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1939 Cincinnati Reds season

1939 Cincinnati Reds
1939 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Crosley Field (since 1934)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (since 1882)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Powel Crosley, Jr.
    Manager(s) Bill McKechnie
    Local radio WSAI
    (Roger Baker, Dick Bray)
    WCPO
    (Harry Hartman)
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    The 1939 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished first in the National League, winning the pennant by 4½ games over the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 97–57. The team went on to the 1939 World Series, which it lost in four straight games to the New York Yankees.

    Regular season

    During the season, Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters became the last pitchers to win at least 25 games in one season for the Reds in the 20th century.[1]

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Cincinnati Reds 97 57 -- .630
    St. Louis Cardinals 92 61 4.5 .601
    Brooklyn Dodgers 84 69 12.5 .549
    Chicago Cubs 84 70 13 .545
    New York Giants 77 74 18.5 .510
    Pittsburgh Pirates 68 85 28.5 .444
    Boston Bees 63 88 32.5 .417
    Philadelphia Phillies 45 106 50.5 .298

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1939 Cincinnati Reds
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Bat Boy

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Lombardi, ErnieErnie Lombardi 130 450 129 .287 20 85
    3B Werber, BillyBilly Werber 147 599 173 .289 5 57
    OF Berger, WallyWally Berger 97 329 85 .258 14 44

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Simmons, AlAl Simmons 9 21 3 .143 0 1
    West, DickDick West 8 19 4 .211 0 4
    DiMaggio, VinceVince DiMaggio 8 14 1 .071 0 2
    Wilson, JimmieJimmie Wilson 4 3 1 .333 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Walters, BuckyBucky Walters 39 319 27 11 2.29 137
    Derringer, PaulPaul Derringer 38 301 25 7 2.93 128

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Grissom, LeeLee Grissom 33 153.2 9 7 4.10 53
    Thompson, JuniorJunior Thompson 42 152.1 13 5 2.54 87
    Shoffner, MiltMilt Shoffner 10 37.2 2 2 3.35 6

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Johnson, HankHank Johnson 20 0 3 1 2.01 10
    Davis, PeachesPeaches Davis 20 1 0 2 6.26 4
    Livengood, WesWes Livengood 5 0 0 0 5.93 4
    Weaver, JimJim Weaver 3 0 0 0 3.00 3
    Barrett, RedRed Barrett 2 0 0 0 1.69 1
    Jacobs, ArtArt Jacobs 1 0 0 1 9.00 1

    1939 World Series

    Main article: 1939 World Series

    Game 1

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

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
    New York (A) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
    W: Red Ruffing (1–0)  L: Paul Derringer (0–1)

    Game 2

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

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    New York (A) 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 x 4 9 0
    W: Monte Pearson (1–0)  L: Bucky Walters (0–1)
    HR: : NYYBabe Dahlgren (1)

    Game 3

    October 7, 1939 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 5 1
    Cincinnati (N) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
    W: Bump Hadley (1–0)   L: Junior Thompson (0–1)
    HR: NYYCharlie Keller (1, 2), Joe DiMaggio (1), Bill Dickey (1)

    Game 4

    October 8, 1939 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
    New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 7 7 1
    Cincinnati (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 11 4
    W: Johnny Murphy (1–0)   L: Bucky Walters (0–2)
    HR: NYYCharlie Keller (3), Bill Dickey (2)

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    2. ^ Milt Shoffner page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Al Simmons page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

    References