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1941 World Series - New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers

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New York Yankees 4
Brooklyn Dodgers 1

October 1 - October 6, 1941

The 1941 World Series was the first "Subway Series" between the Yankees and Dodgers.

The Yankees won thirteen of their last fourteen Series games and twenty-eight of their last thirty-one games. The Yankees won the AL title by seventeen games. They were saddened, though, with the passing of icon Lou Gehrig, who succumbed on June 2 to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (renamed Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The Dodgers staked their bid for the championship on solid pitching.

New York took the opener 3-2. Joe Gordon homered and had 2 RBIs as Red Ruffing tossed a six-hitter.

Brooklyn's Whitlow Wyatt tossed a 3-2 win in Game 2, evening the Series.

At Ebbets Field, New York's Marius Russo pitched a four-hitter to eke out a 2-1 victory.

Though the Dodgers trailed two games to one, their pitching rotation was keeping the Yankees' sluggers in check. Through the first four games, New York managed only ten runs and one home run--until the ninth inning of Game 4.

Brooklyn led 4-3 lead with two out in the ninth and no Yankees on base. Then catcher Mickey Owen dropped a third strike on Tommy Henrich. The error kept New York alive. Brooklyn fans stood stunned as Henrich stole first, Joe DiMaggio singled, and Charlie Keller hit a two-run double. When Bill Dickey walked, Gordon clubbed another two-run double for a stunning 7-4 Dodge defeat.

In Game 5, Ernie "Tiny" Bonham closed out the Dodgers with a four-hit 3-1 win, clinching the 1941 World Series.

Though the "Bronx Bombers" won their fifth championship in six years and their ninth overall, they hit a pedestrian .247 and 2 home runs The Dodgers were more anemic with a .182 average and one homer.

The teams would meet seven times from 1941-1956 and four more times after the Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles, most recently in 1981.

Around the World:

  • October 1 - Germans established Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin, Poland.
  • October 2 - World War II: Germans launched Operation Typhoon, all-out offensive against Moscow.
  • October 3 - American Warner Bros. film "The Maltese Falcon" released.
  • October 4 - Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuted on cover of Saturday Evening Post magazine.
  • October 5 - Eduardo Duhalde, President of Argentina born.

1941 in Baseball:.

  • June 1 - Giants Mel Ott hit 400th home run. and 1,500th RBI in 3-2 win over Cincinnati.
  • May 15 - Joe DiMaggio singled against Chicago, starting his 56 game hitting streak.
  • July 16 - DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak ended against Cleveland.
  • July 25 - Red Sox Lefty Grove won 300th and final game.
  • September 28 - On the last day of the season, Red Sox Ted Williams (hitting .3995) went 6-for-8 in double-header against Philadelphia, finishing .406. The last time a player hit .400 in a season.
  • November 27 - In controversial vote, Joe DiMaggio named AL MVP over Ted Williams.

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