See below for more headlines of the 1942 baseball season, including the impact of World War II on baseball and the naming of Joe Gordon as the American League's MVP.
Mickey Cochrane Serves in War
Like many former stars, Mickey Cochrane was a precious commodity during World War II. Although done as a player, he served his country well as an organizer and manager of service baseball teams. After the war, Cochrane coached and scouted for several years, then was the A's general manager in Connie Mack's last season.
Johnny Beazley Takes National League By Storm
Johnny Beazley was an unnecessary casualty of World War II. Inducted after his brilliant rookie season of '42 (21-6, 2.13 ERA), he encountered arm trouble while playing on a service team. His commanding officer ordered Beazley to pitch despite the pain, and he permanently wrecked his arm. After the war, Beazley won just nine games in the remainder of his career. He retired at age 30.
1942 Cardinals Loaded With Characters
The 1942 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals certainly had their share of individuals. On the team were Estel Crabtree, a pinch hitter from Crabtree, Ohio; Howie Krist, a pitcher who had a 23-3 record over a two-year span; and second baseman Creepy Crespi, who broke a leg while serving in World War II.
Tommy Henrich's Season Ends
Tommy Henrich's late-season military call-up (he had collected 13 home runs and 67 RBI to that point) allowed Yankees sub outfielder Roy Cullenbine to play in the 1942 World Series. The Cardinals, in contrast, had all of their starting cast available. Although Henrich played on eight Yankees pennant-winners, he saw action in only four World Series.Joe Gordon Named 1942 American League MVP
In 1942, Joe Gordon led all American League batters in strikeouts and grounding into the most double plays and he led all American League second basemen in errors. He was nonetheless voted the American League MVP (.322, 18 home runs, 103 RBI), and it was a solid choice. In his career, Gordon averaged 4.43 home runs per 100 at-bats, the highest average in history by a second baseman.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1942 baseball season.
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- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
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