1939 New York Yankees
|1939 New York Yankees |
|Major league affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Mrs. J. Basil Hollern, Mrs. Joseph Maguire, Miss Helen Weyant, George Ruppert, & Edward G. Barrow|
|Local radio||WABC (770)|
|Baseball-Reference||1939 New York Yankees|
1939 New York Yankees / Franchise: New York Yankees / BR Team Page
World Series Champs
Managed by Joe McCarthy
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1939 New York Yankees played the 37th season in team history. They finished with a record of 106-45, winning their 11th 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 Cincinnati Reds in 4 games. This marked the first time any team had won four consecutive World Series.
They are one of only three Yankees teams to post a winning percentage of .700 or better, but are much less well remembered than the other two: the 1927 Yankees often regarded as the best of all time and led by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; and the 1998 Yankees who won 114 games and encountered only meek resistance in winning a World Series title behind Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, who were starting off their careers. The 1939 Yankees did have a young Joe DiMaggio and Hall of Famers Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing, but tend to be more remembered as the last team for which an ailing Gehrig played, ending his consecutive games played streak after 2.130 games when he asked not to be in the starting line-up on May 2nd, ending his career.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Frankie Crosetti, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Joe Gordon, Johnny Murphy, Red Rolfe, Red Ruffing and George Selkirk
- AL MVP: Joe DiMaggio
|New York Yankees||106||45||.702||--|
|Boston Red Sox||88||61||.591||9½|
|Chicago White Sox||65||83||.439||32|
|St. Louis Browns||43||111||.279||64½|
|1||Reds – 1, Yankees – 2||October 4||Yankee Stadium||58,541|
|2||Reds – 0, Yankees – 4||October 5||Yankee Stadium||59,791|
|3||Yankees – 7, Reds – 3||October 7||Crosley Field||32,723|
|4||Yankees – 7, Reds – 4 (10 innings)||October 8||Crosley Field||32,794|
- Stanley Cohen: Yankees 1936–39, Baseball's Greatest Dynasty: Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and the Birth of a New Era, Skyhorse Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. ISBN 978-1510720633
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