Moving on to the FDR years, our second MLB Monday miniseries now gives out awards that didn’t exist at the time. The 1933 season stands out for the New York Giants’ first World Series win since 1922—and their last one until 1954. Otherwise, the World Series itself was somewhat of a rushed affair, with no days off for travel on the eastern seaboard between New York and Washington, D.C. That is probably why it’s not so memorable for any other reason other than the Giants’ victory. Read on!
1933 World Series MVP: Carl Hubbell, SP, New York (NL)
The Giants dropped the Washington Senators in five games over five straight days in a matchup that was both close (two one-run games) and not close (almost a sweep). The New York stars in this Fall Classic were outfielder Mel Ott (1.222 OPS with 2 home runs and 4 RBI) and starting pitcher Carl Hubbell (2-0, 0.00 ERA, and 15 Ks in 20 IP). That’s really about it, so in a matchup where the Giants outscored the Sens by just a 16-11 margin, who gets our nod as the MVP?
Ott hit .389 to lead the New York offense, but that really isn’t a crazy number. He clearly had a great Series, but we like Hubbell for the MVP due to the timing of his starts: He won Game 1 to get his team the lead, and after Washington won Game 3 to make a 2-1 affair, Hubbell went 11 innings in Game 4 without giving up an earned run to extend his team’s lead in the Fall Classic to 3-1 overall. That was huge, denying the Senators a chance to tie it up. The Giants won Game 5 in extra innings again to clinch. Boom!
1933 AL MOTY: Joe Cronin, Washington
Player-Manager Joe Cronin led the Senators to a 7-game margin in winning the pennant, while posting a plus-6 PPP mark—the best overall in the league. That’s the double whammy that clinches this award almost every time. This was Cronin’s first season as a manager, and he wouldn’t win another pennant until 1946 when he was with the Boston Red Sox. He managed 15 seasons in the American League, and this was a very impressive debut, for sure.
1933 NL MOTY: George Gibson, Pittsburgh
The Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by 5 games to win the NL pennant, but first-year New York Manager Bill Terry posted a mere plus-1 PPP mark. Meanwhile, Pirates Manager George Gibson made the whole thing much closer than it should have been by squeezing a plus-5 PPP effort out of his roster. He basically cut the projected deficit in half with his efforts, and that earns him a third NL MOTY nod from us, including this second one in a row.