With his slow, cartwheeling delivery and his baffling screwball, this left-handed sidearmer led the New York Giants to pennants in 1933, 1936 and 1937. He won three ERA titles (1933, 1934, and 1936) and two MVP awards (1933, 1936) during this period, and averaged 23 victories a year from 1933 to 1937. Baffling hitters with a devastating screwball, "The Meal Ticket" compiled a streak of 46 1/3 scoreless innings in 1933 and won 16 straight games in 1936 (and 24 over two seasons).
He remains the only peacetime pitcher ever to win two MVP awards (Hal Newhouser did it in 1944-1945). In sixteen years with New York, he had only one losing record (11-12 in 1940) and established himself as the premier NL pitcher of his era, though he was never as colorful as his arch-rival, Dizzy Dean. Hubbell retired with 253 career victories.
He will always be remembered for his performance in the 1934 All-Star game. Matched against his crosstown rival, Lefty Gómez, he allowed a single to Charlie Gehringer and then walked Heinie Manush. He then struck out five future Hall-of-Famers in a row. First, he got Babe Ruth on five pitches, getting him looking on a screwball for strike three. Then he got Lou Gehrig on four pitches, swinging. The runners then pulled off a double steal, but Hubbell remained focused and got Jimmie Foxx to fan on three screwballs. Opening the second inning, he struck out Al Simmons and Joe Cronin before yielding a single to Bill Dickey. Hubbell then struck out Gómez to wrap up the inning.
After undergoing elbow surgery following the 1938 campaign, Hubbell won 11 games a season, 1939-42. He retired from play in 1943, and was named the Giants' director of minor league operations
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