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The following are the baseball events of the year 1940 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

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Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

American League National League
AVG Joe DiMaggio NYY .352 Debs Garms PIT .355
HR Hank Greenberg DET 41 Johnny Mize STL 43
RBI Hank Greenberg DET 159 Johnny Mize STL 137
Wins Bob Feller CLE 27 Bucky Walters CIN 22
ERA Bob Feller CLE 2.61 Bucky Walters CIN 2.48
Ks Bob Feller CLE 261 Kirby Higbe PHI 137

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   26.0
8th Philadelphia Athletics 54 100 .351   36.0

National League final standings

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Cincinnati Reds 100   53 .654    --
2nd Brooklyn Dodgers 88   65 .575   12.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 84   69 .549   16.0
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   50.0

Negro League Baseball final standings

Negro National League final standings

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Washington Homestead Grays 42 23 .646
Baltimore Elite Giants 54 30 .643
Newark Eagles 32 22 .593
New York Cubans 16 21 .432
Philadelphia Stars 30 44 .405
New York Black Yankees 9 23 .281

Events

  • September 30 - The Cleveland Indians finish one-game behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League pennant race, thus disappointing Ohio baseball fans who had been rooting all season long for what would have been the only All-Ohio World Series in baseball history, between the National League champions Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians.

Births

January-March

April-June

July-September

October-December

Deaths

  • February 13 - Walter Barnes, 79, sports editor for several Boston newspapers from 1891 to 1933 who was that city's first regular sports columnist
  • February 15 - Chick Fulmer, 89, shortstop for 11 seasons from 1871 to 1884.
  • March 2 - Matt Kilroy, 73, pitcher who holds the all-time strikeout record of 513, in 1886. Won 46 games in 1887, and led the league in games pitched twice, games started twice, complete games three times, and innings pitched once.
  • May 5 - Bill Wise, 79, pitcher/outfielder for three seasons from 1882 to 1886.
  • June 1 - Logan Drake, 40, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians from 1922 to 1924
  • August 21 - Ernest Thayer, 77, newspaper editor whose 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat" became a staple of baseball culture
  • October 17 - George Davis, 70, shortstop for the Giants and White Sox who set records for career hits (2600+) and RBI (1437) by a switch-hitter, and ranked third in total games upon retirement; batted .308 in 1906 World Series as White Sox upset Cubs
  • November 12 - Joe Quinn, 75, second baseman who played 17 seasons. From 1884 to 1901, he played in 1768 games and had 1797 hits.
  • December 15 or 16 - Billy Hamilton, 74, center fielder and leadoff hitter for Philadelphia and Boston who batted .344 lifetime, winning two batting titles; led NL in runs four times and in walks and steals five times each; had eleven 100-run seasons including record 192 in 1894, and his 1690 career runs - over one per game - ranked second in history upon retirement; batted .343 and .369 for 1897-98 Boston champions

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