Baseball During WWII (Era-3)

ERA 3 Baseball During World War II 1936 TO 1949
Average home runs hit per team per year in this era: 83.36
How Baseball was affected by World War II

The significant milestones in baseball during the World War II years.
In spite of the war and its effect on the game, the players of this era set incredible milestones and broke barriers. Stars such as Stan Musial and Mel Ott left their mark on the game specifically with their offensive power numbers. Home run power hitters were much more prevalent during the war years than previous eras of baseball. We also saw Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games and saw the last .400 hitter in MLB to this day, both which occurred in 1941. In addition, we saw saw one of the most important occurrences in cultural history when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. All of this leaves us to wonder how much more the players during World War II could have achieved if they had not lost the prime years of their careers serving in the military.

The greatest baseball hitters in ERA 3 which include the World War II years
This list includes the top 3 hitting catchers, the top 3 hitting first baseman, the top 3 hitting second baseman, the top 3 hitting third baseman, the top 3 hitting short stops and the top 10 hitting outfielders. Also listed below are the 25 greatest hitters of Era 3.

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Hall of Fame * Veterans Committee **

Top 3 Catchers Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Bill Dickey* 3.892 1928-1946
2 Ernie Lombardi** 3.467 1931-1947
3 Walker Cooper 3.364 1940-1957
Top 3 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Hank Greenberg* 4.568 1930-1947
2 Johnny Mize** 4.176 1936-1953
3 Hal Trosky 3.793 1933-1946
Top 3 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Bobby Doerr** 3.760 1937-1951
2 Joe Gordon** 3.601 1938-1950
3 Billy Herman** 3.413 1931-1947
Top 3 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Bob Elliott 3.695 1939-1953
2 Harlond Clift 3.566 1934-1945
3 Pinky Hingins 3.553 1930-1946
Top 3 Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Arky Vaughn** 3.754 1932-1948
2 Vern Stephens 3.689 1930-1950
3 Luke Appling* 3.680 1930-1950
Top 10 Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Ted Williams* 5.087 1939-1960
2 Stan Musial* 4.719 1941-1963
3 Joe DiMaggio* 4.627 1936-1951
4 Bob Johnson 3.961 1933-1945
5 Joe Medwick* 3.955 1932-1948
6 Ralph Kiner* 3.913 1946-1955
7 Enos Slaughter** 3.820 1938-1959
8 Ben Chapman 3.704 1930-1946
9 Del Ennis 3.684 1946-1959
10 Dixie Walker 3.643 1931-1949
Top 25 Players of ERA 3 Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Ted Williams* 5.087 1939-1960
2 Stan Musial* 4.719 1941-1963
3 Joe DiMaggio* 4.627 1936-1951
4 Hank Greenberg* 4.568 1930-1947
5 Johnny Mize** 4.176 1936-1953
6 Bob Johnson 3.961 1933-1945
7 Joe Medwick* 3.955 1932-1948
8 Ralph Kiner* 3.913 19146-1955
9 Bill Dickey* 3.892 1928-1946
10 Enos Slaughter** 3.820 1938-1959
11 Hal Trosky 3.793 1933-1946
12 Bobby Doerr** 3.760 1937-1951
13 Arky Vaughn** 3.754 1932-1948
14 Rudy York 3.714 1934-1948
15 Ben Chapman 3.704 1930-1946
16 Bob Elliott 3.694 1939-1953
17 Vern Stephens 3.690 1941-1955
18 Mickey Vernon 3.684 1939-1960
19 Dell Ennis 3.684 1946-1959
20 Luke Appling* 3.680 1930-1950
21 Dolph Camilli 3.678 1933-1945
22 Dixie Walker 3.643 1931-1949
23 Joe Gordon** 3.601 1938-1950
24 Wally Berger 3.600 1930-1940
25 Harlond Clift 3.566 1934-1945

Compare to other eras :

Dead Ball Era | Babe Ruth Era | Baseball During World War II | Baseball 1950s – mid 60s | Pitching Era | Last Clean Era | Steroid Era Pt. | Steroid Era Pt. 2 | Baseball After Steroids

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