No Respect For 1940 Batting Champion From Bangs

Debs Garms collected two hits in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ August 21, 1940 win over the Boston Bees to raise his league-best batting average to .378.  The story of his dream season is the subject of my “This Week in Texas History” column for the week of Wednesday, August 21 through Tuesday, August 27.

Born and raised in the West Texas hamlet of Bangs, Garms bounced around baseball for 12 years without attracting much attention.  But all that changed in 1940, when he won the National League batting title by more than 30 points in spite of shameful attempts to disqualify him on a nonexistent technicality.

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