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The Brooklyn Dodgers, led by manager Leo Durocher, won their first pennant in 21 years, edging the St. Louis Cardinals by 2.5 games. They went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, this team was referenced as one of "The Greatest Teams That Never Was," due to the quality of its starting lineup. Dolph Camilli was the slugging star with 34 home runs and 120 RBI. He was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. Pete Reiser, a 22-year old rookie, led the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and runs scored. Other regulars included Hall of Famemarker Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Pee Wee Reese, and Dixie Walker. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers scored the most runs of any NL team (800).

The pitching staff featured a pair of 22-game winners, Kirby Higbe and Whitlow Wyatt, having their best pro seasons.

Offseason



Regular season

Season standings

Notable transactions



Roster

1941 Brooklyn Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers CatchersInfielders Outfielders ManagerCoaches


Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases
Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C 128 386 32 89 .231 1 44 1
1B 149 529 92 151 .285 34 120 3
2B 133 536 77 156 .291 3 41 1
3B 132 441 75 122 .277 1 78 7
SS 152 595 76 136 .229 2 46 10
OF 148 531 88 165 311 9 71 4
OF 137 536 117 184 .343 14 76 4
OF 133 538 100 171 .318 18 88 2


Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases
Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
94 265 39 79 .298 4 48 2
25 56 0 11 .196 0 4 0
18 42 2 12 .286 0 6 0
11 35 5 6 .171 0 4 0


Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts; CG = Complete games
Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
48 39 19 298 22 9 3.14 132 121
38 35 23 288.1 22 10 2.34 82 176
13 12 3 82.2 6 1 2.07 26 19
2 2 0 13 0 2 6.23 8 5


Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts; CG = Complete games
Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
45 18 4 162 14 11 3.89 57 61
28 16 10 154.1 13 7 2.97 27 50
30 20 5 136 8 8 4.24 41 58
15 5 1 52 3 1 3.63 29 17


Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO


1941 World Series

The 1941 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games to capture their fifth title in six years, and their ninth overall.

The name "Subway Series" arose for a World Series played between two New York Citymarker teams. The series was punctuated by the Dodgers' Mickey Owen's dropped third strike of a sharply breaking curveball (a suspected spitball) pitched by Hugh Casey to Tommy Henrich in the 9th inning of Game 4. The play led to a Yankees rally and brought them one win away from another championship.

The Yankees were back after a one-year hiatus, having won thirteen (13) of their last fourteen (14) Series games and twenty-eight (28) of their last thirty-one (31) games in the World Series.

This was the first Subway Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees, who had already faced the crosstown New York Giants five times, and the Series was now 1-0 in favor of the Bronx Bombers. These two teams would meet a total of seven (7) times from 1941-1956 - the Dodgers' only victory coming in 1955.

Game 1

October 1, 1941 at Yankee Stadiummarker in New York, New Yorkmarker
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
New York (A) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 3 6 1
W: Red Ruffing (1-0)   L: Curt Davis (0-1)
HR: NYYJoe Gordon (1)


Game 2

October 2, 1941 at Yankee Stadiummarker in New York, New Yorkmarker
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 6 2
New York (A) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
W: Whit Wyatt (1-0)   L: Spud Chandler (0-1)


Game 3

October 4, 1941 at Ebbets Fieldmarker in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
W: Marius Russo (1-0)  L: Hugh Casey (0-1)


Game 4

October 5, 1941 at Ebbets Fieldmarker in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 7 12 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
W: Johnny Murphy (1-0)  L: Hugh Casey (0-2)
HR: : BROPete Reiser (1)


Game 5

October 6, 1941 at Ebbets Fieldmarker in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
W: Tiny Bonham (1-0)  L: Whit Wyatt (1-1)
HR: : NYYTommy Henrich (1)


Awards and honors



League top ten finishers

Dolph Camilli
  • AL leader in home runs (34)
  • AL leader in RBI (120)
  • #2 in AL in slugging percentage (.556)
  • #2 in AL in bases on balls (104)
  • #3 in AL in on-base percentage (.407)


Kirby Higbe
  • AL leader in wins (22)
  • #4 in AL in strikeouts (121)


Joe Medwick
  • #3 in AL in batting average (.318)
  • #3 in AL in runs scored (100)


Pete Reiser
  • AL leader in batting average (.343)
  • AL leader in slugging percentage (.558)
  • AL leader in runs scored (117)
  • AL leader in triples (17)
  • #4 in AL in on-base percentage (.406)


Whit Wyatt
  • MLB leader in shutouts (7)
  • AL leader in wins (22)
  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (176)
  • #2 in AL in ERA (2.34)
  • #2 in AL in complete games (23)


Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal, Durham, Santa Barbara, Elizebethton, Newport

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