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The 1940 season of the American League was the fortieth 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 Detroit Tigers 155 90 64 1 .581 -.- 888 (5.73) 717 (4.63) 0.286 0.364 0.442 4.01 0.968
2 Cleveland Indians 155 89 65 1 .574 1.0 710 (4.58) 637 (4.11) 0.265 0.330 0.398 3.63 0.975
3 New York Yankees 155 88 66 1 .568 2.0 817 (5.27) 671 (4.33) 0.259 0.340 0.418 3.89 0.975
4 Chicago White Sox 155 82 72 1 .529 8.0 735 (4.74) 672 (4.34) 0.278 0.339 0.387 3.74 0.969
5 Boston Red Sox 154 82 72 0 .532 8.0 872 (5.66) 825 (5.36) 0.286 0.355 0.449 4.89 0.972
6 St. Louis Browns 156 67 87 2 .429 23.0 757 (4.85) 882 (5.65) 0.263 0.331 0.401 5.12 0.974
7 Washington Senators 154 64 90 0 .416 26.0 665 (4.32) 811 (5.27) 0.271 0.329 0.374 4.59 0.968
8 Philadelphia Athletics 154 54 100 0 .351 36.0 703 (4.56) 932 (6.05) 0.262 0.332 0.387 5.22 0.960

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Lou Boudreau
Babe Dahlgren
Joe Gordon
Joe Kuhel
Rudy York
Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees
New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
155
At Bats Doc Cramer Boston Red Sox 661
Runs Scored Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 134
Hits Doc Cramer
Barney McCosky
Rip Radcliff
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
St. Louis Browns
200
Doubles Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 50
Triples Barney McCosky Detroit Tigers 19
Home Runs Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 41
Total Bases Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 384
Runs Batted In Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 150
Stolen Bases George Case Washington Senators 35
Caught Stealing George Case
Buddy Lewis
Jim Tabor
Mike Tresh
Washington Senators
Washington Senators
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
10
Walks Charlie Keller New York Yankees 106
Hit by Pitch Frankie Crosetti New York Yankees 10
Strikeouts Sam Chapman Philadelphia Athletics 96
Sacrifice Hits Mike Kreevich Chicago White Sox 21
Grounded into Double Plays Lou Boudreau Cleveland Indians 23
Batting Average Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees 0.352
On-Base Percentage Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 0.442
Slugging Percentage Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 0.670
On-Base plus Slugging Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 1.103
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees 173

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 27
Losses George Caster
Dutch Leonard
Philadelphia Athletics
Washington Senators
19
Win-Loss Percentage Schoolboy Rowe Detroit Tigers 0.842
Appearances Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 43
Games Started Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 37
Complete Games Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 31
Shutouts Bob Feller
Ted Lyons
Al Milnar
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
4
Games Finished Clint Brown Chicago White Sox 36
Saves Al Benton Detroit Tigers 17
Innings Pitched Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 320.1
Batters Faced Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 1304
Hits Allowed Dutch Leonard Washington Senators 328
Home Runs Allowed Bob Harris
Red Ruffing
St. Louis Browns
New York Yankees
24
Base-on-Balls Allowed Ken Chase Washington Senators 143
Hit Batsmen Spud Chandler
Al Smith
New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians
6
Strikeouts Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 261
Wild Pitches Ken Chase
Porter Vaughan
Washington Senators
Philadelphia Athletics
12
Balks Atley Donald
Bobo Newsom
Nels Potter
Porter Vaughan
New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Athletics
Philadelphia Athletics
2
Runs Allowed George Caster Philadelphia Athletics 160
Earned Runs Allowed Vern Kennedy St. Louis Browns 138
Earned Run Average Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 2.61
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Bob Feller Cleveland Indians 1.133

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the eighth midsummer classic at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, July 9, 1940 by a score of 4 to 0. The league's manager was Joe Cronin.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the American League champion Detroit Tigers were defeated by the National League's Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Hank Greenberg, an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers. In the award's voting, he had 292 out of a possible 336 points and 16 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The first annual Hall of Fame Game was played on June 13 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Boston Red Sox lost to the Chicago Cubs of the National League by a score of 10 to 9.

[edit] Notable events

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