Joe Medwick

Joseph Michael Medwick
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1968
Primary team: St. Louis Cardinals
Primary position: Left Fielder

“I never cared where the strike zone was. I wasn’t looking to walk. Didn’t make no difference to me, high or low, inside or outside. If I liked it, I’d take my riffle. And .324 ain’t too bad,” said Joe Medwick.

In just his second full season in the big leagues in 1934, Joe Medwick had already established himself as one of the National League’s best hitters at age 22 and led the Cardinals to the World Series. Medwick opened Game 1 with four straight hits (including a home run) and went on to hit .379 in seven games against the Tigers, winning his first and only World Series ring.

A solid defensive outfielder, Medwick would go on to become one of the National League’s most dangerous hitters in the 1930s. After two top-five finishes in the NL MVP race in 1935 and 1936, Medwick received the NL MVP in 1937, when he won the NL Triple Crown and also led the league in hits, runs, doubles, total bases and slugging.

Medwick could hit for average and power, leading the NL in hits twice and extra-base hits three times. He enjoyed his finest years with the Cardinals, earning six of his 10 All-Star selections with the club while playing alongside fellow future Hall of Famers Johnny Mize, Enos Slaughter, Dizzy Dean and Frankie Frisch before St. Louis traded Medwick and right-hander Curt Davis to the Dodgers in 1940 in exchange for four players and cash.

Medwick spent four years with Brooklyn, recording more hits than any other Dodgers from 1940-1942 and helping carry the club to the 1941 World Series against the Yankees.

Medwick spent the latter half of his career bouncing between the Giants, Braves and Dodgers (including an All Star campaign with the Giants in 1944) before returning to the Cardinals for his final two seasons. Even as a part-time player at the end of his career, Medwick hit a combined .301 in his last three seasons.

Though Medwick could hit for power, it didn’t come at the expense of his ability to put the bat to the ball, as he never struck out more than 100 times in a season. He was a well-rounded hitter, capable of going outside of the strike zone to drive in runs when needed.

"I'd rather pitch to any other hitter in the league. He's bad news all the time. No game is ever won against the Cardinals until Medwick is out in the ninth. "
Van Mungo

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1968
Primary Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Position Played: Left Fielder
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Carteret, New Jersey
Birth year: 1911
Died: 1975, St. Petersburg, Florida
Played for:
St. Louis Cardinals (1932-1940)
St. Louis Cardinals (1947-1948)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1940-1943)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1946)
New York Giants (1943-1945)
Boston Braves (1945)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
1984
At BatsAB
7635
RunsR
1198
HitsH
2471
Doubles2B
540
Triples3B
113
Home RunsHR
205
RBIRBI
1383
Stolen BasesSB
42
WalksBB
437
Batting AverageBA
.324
OPSOPS
.867
On Base %OBP
.362
Slugging %SLG
.505