1933 Negro National League

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The 1933 Negro National League marked the return of the Negro National League name. While the 1920s edition of the NNL was a midwestern league, anchored by Chicago and Kansas City, the second edition was an eastern circuit primarily, with cities like Pittsburgh, New York and Baltimore. The 1933 NNL did still have a midwestern contingent, though. The league's first season had plenty of issues, with only three teams (Chicago, which had to move to Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; Nashville) surviving the full year. The Homestead Grays were expelled mid-season for raiding Detroit of players, Indianapolis had to move to Detroit due to poor attendance and teams in Akron and Cleveland not lasting.

Standings[edit]

Rank Team G W T L WPCT GB
1 Pittsburgh Crawfords 65 41 21 3 .661 --
2 Chicago American Giants 64 41 22 1 .651 0.5
3 Homestead Grays 30 14 14 2 .500 10.0
4 Cleveland Giants 1 0 1 0 .000 10.5
5 Nashville Elite Giants 42 19 22 1 .463 11.5
6 Akron Grays 10 3 7 0 .300 12.0
7 Baltimore Sox 31 13 18 0 .419 12.5
8 Columbus Blue Birds 42 15 27 0 .357 16.0
9 Indianapolis ABCs/Detroit Stars 48 17 31 0 .354 17.0
The Homestead Grays were expelled from the league for raiding the Detroit Stars; Cleveland, Akron, Baltimore, Columbus and Detroit/Indianapolis did not complete the season

League leaders[edit]

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

Batting[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Cool Papa Bell Pittsburgh Crawfords 73
At Bats Cool Papa Bell Pittsburgh Crawfords 295
Runs Scored Oscar Charleston Pittsburgh Crawfords 66
Hits Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords 94
Doubles Oscar Charleston Pittsburgh Crawfords 19
Triples Oscar Charleston
Josh Gibson
Pittsburgh Crawfords
Pittsburgh Crawfords
7
Home Runs Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords 18
Runs Batted In Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords 74
Stolen Bases Cool Papa Bell Pittsburgh Crawfords 16
Walks Cool Papa Bell Pittsburgh Crawfords 28
Hit-by-Pitch Goose Curry Nashville Elite Giants 6
Sacrifice Hits Anthony Cooper Pittsburgh Crawfords
Baltimore Black Sox
11
Batting Average Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords .395
On-Base Percentage Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords .442
Slugging Percentage Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords .744
On-Base plus Slugging Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords 1186
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Josh Gibson Pittsburgh Crawfords 218

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Bertrum Hunter Pittsburgh Crawfords/Akron Grays 11
Losses Bill Byrd Columbus Blue Birds 8
Win-Loss Percentage Tom Richardson Baltimore Black Sox 0.833
Appearances Leroy Matlock Pittsburgh Crawfords 21
Games Started Bertrum Hunter
Leroy Matlock
Pittsburgh Crawfords/Akron Grays
Pittsburgh Crawfords
15
Complete Games Leroy Matlock Pittsburgh Crawfords 11
Shutouts Bertrum Hunter
Leroy Matlock
Pittsburgh Crawfords/Akron Grays
Pittsburgh Crawfords
2
Saves Six tied 1
Innings Pitched Leroy Matlock Pittsburgh Crawfords 148 1/3
Batters Faced Leroy Matlock Pittsburgh Crawfords 606
Hits Allowed Leroy Matlock Pittsburgh Crawfords 137
Home Runs Allowed Columbus Vance Indianapolis ABCs-Detroit Stars 7
Base-on-Balls Allowed Sug Cornelius Chicago American Giants 40
Hit Batsmen Slim Jones Baltimore Black Sox 6
Strikeouts Leroy Matlock Pittsburgh Crawfords 100
Wild Pitches Slim Jones Baltimore Black Sox 2
Runs Allowed William Bell Pittsburgh Crawfords 73
Earned Runs Allowed William Bell Pittsburgh Crawfords 62
Earned Run Average Satchel Paige Pittsburgh Crawfords 1.94
WHIP Satchel Paige Pittsburgh Crawfords 0.83

All-Star Game[edit]

The first East-West Game was held at Comiskey Park September 10. In the 1933 East-West Game, the NNL had most of the players on both the East and West teams. The West prevailed, 11-7, with Chicago's Willie Foster getting a complete-game win.

Sources: The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway, Seamheads database (accessed 12/23/2020), Agate Type blog