1940 Major League Baseball season

The 1940 Major League Baseball season was a very good season for baseball where many stars had 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 1940 Major League Baseball 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

Awards and honors

Hank Greenberg 1937 cropped
Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP

Statistical leaders

  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

American League final standings

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

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

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

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 9th 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

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 leagues best team in each division. 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

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

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 16th 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 23rd 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 6th 1940 - Warren Spahn signs with the Boston Bees. Spahn later becomes a pitcher icon and wins the Cy young award.

July 9th 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 24th 1940 - Jimmie Foxx "The Beast" hits his 500th career home run.

October 8th 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.


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External links

  1. ^ "1940 MLB Season History - Major League Baseball - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  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. ^ Baseball-Reference.com https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/1940_in_the_Negro_Leagues. Retrieved 2019-05-06. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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1940 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1940 New York Giants (MLB) season

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1940 World Series

The 1940 World Series matched the Cincinnati Reds against the Detroit Tigers, the Reds winning a closely contested seven-game series for their second championship 21 years after their scandal-tainted victory in 1919. This would be the Reds' last World Series championship for 35 years despite appearances in 1961, 1970, and 1972. Meanwhile, Bill Klem worked the last of his record 18 World Series as an umpire.Other story lines marked this series. Henry Quillen Buffkin Newsom, the father of Detroit's star pitcher Bobo Newsom, died in a Cincinnati hotel room the day after watching him win Game 1. Newsom came back to hurl a shutout in Game 5 in his memory. Called on to start a third time after a single day of rest by Tiger manager Del Baker, he pitched well in Game 7 until the seventh inning, when the Reds scored two runs to take the lead and eventually the game and the Series.

The Reds' star pitchers Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters won two games apiece, with Derringer winning the decisive seventh game. Walters hurled two complete games, allowing only eight hits and three runs combined. He also hit a home run in Game 6 in the midst of his 4–0 shutout, which sent the Series to a Game 7.

It was redemption of sorts for the Reds, who returned to the World Series after being swept by the Yankees squad in 1939. The Reds' win in Game 2 against Detroit snapped a 10-game losing streak for the National League in the Series going back to Game 6 in 1937.

The victory culminated a somewhat turbulent season for the Reds, who played large stretches of the season without injured All-Star catcher Ernie Lombardi. And on August 3, Lombardi's backup, Willard Hershberger, committed suicide in Boston a day after a defensive lapse cost the Reds a game against the Bees. Hershberger was hitting .309 at the time of his death. The Reds dedicated the rest of the season to "Hershie." One of the stars in the World Series was 40-year-old Jimmy Wilson. Wilson had been one of the Reds' coaches before Hershberger's suicide forced him back onto the playing field as Lombardi's backup. With Lombardi hurting, Wilson did the bulk of the catching against Detroit and hit .353 for the Series and recorded the team's only stolen base.

Reds' manager Bill McKechnie became the first manager to win a World Series with two different teams, at the helm of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925, after trailing three games to one against Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators.

1940 MLB season by team
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