1941 New York Yankees season

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1941 New York Yankees
1941 World Series Champions
1941 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Estate of Jacob Ruppert
General manager(s) Ed Barrow
Manager(s) Joe McCarthy
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The 1941 New York Yankees season was the 39th season for the team in New York, and its 41st season overall. The team finished with a record of 101–54, winning their 12th pennant, finishing 17 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

Books and songs have been written about the 1941 season, the last before the United States became drawn into World War II. Yankees' center fielder Joe DiMaggio captured the nation's fancy with his lengthy hitting streak that extended through 56 games before finally being stopped. A big-band style song called Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was a hit for the Les Brown orchestra.

Regular season

During the hitting streak, DiMaggio had a batting average of .408, hit 15 home runs, and accumulated 55 runs batted in. After the streak ended, DiMaggio began a 16-game hitting streak. DiMaggio would hit safely in 72 of 73 games, another record.[1]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 101 53 .656 --
Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 17
Chicago White Sox 77 77 .500 24
Cleveland Indians 75 79 .487 26
Detroit Tigers 75 79 .487 26
St. Louis Browns 70 84 .455 31
Washington Senators 70 84 .455 31
Philadelphia Athletics 64 90 .416 37

Record vs. opponents

1941 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 16–6 9–13 11–11 9–13–1 16–6 9–13 14–8
Chicago 6–16 17–5 12–10–1 8–14 10–12 11–11–1 13–9
Cleveland 13–9 5–17 10–12 7–15 15–7 13–9–1 12–10
Detroit 11–11 10–12–1 12–10 11–11 13–9 11–11 7–15
New York 13–9–1 14–8 15–7 11–11 14–8 18–4 16–6–1
Philadelphia 6–16 12–10 7–15 9–13 8–14 11–11 11–11
St. Louis 13–9 11–11–1 9–13–1 11–11 4–18 11–11 11–11–1
Washington 8–14 9–13 10–12 15–7 6–16–1 11–11 11–11–1


Roster

1941 New York Yankees
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 Bill Dickey 109 348 99 .284 7 71
1B Johnny Sturm 124 524 125 .239 3 36
2B Joe Gordon 156 588 162 .276 24 87
3B Red Rolfe 136 561 148 .264 8 42
SS Phil Rizzuto 133 515 158 .307 3 46
OF Joe DiMaggio 139 541 193 .357 30 125
OF Tommy Henrich 144 538 149 .277 31 85
OF Charlie Keller 140 507 151 .298 33 122

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
Buddy Rosar 67 209 60 .287 1 36
Jerry Priddy 56 174 37 .213 1 26
George Selkirk 70 164 36 .220 6 25
Frankie Crosetti 50 148 33 .223 1 22
Frenchy Bordagaray 36 73 19 .260 0 4
Ken Silvestri 17 40 10 .250 1 4
Johnny Lindell 1 1 0 .000 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
Marius Russo 28 209.2 14 10 3.09 105
Lefty Gomez 23 156.1 15 5 3.74 76
Red Ruffing 23 185.2 15 6 3.54 60
Spud Chandler 28 163.2 10 4 3.19 60
Atley Donald 22 159 9 5 3.57 71
George Washburn 1 2 0 1 13.50 1

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
Marv Breuer 26 141 9 7 4.09 77
Tiny Bonham 23 126.2 10 6 2.98 43
Steve Peek 17 80 4 2 5.06 18

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
Norm Branch 27 5 1 2 2.87 28
Johnny Murphy 35 8 3 15 1.98 29
Charley Stanceu 22 3 3 0 5.63 21

1941 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 3 October 1 Yankee Stadium 68,540
2 Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 2 October 2 Yankee Stadium 66,248
3 Yankees – 2, Dodgers – 1 October 4 Ebbets Field 33,100
4 Yankees – 7, Dodgers – 4 October 5 Ebbets Field 33,813
5 Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 1 October 6 Ebbets Field 34,072

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Kansas City Blues American Association Billy Meyer
AA Newark Bears International League Johnny Neun
A Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Phil Page
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Eddie Sawyer
B Augusta Tigers Sally League Lefty Jenkins and Alton Biggs
C Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian–American League Paul O'Malley
C Akron Yankees Middle Atlantic League Buzz Boyle
C Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League Bob Coltrin and Doc Marshall
C Joplin Miners Western Association Doc Bennett
D Easton Yankees Eastern Shore League Dallas Warren
D Butler Yankees Pennsylvania State Association Tom Kain
D Norfolk Yankees Western League Ray Powell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Joplin, Easton, Butler[3]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.5, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  2. ^ Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

  • 1941 New York Yankees
  • 1941 World Series
  • 1941 New York Yankees team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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