Cardinals greatest teams: 1934
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In our ongoing series following the greatest teams in Cardinals history we take a look back at one of the most entertaining and decorated teams of all time, the 1934 “Gas-House Gang” World Champion Cardinals. This team featured a few of the greatest Cardinals to ever play the game including Hall of Famer’s Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Joe Medwick, Frankie Frisch and Jesse Haines. Dean’s number 17 is retired by the Cardinals, while Frisch, Medwick and Haines are honored here at STL Cardinal Baseball.com as members of our Cardinal Legends section (read more by clicking on their names). It should be noted however ,Frisch is in the HOF as a player not a manager and Durocher is in the HOF as a manager not a player. Now let us look back and honor the great team that was the Gas house gang:
Record: 95-58 World Series Championship
Manager: Frankie Frisch (HOF)
Rotation: Dizzy Dean(HOF, 30-7, 2.66 ERA, 24 complete games, 7 shutouts, 195 K’s), Paul Dean (19-11, 3.43 ERA, 150 K’s), Tex Carleton(16-11, 4.26 ERA, 103 K’s), Bill Hallahan(8-12, 4.26 ERA, 70 K’s), Bill Walker (12-4, 3.12 ERA, 76 K’s).
Bullpen: Jesse Haines (HOF, 4-4, 3.50 ERA, 17 K’s), Jim Mooney (2-4, 5.47 ERA, 27 K’s), Dazzy Vance (1-1, 3.66 ERA, 33 K’s).
Catchers: Spud Davis (.300 AVG, 9 HR, 65 RBI), Bill LeDancey(.316 AVG, 13 HR, 40 RBI).
Infield: Ripper Collins (.333 AVG, 35 HR, 128 RBI), Frankie Frisch (HOF,.305 AVG, 3 HR, 75 RBI, 11 SB), Leo Durocher (.260 AVG, 3 HR, 70 RBI), Pepper Martin (.289 AVG, 5 HR, 49 RBI, 23 SB), Burgess Whitehead (.277 AVG, 1 HR, 24 RBI).
Outfield: Joe Medwick (HOF,.319 AVG, 18 HR, 106 RBI), Jack Rothrock (.284 AVG, 11 HR, 72 RBI), Ernie Orsatti(.300 AVG, 0 HR, 31 RBI).
MVP- Dizzy Dean
- Dizzy Dean led the majors with his 30 wins, he also led the NL in shutouts with seven, and strikeouts with 195.
- This was only the fourth time that brothers had appeared in a World Series together, with Dizzy and Paul Dean.
- The Dean brothers combined for 49 wins in 1934 more than any other brother combination in the history of baseball.
- Ripper Collins led the NL in home runs with 35.
- Pepper Martin led the NL in stolen bases with 23.
- Both of the Dean brothers combined for all four wins in the World Series.
- The Cardinals won the NL with their 95 wins.
- The Cardinals won their third World Championship beating the Detroit Tigers in seven games.