1941 Baseball Season

1941 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1941 baseball season was marked by the personal heroics of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, and Dick Wakefield became baseball's first bonus baby by signing a $52,000 contract with the Tigers.

Find more major highlights from the 1941 baseball season below.

  • The Yankees return to the top in American League and win by 17 games.
  • The Dodgers win their first National League flag since 1920.
  • The Yankees win the 1941 World Series in five games, but it's the most competitive five-game World Series in history.
  • The Dodgers lose game three of the 1941 World Series when Freddie Fitzsimmons leaves with a fractured kneecap after hurling seven scoreless innings.
  • The Dodgers lose game four on Mickey Owen's missed third strike in the ninth inning with two out.
  • Joe Gordon of the Yanks becomes the 1941 World Series hero, hitting .500 with five RBI.
  • Brooklyn's Dolph Camilli becomes the National League MVP.
  •  Joe DiMaggio wins the American League MVP.
  • DiMaggio strings together a major league record 56-game hitting streak.
  • Ted Williams hits .406 and remains the last major league player to hit .400.
  • Brooklyn's Pete Reiser, age 22, becomes the youngest in history to win National League bat crown.
  • Jimmie Foxx notches his 13th consecutive 100-RBI season to tie Gehrig's record.

    Lloyd Waner
    Lloyd Waner was a mere
    150 pounds and one of the
    fastest runners of his time.

  • Phils lose franchise record 111 games.
  • Yankees clinch the flag in an American League record 136 games.
  • Tigers give $52,000 to Dick Wakefield, which becomes the first of what will soon become a flurry of big-bucks bonus babies.
  • Williams hits three-run homer with two out in the ninth to give the American League a 7-5 win in the All-Star Game at Detroit.
  • Arky Vaughan becomes the first to hit two homers in an All-Star Game.
  • On March 8, Hugh Mulcahy of the Phils becomes the first major leaguer to be drafted in World War II.
  • Bob Feller tops the major league in wins with 25.
  • Feller's 343 innings pitched are most in major league since 1923.
  • Feller tops the major leagues again with 260 Ks and also leads the American League in shutouts with six.
  • Feller enlists in the Navy at the end of season.
  • Williams is batting .3995 on the last day of season; he closes with a 6-for-8 performance in doubleheader to finish at .406.
  • Cardinal Lon Warneke no-hits the Reds on August 30.
  • Lloyd Waner plays a National League record 77 straight games without striking out.
  • The Dodgers become the first team to wear plastic batting helmets after Pete Reiser and Pee Wee Reese are beaned.

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