1941 World Series

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1941 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe McCarthy 101–53, .656, GA: 17
Brooklyn Dodgers (1) Leo Durocher 100–54, .649, GA: 2 12
Dates: October 1–6
Radio: Mutual
Radio announcers: Red Barber and Bob Elson
Umpires: Bill McGowan (AL), Babe Pinelli (NL), Bill Grieve (AL), Larry Goetz (NL)
Hall of Famers: Umpire: Bill McGowan Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing
Dodgers: Leo Durocher (mgr.), Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Pee Wee Reese
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The 1941 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn 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 in the ninth 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 13 of their last 14 Series games and 28 of their last 31.

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 times from 1941–1956 — the Dodgers' only victory coming in 1955 — with an additional four matchups after the Dodgers left for Los Angeles, most recently in 1981.

Summary[edit]

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

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 1 Brooklyn Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:08 68,540[1]
2 October 2 Brooklyn Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:31 66,248[2] 
3 October 4 New York Yankees – 2, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1 Ebbets Field 2:22 33,100[3] 
4 October 5 New York Yankees – 7, Brooklyn Dodgers – 4 Ebbets Field 2:54 33,813[4] 
5 October 6 New York Yankees – 3, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1 Ebbets Field 2:13 34,072[5]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Wednesday, October 1, 1941 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
New York 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 X 3 6 1
WP: Red Ruffing (1–0)   LP: Curt Davis (0–1)
Home runs:
BRO: None
NYY: Joe Gordon (1)

Game 2[edit]

Thursday, October 2, 1941 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 6 2
New York 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
WP: Whit Wyatt (1–0)   LP: Spud Chandler (0–1)

Game 3[edit]

Saturday, 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 0
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
WP: Marius Russo (1–0)   LP: Hugh Casey (0–1)

With the veteran Fitzsimmons dueling young southpaw Russo, there was no score into the top of the seventh. With two outs, Russo lined a drive off Fitz's knee that broke the kneecap. The ball caromed into Pee Wee Reese's glove for the third out, but Fitzsimmons was through. Hugh Casey, who came out to pitch in the eighth for Brooklyn, promptly gave up four hits and two runs, and Russo hung on to win, 2–1.

Game 4[edit]

Sunday, 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 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 7 12 0
Brooklyn 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
WP: Johnny Murphy (1–0)   LP: Hugh Casey (0–2)
Home runs:
NYY: None
BRO: Pete Reiser (1)

The Dodgers led by one run after eight innings—and still led with two out, two strikes, and no runner on base in the ninth—but would lose the game. Tommy Henrich swung and missed, which would have ended the game, but Dodger catcher Mickey Owen failed to catch the ball and Henrich reached first base. Owen recollected the incident:

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Joe DiMaggio followed with a single and Charlie Keller hit a double to drive in Henrich and DiMaggio and take the lead. Bill Dickey would follow up with a walk and, along with Keller, score on a Joe Gordon double to make the final score 7–4.

Meyer Berger of The New York Times, then its local color reporter, covered the events in "Casey in the Box", a poem derived from the 1888 classic "Casey at the Bat".[6]

Game 5[edit]

Monday, 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 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
Brooklyn 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
WP: Tiny Bonham (1–0)   LP: Whit Wyatt (1–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Tommy Henrich (1)
BRO: None

The only excitement of the game occurred in the fifth inning, when Wyatt and Joe DiMaggio almost came to blows on the mound as Joe returned to the dugout after flying out. Wyatt had low-bridged DiMaggio was cutting across the infield some sharp words were exchanged. The umpires separated the men, and the game rolled forward to its—for Brooklyn—dreary conclusion.

Composite box[edit]

1941 World Series (4–1): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 1 4 1 3 1 1 0 2 4 17 41 2
Brooklyn Dodgers 0 0 1 2 5 1 1 1 0 11 29 4
Total attendance: 235,773   Average attendance: 47,155
Winning player's share: $5,943   Losing player's share: $4,829[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1941 World Series Game 1 - Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1941 World Series Game 2 - Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1941 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1941 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1941 World Series Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Casey in the Box by Meyer Berger". Baseball Almanac (baseball-almanac.com). Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  7. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 184–187. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). MacMillian Publishing. p. 2149. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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