1939 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe McCarthy 106–45, .702, GA: 17
Cincinnati Reds (0) Bill McKechnie 97–57, .630, GA: 4½
Dates: October 4October 8
Radio network: Mutual.
Radio announcers: Red Barber, Bob Elson.
Umpires: Bill McGowan (AL), Beans Reardon (NL), Bill Summers (AL), Babe Pinelli (NL)
Future Hall of Famers: Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Lefty Gomez, Joe Gordon, Red Ruffing.
Reds: Bill McKechnie (mgr.), Ernie Lombardi, Al Simmons.
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The 1939 World Series featured the three-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Cincinnati Reds, who were making their first Series appearance since the scandal-tainted 1919 World Series. The Yankees swept the Series in four games for the second time in a row, winning their record fourth consecutive title (they would later win five straight from 1949–1953). Yankee manager Joe McCarthy won his fifth title, tying the record held by Connie Mack.

The Reds had made it to the Series despite finishing last in the National League in 1937 (56–98, .364) and then fourth in 1938 (82–68, .547).

In the tenth inning of the final game, a famous play at the plate typified the Series. Charlie Keller scored when he and the ball both collided with catcher Ernie Lombardi and then Joe DiMaggio also scored while Lombardi, rolling on the ground, tried in vain to retrieve the ball. Lombardi had been smacked in the groin, but the puritanical press reported it as if Lombardi was "napping" at the plate.

The Yankees matched the Reds in hits with twenty-seven but out-homered the Reds seven (7) to none (0). Charlie "King Kong" Keller led the Yanks with eight runs, seven hits, three home runs, six runs batted in, a .438 batting average, and a 1.188 slugging percentage.

Keller broke the record for most homers by a rookie in a World Series game, during Game 3 when he went deep twice. Also in Game 3, Junior Thompson gave up five (5) hits in 4.2 innings worked. Four (4) of those five (5) hits were home runs tying the record for longs balls allowed during a Series game set by Charlie Root during the 1932 World Series.


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Cincinnati Reds (0)

1Cincinnati Reds – 1, New York Yankees – 2October 4Yankee Stadium58,541[1]
2Cincinnati Reds – 0, New York Yankees – 4October 5Yankee Stadium59,791[2]
3New York Yankees – 7, Cincinnati Reds – 3October 7Crosley Field32,723[3]
4New York Yankees – 7, Cincinnati Reds – 4 (10 innings)October 8Crosley Field32,794[4]


Game 1Edit

Wednesday, October 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 000100000 1 40
New York 000010001 2 60
WP: Red Ruffing (1–0)  LP: Paul Derringer (0–1)  

Game 2Edit

Thursday, October 5, 1939 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 000000000 0 20
New York 00310000X 4 90
WP: Monte Pearson (1–0)  LP: Bucky Walters (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Babe Dahlgren (1)

Game 3Edit

Saturday, October 7, 1939 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
New York 202030000 7 51
Cincinnati 120000000 3 100
WP: Bump Hadley (1–0)  LP: Junior Thompson (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Charlie Keller 2 (2), Joe DiMaggio (1), Bill Dickey (1)

Game 4Edit

Sunday, October 8, 1939 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 12345678910RHE
New York 0000002023 7 71
Cincinnati 0000003100 4 114
WP: Johnny Murphy (1–0)  LP: Bucky Walters (0–2)  
HRs:  NYY – Charlie Keller (3), Bill Dickey (2)

Composite boxEdit

1939 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Cincinnati Reds (N.L.)

Team 12345678910RHE
New York Yankees 2051402033 20 272
Cincinnati Reds 1201003100 8 274

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Total attendance: 183,849   Average attendance: 45,962</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Winning player’s share: $5,542   Losing player’s share: $4,193[5]</td></tr>



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  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2147. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1939 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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