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1940 Detroit Tigers

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1939 / 1941

90-64, Finished 1st in American League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Del Baker (90-64)
Scored 888 runs, Allowed 717 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 92-62

Ballparks: Briggs Stadium · Attendance: 1,112,693 (1st of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
Batting - 109, Pitching - 108 · one-year: Batting - 110, Pitching - 108

Postseason:  Lost World Series (4-3) to Cincinnati Reds

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1939 / 1941 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from October 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 3, 1939

Drafted Tom Seats from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

December 6, 1939

Traded Billy Rogell to the Chicago Cubs. Received Dick Bartell.

December 9, 1939

Traded Benny McCoy to the Philadelphia Athletics. Received Wally Moses. Trade was voided and players returned on January 14, 1940.


Signed Dick Conger as an amateur free agent.

Signed Joe Erautt as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bob Gillespie as an amateur free agent.

Obtained Sal Maglie from Buffalo (International) as part of a minor league working agreement.

January 14, 1940

Ed Albosta granted Free Agency.

Roy Cullenbine granted Free Agency.

Guy Curtright granted Free Agency.

Dutch Dietz granted Free Agency.

Cal Dorsett granted Free Agency.

Al Gardella granted Free Agency.

Danny Gardella granted Free Agency.

Paul Gillespie granted Free Agency.

Buddy Hancken granted Free Agency.

Jim Hickey granted Free Agency.

Johnny Johnson granted Free Agency.

Dale Jones granted Free Agency.

Pat McLaughlin granted Free Agency.

George Metkovich granted Free Agency.

Bill Mueller granted Free Agency.

Dee Phillips granted Free Agency.

Steve Rachunok granted Free Agency.

Johnny Sain granted Free Agency.

Bryan Stephens granted Free Agency.

Tommy Tatum granted Free Agency.

Ed Weiland granted Free Agency.

Benny McCoy granted Free Agency.

January 20, 1940

Traded Beau Bell to the Cleveland Indians. Received Bruce Campbell.

January 30, 1940

Traded Slick Coffman to the St. Louis Browns. Received Billy Sullivan.

February 23, 1940

Selected Lynn Nelson off waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics.

April 19, 1940 (Standings)

Purchased Scat Metha from the Chicago White Sox.

May 22, 1940 (Standings)

Sold Cotton Pippen to Oakland (PCL).

July 3, 1940 (Standings)

Sold Lynn Nelson to Buffalo (International).

July 16, 1940 (Standings)

Purchased Bob Uhl from Dallas (Texas).

July 30, 1940 (Standings)

Purchased Tuck Stainback from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

August 1, 1940 (Standings)

Released Red Kress.

August 7, 1940 (Standings)

Traded $ plus two players to be named to the New York Giants. Received Dutch Meyer.

September 11, 1940 (Standings)

Frank Secory selected by the Cincinnati Reds off waivers.

October 4, 1940 (Standings)

Dick Conger drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1940 rule 5 draft.

December, 1940

Sold Scat Metha to Knoxville (Southern Association).

Traded Les Fleming to Nashville (Southern Association). Received Bob Boken, Mickey Rocco and cash.

December 12, 1940

Sold Pete Fox to the Boston Red Sox.

December 18, 1940

Selected Eric McNair off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.


Signed Johnny Lipon as an amateur free agent.

Signed Stubby Overmire as an amateur free agent.

Obtained Hal White from Buffalo (International) as part of a minor league working agreement.

Frank Carswell received from Texarkana (Big State) in an unknown transaction.

Bobby Hogue received from Hollywood (Florida East Coast) in an unknown transaction.

January 27, 1941

Signed John McHale as an amateur free agent.

February 8, 1941

Signed Hoot Evers as an amateur free agent.

Released Earl Averill.

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1939 / 1941 Trades and Transactions