1939 World Series
|Radio announcers:||Red Barber and Bob Elson|
|Umpires:||Bill McGowan (AL), Beans Reardon (NL), Bill Summers (AL), Babe Pinelli (NL)|
|Hall of Famers:||Umpire: Bill McGowan Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Lefty Gomez, Joe Gordon, Red Ruffing.
Reds: Bill McKechnie (mgr.), Ernie Lombardi, Al Simmons.
The 1939 World Series featured the three-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Cincinnati Reds, who were making their first Series appearance since winning the scandal-tainted 1919 World Series. The Yankees swept the Series in four games for the second straight year, winning their record fourth consecutive title (they would later win five straight from 1949 to 1953). Yankee manager Joe McCarthy won his fifth title, tying the record held by Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack.
In the 10th inning of the final game, a famous play at the plate typified the Series. "King Kong" Charlie Keller scored when he and the ball both collided with catcher "Schnoz" Ernie Lombardi, and then Joe DiMaggio also scored while Lombardi, rolling on the ground, tried in vain to retrieve the ball. Lombardi had been smacked in the groin, but the puritanical press reported it as Lombardi "napping" at the plate.
The Yankees matched the Reds in hits with 27, but out-homered them 7 to 0. Keller led the Yanks with seven hits, three home runs, six RBI, eight runs scored, a .438 average and a 1.188 slugging percentage.
Keller broke the record for most homers by a rookie in a World Series game with two in Game 3. Also in Game 3, Junior Thompson gave up five hits in 4 2⁄3 innings worked. Four of the five were home runs, tying the record for long balls allowed during a Series game set by the Cubs' Charlie Root in 1932.
Despite the loss, the Reds were an organization on the rise, having improved from eighth and last in the National League in 1937 (56–98, .364) to fourth in '38 (82–68, .547) and first as NL champions in '39. Ironically, despite being dominated by the Bronx Bombers in the 1939 Series, the Reds would return in 1940 to win the World Series while the Yankees finished behind Detroit and Cleveland in the AL pennant race, snapping their consecutive World Series streak at four.
|1||October 4||Cincinnati Reds – 1, New York Yankees – 2||Yankee Stadium (I)||1:33||58,541|
|2||October 5||Cincinnati Reds – 0, New York Yankees – 4||Yankee Stadium (I)||1:27||59,791|
|3||October 7||New York Yankees – 7, Cincinnati Reds – 3||Crosley Field||2:01||32,723|
|4||October 8||New York Yankees – 7, Cincinnati Reds – 4 (10 innings)||Crosley Field||2:04||32,794|
|WP: Red Ruffing (1–0) LP: Paul Derringer (0–1)|
In the opener, starters Ruffing and Derringer put on a fine show. In the bottom of the ninth with one out and the score tied 1–1, Keller tripled. The Reds walked Joe DiMaggio, but Bill Dickey ended it with a walk-off single to center.
|WP: Monte Pearson (1–0) LP: Bucky Walters (0–1)
NYY: Babe Dahlgren (1)
Lasting just 87 minutes, both pitchers threw complete games, Monte Pearson winning it with a two-hitter. A three-run third inning, keyed by Charlie Keller's double, gave Pearson all he'd need, with Babe Dahlgren adding a solo homer in the fourth.
|WP: Bump Hadley (1–0) LP: Junior Thompson (0–1)
NYY: Charlie Keller 2 (2), Joe DiMaggio (1), Bill Dickey (1)
Yankee ace Lefty Gomez lasted just one inning. Bump Hadley replaced him on the mound and promptly gave up go-ahead runs in the second, but the Yankees turned on the power with four home runs, half of them by Charlie Keller and all served up by Reds starter Gene "Junior" Thompson.
|WP: Johnny Murphy (1–0) LP: Bucky Walters (0–2)
NYY: Charlie Keller (3), Bill Dickey (2)
Neither side scored until the seventh. Homers by Keller and Dickey put the Yankees on the board, but the Reds struck back with three in their half of the inning. A wild play involving Joe DiMaggio (described above) gave the Yankees three runs in the 10th to wrap up a Series sweep.
Composite line score
|New York Yankees||2||0||5||1||4||0||2||0||3||3||20||27||2|
|Total attendance: 183,849 Average attendance: 45,962
Winning player's share: $5,542 Losing player's share: $4,193
- "1939 World Series Game 1 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1939 World Series Game 2 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1939 World Series Game 3 – New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1939 World Series Game 4 – New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- 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. 175–178. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
- Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2147. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
- 1939 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1939 World Series at Baseball Almanac
- 1939 World Series at Baseball-Reference.com
- The 1939 Post-Season Games (box scores and play-by-play) at Retrosheet
- History of the World Series - 1939 at The SportingNews. Archived from the original on 2008.
- Cincinnati Reds History
- Audio – Mel Allen's Play-by-Play of the Lombardi Snooze