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1941 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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General manager(s)  Larry MacPhail
Manager(s)  Leo Durocher
1941 Brooklyn Dodgers season
Owner(s)  James & Dearie Mulvey, Brooklyn Trust Company
Local radio  WHN Red Barber, Al Helfer

The 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers, led by manager Leo Durocher, won their first pennant in 21 years, edging the St. Louis Cardinals by 2.5 games. They went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

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In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, this team was referenced as one of "The Greatest Teams That Never Was", due to the quality of its starting lineup. Dolph Camilli was the slugging star with 34 home runs and 120 RBI. He was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. Pete Reiser, a 22-year-old rookie, led the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and runs scored. Other regulars included Hall of Famers Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Pee Wee Reese, and Dixie Walker. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers scored the most runs of any NL team (800).

The pitching staff featured a pair of 22-game winners, Kirby Higbe and Whitlow Wyatt, having their best pro seasons.

Offseason

  • November 11, 1940: Vito Tamulis, Bill Crouch, Mickey Livingston and cash were traded by the Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies for Kirby Higbe.
  • November 19, 1940: Tot Pressnell was purchased from the Dodgers by the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • December 1940: Boze Berger was traded by the Dodgers to the New York Yankees for Jack Graham.
  • December 4, 1940: Glen Stewart was purchased by the Dodgers from the New York Giants.
  • December 4, 1940: Gus Mancuso, minor leaguer John Pintar and cash were traded by the Dodgers to the St. Louis Cardinals for Mickey Owen.
  • December 9, 1940: Pep Young was traded by the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds for Lew Riggs.
  • January 27, 1941: Pep Rambert was purchased by the Dodgers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • February 4, 1941: Lefty Mills was purchased by the Dodgers from the St. Louis Browns.
  • Prior to 1941 season: Wally Westlake was acquired from the Dodgers by the Merced Bears.
  • Notable transactions

  • April 3, 1941: Roxie Lawson was purchased by the Dodgers from the St. Louis Browns.
  • April 15, 1941: Newt Kimball was purchased by the Dodgers from the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • April 15, 1941: Lefty Mills was returned by the Dodgers to the St. Louis Browns.
  • April 22, 1941: Mace Brown was purchased by the Dodgers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • May 6, 1941: Lee Grissom was traded by the Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies for Vito Tamulis.
  • May 6, 1941: Johnny Hudson, Charlie Gilbert and cash were traded by the Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs for Billy Herman.
  • August 14, 1941: Joe Becker, George Staller, and minor leaguers John S. Bell and Ray Roche were traded by the Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dixie Howell.
  • August 26, 1941: Mace Brown and cash were traded by the Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs for Augie Galan.
  • Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts; CG = Complete games

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts; CG = Complete games

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

    1941 World Series

    The 1941 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games to capture their fifth title in six years, and their ninth overall.

    The name "Subway Series" arose for a World Series played between two New York City teams. The series was punctuated by the Dodgers' Mickey Owen's dropped third strike of a sharply breaking curveball (a suspected spitball) pitched by Hugh Casey to Tommy Henrich in the 9th inning of Game 4. The play led to a Yankees rally and brought them one win away from another championship.

    The Yankees were back after a one-year hiatus, having won thirteen (13) of their last fourteen (14) Series games and twenty-eight (28) of their last thirty-one (31) games in the World Series.

    This was the first Subway Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees, who had already faced the crosstown New York Giants five times, and the Series was now 1–0 in favor of the Bronx Bombers. These two teams would meet a total of seven (7) times from 1941–1956 – the Dodgers' only victory coming in 1955.

    Game 1

    October 1, 1941, at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Game 2

    October 2, 1941, at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Game 3

    October 4, 1941, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

    Game 4

    October 5, 1941, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

    Game 5

    October 6, 1941, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

    Awards and honors

  • 1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
  • Whit Wyatt starter
  • Mickey Owen starter
  • Pete Reiser starter
  • Dolph Camilli reserve
  • Billy Herman reserve
  • Cookie Lavagetto reserve
  • Joe Medwick reserve
  • National League Most Valuable Player
  • Dolph Camilli
  • TSN Major League All-Star Team
  • Whit Wyatt
  • Pete Reiser
  • Dolph Camilli
  • TSN NL Most Valuable Payer
  • Dolph Camilli
  • League top ten finishers

    Dolph Camilli

  • AL leader in home runs (34)
  • AL leader in RBI (120)
  • #2 in AL in slugging percentage (.556)
  • #2 in AL in bases on balls (104)
  • #3 in AL in on-base percentage (.407)
  • Kirby Higbe

  • AL leader in wins (22)
  • #4 in AL in strikeouts (121)
  • Joe Medwick

  • #3 in AL in batting average (.318)
  • #3 in AL in runs scored (100)
  • Pete Reiser

  • AL leader in batting average (.343)
  • AL leader in slugging percentage (.558)
  • AL leader in runs scored (117)
  • AL leader in triples (17)
  • #4 in AL in on-base percentage (.406)
  • Whit Wyatt

  • MLB leader in shutouts (7)
  • AL leader in wins (22)
  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (176)
  • #2 in AL in ERA (2.34)
  • #2 in AL in complete games (23)
  • Farm system

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal, Durham, Santa Barbara, Elizebethton, Newport

    References

    1941 Brooklyn Dodgers season Wikipedia


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