Following are more headlines from the 1941 baseball season, including the passing of Lou Gehrig.
1941 Brooklyn Dodgers Win National League Pennant
A series of shrewd trades by 1941 Brooklyn Dodger's general manager Larry MacPhail made a pennant-winner out of a team that had finished seventh two years earlier. Second baseman Billy Herman was stolen from the Cubs for two utility infielders and $65,000.
Pete Reiser Gets Knocked Out
An all-too-familiar sight during the early 1940s was that of Pete Reiser being carried off the field on a stretcher. In one instance, he was the victim of a beaning, but he also frequently collided with outfield walls while chasing fly balls. Reiser led the National League in batting average (.343) in 1941.
Bob Feller Carries the Tribe
Thanks in large part to Bob Feller (25-13), Cleveland finished with a 75-79 record in 1941. The only club in the majors that was as disappointing in 1941 as Cleveland was the defending American League Champion Tigers, who tied the Tribe for fourth place.
Mickey Owen's Flub Loses Game
The most famous passed ball in history: Tommy Henrich of the Yankees swung for the third strike that would have ended the fourth game of the 1941 World Series -- had the pitch not eluded Mickey Owen. Given unexpected life, the Yankees tallied four runs to win the game and forever immortalize the Dodgers catcher.
The Iron Horse is Laid to Rest
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were two great teammates, friends, and fellow admirers for many years. After Ruth made the mistake in 1933 of mildly criticizing Gehrig's mother, however, the pair never spoke to one another again. Ironically, both of these great heroes died young. Gehrig, nicknamed "The Iron Horse," died at the tender age of 37. Ruth, nicknamed "The Sultan of Swat," never made it to his 54th birthday. Ruth passed away in August of 1948.
Dick Wakefield: First Bonus Baby
In 1941, a young Dick Wakefield inked a $52,000 contract with the Tigers, thus becoming baseball's first renowned bonus baby. Wakefield sparkled in his rookie season, 1943, when he led the American League in hits (200) and doubles (38), but he quickly fizzled out. Other bonus babies, namely pitchers Paul Pettit of the Pirates and Billy Joe Davidson of the Indians, were bigger busts. The two combined for one major league win.
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