Jump to content


Historic Tiger Baseball #42--1935 AL Pennant and World Series

Recommended Posts


Today's Featured Tiger Event


1935 AL Pennant and

World Series


(click on hot linked title for statistics and box scores)

Detroit’s baseball fans had high expectations for the 1935 Detroit Tigers. After crushing the American League in ‘34 and coming within one game of their first baseball World Championship, Navin Field was abuzz during the 1935 season. Coming off arguably their greatest season to date, the hometown team averaged 13,100 fans per contest. The next highest total was New York who hosted an average of only 8,885 fans per game. The total attendance at Tiger home games in ’35 was 1,034,929. That was the highest total in franchise history and only the second time in team history that the one million mark was topped.


After losing the World Series in seven games in 1934, Detroit

readied for the new campaign with its fine mound corps intact.

Shown here during spring training at Henley Field are the pitchers

manager Mickey Cochrane would rely on to bring another flag to

Detroit. Left to right: Tommy Bridges, Fred Marberry, Elden Auker,

Vic Sorrell, Alvin Crowder, Chief Hogsett, Schoolboy Rowe.

The local nine gave Detroiters quite a bit to cheer about, as well. Hank Greenberg provided plenty of opportunities for excitement all on his own. The heart of the Tigers’ renown G-Men offense, Greenberg led the junior circuit with 36 homeruns, 170 runs batted in and 398 total bases. Hammerin’ Hank also finished second in the A.L. in slugging percentage (.636) and doubles (46), third in runs scored (121) and triples (16) while his 203 hits were good for fourth in the A.L.

In spite of Greenberg’s prolific offensive output, he had an incredible 103 RBIs at the All-Star Break, Hank somehow wasn’t selected for the All-Star Game. His fine season did not go without some personal reward, though, as Greenberg garnered the 1937 American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Not surprisingly, the rest of the G-Men had fine seasons, as well. Charlie Gehringer provided his usually steady offensive numbers. The Mechanical Man hit .330 which was good for fifth place in the A.L, as were his 201 hits. He also drove in 108 runs and scored 123 times which was the second best total in the league.

Other notable numbers came from Goose Goslin, who added 109 RBI to the Tigers’ attack. Player/manager Mickey Cochrane finished third in the A.L. in on base percentage at .452. Overall, the Tigers’ offense finished first in runs (919), runs per game (6.05), walks (627), batting average (.290) and slugging percentage (.435).

Like all good teams, the bengals of ‘35 could pitch, too. Tommy Bridges won 21 games (third in the A.L.) while pitching 23 complete games and tossing four shutouts along the way. Bridges’ 163 strikeouts were the best mark in the A.L. Schoolboy Rowe finished second in K’s with 140 while winning 19 games. Rowe hurled 21 complete games of his own and led the American League with six shutouts.

While their record wasn’t quite as good as in 1934, the ‘35 Tigers finished with a 93-58 season. It was three game better than the Yankees and good enough for Detroit to capture it’s second straight A.L. pennant. For the fifth time in team history, the Tigers advanced to the World Series.


Their opponent was an old post-season foe, the Chicago Cubs--winners of 21 consecutive games in September .The Cubs had defeated the Ty Cobb-Sam Crawford led Tigers in consecutive World Series, 1907-08. This Chicago team featured an offense led by Stan Hack, Billy Herman and Gabby Hartnett. Their pitching staff featured two twenty game winners, Bill Lee and Lon Warnecke. But the fortunes of one of these teams would change in 1935.

By the time the late stages of Game 6 of the 1935 World Series rolled around, there was little clue as to which club would shake off its postseason funk and which would endure more agony. The Cubs were trailing in the Series, three games to two, but this contest was knotted at 3-3 in the top of the ninth and Chicago's Stan Hack was perched on third base with no one out. Hack had just tripled off Detroit curveballer Tommy Bridges, driving the ball over the head of center fielder Gee Walker.

Bridges, whose 21 victories paced the Detroit pitching staff '35, was in an unenviable -- but not hopeless -- situation. While the potential Series-tying run was 90 feet down the third-base line, Bridges wasn't going against the heart of the Cubs' order. Instead, eighth-place hitter Billy Jurges, pitcher Larry French and leadoff man Augie Galan were due up.

Bridges was up to the challenge. First, he struck out Jurges. Then, he induced French to ground back to the mound, with Hack holding third. And finally he got Galan to fly out. Whatever the threesome the Cubs had sent to the plate, it was a textbook piece of clutch pitching.

Now the Tigers could win it -- not only the game, but their first World Series -- with a run in the last of the ninth. After French struck out Flea Clifton, Mickey Cochrane slapped a single off second baseman Billy Herman's glove and the Tigers' manager/catcher advanced to second on Gehringer's groundout. Goose Goslin, who had performed so admirably for the Washington Senators in World Series competition, who had delivered the 12th-inning hit that won Game 2 of the '34 Series for Detroit, was up next. Goslin, in what would be his 129th and last at-bat in World Series play, banged a single to right field and Cochrane scored from second with the decisive run.

Detroit -- the team and the city -- went bonkers.

The Tigers had won the hard way -- without slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg, who missed the last four games of the Series after breaking his wrist in Game 2. With Greenberg on the sideline, Detroit switched third baseman Marv Owen to first and inserted Clifton at Owen's usual position. Owen and Clifton went 1-for-36 in the Series.

Greenberg had helped Detroit even the Series at a game apiece, capping a four-run Tigers first inning in Game 2 with a two-run home run off Charlie Root (who, in his first Series appearance since being victimized by Babe Ruth's "called shot" homer in 1932, failed to retire a batter as the Cubs' starter). Detroit went on to win, 8-3, on Bridges' six-hitter. Chicago's Lon Warneke had won the Series opener, 3-0, giving up only four hits.

Jo Jo White's run-scoring single in the 11th inning of Game 3 lifted Detroit to a 6-5 triumph after Schoolboy Rowe, working in relief, had blown a 5-3 lead in the ninth. The Tigers made it three straight victories the next day when Alvin Crowder outdueled Tex Carleton, 2-1.

The Cubs rebounded in Game 5 as Chuck Klein hammered a two-run homer and Warneke pitched six shutout innings before leaving because of a sore shoulder. Bill Lee finished up for Warneke as the Cubs posted a 3-1 triumph, setting the stage for the sixth-game dramatics.

Right fielder Pete Fox, who doubled home Detroit's first run in the finale, was the leading hitter in the Series with a .385 average. Gehringer batted .375 for the Tigers after hitting .379 in the previous year's fall classic. Herman, who drove in all three of the Cubs' runs in Game 6, had a Series-high six RBIs and tied Klein for Chicago's batting lead with a .333 mark. The Tigers' Bridges and the Cubs' Warneke each were 2-0.

This article is a nearly word-for-word splice from the following two links:



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Those Tiger teams of the 30s were the best the ones they ever had. I wish I could have followed those teams. Gehringer, in particular, is one of my all-time favorites.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Detroit was really the "City of Champions" at this time. In 1935 the Tigers won the World Series and the Lions won the NFL championship. The Red Wings then won the Stanley Cup in both the 1935-'36 and 1936-'37 seasons. The city must have gotten used to some pretty high expectations.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Pete Fox was my Dad's favorite. If my math is correct, he was 8 when Detroit won their first Series in 1935.

At one time I had the 1935 media guide, and I took a couple photos of it before selling it. I'll have to root around and see if I still have them ....

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


The 1935 World Series at Navin Field (later Tiger Stadium), Detroit. This is the

Trumbull Ave. side of the stadium.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I once saw a photo of a crowd in downtown Detroit in October of 1935, after the Tigers clinched this series. I wish I could find that photograph. The crowd was euphoric. It must have been an amazing spectacle.

Consider this: our most recent memory of a Tigers World Championship was a mere 16 years after the previous one. We've "only" waited 21 years since '84. The fans in '68 had suffered for a full 23 years before raising the banners once again.

The 1935 Detroit Tigers' championship season broke a 34 year drought (and if you go back to the 1887 Wolverines, it's 48 years). We lament our enduring pain as Tigers fans, and yet the length of that atrocious drought is a Detroit record that still stands today.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


In the 1935 World Series, Goose Goslin's RBI single in Game

6 beat the Cubs and made the Tigers world champions.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...