1938 Chicago Cubs

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1938 Chicago Cubs / Franchise: Chicago Cubs / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 89-63, Finished 1st in National League (1938 NL)

Clinched Pennant: October 1, 1938, At St. Louis Cardinals

Managed by Charlie Grimm (45-36) and Gabby Hartnett (44-27)

Coaches: Red Corriden, Gabby Hartnett, Roy Johnson and Tony Lazzeri

Ballpark: Wrigley Field

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1938 Chicago Cubs won the National League pennant after falling behind the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates for most of the season, even firing manager Charlie Grimm on July 20th. They rallied under new player/manager Gabby Hartnett and won the pennant on Hartnett's famous "Homer in the Gloamin'", in the bottom of the 9th inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates on September 27th.

It was during this season that Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley hired sports psychologist Coleman Griffith to improve training methods and provide assessments of players and his manager from a psychological point of view.

Awards and Honors[edit]

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1938 World Series
Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Yankees – 3, Cubs – 1 October 5 Wrigley Field 43,642
2 Yankees – 6, Cubs – 3 October 6 Wrigley Field 42,108
3 Cubs – 2, Yankees – 5 October 8 Yankee Stadium 55,236
4 Cubs – 3, Yankees – 8 October 9 Yankee Stadium 59,847

Further Reading[edit]

  • Christopher D. Green: "The Chicago Cubs and 'The Headshrinker': An Early Foray into Sports Psychology", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 42-45.


  • Washington Post: "Cubs win Pennant in close race with Pirates", Historicnewspapers.com, Oct. 2, 1938

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