1938 World Series

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1938 World Series Program


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-centerfield power alley.


1938 World Series-Game 1

Date Oct. 5th, 1938
Location Wrigley Field
Attendance 43,642

1938 World Series Game 1-Line Score

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


1938 World Series Game 1-Box Score

New York Yankees 3, Chicago Cubs 1

New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Crosetti ss 4 0 1 0 Hack 3b 4 0 3 1
Rolfe 3b 5 0 1 0 Herman 2b 4 0 1 0
Henrich rf 4 1 2 0 Demaree lf 4 0 0 0
DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 0 Cavarretta rf 4 0 2 0
Gehrig 1b 3 1 1 0 Reynolds cf 4 0 0 0
Dickey c 4 1 4 1 Hartnett c 3 0 1 0
Selkirk lf 4 0 1 1 Collins 1b 3 1 1 0
Gordon 2b 4 0 2 1 Jurges ss 3 0 1 0
Ruffing p 3 0 0 0 Lee p 2 0 0 0
- - - - - O'Dea ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Russell p 0 0 0 0
Total 35 3 12 3 Total 32 1 9 1
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
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Ruffing W(1-0) 9.0 9 1 1 0 5
Total 9.0 9 1 1 0 5
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Lee L(0-1) 8.0 11 3 3 1 6
Russell 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 9.0 12 3 3 1 6

E–Henrich (1), Herman (1). DP–New York 2, Chicago 2. 2B–New York Gordon (1,off Lee); Henrich (1,off Lee); Crosetti (1,off Russell). 3B–Chicago Hartnett (1,off Ruffing). SH–Ruffing (1,off Lee). HBP–Crosetti (1,by Lee). SB–Dickey (1,2nd base off Lee/Hartnett). CS–Henrich (1,2nd base by Lee/Hartnett); Hack (1,2nd base by Ruffing/Dickey). HBP–Lee (1,Crosetti). U-HP–Charlie Moran (NL), 1B–Lou Kolls (AL), 2B–Ziggy Sears (NL), 3B–Cal Hubbard (AL). T–1:53. A–43,642.


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1938 World Series-Game 2

Date Oct. 6th, 1938
Location Wrigley Field
Attendance 42,108

1938 World Series Game 2-Line Score

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


1938 World Series Game 2-Box Score

New York Yankees 6, Chicago Cubs 3

New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Crosetti ss 4 1 1 2 Hack 3b 5 2 2 0
Rolfe 3b 4 0 0 0 Herman 2b 4 1 1 0
Henrich rf 4 1 1 0 Demaree rf 3 0 1 0
DiMaggio cf 4 2 2 2 Marty cf 4 0 3 3
Gehrig 1b 3 1 1 0 Reynolds lf 3 0 0 0
Dickey c 4 0 0 0 Hartnett c 4 0 0 0
Selkirk lf 3 0 1 0 Collins 1b 4 0 1 0
Powell lf 0 0 0 0 Jurges ss 3 0 0 0
Gordon 2b 4 0 1 2 Dean p 3 0 2 0
Gomez p 2 0 0 0 French p 0 0 0 0
Hoag ph 1 1 0 0 Cavarretta ph 1 0 1 0
Murphy p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 33 6 7 6 Total 34 3 11 3
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 Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Gomez W(1-0) 7.0 9 3 3 1 5
Murphy SV(1) 2.0 2 0 0 1 1
Total 9.0 11 3 3 2 6
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Dean L(0-1) 8.0 7 6 6 1 2
French 1.0 0 0 0 1 2
Total 9.0 7 6 6 2 4

E–Rolfe 2 (2). DP–New York 2, Chicago 1. 2B–New York Gordon (2,off Dean), Chicago Marty (1,off Gomez). HR–New York Crosetti (1,8th inning off Dean 1 on, 2 out); DiMaggio (1,9th inning off Dean 1 on, 0 out). SH–Demaree (1,off Gomez). CS–Marty (1,2nd base by Gomez/Dickey). U-HP–Lou Kolls (AL), 1B–Ziggy Sears (NL), 2B–Cal Hubbard (AL), 3B–Charlie Moran (NL). T–1:53. A–42,108.


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1938 World Series-Game 3

Date Oct. 8th, 1938
Location Yankee Stadium
Attendance 55,236

1938 World Series Game 3-Line Score

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


1938 World Series Game 3-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 2, New York Yankees 5

Chicago Cubs New York Yankees
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Hack 3b 3 1 1 0 Crosetti ss 3 0 0 0
Herman 2b 3 0 0 0 Rolfe 3b 4 0 1 1
Cavarretta rf 4 0 1 0 Henrich rf 4 0 0 0
Marty cf 4 1 3 2 DiMaggio cf 3 1 1 0
Reynolds lf 4 0 0 0 Gehrig 1b 4 1 1 0
Hartnett c 4 0 0 0 Dickey c 3 1 1 1
Collins 1b 4 0 0 0 Selkirk lf 3 0 0 0
Jurges ss 3 0 0 0 Gordon 2b 4 1 2 3
Lazzeri ph 1 0 0 0 Pearson p 3 1 1 0
Bryant p 2 0 0 0 - - - - -
Russell p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Galan ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
French p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
O'Dea ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 34 2 5 2 Total 31 5 7 5
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 Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Bryant L(0-1) 5.1 6 4 4 5 3
Russell 0.2 0 0 0 1 0
French 2.0 1 1 1 0 0
Total 8.0 7 5 5 6 3
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Pearson W(1-0) 9.0 5 2 1 2 9
Total 9.0 5 2 1 2 9

E–Herman (2), Crosetti (1), Gordon (1). 2B–Chicago Hack (1,off Pearson). HR–Chicago Marty (1,8th inning off Pearson 0 on, 1 out), New York Gordon (1,5th inning off Bryant 0 on, 2 out); Dickey (1,8th inning off French 0 on, 0 out). CS–Crosetti (1,2nd base by Bryant/Hartnett). U-HP–Ziggy Sears (NL), 1B–Cal Hubbard (AL), 2B–Charlie Moran (NL), 3B–Lou Kolls (AL). T–1:57. A–55,236.


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1938 World Series-Game 4

Date Oct. 9th, 1938
Location Yankee Stadium
Attendance 59,847

1938 World Series Game 4-Line Score

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

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1938 World Series Game 4-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 3, New York Yankees 8

Chicago Cubs New York Yankees
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Hack 3b 5 0 2 0 Crosetti ss 5 0 2 4
Herman 2b 5 0 1 0 Rolfe 3b 5 0 1 0
Cavarretta rf 4 1 2 0 Henrich rf 4 1 1 1
Marty cf 4 0 0 0 DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 0
Demaree lf 3 1 0 0 Gehrig 1b 4 1 1 0
O'Dea c 3 1 1 2 Dickey c 4 0 1 0
Collins 1b 4 0 0 0 Hoag lf 4 2 2 1
Jurges ss 4 0 2 0 Gordon 2b 3 2 1 0
Lee p 1 0 0 0 Ruffing p 3 1 1 1
Galan ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Root p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Lazzeri ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Page p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
French p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Carleton p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Dean p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Reynolds ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 36 3 8 2 Total 36 8 11 7
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 Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Lee L(0-2) 3.0 4 3 0 0 2
Root 3.0 3 1 1 0 1
Page 1.1 2 2 2 0 0
French 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Carleton 0.0 1 2 2 2 0
Dean 0.1 1 0 0 0 0
Total 8.0 11 8 5 2 3
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Ruffing W(2-0) 9.0 8 3 2 2 6
Total 9.0 8 3 2 2 6

E–Jurges (1), Gordon (2). 2B–Chicago Jurges (1,off Ruffing); Cavarretta (1,off Ruffing), New York Hoag (1,off Carleton); Crosetti (2,off Dean). 3B–New York Crosetti (1,off Lee). HR–New York Henrich (1,6th inning off Root 0 on, 0 out). IBB–Gordon (1,by Carleton). WP–Carleton 2 (2). IBB–Carleton (1,Gordon). U-HP–Cal Hubbard (AL), 1B–Charlie Moran (NL), 2B–Lou Kolls (AL), 3B–Ziggy Sears (NL). T–2:11. A–59,847.


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1938 World Series

Chicago Cubs Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos GM AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Clay Bryant p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Tex Carleton p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Phil Cavarretta of 4 13 6 1 0 0 1 0 .462 0 1 0
Ripper Collins 1b 4 15 2 0 0 0 1 0 .133 0 3 0
Dizzy Dean p 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 0 0 0
Frank Demaree of 3 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 .100 1 2 0
Larry French p 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Augie Galan ph 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Stan Hack 3b 4 17 8 1 0 0 3 1 .471 1 2 0
Gabby Hartnett c 3 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 .091 0 2 0
Billy Herman 2b 4 16 3 0 0 0 1 0 .188 1 4 0
Billy Jurges ss 4 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 .231 1 3 0
Tony Lazzeri ph 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Bill Lee p 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Joe Marty of 3 12 6 1 0 1 1 5 .500 0 2 0
Ken O'Dea c 3 5 1 0 0 1 1 2 .200 1 0 0
Vance Page p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Carl Reynolds of 4 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 3 0
Charlie Root p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Jack Russell p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 136 33 4 1 2 9 8 .243 6 26 0

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1938 World Series

Chicago Cubs Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Clay Bryant 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 5.1 6.75 6 3 4 5
Tex Carleton 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 18.00 1 0 2 2
Dizzy Dean 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 8.1 6.48 8 2 6 1
Larry French 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3.1 2.70 1 2 1 1
Bill Lee 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 11.0 2.45 15 8 3 1
Vance Page 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 13.50 2 0 2 0
Charlie Root 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 13.00 3 1 1 0
Jack Russell 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1.2 0.00 1 0 0 1
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 0 4 13 4 0 0 0 34.0 5.03 37 16 19 11

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1938 World Series

New York Yankees Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Frank Crosetti ss 4 16 4 2 1 1 1 6 .250 2 4 0
Bill Dickey c 4 15 6 0 0 1 2 2 .400 1 0 1
Joe DiMaggio of 4 15 4 0 0 1 4 2 .267 1 1 0
Lou Gehrig 1b 4 14 4 0 0 0 4 0 .286 2 3 0
Lefty Gomez p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Joe Gordon 2b 4 15 6 2 0 1 3 6 .400 1 3 1
Tommy Henrich of 4 16 4 1 0 1 3 1 .250 0 1 0
Myril Hoag of 2 5 2 1 0 0 3 1 .400 0 0 0
Johnny Murphy p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Monte Pearson p 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 .333 1 0 0
Jake Powell of 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Red Rolfe 3b 4 18 3 0 0 0 0 1 .167 0 3 1
Red Ruffing p 2 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 .167 1 0 0
George Selkirk of 3 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 2 1 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 135 37 6 1 5 22 21 .274 11 16 3

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1938 World Series

New York Yankees Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Lefty Gomez 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 7.0 3.86 9 5 3 1
Johnny Murphy 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2.0 0.00 2 1 0 1
Monte Pearson 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 1.00 5 9 1 2
Red Ruffing 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 18.0 1.50 17 11 3 2
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 0 5 4 3 1 0 36.0 1.75 33 26 7 6

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