1941 Major League Baseball season

The 1941 Major League Baseball season included the New York Yankees defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series, Ted Williams batting .406, and Joe DiMaggio having a 56-game hitting streak; it has been called the "best baseball season ever".[1]

1941 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 14 – October 6, 1941
Regular season
Season championsAL: New York Yankees
NL: Brooklyn Dodgers
Season MVPAL: Joe DiMaggio (NYY)
NL: Dolph Camilli (BKN)
World Series
ChampionsNew York Yankees
  Runners-upBrooklyn Dodgers

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ted Williams BSR .406 Pete Reiser BKN .343
HR Ted Williams BSR 37 Dolph Camilli BKN 34
RBI Joe DiMaggio NYY 125 Dolph Camilli BKN 120
Wins Bob Feller CLE 25 Kirby Higbe BKN
Whit Wyatt BKN
ERA Thornton Lee CHW 2.37 Elmer Riddle CIN 2.24
SO Bob Feller CLE 260 Johnny Vander Meer CIN 202
SV Johnny Murphy NYY 15 Jumbo Brown NYG 8
SB George Case WSH 33 Danny Murtaugh PHP 18

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 101   53 .656    --
2nd Boston Red Sox 84   70 .545   17.0
3rd Chicago White Sox 77   77 .500   24.0
4th Detroit Tigers 75   79 .487   26.0
4th Cleveland Indians 75   79 .487   26.0
6th Washington Senators 70   84 .455   31.0
6th St. Louis Browns 70   84 .455   31
8th Philadelphia Athletics 64   90 .416   37.0

National League final standings

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Brooklyn Dodgers 100   54 .649    --
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 97   56 .634   2.5
3rd Cincinnati Reds 88   66 .571   12.0
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 81   73 .526   19.0
5th New York Giants 74   79 .484   25.5
6th Chicago Cubs 70   84 .455   30.0
7th Boston Braves 62   92 .403   38.0
8th Philadelphia Phillies 43   111 .279   57.0


American League

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

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves Casey Stengel
Brooklyn Dodgers Leo Durocher
Chicago Cubs Jimmie Wilson
Cincinnati Reds Bill McKechnie
New York Giants Bill Terry
Philadelphia Phillies Doc Prothro
Pittsburgh Pirates Frankie Frisch
St. Louis Cardinals Billy Southworth


  1. ^ Creamer, Robert (1991). Baseball in '41: A Celebration of the "Best Baseball Season Ever". Viking Press. ISBN 0670833746.

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1941 Boston Braves season

The 1941 Boston Braves season was the 71st season of the franchise. The Braves finished seventh in the National League with a record of 62 wins and 92 losses.

1941 Boston Red Sox season

The 1941 Boston Red Sox season was the 41st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League (AL) with a record of 84 wins and 70 losses. The team featured five future Hall of Famers: player-manager Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, and Ted Williams.

1941 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers, led by manager Leo Durocher, won their first pennant in 21 years, edging the St. Louis Cardinals by 2.5 games. They went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, this team was referenced as one of "The Greatest Teams That Never Was", due to the quality of its starting lineup. Dolph Camilli was the slugging star with 34 home runs and 120 RBI. He was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. Pete Reiser, a 22-year-old rookie, led the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and runs scored. Other regulars included Hall of Famers Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Pee Wee Reese, and Dixie Walker. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers scored the most runs of any NL team (800).

The pitching staff featured a pair of 22-game winners, Kirby Higbe and Whitlow Wyatt, having their best pro seasons.

1941 Chicago Cubs season

The 1941 Chicago Cubs season was the 70th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 66th in the National League and the 26th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished sixth in the National League with a record of 70–84.

1941 Chicago White Sox season

The 1941 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 41st season in the major leagues, and their 42nd season overall. They finished with a record 77–77, good enough for 3rd place in the American League, 24 games behind the first place New York Yankees.

1941 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1941 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the National League with a record of 88–66, 12 games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1941 Detroit Tigers season

The 1941 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished tied for fourth in the American League with a record of 75–79, 26 games behind the New York Yankees.

1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the ninth playing of the mid-summer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 8, 1941, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League.

1941 New York Giants (MLB) season

The 1941 New York Giants season was the franchise's 59th season. The team finished in fifth place in the National League with a 74-79 record, 25½ games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1941 New York Yankees season

The 1941 New York Yankees season was the 39th season for the team in New York, and its 41st season overall. The team finished with a record of 101–54, winning their 12th pennant, finishing 17 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

Books and songs have been written about the 1941 season, the last before the United States became drawn into World War II. Yankees' center fielder Joe DiMaggio captured the nation's fancy with his lengthy hitting streak that extended through 56 games before finally being stopped. A big-band style song called Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was a hit for the Les Brown orchestra.

1941 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1941 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 64 wins and 90 losses.

1941 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1941 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished eighth in the National League with a record of 43 wins and 111 losses.

On July 1, the Phillies played the Dodgers in Brooklyn; the game was televised by WNBT in New York (now WNBC), making the ballgame the first program aired by a commercial TV station in the United States. Although the Phillies finished dead last and the Dodgers later won the pennant, Philadelphia won the game 6-4, in 10 innings.

1941 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1941 Pittsburgh Pirates was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 81–73, 19 games behind the first-place Brooklyn Dodgers.

1941 St. Louis Browns season

The 1941 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Browns finishing 6th in the American League with a record of 70 wins and 84 losses.

1941 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1941 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 60th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 50th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 97–56 during the season and finished 2nd in the National League.

1941 Washington Senators season

The 1941 Washington Senators won 70 games, lost 84, and finished in sixth place in the American League. They were managed by Bucky Harris and played home games at Griffith Stadium.

1941 World Series

The 1941 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games to capture their fifth title in six years, and their ninth overall.

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 (though the Yankees had already faced the crosstown New York Giants five times). These two teams would meet a total of seven times from 1941 to 1956 — the Dodgers' only victory coming in 1955 — with an additional four matchups after the Dodgers left for Los Angeles, most recently in 1981.

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