1940 in baseball
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- 1 Champions
- 2 Awards and honors
- 3 Statistical leaders
- 4 Major league baseball final standings
- 5 Negro league baseball final standings
- 6 Events
- 7 Births
- 8 Deaths
- 9 External links
Major League Baseball
- World Series: Cincinnati Reds over Detroit Tigers (4-3)
- All-Star Game, July 9 at Sportsman's Park: National League, 4-0
- Negro League Baseball All-Star Game: East, 11-0
Awards and honors
- Most Valuable Player
- The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Most Valuable Player Award
- The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
|American League||National League|
|AVG||Joe DiMaggio NYY||.352||Debs Garms PIT||.355|
|HR||Hank Greenberg DET||41||Johnny Mize STL||43|
|RBI||Hank Greenberg DET||159||Johnny Mize STL||137|
|Wins||Bob Feller CLE||27||Bucky Walters CIN||22|
|ERA||Bob Feller CLE||2.61||Bucky Walters CIN||2.48|
|Ks||Bob Feller CLE||261||Kirby Higbe PHI||137|
Major league baseball final standings
American League final standings
National League final standings
Negro league baseball final standings
Negro American League final standings
|Negro American League|
|Kansas City Monarchs||28||7||.800|
|Memphis Red Sox||12||4||.750|
|St. Louis–New Orleans Stars||3||2||.600|
|Chicago American Giants||11||11||.500|
|Birmingham Black Barons||9||11||.450|
Negro National League final standings
|Negro National League|
|Washington Homestead Grays||42||23||.646|
|Baltimore Elite Giants||54||30||.643|
|New York Cubans||16||21||.432|
|New York Black Yankees||9||23||.281|
- January 14 - Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis declares 87 players from the Detroit Tigers' farm system free agents because they had been “hidden” from other teams.
- April 16 - The Cleveland Indians' Bob Feller pitches a 1-0 opening day no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox.
- April 23 - Hall of famer Pee Wee Reese makes his major league debut at shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- April 30 - Tex Carleton pitches a no-hitter as the Brooklyn Dodgers defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0.
- May 7 -The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 18-2. The Cards have 49 bases on twenty hits, including thirteen extra-base hits and seven home runs.
- June 6 - The Boston Bees sign 19-year-old left-handed pitcher Warren Spahn.
- June 15 - In a 12-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Giants' Harry Danning hits for a cycle against that includes an inside the park home run. The ball became lodged behind an Eddie Grant memorial in front of the Giants' clubhouse.
- July 9 - Boston Bees outfielder Max West hits a three-run home run in the first inning, as the National League defeats the American League, 4-0, in the All-Star Game at Sportsman's Park, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
- September 30 - The Cleveland Indians finish one-game behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League pennant race, thus disappointing Ohio baseball fans who had been rooting all season long for what would have been the only All-Ohio World Series in baseball history, between the National League champions Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians.
- October 8 - The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, in Game 7 of the World Series to win their second World Championship, four games to three. This was Cincinnati's first World Series victory since the infamous Black Sox scandal in 1919. Reds' Bill McKechnie became the first manager to win World Series with two different teams. In 1925 he had won the Classic as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- November 11 - Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Larry MacPhail acquires starting pitcher Kirby Higbe, from the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for catcher Mickey Livingston, pitchers Bill Crouch and Vito Tamulis, and $100,000. Higbe, who won 14 games this past season, will win 22 games in 1941 to lead National League pitchers.
- December 12 - The Boston Red Sox send Doc Cramer to the Washington Senators for Gee Walker, then package him with Jim Bagby & Gene Desautels, and send them to the Cleveland Indians for Joe Dobson, Odell Hale & Frankie Pytlak. They also purchase Pete Fox's contract from the Detroit Tigers.
- January 7 - Jim Hannan
- January 11 - Hank Fischer
- January 13 - Ron Brand
- February 14 - Len Gabrielson
- February 19 - Bill Kelso
- February 25 - Danny Cater
- February 25 - Ron Santo
- March 6 - Willie Stargell
- March 19 - Pete Smith
- March 22 - Dick Ellsworth
- April 3 - José Vidal
- April 15 - Willie Davis
- April 15 - Woodie Fryman
- April 24 - Terry Tata
- May 6 - Bill Hands
- May 12 - Tom Timmermann
- May 20 - Sadaharu Oh
- June 2 - Horace Clarke
- June 2 - Jim Maloney
- June 12 - Del Bates
- July 3 - César Tovar
- July 8 - Bucky Brandon
- July 10 - Gene Alley
- July 13 - Jack Aker
- July 18 - Joe Torre
- July 21 - John Bateman
- July 21 - Denis Menke
- July 23 - Hank Allen
- August 3 - Roger Repoz
- August 13 - Tony Cloninger
- August 15 - José Santiago
- August 18 - Paul Popovich
- August 28 - Tom Satriano
- August 31 - Ramón Hernández
- September 10 - Bob Chance
- September 11 - Jackie Hernández
- September 12 - Mickey Lolich
- September 15 - Frank Linzy
- September 17 - Cisco Carlos
- September 24 - Curt Motton
- October 9 - Joe Pepitone
- October 12 - Glenn Beckert
- October 14 - Tommy Harper
- October 21 - Ted Uhlaender
- November 8 - Joe Nossek
- November 18 - Cal Koonce
- November 21 - Tommy McCraw
- November 23 - Luis Tiant
- December 3 - Chico Salmon
- December 13 - Nate Oliver
- December 22 - Elrod Hendricks
- December 26 - Ray Sadecki
- December 28 - Don Thompson
- January 3 - Parke Swartzel, 74, pitcher for the 1889 Kansas City Cowboys.
- February 13 - Walter Barnes, 79, sports editor for several Boston newspapers from 1891 to 1933 who was that city's first regular sports columnist
- February 15 - Chick Fulmer, 89, shortstop for 11 seasons from 1871 to 1884.
- February 15 - Ray Morgan, 50, second baseman who was part of a stellar double play combo along with shortstop George McBride for the Washington Senators from 1911 through 1918.
- March 2 - Matt Kilroy, 73, pitcher who holds the all-time strikeout record of 513, in 1886. Won 46 games in 1887, and led the league in games pitched twice, games started twice, complete games three times, and innings pitched once.
- May 5 - Bill Wise, 79, pitcher/outfielder for three seasons from 1882 to 1886.
- June 1 - Logan Drake, 40, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians from 1922 to 1924
- July 20 - Red Ehret, 71, pitcher for 11 seasons from 1888 to 1898.
- August 21 - Ernest Thayer, 77, newspaper editor whose 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat" became a staple of baseball culture
- October 17 - George Davis, 70, shortstop for the Giants and White Sox who set records for career hits (2600+) and RBI (1437) by a switch-hitter, and ranked third in total games upon retirement; batted .308 in 1906 World Series as White Sox upset Cubs
- November 4 - George Bird, 90, outfielder for the 1871 Rockford Forest Citys.
- November 12 - Joe Quinn, 75, second baseman who played 17 seasons. From 1884 to 1901, he played in 1768 games and had 1797 hits.
- December 15 or 16 - Billy Hamilton, 74, center fielder and leadoff hitter for Philadelphia and Boston who batted .344 lifetime, winning two batting titles; led NL in runs four times and in walks and steals five times each; had eleven 100-run seasons including record 192 in 1894, and his 1690 career runs - over one per game - ranked second in history upon retirement; batted .343 and .369 for 1897-98 Boston champions
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