1940 Major League Baseball season

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The 1940 Major League Baseball season saw many stars have great years, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series against the Detroit Tigers and the following players won MVP in their respective divisions, Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers and Frank McCormick of the Cincinnati Reds. The season started on April 16 and was carried out until October 8, 1940.

1940 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 16 – October 8, 1940
Regular season
Season championsAL: Detroit Tigers
NL: Cincinnati Reds
Season MVPAL: Hank Greenberg (DET)
NL: Frank McCormick (CIN)
World Series
ChampionsCincinnati Reds
  Runners-upDetroit Tigers
MLB seasons

Awards and honors[edit]

Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Joe DiMaggio NYY .352 Debs Garms PIT .355
HR Hank Greenberg DET 41 Johnny Mize SLC 43
RBI Hank Greenberg DET 150 Johnny Mize SLC 137
Wins Bob Feller1 CLE 27 Bucky Walters CIN 22
ERA Bob Feller1 CLE 2.61 Bucky Walters CIN 2.48
SO Bob Feller1 CLE 261 Kirby Higbe PHP 137
SV Al Benton DET 17 Joe Beggs CIN
Jumbo Brown NYG
Mace Brown PIT
SB George Case WSH 35 Lonny Frey CIN 22

1 American League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Detroit Tigers 90   64 .584    --
2nd Cleveland Indians 89   65 .578   1
3rd New York Yankees 88   66 .571   2
4th Chicago White Sox 82   72 .532   8
4th Boston Red Sox 82   72 .532   8
6th St. Louis Browns 67   87 .435   23
7th Washington Senators 64   90 .416   26
8th Philadelphia Athletics 54   100 .351   36

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Cincinnati Reds 100   53 .654    --
2nd Brooklyn Dodgers 88   65 .575   12
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 84   69 .549   16
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 78   76 .506   22.5
5th Chicago Cubs 75   79 .487   25.5
6th New York Giants 72   80 .474   27.5
7th Boston Bees 65   87 .428   34.5
8th Philadelphia Phillies 50   103 .327   50

Season Overview[edit]

The 1940 MLB season was dominated by stars such as Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, and Frank McCormick. Bob Feller took home the American league pitching triple crown by having the most wins, strikeouts and lowest era in his respective league. Debs Garms led the entire league in batting average by hitting .355. Hank Greenberg and Johnny Mize led their respective leagues in homerun's and runs batted in by having (41,150) and (43,137). The Sporting News manager of the year award went to Bill McKechnie for leading his team to the world series and winning it. The world series was won in game 7 by the Reds over the Tigers, due to a strong pitching performance by Paul Derringer.

1940 All Star Game[edit]

This was the 8th time the MLB all star game "mid summer classic" had been played. It was held in St. Louis Missouri at Sportsman's Park on July 9, 1940. The NL was led to victory by the lone home run of the game by Max West of the Braves and they won the game 4–1. The two starting pitchers of the game were Red Ruffing of the New York Yankees for the American League who took the loss for this game and Paul Derringer of the Cincinnati Reds for the National League who got the win in this game.

The starting rosters for the both the National League and the American League are shown below:

American League Starting Lineup
Order Player Team Position
1 Cecil Travis Senators 3B
2 Ted Williams Red Sox LF
3 Charlie Keller Yankees RF
4 Joe DiMaggio Yankees CF
5 Jimmie Foxx Red Sox 1B
6 Luke Appling White Sox SS
7 Bill Dickey Yankees C
8 Joe Gordon Yankees 2B
9 Red Ruffing Yankees P
National League Starting Lineup
Order Player Team Position
1 Arky Vaughan Pirates SS
2 Billy Herman Cubs 2B
3 Max West Braves RF
4 Johnny Mize Cardinals 1B
5 Ernie Lombardi Reds C
6 Joe Medwick Dodgers LF
7 Cookie Lavagetto Dodgers 3B
8 Terry Moore Cardinals CF
9 Paul Derringer Reds P

Negro League Standings[edit]

At this time there was also a separate professional baseball league composed primarily of African American and Latin baseball players which was called the Negro League. These leagues were created for minorities to play professional baseball because of the racism at the time that would not allow certain races to play in the Major Leagues.

The standings for the 1940 Negro League season are shown below:

American League
Team G W L Win %
Kansas City Monarchs 19 12 7 .632
Birmingham Black Barons 18 9 9 .500
Memphis Red Sox 24 12 12 .500
Cleveland Bears 20 10 10 .500
Chicago American Giants 24 9 15 .375
Indianapolis Crawfords 8 3 5 .375
National League
Team G W L Win %
Washington Homestead Grays 41 28 13 .683
Baltimore Elite Giants 39 25 14 .641
Newark Eagles 42 25 17 .595
New York Cubans 31 12 19 .387
Philadelphia Stars 47 16 31 .340
New York Black Yankees 32 10 22 .313


In a 7 game world series between the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds the Cincinnati Reds won in game 7. The 1940 World Series was a showdown between the best team in each league. The Reds were led by NL MVP Frank McCormick and the Tigers were led by AL MVP Hank Greenberg. This series game down to the very last game where Paul Derringer threw a complete game no earned runs, and the Reds won 2-1.


American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Joe Cronin
Chicago White Sox Jimmy Dykes
Cleveland Indians Ossie Vitt
Detroit Tigers Del Baker
New York Yankees Joe McCarthy
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Fred Haney
Washington Senators Bucky Harris

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves Casey Stengel
Brooklyn Dodgers Leo Durocher
Chicago Cubs Gabby Hartnett
Cincinnati Reds Bill McKechnie
New York Giants Bill Terry
Philadelphia Phillies Doc Prothro
Pittsburgh Pirates Frankie Frisch
St. Louis Cardinals Ray Blades, Mike González and Billy Southworth


April 16, 1940 – Bob Feller pitches his first career no hitter on opening day against the Chicago White Sox. This no hitter remains the only no hitter ever on opening day.

April 23, 1940 – Pee Wee Reese makes his Major League Baseball debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pee Wee Reese later in his career goes into the Hall of Fame.

June 6, 1940 – Warren Spahn signs with the Boston Bees. Spahn later becomes a pitcher icon and wins the Cy young award.

July 9, 1940 – All star game held at Sportsman Park in St. Louis Missouri. The National League beat the American League 4–1 with help from Max West's home run.

September 24, 1940 – Jimmie Foxx "The Beast" hits his 500th career home run.

October 8, 1940 – The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Detroit Tigers in game 7 of the World Series. This is the second time the Reds have won the World Series, they were led by NL MVP Frank McCormick.



External links[edit]

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  2. ^ "1940 Major League Baseball Season Summary". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  3. ^ "1940 Baseball Season". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. ^ "Baseball History in 1940 American League by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  5. ^ "1940 in the Negro Leagues - BR Bullpen". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-05-06.