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229. Wally Berger
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 10, 1905 in Chicago, IL USA
  • Weight: 198 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 15, 1930
  • Final Game: July 04, 1940
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1933
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1933
  • TSN All-Star - 1933
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1935
  • MVP - 1932
  • MVP - 1933
  • MVP - 1934
  • MVP - 1935
  • MVP - 1936
 
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Wally Berger was one of the better sluggers of the National League in the first half of the 1930s, and the Boston Braves were lucky to have him. 

Berger had a spectacular rookie season in 1930 where the Outfielder batted .310 and blasted 38 Home Runs, which would be his career-high.  His power dipped below the 20 HR mark in the next two years, but he batted over .300 in his first four seasons.  

When the Majors debuted their All-Star Game in 1933, Berger was a part of the first four.  In those four seasons, Berger would have at least 25 Home Runs, and in 1935, he won the Home Run Title (34) and the RBI Title (139), and he was sixth in MVP voting.  Berger also finished third for the MVP in 1933. 

Berger's skills eroded in 1937, and he was injured for the second half of his career.  He was traded to the New York Giants during the '37 season, and he would finish his career playing for Cincinnati and Philadelphia (NL).

He retired with a lifetime Batting Average of .300 with 242 Home Runs.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    All-Star (4) (1933, 1934, 1935 & 1936)
    Most Home Runs (1) (NL) (1935)
    Most Runs Batted In (1) (NL) (1935)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1933, 3rd) & (NL: 1935, 6th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Batting Average)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Triples)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    1 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Power-Speed #)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    65.   Slugging Percentage: .522
    96.   OPS+: 138
    99.   OPS: .881

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1956: 0.5%
    1958: 0.8%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Boston Brave

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