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1938 New York Yankees

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1937 / 1939

99-53, Finished 1st in American League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Joe McCarthy (99-53)
Scored 966 runs, Allowed 710 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 97-55

Ballparks: Yankee Stadium I · Attendance: 970,916 (1st of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
Batting - 100, Pitching - 95 · one-year: Batting - 106, Pitching - 102

Postseason:  Won World Series (4-0) over Chicago Cubs

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1937 / 1939 Trades and Transactions

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

October 5, 1937

George McQuinn drafted by the St. Louis Browns in the 1937 rule 5 draft.

Milt Bocek selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1937 minor league draft.

October 15, 1937

Released Tony Lazzeri.

November 5, 1937

Sold Nolen Richardson to Baltimore (International).

December, 1937

Traded Bob Swift and cash to the St. Louis Browns. Received Stan Keyes (minors).

December 3, 1937

Traded Willard Hershberger to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Eddie Miller and $40,000.

December 4, 1937

Traded Vito Tamulis to the St. Louis Browns. Received Harry Davis.

December 6, 1937

Sold Johnny Niggeling to the Boston Bees.


Signed Mel Queen as an amateur free agent.

Milo Candini received from El Paso (Arizona-Texas) in an unknown transaction.

Aaron Robinson received from Snow Hill (Coastal Plain) in an unknown transaction.

January 20, 1938

Released Pat Malone.

February 15, 1938

Traded Don Heffner and $10,000 to the St. Louis Browns. Received Bill Knickerbocker.

April, 1938

Signed Charley Stanceu as a free agent.

April 15, 1938 (Standings)

Sold Ernie Koy to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

June 24, 1938 (Standings)

Sold Bob Seeds to the New York Giants.

August 10, 1938 (Standings)

Traded Eddie Miller to the Boston Bees. Received players to be named later, Gil English, Johnny Riddle and cash. The Boston Bees sent Bobby Reis (October 27, 1938), Tommy Reis (October 27, 1938), Johnny Babich (October 27, 1938) and Vince DiMaggio (February 4, 1939) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

August 14, 1938 (Standings)

Signed Wes Ferrell as a free agent.

October 4, 1938 (Standings)

Pinky May drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

October 26, 1938

Traded Joe Glenn and Myril Hoag to the St. Louis Browns. Received Oral Hildebrand and Buster Mills.

November 19, 1938

Sold Johnny Broaca to the Cleveland Indians.


Signed Ferrell Anderson as an amateur free agent.

Signed Hank Borowy as an amateur free agent.

Signed Joe Collins as an amateur free agent.

Signed Karl Drews as an amateur free agent.

Signed Billy Hitchcock as an amateur free agent.

Signed Ralph Houk as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bill Kennedy as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bud Souchock as an amateur free agent.

January 24, 1939

Sold Jim Gleeson to the Chicago Cubs for $25,000.

February 6, 1939

Sold Jack LaRocca (minors), Chris Hartje and Kemp Wicker to the Brooklyn Dodgers for $50,000.

March 31, 1939

Received Bob Kahle from the Boston Bees as part of a conditional deal.

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1937 / 1939 Trades and Transactions