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1941 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe McCarthy 101–53, .656, GA: 17
Brooklyn Dodgers (1) Leo Durocher 100–54, .649, GA: 2½
Dates: October 1–October 6
Radio: Mutual
Radio announcers: Red Barber, Bob Elson
Umpires: Bill McGowan (AL), Babe Pinelli (NL), Bill Grieve (AL), Larry Goetz (NL)
Future Hall of Famers: Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing
Dodgers: Leo Durocher (mgr.), Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Pee Wee Reese
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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 thirteen (13) of their last fourteen (14) Series games and twenty-eight (28) of their last thirty-one (31).

This was the first Subway Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees, who had already faced the crosstown New York Giants five times, and the Series was now 1–0 in favor of the Bronx Bombers. These two teams would meet a total of seven (7) times from 1941–1956—the Dodgers' only victory coming in 1955.

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Summary

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 1 Brooklyn Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:08 68,540[1]
2 October 2 Brooklyn Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:31 66,248[2] 
3 October 4 New York Yankees – 2, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1 Ebbets Field 2:22 33,100[3] 
4 October 5 New York Yankees – 7, Brooklyn Dodgers – 4 Ebbets Field 2:54 33,813[4] 
5 October 6 New York Yankees – 3, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1 Ebbets Field 2:13 34,072[5]

Matchups

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Game 1

Wednesday, October 1, 1941 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Red Ruffing (1–0)  LP: Curt Davis (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Joe Gordon (1)

Game 2

Thursday, October 2, 1941 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Whit Wyatt (1–0)  LP: Spud Chandler (0–1)  

Game 3

Saturday, October 4, 1941 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

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

WP: Marius Russo (1–0)  LP: Hugh Casey (0–1)  

Game 4

Sunday, October 5, 1941 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

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

WP: Johnny Murphy (1–0)  LP: Hugh Casey (0–2)  
HRs:  BRO – Pete Reiser (1)

Game 5

Monday, October 6, 1941 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

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

WP: Tiny Bonham (1–0)  LP: Whit Wyatt (1–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Tommy Henrich (1)

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1941 World Series (4–1): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 1 4 1 3 1 1 0 2 4 17 41 2
Brooklyn Dodgers 0 0 1 2 5 1 1 1 0 11 29 4
Total attendance: 235,773   Average attendance: 47,155
Winning player’s share: $5,943   Losing player’s share: $4,829[6]

Notes

References

  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 184–187)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2149. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. "1941 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1941_WS.shtml. Retrieved 2007-12-09.  

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