The 1941 New York Yankees played the 39th season in team history. The team finished with a record of 101-54, winning their 12th pennant, finishing 17 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in 6 games.
Books and songs have been written about the 1941 season, the last before the United States became drawn into World War II. Yankees' centerfielder Joe DiMaggio captured the nation's fancy with his lengthy hitting streak that extended through 56 games before finally being stopped. A big-band style song called Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was a hit for the Les Brown Orchestra.
The 1941 Yankees are one of three teams since 1900 to have won 42 games over a 50-game stretch; the others are the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals and the 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees' streak started on June 7th, when having lost their last three, they were in fourth place with a record of 25-22. When they swept a doubleheader over the Detroit Tigers on July 31st, they had improved to 67-30 and had a 12-game lead over their nearest pursuers. They would then also win their next two games, for a 44-8 record over 52 games. The string included winning streaks of 14 and 9 games. DiMaggio's historic hitting streak went from May 15th to July 16th, so by the time his streak became long enough to capture the nation's imagination, the Yankees were nearly unbeatable and running away with the pennant, a combination which explains why Joe won the MVP Award in spite of Ted Williams hitting over .400 that year.
 Awards and Honors
 Season standings
 World Series
AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (1)
|| Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 3
|| Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 2
|| Yankees – 2, Dodgers – 1
|| Yankees – 7, Dodgers – 4
|| Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 1
 Further Reading
- Lew Freedman: DiMaggio's Yankees: A History of the 1936-1944 Dynasty, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7864-5906-3
- Kostya Kennedy: 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, Sports Illustrated Books, New York, NY, 2011. ISBN 978-1603201773
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