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1938 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe McCarthy 99–53, .651, GA: 9½
Chicago Cubs (0) Gabby Hartnett (player/manager) 89–63, .586, GA: 2
Dates: October 5–October 9
Radio: NBC, CBS, Mutual
Radio announcers: NBC Red: Tom Manning, Red Barber, George Hicks
NBC Blue: John O'Hara, George Higgins, Albert Rosewell
CBS: John Harrington, France Laux, Pat Flanagan, Bill Dyer, Mel Allen
Mutual: Bob Elson, Stan Lomax, Quin Ryan
Umpires: Charley Moran (NL), Cal Hubbard (AL), Ziggy Sears (NL), Lou Kolls (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Joe Gordon, Red Ruffing.
Cubs: Dizzy Dean, Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Tony Lazzeri.
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The 1938 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Chicago Cubs, with the Yankees sweeping the Series in four games for their seventh championship and record third straight (they would win four in a row this time, and five in a row later from 1949–53).

Dizzy Dean, who had helped carry the Cubs to the National League pennant despite a sore arm, ran out of gas in the Series as the Yanks crushed the Cubs again, as they had in 1932. The Cubs did not win a meaningful game against the Yankees until a regular-season interleague series in 2003.

Yankee starting pitcher Red Ruffing won two games without a loss, although he gave up a record seventeen hits in eighteen innings pitched.

This was the first World Series at Wrigley Field since the bleacher reconstruction of 1937 which had significantly shortened the left-center field power alley.

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Summary

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 5 New York Yankees – 3, Chicago Cubs – 1 Wrigley Field 1:53 43,642[1]
2 October 6 New York Yankees – 6, Chicago Cubs – 3 Wrigley Field 1:53 42,108[2] 
3 October 8 Chicago Cubs – 2, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium (I) 1:57 55,236[3] 
4 October 9 Chicago Cubs – 3, New York Yankees – 8 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:11 59,847[4]

Matchups

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Game 1

Wednesday, October 5, 1938 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 12 1
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1

WP: Red Ruffing (1–0)  LP: Bill Lee (0–1)  

Game 2

Thursday, October 6, 1938 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

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

WP: Lefty Gomez (1–0)  LP: Dizzy Dean (0–1)  SV: Johnny Murphy (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Frankie Crosetti (1), Joe DiMaggio (1)

Dean had tried to come back too soon after his 1937 All-Star Game toe injury, favoring the toe and hurting his arm in the process. He had been obtained from the St Louis Cardinals in April 1938, and had won 7 of 8 decisions in the regular season, relying on finesse rather than his now-gone fastball. Dean would give up six earned runs in 8-1/3 innings pitched overall and take the loss in Game 2. Dean's luck ran out in the late innings of Game 2, as Frank Crosetti and Joe DiMaggio hit two-run home runs off Dean in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to send the Cubs to New York down two games to none in the Series.

Game 3

Saturday, October 8, 1938 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Monte Pearson (1–0)  LP: Clay Bryant (0–1)  
HRs:  CHC – Joe Marty (1)  NYY – Joe Gordon (1), Bill Dickey (1)

Game 4

Sunday, October 9, 1938 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Red Ruffing (2–0)  LP: Bill Lee (0–2)  
HRs:  CHC – Ken O'Dea (1)  NYY – Tommy Henrich (1)

Composite box

1938 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Chicago Cubs (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 7 0 0 2 4 0 7 2 22 37 6
Chicago Cubs 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 3 0 9 33 3
Total attendance: 200,833   Average attendance: 50,208
Winning player’s share: $5,729   Losing player’s share: $4,675[5]

Notes

References

  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 171–174)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2146. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. "1938 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1938_WS.shtml. Retrieved 2007-12-09.  

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