1941 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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1941 Brooklyn Dodgers
1941 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) James & Dearie Mulvey
Manager(s) Leo Durocher
Local radio WHN
Red Barber, Al Helfer
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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.

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[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Brooklyn Dodgers 100 54 -- .649
St. Louis Cardinals 97 56 2.5 .634
Cincinnati Reds 88 66 12 .571
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 73 19 .526
New York Giants 74 79 25.5 .484
Chicago Cubs 70 84 30 .455
Boston Braves 62 92 38 .403
Philadelphia Phillies 43 111 57 .279

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1941 Brooklyn Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Owen, MickeyMickey Owen 128 386 32 89 .231 1 44 1
1B Camilli, DolphDolph Camilli 149 529 92 151 .285 34 120 3
2B Herman, BillyBilly Herman 133 536 77 156 .291 3 41 1
3B Lavagetto, CookieCookie Lavagetto 132 441 75 122 .277 1 78 7
SS Reese, Pee WeePee Wee Reese 152 595 76 136 .229 2 46 10
OF Walker, DixieDixie Walker 148 531 88 165 311 9 71 4
OF Reiser, PetePete Reiser 137 536 117 184 .343 14 76 4
OF Medwick, JoeJoe Medwick 133 538 100 171 .318 18 88 2

Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Wasdell, JimmyJimmy Wasdell 94 265 39 79 .298 4 48 2
Riggs, LewLew Riggs 77 197 27 60 .305 5 36 1
Franks, HermanHerman Franks 57 139 10 28 .201 1 11 0
Coscarart, PetePete Coscarart
Vosmik, JoeJoe Vosmik 25 56 0 11 .196 0 4 0
Kampouris, AlexAlex Kampouris
Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher 18 42 2 12 .286 0 6 0
Waner, PaulPaul Waner 11 35 5 6 .171 0 4 0
Phelps, BabeBabe Phelps
Galan, AugieAugie Galan
Tatum, TommyTommy Tatum
Giuliani, TonyTony Giuliani
Pfister, GeorgeGeorge Pfister

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Higbe, KirbyKirby Higbe 48 39 19 298 22 9 3.14 132 121
Wyatt, WhitWhit Wyatt 38 35 23 288.1 22 10 2.34 82 176
Fitzsimmons, FreddieFreddie Fitzsimmons 13 12 3 82.2 6 1 2.07 26 19
Albosta, EdEd Albosta 2 2 0 13 0 2 6.23 8 5

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Casey, HughHugh Casey 45 18 4 162 14 11 3.89 57 61
Davis, CurtCurt Davis 28 16 10 154.1 13 7 2.97 27 50
Hamlin, LukeLuke Hamlin 30 20 5 136 8 8 4.24 41 58
Allen, JohnnyJohnny Allen 11 4 2 57.1 3 0 2.51 12 21
Kimball, NewtNewt Kimball 15 5 1 52 3 1 3.63 29 17
Drake, TomTom Drake
French, LarryLarry French
Grissom, LeeLee Grissom 4 1 0 11.1 0 0 2.38 8 5

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Brown, MaceMace Brown 24 42.2 3 2 3 3.16 26 22
Wicker, KempKemp Wicker
Tamulis, VitoVito Tamulis
Swift, BillBill Swift
Chipman, BobBob Chipman 1 5 1 0 0 0.00 1 3
Mungo, VanVan Mungo

1941 World Series[edit]

Main article: 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[edit]

October 1, 1941 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
New York (A) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 3 6 1
W: Red Ruffing (1-0)   L: Curt Davis (0-1)
HR: NYYJoe Gordon (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 2, 1941 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 6 2
New York (A) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
W: Whit Wyatt (1-0)   L: Spud Chandler (0-1)

Game 3[edit]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
W: Marius Russo (1-0)  L: Hugh Casey (0-1)

Game 4[edit]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 7 12 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
W: Johnny Murphy (1-0)  L: Hugh Casey (0-2)
HR: : BROPete Reiser (1)

Game 5[edit]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
W: Tiny Bonham (1-0)  L: Whit Wyatt (1-1)
HR: : NYYTommy Henrich (1)

Awards and honors[edit]

Whit Wyatt had a career season in 1941.

League top ten finishers[edit]

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[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA Montreal Royals International League Clyde Sukeforth
A1 Knoxville Smokies Southern Association Fred Lindstrom
B Reading Brooks Interstate League Fresco Thompson
B Durham Bulls Piedmont League Bruno Betzel
C Santa Barbara Saints California League John Clancy
C Quebec Athletics Canadian-American League Del Bissonette
Roland Gladu
C Grand Rapids Colts Michigan State League Charles Lucas
C Dayton Ducks Middle Atlantic League Paul Chervinko
Howard Holmes
William McWilliams
C Troy Dodgers/Tuskegee Airmen Alabama State League Orace Powers
D Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox Appalachian League Hobe Brummitt
D Valdosta Trojans Georgia-Florida League Stew Hofferth
D Newport Dodgers Northeast Arkansas League Merle Settlemire
D Johnstown Johnnies Pennsylvania State Association George Treadwell
D Olean Oilers Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League Jake Pitler
D Big Spring Bombers West Texas-New Mexico League Joe Tate

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

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Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
1940
National League Championship Season
1941
Succeeded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1942