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1935 Boston Braves season

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, as years of high living had made a shambles of his conditioning. He couldn't run, and his fielding was so terrible that three of the Braves' pitchers threatened to go on strike if Ruth were 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 as a 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. The Braves finished 38-115, the worst season in franchise history. Their .248 winning percentage is the third-worst in baseball history (behind only the 1899 Cleveland Spiders and 1916 Philadelphia Athletics) and the second-worst in modern baseball 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

Level Team League Manager
AA Seattle Indians Pacific Coast League Dutch Ruether
A Harrisburg Senators New York-Pennsylvania League Art Shires
D McKeesport Braves Pennsylvania State Association Wilbur Cooper

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See also

Notes

References

  • Boston Braves team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1935 Boston Braves team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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