1939 Cincinnati Reds season

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1939 Cincinnati Reds
1939 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Powel Crosley, Jr.
General manager(s) Warren Giles
Manager(s) Bill McKechnie
Local radio WSAI
(Roger Baker, Dick Bray)
WCPO
(Harry Hartman)
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The 1939 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished first in the National League, winning the pennant by 4½ games over the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 97–57. The team went on to the 1939 World Series, which it lost in four straight games to the New York Yankees.

Regular season

During the season, Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters became the last pitchers to win at least 25 games in one season for the Reds in the 20th century.[1]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 97 57 0.630 55–25 42–32
St. Louis Cardinals 92 61 0.601 51–27 41–34
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 69 0.549 12½ 51–27 33–42
Chicago Cubs 84 70 0.545 13 44–34 40–36
New York Giants 77 74 0.510 18½ 41–33 36–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 68 85 0.444 28½ 35–42 33–43
Boston Bees 63 88 0.417 32½ 37–35 26–53
Philadelphia Phillies 45 106 0.298 50½ 29–44 16–62


Record vs. opponents

1939 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 10–12–1 6–16 6–16 10–11 13–8 9–12 9–13
Brooklyn 12–10–1 11–11–2 10–12 12–10 17–4–1 13–9 9–13
Chicago 16–6 11–11–2 10–12 11–11 12–10 14–8 10–12
Cincinnati 16–6 12–10 12–10 11–11 19–3 16–6 11–11–2
New York 11–10 10–12 11–11 11–11 14–7 11–11 9–12
Philadelphia 8–13 4–17–1 10–12 3–19 7–14 8–14 5–17
Pittsburgh 12–9 9–13 8–14 6–16 11–11 14–8 8–14
St. Louis 13–9 13–9 12–10 11–11–2 12–9 17–5 14–8


Notable transactions

Roster

1939 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
C Ernie Lombardi 130 450 129 .287 20 85
1B Frank McCormick 156 630 209 .332 18 128
2B Lonny Frey 125 484 141 .291 11 55
SS Billy Myers 151 509 143 .281 9 56
3B Billy Werber 147 599 173 .289 5 57
OF Ival Goodman 124 470 152 .323 7 84
OF Harry Craft 134 502 129 .257 13 67
OF Wally Berger 97 329 85 .258 14 44

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
Lee Gamble 72 221 59 .267 0 14
Willard Hershberger 63 174 60 .345 0 32
Nino Bongiovanni 27 159 41 .258 0 16
Eddie Joost 23 143 36 .252 0 14
Frenchy Bordagaray 63 122 24 .197 0 12
Lew Riggs 22 38 6 .158 0 1
Al Simmons 9 21 3 .143 0 1
Dick West 8 19 4 .211 0 4
Vince DiMaggio 8 14 1 .071 0 2
Jimmie Wilson 4 3 1 .333 0 0

Pitching

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
Bucky Walters 39 319 27 11 2.29 137
Paul Derringer 38 301 25 7 2.93 128
Whitey Moore 42 187.2 13 12 3.45 81

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
Lee Grissom 33 153.2 9 7 4.10 53
Junior Thompson 42 152.1 13 5 2.54 87
Johnny Vander Meer 30 129 5 9 4.67 102
Johnny Niggeling 10 40.1 2 1 5.80 20
Milt Shoffner 10 37.2 2 2 3.35 6

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
Hank Johnson 20 0 3 1 2.01 10
Peaches Davis 20 1 0 2 6.26 4
Wes Livengood 5 0 0 0 5.93 4
Jim Weaver 3 0 0 0 3.00 3
Red Barrett 2 0 0 0 1.69 1
Art Jacobs 1 0 0 1 9.00 1

1939 World Series

Game 1

October 4, 1939, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
W: Red Ruffing (1–0)  L: Paul Derringer (0–1)

Game 2

October 5, 1939, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
New York (A) 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 x 4 9 0
W: Monte Pearson (1–0)  L: Bucky Walters (0–1)
HR: : NYYBabe Dahlgren (1)

Game 3

October 7, 1939, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 5 1
Cincinnati (N) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
W: Bump Hadley (1–0)   L: Junior Thompson (0–1)
HR: NYYCharlie Keller (1, 2), Joe DiMaggio (1), Bill Dickey (1)

Game 4

October 8, 1939, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 7 7 1
Cincinnati (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 11 4
W: Johnny Murphy (1–0)   L: Bucky Walters (0–2)
HR: NYYCharlie Keller (3), Bill Dickey (2)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Indianapolis Indians American Association Ray Schalk and Wes Griffin
A1 Birmingham Barons Southern Association Dutch Zwilling
A Albany Senators Eastern League Rabbit Maranville
B Durham Bulls Piedmont League Oscar Roettger
B Columbia Reds Sally League Johnny Burnett
B Waterloo Red Hawks Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Cap Crossley
C El Dorado Lions Cotton States League Frank O'Rourke
C Helena Seaporters Cotton States League Buster Blakeney
C Erie Sailors Middle Atlantic League Jocko Munch
C Ogden Reds Pioneer League Bill McCorry
C Muskogee Reds Western Association Lester "Pat" Patterson
D Bassett Furniture Makers Bi-State League Walter Novak

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Notes

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Milt Shoffner page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Al Simmons page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References

  • 1939 Cincinnati Reds season at Baseball Reference
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