9. Joe Medwick
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 24, 1911 in Carteret, NJ USA
  • Weight: 187 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 02, 1932
  • Final Game: July 25, 1948
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1933
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1935
  • TSN All-Star - 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1936
  • TSN All-Star - 1936
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1937
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1937
  • Most Valuable Player - 1937
  • Triple Crown - 1937
  • TSN All-Star - 1937
  • TSN Guide MVP - 1937
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1938
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1938
  • TSN All-Star - 1938
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1939
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1939
  • TSN All-Star - 1939
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1940
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1941
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1942
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
 
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Debuting with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932, Joe “Ducky” Medwick (thus nicknamed because he apparently walked like that aforementioned bird) would became a major star through the 1930’s.  Before he was traded midway through the 1940 season he would have seven full seasons where he batted over .300 with four 200 Hit campaigns.  While in relative terms, Medwick was not known as an elite power hitter he did blast 152 dingers for St. Louis including a league leading 31 in 1937.  We will get back to that year later.  In addition to decent power, he was a doubles leader three times (1936-38) and had seven straight years with 40 Doubles and was also a Triples champion in 1934.

While all of this is incredible there is two major things to discuss about Joe Medwick.

The first was that he was just not a major part of the Cardinals 1934 World Series win but he made history as the first person to be thrown out of a World Series game.  Medwick slid into third where the Detroit Tigers Third Baseman, Marvin Owen, dug his foot into Medwick’s leg.  The Cardinal responded with a kick to Owen’s gut and Commissioner, Kennesaw Mountain Landis who was in attendance banished him out of the game when he retook the field.  As it turned out Medwick and the Cardinals would win the game in a rout and win the World Series that day, but it was certainly history making.

The second is fast-forwarding to 1937 where he won the National League MVP and the Triple Crown.  He batted .374 that year with a 1.056 OPS.   As of this writing nobody has done that since in the NL.  Medwick would be traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 when ownership decided that he was not worth the money he was asking for.

Medwick would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968 on his eighth attempt.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed prior to the 1932 Season.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers with Curt Davis for Carl Doyle, Bert Haas, Ernie Koy, Sam Nahem and $125,000 6/12/40.

    Acquired (2):

    Signed as a Free Agent 5/25/47.

    Departed (2):

    Released 10/14/47.

    Acquired (3):

    Signed as a Free Agent 4/18/48.

    Departed (3):

    Released 9/30/48.
  • Games Played: 1216
  • Notable Statistics: 811Runs Scored
    1,590 Hits
    377 Doubles
    81 Triples
    152 Home Runs
    923 RBI
    28 Stolen Bases
    .335/.372/.545 Slash Line
    39.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1934)

    MVP (1937)

    All Star (1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939 & 1940*)

    Highest bWAR for a Position Player (1937)

    Highest Batting Average (1937)

    Highest Slugging Percentage (1937)

    Highest OPS (1937)

    Most At Bats (1937)

    Most Runs Scored (1937)

    Most Hits (1936 & 1937)

    Most Total Bases (1935, 1936 & 1937)

    Most Doubles (1936, 1937 & 1938)

    Most Triples  (1934)

    Most Home Runs (1937)

    Most Runs Batted In (1936, 1937 & 1938)

    Highest OPS+ (1937)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1935 & 1937)

    Most Putouts by a Leftfielder (1933, 1935, 1936, 1937 & 1938)

    Most Assists by a Leftfielder (1933 & 1934)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Leftfielder (1936)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Leftfielder (1933, 1936, 1937 & 1940*)

    * Medwick was traded halfway through the season to the Brooklyn Dodgers

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