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1940 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
Cincinnati Reds (4) Bill McKechnie 100–53, .654, GA: 12
Detroit Tigers (3) Del Baker 90–64, .584, GA: 1
Dates: October 2October 8
Radio network: Mutual
Radio announcers: Red Barber, Bob Elson
Umpires: Bill Klem (NL), Red Ormsby (AL), Lee Ballanfant (NL), Steve Basil (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Reds: Bill McKechnie (mgr.), Ernie Lombardi
Tigers: Earl Averill, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg
World Series
 < 1939 1941 > 

The 1940 World Series matched the Cincinnati Reds against the Detroit Tigers, with the Reds winning the Series in seven games for their second championship, their first since the scandal-tainted victory in 1919. Bill Klem worked the last of his record eighteen World Series as an umpire.[1]

It was a closely contested Series, especially the final game, which was a heartbreaker for the Tigers, as losing pitcher Bobo Newsom had lost his father, who died in a Cincinnati hotel room the day after watching his son win Game 1. Newsom pitched a shutout "for dad" in his next start, Game 5. Newsom also pitched well in Game 7, but his one day of rest caught up to him in the seventh inning, when the Reds scored two runs to take the lead and eventually the game and the Series.

The Reds' win in Game 2 snapped a ten-game losing streak for the National League in the Series, tying the ten-game streak by the NL from 1927–1929.

Willard Hershberger, who had been the backup catcher for Ernie Lombardi in the 1939 Series, committed suicide during the season. One of the Reds' coaches, forty-year-old Jimmie Wilson, took over as Lombardi's backup. During the Series, Wilson batted .353 and was credited with the only stolen base.

Reds' manager Bill McKechnie became the first manager to win World Series with two different teams; in 1925 he had won the Series as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Summary[]

NL Cincinnati Reds (4) vs. AL Detroit Tigers (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Detroit Tigers – 7, Cincinnati Reds – 2 October 2 Crosley Field 31,793[2]
2 Detroit Tigers – 3, Cincinnati Reds – 5 October 3 Crosley Field 30,640[3]
3 Cincinnati Reds – 4, Detroit Tigers – 7 October 4 Briggs Stadium 52,877[4]
4 Cincinnati Reds – 5, Detroit Tigers – 2 October 5 Briggs Stadium 54,093[5]
5 Cincinnati Reds – 0, Detroit Tigers – 8 October 6 Briggs Stadium 55,189[6]
6 Detroit Tigers – 0, Cincinnati Reds – 4 October 7 Crosley Field 30,481[7]
7 Detroit Tigers – 1, Cincinnati Reds – 2 October 8 Crosley Field 26,854[8]

Matchups[]

Game 1[]

Wednesday, October 2, 1940 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 10 1
Cincinnati 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 3

WP: Bobo Newsom (1–0)  LP: Paul Derringer (0–1)  
HRs:  DET – Bruce Campbell (1)

Game 2[]

Thursday, October 3, 1940 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 1
Cincinnati 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 X 5 9 0

WP: Bucky Walters (1–0)  LP: Schoolboy Rowe (0–1)  
HRs:  CIN – Jimmy Ripple (1)

Game 3[]

Friday, October 4, 1940 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 10 1
Detroit 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 2 X 7 13 1

WP: Tommy Bridges (1–0)  LP: Jim Turner (0–1)  
HRs:  DET – Rudy York (1), Pinky Higgins (1)

Game 4[]

Saturday, October 5, 1940 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 11 1
Detroit 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 1

WP: Paul Derringer (1–1)  LP: Dizzy Trout (0–1)  

Game 5[]

Sunday, October 6, 1940 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Detroit 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 X 8 13 0

WP: Bobo Newsom (2–0)  LP: Junior Thompson (0–1)  
HRs:  DET – Hank Greenberg (1)

Game 6[]

Monday, October 7, 1940 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Cincinnati 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 X 4 10 2

WP: Bucky Walters (2–0)  LP: Schoolboy Rowe (0–2)  
HRs:  CIN – Bucky Walters (1)

Game 7[]

Tuesday, October 8, 1940 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 2 7 1

WP: Paul Derringer (2–1)  LP: Bobo Newsom (2–1)  

Composite box[]

1940 World Series (4–3): Cincinnati Reds (N.L.) over Detroit Tigers (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 5 2 3 3 0 1 2 4 2 22 58 8
Detroit Tigers 2 5 5 5 2 2 4 3 0 28 56 4
Total attendance: 281,927   Average attendance: 40,275
Winning player’s share: $5,804   Losing player’s share: $3,532[9]


Home runs by pitchers[]

Bucky Walters was the fourth National League pitcher to hit a home run during a Series game. The others were:

Name/Team Date Game/Inning
Rosy Ryan (NYG) October 6, 1924 Game 3, 4th
Jack Bentley (NYG) October 8, 1924 Game 5, 5th
Jesse Haines (STL) October 5, 1926 Game 3, 4th

Notes[]

  1. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.41, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. 1940 World Series Game 1 - Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  3. 1940 World Series Game 2 - Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  4. 1940 World Series Game 3 - Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  5. 1940 World Series Game 4 - Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  6. 1940 World Series Game 5 - Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  7. 1940 World Series Game 6 - Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  8. 1940 World Series Game 7 - Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  9. World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on 2008-05-07.

References[]

  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 179–183)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2148. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1940 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

External links[]

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