1939 World Series

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1939 World Series Program


The 1939 World Series featured the three-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Cincinnati Reds, who were making their first Series appearance since the scandal-tainted 1919 World Series. The Yankees swept the Series in four games for the second time in a row, winning their record fourth consecutive title (they would later win five straight from 1949–1953). Yankee manager Joe McCarthy won his fifth title, tying the record held by Connie Mack.

The Reds had made it to the Series despite finishing last in the National League in 1937 (56–98, .364) and then fourth in 1938 (82–68, .547).

In the tenth inning of the final game, a famous play at the plate typified the Series. Charlie Keller scored when he and the ball both collided with catcher Ernie Lombardi and then Joe DiMaggio also scored while Lombardi, rolling on the ground, tried in vain to retrieve the ball. Lombardi had been smacked in the groin, but the puritanical press reported it as if Lombardi was "napping" at the plate.

The Yankees matched the Reds in hits with twenty-seven but out-homered the Reds seven (7) to none (0). Charlie "King Kong" Keller led the Yanks with eight runs, seven hits, three home runs, six runs batted in, a .438 batting average, and a 1.188 slugging percentage.

Keller broke the record for most homers by a rookie in a World Series game, during Game 3 when he went deep twice. Also in Game 3, Junior Thompson gave up five (5) hits in 4.2 innings worked. Four (4) of those five (5) hits were home runs tying the record for longs balls allowed during a Series game set by Charlie Root during the 1932 World Series.


1939 World Series-Game 1

Date Oct. 4th, 1939
Location Yankee Stadium
Attendance 58,541

1939 World Series Game 1-Line Score

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

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1939 World Series Game 1-Box Score

Cincinnati Reds 1, New York Yankees 2

Cincinnati Reds New York Yankees
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Werber 3b 4 0 0 0 Crosetti ss 4 0 0 0
Frey 2b 4 0 0 0 Rolfe 3b 4 0 0 0
Goodman rf 2 1 0 0 Keller rf 4 1 1 0
McCormick 1b 3 0 2 1 DiMaggio cf 3 0 1 0
Lombardi c 3 0 0 0 Dickey c 4 0 1 1
Craft cf 3 0 1 0 Selkirk lf 3 0 0 0
Berger lf 3 0 0 0 Gordon 2b 3 1 1 0
Myers ss 3 0 1 0 Dahlgren 1b 3 0 1 1
Derringer p 3 0 0 0 Ruffing p 3 0 0 1
Total 28 1 4 1 Total 31 2 6 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Derringer L(0-1) 8.1 6 2 2 1 7
Total 8.1 6 2 2 1 7
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Ruffing W(1-0) 9.0 4 1 1 1 4
Total 9.0 4 1 1 1 4

E–None. DP–New York 3. 2B–New York Dahlgren (1,off Derringer). 3B–New York Keller (1,off Derringer). IBB–DiMaggio (1,by Derringer). SB–Goodman (1,2nd base off Ruffing/Dickey). IBB–Derringer (1,DiMaggio). U-HP–Bill McGowan (AL), 1B–Beans Reardon (NL), 2B–Bill Summers (AL), 3B–Babe Pinelli (NL). T–1:33. A–58,541.


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1939 World Series-Game 2

Date Oct. 5th, 1939
Location Yankee Stadium
Attendance 59,791

1939 World Series Game 2-Line Score

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

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1939 World Series Game 2-Box Score

Cincinnati Reds 0, New York Yankees 4

Cincinnati Reds New York Yankees
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Werber 3b 3 0 1 0 Crosetti ss 4 0 1 1
Frey 2b 4 0 0 0 Rolfe 3b 4 1 1 0
Goodman rf 3 0 0 0 Keller rf 4 1 2 1
McCormick 1b 3 0 0 0 DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 0
Lombardi c 3 0 1 0 Dickey c 3 0 1 1
Bordagaray pr 0 0 0 0 Selkirk lf 3 0 1 0
Hershberger c 0 0 0 0 Gordon 2b 3 0 0 0
Craft cf 3 0 0 0 Dahlgren 1b 3 2 2 1
Berger lf 3 0 0 0 Pearson p 2 0 0 0
Myers ss 3 0 0 0 - - - - -
Walters p 2 0 0 0 - - - - -
Gamble ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 28 0 2 0 Total 30 4 9 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
New York 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 x 4 9 0
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Walters L(0-1) 8.0 9 4 4 0 5
Total 8.0 9 4 4 0 5
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Pearson W(1-0) 9.0 2 0 0 1 8
Total 9.0 2 0 0 1 8

E–None. DP–Cincinnati 1, New York 1. 2B–New York Dahlgren (2,off Walters); Keller (1,off Walters). HR–New York Dahlgren (1,4th inning off Walters 0 on, 1 out). SH–Pearson (1,off Walters). CS–Werber (1,2nd base by Pearson/Dickey). U-HP–Beans Reardon (NL), 1B–Bill Summers (AL), 2B–Babe Pinelli (NL), 3B–Bill McGowan (AL). T–1:27. A–59,791.


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1939 World Series-Game 3

Date Oct. 7th, 1939
Location Crosley Field
Attendance 32,723

1939 World Series Game 3-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 5 1
Cincinnati 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0

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1939 World Series Game 3-Box Score

New York Yankees 7, Cincinnati Reds 3

New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Crosetti ss 4 1 0 0 Werber 3b 4 1 1 1
Rolfe 3b 4 1 1 0 Frey 2b 4 0 0 0
Keller rf 3 3 2 4 Goodman rf 5 1 3 1
DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 2 McCormick 1b 5 0 2 0
Dickey c 3 1 1 1 Lombardi c 3 0 1 1
Selkirk lf 2 0 0 0 Bordagaray pr 0 0 0 0
Gordon 2b 4 0 0 0 Hershberger c 1 0 0 0
Dahlgren 1b 4 0 0 0 Craft cf 4 0 0 0
Gomez p 1 0 0 0 Berger lf 4 0 0 0
Hadley p 3 0 0 0 Myers ss 3 1 2 0
- - - - - Thompson p 1 0 1 0
- - - - - Grissom p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Bongiovanni ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Moore p 1 0 0 0
Total 32 7 5 7 Total 36 3 10 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 5 1
Cincinnati 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Gomez 1.0 3 1 1 0 1
Hadley W(1-0) 8.0 7 2 2 3 2
Total 9.0 10 3 3 3 3
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Thompson L(0-1) 4.2 5 7 7 4 3
Grissom 1.1 0 0 0 1 0
Moore 3.0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 9.0 5 7 7 5 5

E–Hadley (1). DP–New York 1. HR–New York Keller 2 (2,1st inning off Thompson 1 on, 1 out,5th inning off Thompson 1 on, 1 out); DiMaggio (1,3rd inning off Thompson 1 on, 2 out); Dickey (1,5th inning off Thompson 0 on, 2 out). SH–Thompson (1,off Hadley). HBP–Lombardi (1,by Hadley). WP–Thompson (1). HBP–Hadley (1,Lombardi). U-HP–Bill Summers (AL), 1B–Babe Pinelli (NL), 2B–Bill McGowan (AL), 3B–Beans Reardon (NL). T–2:01. A–32,723.


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1939 World Series-Game 4

Date Oct. 8th, 1939
Location Crosley Field
Attendance 32,794

1939 World Series Game 4-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 7 7 1
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 11 4

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1939 World Series Game 4-Box Score

New York Yankees 7, Cincinnati Reds 4

New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Crosetti ss 4 1 0 0 Werber 3b 5 0 2 1
Rolfe 3b 4 0 0 0 Frey 2b 5 0 0 0
Keller rf 5 3 2 1 Goodman rf 5 1 2 0
DiMaggio cf 5 2 2 1 McCormick 1b 4 1 2 0
Dickey c 5 1 1 2 Lombardi c 5 0 1 1
Selkirk lf 4 0 1 0 Craft cf 1 0 0 0
Gordon 2b 4 0 1 1 Simmons lf 4 1 1 0
Dahlgren 1b 4 0 0 0 Berger lf,cf 5 0 0 1
Hildebrand p 1 0 0 0 Myers ss 3 1 1 0
Sundra p 0 0 0 0 Derringer p 2 0 1 0
Murphy p 2 0 0 0 Hershberger ph 1 0 1 1
- - - - - Walters p 1 0 0 0
Total 38 7 7 5 Total 41 4 11 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 7 7 1
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 11 4
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Hildebrand 4.0 2 0 0 0 3
Sundra 2.2 4 3 0 1 2
Murphy W(1-0) 3.1 5 1 1 0 2
Total 10.0 11 4 1 1 7
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Derringer 7.0 3 2 2 2 2
Walters L(0-2) 3.0 4 5 2 1 1
Total 10.0 7 7 4 3 3

E–Rolfe (1), Goodman (1), Lombardi (1), Myers 2 (2). 2B–New York Selkirk (1,off Derringer), Cincinnati McCormick (1,off Hildebrand); Simmons (1,off Sundra); Goodman (1,off Murphy). 3B–Cincinnati Myers (1,off Sundra). HR–New York Keller (3,7th inning off Derringer 0 on, 0 out); Dickey (2,7th inning off Derringer 0 on, 1 out). SH–Rolfe (1,off Walters); McCormick (1,off Murphy). U-HP–Babe Pinelli (NL), 1B–Bill McGowan (AL), 2B–Beans Reardon (NL), 3B–Bill Summers (AL). T–2:04. A–32,794.


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1939 World Series

Cincinnati Reds Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos GM AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Wally Berger of 4 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 4 0
Nino Bongiovanni ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Frenchy Bordagaray pr 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Harry Craft of 4 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 .091 0 6 0
Paul Derringer p 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 0 0 0
Lonny Frey 2b 4 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 4 0
Lee Gamble ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 1 0
Ival Goodman of 4 15 5 1 0 0 3 0 .333 1 2 1
Lee Grissom p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0
Williard Hershberger c 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 .500 0 0 0
Ernie Lombardi c 4 14 3 0 0 0 0 1 .214 0 1 0
Frank McCormick 1b 4 15 6 1 0 0 1 0 .400 0 1 0
Whitey Moore p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Billy Myers ss 4 12 4 0 1 0 2 0 .333 2 3 0
Al Simmons of 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .250 0 0 0
Junior Thompson p 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0
Bucky Walters p 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Billy Werber 3b 4 16 4 0 0 0 1 2 .250 2 0 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 133 27 3 1 0 8 8 .203 6 22 1

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1939 World Series

Cincinnati Reds Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Paul Derringer 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 15.1 2.35 9 9 4 3
Lee Grissom 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 0.00 0 0 0 1
Whitey Moore 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 0.00 0 2 0 0
Junior Thompson 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.2 13.50 5 3 7 4
Bucky Walters 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 11.0 4.91 13 6 6 1
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 0 4 7 4 2 0 0 35.1 4.33 27 20 17 9

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1939 World Series

New York Yankees Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Frankie Crosetti ss 4 16 1 0 0 0 2 1 .063 2 2 0
Babe Dahlgren 1b 4 14 3 2 0 1 2 2 .214 0 4 0
Bill Dickey c 4 15 4 0 0 2 2 5 .267 1 2 0
Joe DiMaggio of 4 16 5 0 0 1 3 3 .313 1 1 0
Lefty Gomez p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Joe Gordon 2b 4 14 2 0 0 0 1 1 .143 0 2 0
Bump Hadley p 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Oral Hildebrand p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Charlie Keller of 4 16 7 1 1 3 8 6 .438 1 2 0
Johnny Murphy p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Monte Pearson p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Red Rolfe 3b 4 16 2 0 0 0 2 0 .125 0 0 0
Red Ruffing p 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0 1 0
George Selkirk of 4 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 .167 3 2 0
Steve Sundra p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 131 27 4 1 7 20 18 .206 9 20 0

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1939 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 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.0 9.00 3 1 1 0
Bump Hadley 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 2.25 7 2 2 3
Oral Hildebrand 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4.0 0.00 2 3 0 0
Johnny Murphy 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.1 2.70 5 2 1 0
Monte Pearson 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 9.0 0.00 2 8 0 1
Red Ruffing 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 1.00 4 4 1 1
Steve Sundra 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.2 0.00 4 2 0 1
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 0 7 4 2 0 0 37.0 1.22 27 22 5 6

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