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The 1939 season of the American League was the thirty-ninth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 New York Yankees 152 106 45 1 .697 -.- 967 (6.36) 556 (3.66) 0.287 0.370 0.451 3.31 0.978
2 Boston Red Sox 152 89 62 1 .586 17.0 890 (5.86) 795 (5.23) 0.291 0.362 0.436 4.56 0.970
3 Cleveland Indians 154 87 67 0 .565 20.5 797 (5.18) 700 (4.55) 0.280 0.349 0.413 4.08 0.970
4 Chicago White Sox 155 85 69 1 .548 22.5 755 (4.87) 737 (4.75) 0.275 0.347 0.374 4.31 0.972
5 Detroit Tigers 155 81 73 1 .523 26.5 849 (5.48) 762 (4.92) 0.279 0.354 0.426 4.29 0.967
6 Washington Senators 153 65 87 1 .425 41.5 702 (4.59) 797 (5.21) 0.278 0.345 0.379 4.60 0.966
7 Philadelphia Athletics 153 55 97 1 .359 51.5 711 (4.65) 1022 (6.68) 0.271 0.334 0.400 5.79 0.964
8 St. Louis Browns 156 43 111 2 .276 64.5 733 (4.70) 1035 (6.63) 0.268 0.336 0.381 6.01 0.968

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Ken Keltner
George McQuinn
Cleveland Indians
St. Louis Browns
154
At Bats Frankie Crosetti New York Yankees 656
Runs Scored Red Rolfe New York Yankees 139
Hits Red Rolfe New York Yankees 213
Doubles Red Rolfe New York Yankees 46
Triples Buddy Lewis Washington Senators 16
Home Runs Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 35
Total Bases Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 344
Runs Batted In Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 145
Stolen Bases George Case Washington Senators 51
Caught Stealing George Case Washington Senators 17
Walks Harlond Clift St. Louis Browns 111
Hit by Pitch Frankie Crosetti New York Yankees 13
Strikeouts Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 95
Sacrifice Hits Mike Kreevich Chicago White Sox 22
Grounded into Double Plays Joe Vosmik Boston Red Sox 27
Batting Average Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees 0.381
On-Base Percentage Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 0.464
Slugging Percentage Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 0.694
On-Base plus Slugging Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 1.158
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 188

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 24
Losses Vern Kennedy Detroit Tigers/St. Louis Browns 20
Win-Loss Percentage Atley Donald New York Yankees 0.812
Appearances Clint Brown Chicago White Sox 61
Games Started Bobo Newsom St. Louis Browns/Detroit Tigers 37
Complete Games Bob Feller
Bobo Newsom
Cleveland Indians
St. Louis Browns/Detroit Tigers
24
Shutouts Red Ruffing New York Yankees 5
Games Finished Clint Brown Chicago White Sox 56
Saves Johnny Murphy New York Yankees 19
Innings Pitched Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 296.2
Batters Faced Bobo Newsom St. Louis Browns/Detroit Tigers 1261
Hits Allowed Dutch Leonard Washington Senators 273
Home Runs Allowed Johnny Marcum
Lynn Nelson
St. Louis Browns/Chicago White Sox
Philadelphia Athletics
27
Base-on-Balls Allowed Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 142
Hit Batsmen Lefty Mills St. Louis Browns 8
Strikeouts Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 246
Wild Pitches Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 14
Balks Johnny Allen
Joe Haynes
Nels Potter
Cleveland Indians
Washington Senators
Philadelphia Athletics
2
Runs Allowed Nels Potter Philadelphia Athletics 163
Earned Runs Allowed Nels Potter Philadelphia Athletics 144
Earned Run Average Lefty Grove Boston Red Sox 2.54
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Ted Lyons Chicago White Sox 1.089

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the seventh midsummer classic at Yankee Stadium in New York, NY on Tuesday, July 11, 1939 by a score of 3 to 1. The league's manager was Joe McCarthy.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees defeated the National League's Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 0.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Joe DiMaggio, an outfielder with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 280 out of a possible 336 points and 15 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

[edit] Notable events

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