1931 St. Louis Cardinals season

1931 St. Louis Cardinals
1931 World Series Champions
1931 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 101–53 (.656)
League place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Sam Breadon
General manager(s) Branch Rickey
Manager(s) Gabby Street
Local radio KMOX
(France Laux)
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The 1931 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 50th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 40th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 101–53 during the season and finished first in the National League. In the World Series, they beat the Philadelphia Athletics in 7 games.

Regular season

Second baseman Frankie Frisch won the MVP Award this year, batting .311, with 4 home runs and 82 RBIs.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 10153 0.656 54–24 47–29
New York Giants 8765 0.572 13 50–27 37–38
Chicago Cubs 8470 0.545 17 50–27 34–43
Brooklyn Robins 7973 0.520 21 46–29 33–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 7579 0.487 26 44–33 31–46
Philadelphia Phillies 6688 0.429 35 40–36 26–52
Boston Braves 6490 0.416 37 36–41 28–49
Cincinnati Reds 5896 0.377 43 38–39 20–57

Record vs. opponents

1931 National League Records

Boston 11–11–18–14–18–146–1611–1111–119–13
Brooklyn 11–11–114–810–1210–1013–911–1110–12
Chicago 14–8–18–1414–812–1014–814–8–18–14
Cincinnati 14–812–108–147–159–136–162–20
New York 16–610–1010–1215–714–8–112–1010–12
Philadelphia 11–119–138–1413–98–14–113–94–18
Pittsburgh 11–1111–118–14–116–610–129–1310–12
St. Louis 13–912–1014–820–212–1018–412–10


1931 St. Louis Cardinals
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
CJimmie Wilson115383105.274051
1BJim Bottomley108382133.348975
2BFrankie Frisch131518161.311482
SSCharlie Gelbert131447129.289162
3BSparky Adams143608178.293140
OFGeorge Watkins131503145.2881351
OFChick Hafey122450157.3491695
OFPepper Martin123413124.300775

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
Ripper Collins8927984.301459
Gus Mancuso6718749.262123
Ernie Orsatti7015846.291019
Wally Roettger4515143.285017
Andy High6313135.267019
Taylor Douthit3613344.331121
Jake Flowers4513734.248219
Ray Blades356719.28415
Mike González15192.10503
Joe Benes10122.16700
Ray Cunningham340.00001
Eddie Delker121.50002
Gabby Street110.00000
Joel Hunt410.00000


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
Bill Hallahan37248.21993.29159
Burleigh Grimes29212.11793.6567

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
Paul Derringer35211.21883.36134
Flint Rhem33207.111103.5672
Syl Johnson321861193.0082
Jesse Haines19122.11233.0227

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
Jim Lindsey356472.7732
Allyn Stout306034.2140
Tony Kaufmann151116.0613

1931 World Series

NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL Philadelphia Athletics (3)

1Athletics – 6, Cardinals – 2October 1Sportsman's Park38,529
2Athletics – 0, Cardinals – 2October 2Sportsman's Park35,947
3Cardinals – 5, Athletics – 2October 5Shibe Park32,295
4Cardinals – 0, Athletics – 3October 6Shibe Park32,295
5Cardinals – 5, Athletics – 1October 7Shibe Park32,295
6Athletics – 8, Cardinals – 1October 9Sportsman's Park39,401
7Athletics – 2, Cardinals – 4October 10Sportsman's Park20,805

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Columbus Red Birds American Association Nemo Leibold
AA Rochester Red Wings International League Billy Southworth
A Houston Buffaloes Texas League Joe Schultz, Sr.
B Elmira Colonels New York–Pennsylvania League Jake Pitler, Fritz Coumbe and Joe Sugden
B Danville Veterans Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Frank Murphy
C Scottdale Cardinals Middle Atlantic League Clay Hopper
C Greensboro Patriots Piedmont League John Kane
C Springfield Red Wings Western Association Eddie Dyer
D Keokuk Indians Mississippi Valley League Bob Rice

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester, Houston, Springfield, Keokuk[2]


  1. Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)
  2. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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