, Jim Alt)
    KWK
    (Ray Schmidt, John O'Hara, Allan Anthony)
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    The 1937 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 56th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 46th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 81–73 during the season and finished 4th in the National League.

    Offseason

    At the start of January 1937, general manager Branch Rickey named Robert L. Finch vice president of all Cardinals minor league baseball teams.[1] Their star pitcher, Dizzy Dean, spent the preseason in a contract dispute, even threatening to quit baseball. He finally signed for an estimated $24,000 on March 19.[2]

    Regular season

    As the season was set to begin, the Cardinals were considered the favorites to win the National League and face the New York Yankees in the 1937 World Series.[3]

    Outfielder Joe Medwick won the MVP Award this year, batting .374, with 31 home runs and 154 RBIs. Conversely, Dizzy Dean battled injuries, staged a mid-game strike, engaged in multiple fights and was even suspended for a time. Dean finished with a 13–10 record and only one win after the All-Star Break and was named the "biggest bust of the year" by an Associated Press poll after the season.[2]

    Season summary

    The Cardinals started their season strongly, winning seven of their first eight games and jumping out to a 1½-game lead by the end of April. They were in second place as late as June 27, just half a game out of first place with a record of 35–24. However, they never rose any higher, spending the rest of the year in either third or fourth place, ending the season by losing six of eight and with their largest deficit of the year of 15 games out of first place.[4]

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    New York Giants 95 57 .625
    Chicago Cubs 93 61 3 .604
    Pittsburgh Pirates 86 68 10 .558
    St. Louis Cardinals 81 73 15 .526
    Boston Bees 79 73 16 .520
    Brooklyn Dodgers 62 91 33½ .405
    Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 34½ .399
    Cincinnati Reds 56 98 40 .364

    Roster

    1937 St. Louis Cardinals
    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
    OF Medwick, JoeJoe Medwick 156 633 237 .374 31 154

    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
    Frisch, FrankieFrankie Frisch 17 32 7 .219 0 4

    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
    Dean, DizzyDizzy Dean 27 197.1 13 10 2.69 120

    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

    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
    Blake, SheriffSheriff Blake 14 0 3 0 3.71 20
    Andrews, NateNate Andrews 4 0 0 0 4.00 6
    Dean, PaulPaul Dean 1 0 0 0 0

    Farm system

    References

    1. "Rickey Names Finch Cardinal Official". Los Angeles Times. January 3, 1937. p. A7. 
    2. 2.0 2.1 "Dean Biggest 'Bust' of Year". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. December 21, 1937. p. 9. 
    3. "Yankees, Cardinals Scribes' Favorites". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. March 24, 1937. p. 9. 
    4. 1937 Cardinals Schedule and Results
    5. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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