1938 World Series

After a six-year hiatus, the Chicago Cubs managed to top the National League, despite making it there by the slimmest of margins. After a ninth-inning, 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (who had led the National League for 2½ months) on September 28th, the Cubs managed to hold onto first place while winning the pennant by a mere two games. Rip Collins led the team in homers with thirteen, and outfielder Augie Galan topped the Cubs in runs batted in with sixty-nine. Stan Hack batted .320 and led the National League with sixteen stolen bases, and Carl Reynolds hit .302. Bill Lee and Clay Bryant were the staff pitching aces with twenty-two and nineteen victories. Dizzy Dean, who tried to come back too soon after his All-Star Game toe injury of 1937 and hurt his arm, had been obtained from the St. Louis Cardinals in April and won 7-of-8 decisions.

Their opponents, the 2x-defending champion Yankees were still dominating things on the American League side. This time five New Yorkers compiled RBI totals over ninety, and those five; Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, rookie Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich had home run totals ranging from thirty-two to twenty-two. Red Ruffing led the American League in victories with twenty-one, followed in the rotation by Lefty Gomez (eighteen wins), Monte Pearson (sixteen wins) and Spud Chandler (fourteen wins). The result was a 9½ game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant.

Bill Lee got the call for the Cubs in the Series opener and while the big right-hander pitched well, he did not pitch well enough to win. Bill Dickey went four-for-four against him; scoring a run and driving home another as the Yankees pulled ahead with a "predictable" 3-1 triumph. Nothing changed for Game 2 although the Cubs' Dizzy Dean appeared in control almost till the end. He contained the Yankees for seven innings at Wrigley Field and had given up only three hits while leading the contest, 3-2. George Selkirk added the Yankees' fourth hit as the leadoff man in the eighth, but two force-outs left Dean in a position to escape with one more out. Frankie Crosetti (who was on the bottom of the Yank's home-run list with nine) stepped up with Myril Hoag leading off of first base. Swinging at the first pitch, the unlikely hero sent a shockwave through the stands with a bomb over the left-field wall. Dean and his teammates stood in disbelief and were unable to answer the call in the ninth as the Yankees held on for the 6-3 victory.

Ahead two-games-to-none with the Series shifting to Yankee Stadium, the New Yorkers seemed to be a lock. Game 3 and 4 were quick (and painful) as the home team's momentum carried them to 5-2 and 8-3 finales that featured solid hitting by Crosetti who added a double, triple and four runs batted in to his stats. On a somber note, the ailing Lou Gehrig, went four-for-fourteen (all singles) for his last Series appearance. The Yankees had completed their fourth Series sweep in their last six appearances and became the first team to win the World Series in three consecutive years. The American Leaguers appeared unstoppable and most felt that the Cubs never had a chance.

"[The public] had marveled for thirteen years at his (Lou Gehrig) sublime strength; now they were marveling at his stunning weakness." - Eleanor Gehrig (wife, on Gehrig's progressing yet-to-be-diagnosed ALS affecting his play)
1938 World Series

1938 World Series Program, New York Yankees Version
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1938 World Series Official Program
New York Yankees Version

1938 World Series Official Program
Chicago Cubs Version

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1938 World Series Fast Facts
Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
43,642
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
42,108
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
55,236
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
59,847
1938 World Series Fast Facts

1938 World Series
Game 1
Line Score / Box Score
1938 World Series Game 1 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 12 1
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1
New York Pitcher(s) Chicago Pitcher(s)
Red Ruffing (W)
-
Bill Lee (L)
Jack Russell (9
th )
New York Home Runs Chicago Home Runs
None None

1938 World Series
Game 2
Line Score / Box Score
1938 World Series Game 2 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 7 2
Chicago 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 0
New York Pitcher(s) Chicago Pitcher(s)
Lefty Gomez (W)
Johnny Murphy (S, 8
th )
Dizzy Dean (L)
Larry French (9
th )
New York Home Runs Chicago Home Runs
Frankie Crosetti (8 th )
Joe DiMaggio (9
th )
None
-

1938 World Series
Game 3
Line Score / Box Score
1938 World Series Game 3 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 1
New York 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 x 5 7 2
Chicago Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)
Clay Bryant (L)
Jack Russell (6
th )
Larry French (7
th )
Monte Pearson (W)
-
-
Chicago Home Runs New York Home Runs
Joe Marty (8 th )
-
Joe Gordon (5 th )
Bill Dickey (8
th )

1938 World Series
Game 4
Line Score / Box Score
1938 World Series Game 4 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 8 1
New York 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 x 8 11 1
Chicago Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)
Bill Lee (L)
Charlie Root (4
th )
Vance Page (7
th )
Larry French (8
th )
Tex Carleton (8
th )
Dizzy Dean (8
th )
Red Ruffing (W)
-
-
-
-
-
Chicago Home Runs New York Home Runs
Ken O'Dea (8 th ) Tommy Henrich (6 th )

1938 World Series
New York Yankees
Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
ss
c
of
1b
p
2b
of
of-1
p
p
of
3b
p
of
4
4
4
4
1
4
4
2
1
1
1
4
2
3
16
15
15
14
2
15
16
5
0
3
0
18
6
10
4
6
4
4
0
6
4
2
0
1
0
3
1
2
2
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
4
4
0
3
3
3
0
1
0
0
1
0
6
2
2
0
0
6
1
1
0
0
0
1
1
1
.250
.400
.267
.286
.000
.400
.250
.400
.000
.333
.000
.167
.167
.200
2
1
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
4
0
1
3
0
3
1
0
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Totals
135
37
6
1
5
22
21
.274
11
16
3
1938 World Series
Chicago Cubs
Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
p
p
of-3
1b
p
of
p
ph
3b
c
2b
ss
ph
p
of
c-1
p
of-3
p
p
1
1
4
4
2
3
3
2
4
3
4
4
2
2
3
3
1
4
1
2
2
0
13
15
3
10
0
2
17
11
16
13
2
3
12
5
0
12
0
0
0
0
6
2
2
1
0
0
8
1
3
3
0
0
6
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
5
2
0
0
0
0
.000
.000
.462
.133
.667
.100
.000
.000
.471
.091
.188
.231
.000
.000
.500
.200
.000
.000
.000
.000
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
3
0
2
0
1
2
2
4
3
1
1
2
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
136
33
4
1
2
9
8
.243
6
26
0

1938 World Series
New York Yankees
Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
1
0
1
2
0
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
7.0
2.0
9.0
18.0
3.86
0.00
1.00
1.50
9
2
5
17
5
1
9
11
3
0
1
3
1
1
2
2
Totals
4
0
5
4
3
1
0
36.0
1.75
33
26
7
6
1938 World Series
Chicago Cubs
Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
1
1
2
3
2
1
1
2
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5.1
0.0
8.1
3.1
11.0
1.1
3.0
1.2
6.75
Infinite Earned Run Average
6.48
2.70
2.45
13.50
3.00
0.00
6
1
8
1
15
2
3
1
3
0
2
2
8
0
1
0
4
2
6
1
3
2
1
0
5
2
1
1
1
0
0
1
Totals
0
4
13
4
0
0
0
34.0
5.03
37
16
19
11


Did you know that with this World Championship the New York Yankees became the first team in Major League history to win three consecutive Fall Classics ?
During Game 4 , Tex Carleton of the Chicago Cubs became the fifth pitcher in World Series history to toss two wild pitches during the same game .
Red Ruffing started two games (out of only four), completed both games and won each of them. He also tied the World Series record for innings pitched and shattered the record for most hits allowed in a four-game Series.
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