1930 Chicago Cubs season

1930 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) William Wrigley, Jr.
Manager(s) Joe McCarthy, Rogers Hornsby
Local television none
Local radio WCFL
(John O'Hara)
(Bob Elson, Quin Ryan)
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The 1930 Chicago Cubs season was the 59th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 55th in the National League and the 15th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were managed by Joe McCarthy and Rogers Hornsby for the final four games of the season. They finished in second place in Major League Baseball's National League with a record of 90–64. In the peak year of the lively ball era, the Cubs scored 998 runs, third most in the majors. Future Hall of Famers Kiki Cuyler, Gabby Hartnett, and Hack Wilson led the offense.

Regular season

Hack Wilson set a major league record for most RBIs in one season with 191.[1] Wilson's 1930 season was considered one of the best ever by a hitter. In addition to hitting 56 home runs, leading the league with 105 walks, and boasting a batting average of .356, he drove in 191 runs, a mark that remains one of the most untouchable MLB records. (For years, record books gave the total as 190, until research in 1999 showed that an RBI credited by an official scorer to Charlie Grimm actually belonged to Wilson.) He recorded that total without hitting a grand slam.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 9262 0.597 53–24 39–38
Chicago Cubs 9064 0.584 2 51–26 39–38
New York Giants 8767 0.565 5 46–31 41–36
Brooklyn Robins 8668 0.558 6 49–28 37–40
Pittsburgh Pirates 8074 0.519 12 42–35 38–39
Boston Braves 7084 0.455 22 39–38 31–46
Cincinnati Reds 5995 0.383 33 37–40 22–55
Philadelphia Phillies 52102 0.338 40 35–42 17–60

Record vs. opponents

1930 National League Records

Boston 9–135–1713–911–1114–810–128–14
Brooklyn 13–98–1413–913–915–713–911–11
Chicago 17–514–811–1110–1216–6–211–1111–11
Cincinnati 9–139–1311–117–1512–108–143–19
New York 11–119–1312–1015–716–614–810–12
Philadelphia 8–147–156–16–210–126–169–136–16
Pittsburgh 12–109–1311–1114–88–1413–913–9
St. Louis 14–811–1111–1119–312–1016–69–13


1930 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
CGabby Hartnett141508172.33937122
1BCharlie Grimm114429124.289666
2BFootsie Blair134578158.273659
3BWoody English156638214.3351459
SSClyde Beck8324452.213634
OFRiggs Stephenson109341125.367568
OFKiki Cuyler156642228.35513134
OFHack Wilson155585208.35656191

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
Rogers Hornsby4210432.308218


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
Pat Malone45271.22093.14142
Charlie Root37220.116144.33124
Sheriff Blake34186.210144.8280
Hal Carlson851.2425.0514

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
Guy Bush4622515106.2075

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
Bill McAfee20000.000

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Kiki Cuyler

  • MLB leader in stolen bases (37)
  • #2 in NL in runs scored (155)
  • #3 in NL in RBI (134)

Woody English

  • #3 in NL in runs scored (152)

Gabby Hartnett

  • #4 in NL in home runs (37)

Pat Malone

  • NL leader in wins (20)
  • #3 in NL in strikeouts (142)
  • #4 in NL in ERA (3.94)

Charlie Root

  • #4 in NL in strikeouts (124)

Hack Wilson

  • MLB leader in home runs (56)
  • MLB leader in RBI (191)
  • NL leader in slugging percentage (.723)
  • #3 in NL in on-base percentage (.454)
  • #4 in NL in runs scored (146)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Reading Keys International League Harry Hinchman and Bob Jones
AA Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League Jack Lelivelt



  1. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats21.shtml
  2. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007


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