1938 World Series
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The 1938 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Chicago Cubs, with the Yankees sweeping the Series in four games for their seventh championship and record third straight (they would win 4 in a row this time, and 5 in a row later from 1949-53).
Dizzy Dean, who had helped carry the Cubs to the National League pennant despite a sore arm, ran out of gas in the Series as the Yanks crushed the Cubs again, as they had in 1932. The Cubs did not win a meaningful game against the Yankees until a regular-season interleague series in 2003.
This was the first World Series at Wrigley Field since the bleacher reconstruction of 1937 which had significantly shortened the left-center field power alley.
|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|
|New York (A)||0||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||12||1|
|W: Red Ruffing (1-0) L: Bill Lee (0-1)|
|New York (A)||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||6||7||2|
|W: Lefty Gomez (1-0) L: Dizzy Dean (0-1) S: Johnny Murphy (1)|
|HR: NYY – Frankie Crosetti (1), Joe DiMaggio (1)|
Dizzy Dean had tried to come back too soon after his 1937 All-Star Game toe injury, favoring the toe and hurting his arm in the process. He had been obtained from the St Louis Cardinals in April of 1938, and had won 7 of 8 decisions in the regular season, relying on finesse rather than his now-gone fastball. Dean would give up 6 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings pitched overall and take the loss in Game 2. Dean's luck ran out in the late innings of Game 2, as Frank Crosetti and Joe DiMaggio hit two-run home runs off Dean in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively, to send the Cubs to New York down two games to none in the Series.
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||1||x||5||7||2|
|W: Monte Pearson (1-0) L: Clay Bryant (0-1)|
|HR: : CHI – Joe Marty (1) NYY – Joe Gordon (1), Bill Dickey (1)|
|New York (A)||0||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||x||8||11||1|
|W: Red Ruffing (2-0) L: Bill Lee (0-2)|
|HR: : CHI – Ken O'Dea (1) NYY – Tommy Henrich (1)|
|New York Yankees||0||7||0||0||2||4||0||7||2||22||37||6|
|Total Attendance: 200,833 Average Attendance: 50,208|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $5,783 Losing Player’s Share – $4,675|
- Bruce A. Rubenstein: Chicago in the World Series, 1903-2005: The Cubs and White Sox in Championship Play, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006.
|Modern Major League Baseball World Series
Pre-1903 Postseason Series