1942 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1942 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ted Williams BOS .356 Ernie Lombardi BSN .330
HR Ted Williams BOS 36 Mel Ott NYG 30
RBI Ted Williams BOS 137 Johnny Mize NYG 110
Wins Tex Hughson BOS 22 Mort Cooper STL 22
ERA Ted Lyons CWS 2.10 Mort Cooper STL 1.78
Ks Tex Hughson BOS 113 Johnny Vander Meer CIN 186

Ted Williams was MLB Triple Crown winner.

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 103   51 .669    --
2nd Boston Red Sox 93   59 .565   9
3rd St. Louis Browns 82   69 .543   19.5
4th Cleveland Indians 75   79 .487   28
5th Detroit Tigers 73   81 .474 30
6th Chicago White Sox 66   82 .446 34
7th Washington Senators 62 89 .411 39.5
8th Philadelphia Athletics 55 99 .357 48.0

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 106   48 .688    --
2nd Brooklyn Dodgers 104   50 .675   2
3rd New York Giants 85   67 .559   20
4th Cincinnati Reds 76   76 .500   29
5th Pittsburgh Pirates 66   81 .449 36.5
6th Chicago Cubs 68   86 .442 38.0
7th Boston Braves 59 89 .399 44.0
8th Philadelphia Phillies 42 109 .278 62.5

Negro league baseball final standings[edit]

Negro American League final standings[edit]

Negro American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Kansas City Monarchs 28 10 .667
Cincinnati Buckeyes 12 8 .600
Birmingham Black Barons 14 10 .583
Memphis Red Sox 16 18 .471
Jacksonville Red Caps 2 6 .250
Chicago American Giants 2 16 .111

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Washington Homestead Grays 21 11 .656 --
Baltimore Elite Giants 38 22 .633 3
Newark Eagles 18 16 .529 4
Philadelphia Stars 16 18 .471 6
New York Cubans 8 14 .364 8
New York Black Yankees 8 18 .306 10

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • February 12 - Minor league outfielder Gordon Houston becomes the first player in Organized Baseball to die during active duty in World War II. Houston had played with Texarkana in 1940.
  • March 18 - Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland request try-outs with the White Sox. Sox manager Jimmie Dykes praises Robinson's baserunning to Pittsburgh Courier sportswriter Herman Hill, saying that "he stole everything but my infielders' gloves." Dykes goes on record to the Courier, saying "Personally, I would welcome Negro players on the White Sox and I believe every one of the other fifteen managers would do so likewise. As for the players, they'd all get along too." Ultimately, Dykes is unable to even consider offering contracts to either, stating that it is a matter for club owners, league officials, and the Commissioner of Baseball to allow it.

April–June[edit]

  • May 13 - Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves almost single-handedly beats the Chicago Cubs at Braves Field, 6–5, by pitching a five-hitter and hitting three consecutive home runs. Tobin, who hit a pinch-homer the day before, becomes the only pitcher in modern history to collect three home runs in a Major League game. His fourth at-bat results in a fly ball caught against the fence in left field.

July–September[edit]

  • August 23 - Babe Ruth dons a uniform for the first time in 7 years for a hitting exhibition against Walter Johnson at Yankee Stadium.[1] On Johnson's fifth pitch, Ruth hit a drive into the lower right field stands as the crowd thundered its approval.[1] On the final pitch, Ruth hit a towering upper-deck shot that was just foul. He circled the bases doffing his cap and saluting the roaring crowd with every step.[1] Ruth and Johnson then left the field together to a thunderous ovation. $80,000 was raised for the Army-Navy relief fund.[1]
  • September 11 - Chicago Cubs catcher Paul Gillespie homers in his first major league at bat. In 1945 he will homer in his final major league at bat and become the only player in MLB history to do both.
  • September 27 - The St. Louis Cardinals clinch the National League pennant on the last day of the regular season by defeating the Chicago Cubs, 9-2, in the first game of a double header at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis. The Cardinals also win Game 2 of the double header and finish the season with a record of 106-48, giving them the most victories by any National League team since Pittsburgh's 110 wins in 1909. Meanwhile the Brooklyn Dodgers win their season finale, 4-3, against Philadelphia to end the season in second place at 104-50.

October–December[edit]

  • December 1 - At major league meetings in Chicago, World War II travel restrictions are the order of the day. Owners decide to restrict travel to a three-trip schedule rather than the customary four. Spring training in 1943 will be limited to locations north of the Potomac or Ohio rivers and east of the Mississippi.

Movies[edit]

Births[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 22 - Louis Santop, 52, star catcher in the Negro Leagues who was among the sport's earliest home run sluggers
  • January 31 - Henry Larkin, 19th century first baseman/manager who hit .303 in 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Infants/Indians and Washington Senators
  • April 11 - Norm McNeil, 49, catcher for the 1919 Boston Red Sox
  • May 28 - Charley Bassett, 79, infielder who played from 1884 to 1892. Led the league in fielding percentage three times.
  • May 30 - Lee Fyfe, 62, Federal League and National League umpire
  • June 26 - Gene Stack, 24, minor league pitcher with the White Sox who was the first player on a major league roster to be drafted for World War II service
  • July 20 - Rap Dixon, 39, All-Star outfielder in the Negro Leagues
  • August 3 - Jack Hayden, 61, outfielder for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Americans and Chicago Cubs in the early 20th century
  • September 2 - Henry Thielman, pitched from 1902 to 1903 baseball for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Superbas
  • September 26 - Joe Giannini, 54, shortstop for the 1911 Boston Red Sox
  • October 3 - Pinky Hargrave, catcher for the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers and Boston Braves between 1923 and 1930
  • November 8 - Birdie Cree, 60, outfielder who spent his entire career with the New York Highlanders/Yankees from 1908–1915, while hitting .292 in 742 games
  • November 14 - Scrappy Carroll, 82, Outfielder for three teams from 1884-1887.
  • November 15 - Joe Gunson, 79, catcher/outfielder who played four seasons in the majors from 1884, 1889, 1892-1893.
  • November 24 - Frank Owen, 62, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox from 1901–1908, who posted an 82-67 with a 2,55 ERA
  • November 30 - Slim Love, 52, pitcher who posted a 28-21 record with a 3.04 ERA in six seasons with the Senators, Yankees and Tigers
  • December 5 - Val Picinich, 46, catcher in 1307 games for the Philadelphia Athletics, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates between 1916 and 1933
  • December 6 - Amos Rusie, 71, pitcher who won 245 games by age 27 in a 10-year career (1889–98), mainly with the New York Giants; led NL in ERA twice and in strikeouts five times, twice topping 300; his powerful delivery was major reason for 1893 change in pitching distance from 50 feet to 60 feet 6 inches

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bedingfield, Gary. "Babe Ruth in World War II". http://www.baseballinwartime.com. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 

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