1941 World Series
|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
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.
|1||October 1||Brooklyn Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 3||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:08||68,540|
|2||October 2||Brooklyn Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 2||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:31||66,248|
|3||October 4||New York Yankees – 2, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1||Ebbets Field||2:22||33,100|
|4||October 5||New York Yankees – 7, Brooklyn Dodgers – 4||Ebbets Field||2:54||33,813|
|5||October 6||New York Yankees – 3, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1||Ebbets Field||2:13||34,072|
|WP: Red Ruffing (1–0) LP: Curt Davis (0–1)
NYY: Joe Gordon (1)
Pinch-hitter Lew Riggs' single scored Cookie Lavagetto in the seventh as the Dodgers pulled to within 3-2. Then they threatened in the ninth with hits by Joe Medwick and Pee Wee Reese, before Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing was able to get Herman Franks to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
|WP: Whit Wyatt (1–0) LP: Spud Chandler (0–1)|
Dolph Camilli's single off relief pitcher Johnny Murphy in the sixth broke a 2-2 deadlock. Whit Wyatt gave up a pinch single to George Selkirk leading off the ninth, but nailed down a complete-game victory.
|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.
|WP: Johnny Murphy (1–0) LP: Hugh Casey (0–2)
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:
|“||It wasn't a strike. It was a low inside curve that I should have had. But I guess the ball struck my glove and by the time I got hold of it I couldn't have thrown anybody out at first. It was an error.||”|
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.
|WP: Tiny Bonham (1–0) LP: Whit Wyatt (1–1)
NYY: Tommy Henrich (1)
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.
|New York Yankees||1||4||1||3||1||1||0||2||4||17||41||2|
|Total attendance: 235,773 Average attendance: 47,155
Winning player's share: $5,943 Losing player's share: $4,829
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