|1940 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 16 – October 8, 1940|
|Number of games||154|
|Number of teams||16|
|Season MVP|| AL: Hank Greenberg (DET)|
NL: Frank McCormick (CIN)
|AL champions||Detroit Tigers|
|AL runners-up||Cleveland Indians|
|NL champions||Cincinnati Reds|
|NL runners-up||Brooklyn Dodgers|
The 1940 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 16 through October 8, 1940. Both the American League (AL) and National League (NL) had eight teams, with each team playing a 154-game schedule. The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series over the Detroit Tigers in seven games. Hank Greenberg of the Tigers and Frank McCormick of the Reds won the Most Valuable Player Award in the AL and NL, respectively.
1 American League Triple Crown Pitching Winner
The 1940 MLB season was dominated by stars such as Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, and Frank McCormick. Bob Feller took home the American league pitching triple crown by having the most wins, strikeouts and lowest era in his respective league. Debs Garms led the entire league in batting average by hitting .355. Hank Greenberg and Johnny Mize led their respective leagues in homerun's and runs batted in by having (41,150) and (43,137). The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award went to Bill McKechnie for leading his team to the World Series and winning it. The World Series was won in Game 7 by the Reds over the Tigers, due to a strong pitching performance by Paul Derringer.
This was the 8th time the MLB all star game "mid summer classic" had been played. It was held in St. Louis Missouri at Sportsman's Park on July 9, 1940. The NL was led to victory by the lone home run of the game by Max West of the Braves and they won the game 4–1. The two starting pitchers of the game were Red Ruffing of the New York Yankees for the American League who took the loss for this game and Paul Derringer of the Cincinnati Reds for the National League who got the win in this game.
The starting rosters for the both the National League and the American League are shown below:
|2||Ted Williams||Red Sox||LF|
|5||Jimmie Foxx||Red Sox||1B|
|6||Luke Appling||White Sox||SS|
At this time there was also a separate professional baseball league composed primarily of African American and Latin baseball players which was called the Negro leagues. These leagues were created for minorities to play professional baseball because of the racism at the time that would not allow certain races to play in the Major Leagues.
The standings for the 1940 Negro leagues season are shown below:
|Negro American League|
|Kansas City Monarchs||28||7||.800|
|Memphis Red Sox||12||4||.750|
|St. Louis–New Orleans Stars||3||2||.600|
|Chicago American Giants||11||11||.500|
|Birmingham Black Barons||9||11||.450|
|Negro National League|
|Washington Homestead Grays||42||23||.646|
|Baltimore Elite Giants||54||30||.643|
|New York Cubans||16||21||.432|
|New York Black Yankees||9||23||.281|
In a 7 game world series between the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds the Cincinnati Reds won in game 7. The 1940 World Series was a showdown between the best team in each league. The Reds were led by NL MVP Frank McCormick and the Tigers were led by AL MVP Hank Greenberg. This series game down to the last game where Paul Derringer threw a complete game no earned runs, and the Reds won 2-1.
|Boston Red Sox||Joe Cronin|
|Chicago White Sox||Jimmy Dykes|
|Cleveland Indians||Ossie Vitt|
|Detroit Tigers||Del Baker|
|New York Yankees||Joe McCarthy|
|Philadelphia Athletics||Connie Mack|
|St. Louis Browns||Fred Haney|
|Washington Senators||Bucky Harris|
|Boston Braves||Casey Stengel|
|Brooklyn Dodgers||Leo Durocher|
|Chicago Cubs||Gabby Hartnett|
|Cincinnati Reds||Bill McKechnie|
|New York Giants||Bill Terry|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Doc Prothro|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Frankie Frisch|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Ray Blades, Mike González and Billy Southworth|
|Team Name||Wins||%±||Home attendance||%±||Per Game|
|New York Yankees||88||-17.0%||988,975||15.0%||13,013|
|New York Giants||72||-6.5%||747,852||6.5%||9,840|
|Boston Red Sox||82||-7.9%||716,234||25.0%||9,066|
|Chicago White Sox||82||-3.5%||660,336||11.1%||8,466|
|St. Louis Cardinals||84||-8.7%||324,078||-19.0%||4,209|
|St. Louis Browns||67||55.8%||239,591||119.5%||3,112|
April 16, 1940 – Bob Feller pitches his first career no hitter on opening day against the Chicago White Sox. This no hitter remains the only no hitter ever on opening day.
April 23, 1940 – Pee Wee Reese makes his Major League Baseball debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pee Wee Reese later in his career goes into the Hall of Fame.
June 6, 1940 – Warren Spahn signs with the Boston Bees. Spahn later becomes a pitcher icon and wins the Cy young award.
July 9, 1940 – All star game held at Sportsman Park in St. Louis Missouri. The National League beat the American League 4–1 with help from Max West's home run.
September 24, 1940 – Jimmie Foxx "The Beast" hits his 500th career home run.
October 8, 1940 – The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Detroit Tigers in game 7 of the World Series. This is the second time the Reds have won the World Series, they were led by NL MVP Frank McCormick.
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