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1938 World Series
1938 World Series Program
Team / Wins Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe McCarthy 99–53, .651, GA: 9½
Chicago Cubs (0) Gabby Hartnett (player/manager) 89–63, .586, GA: 2
Dates: October 5October 9
Radio network: NBC Radio, CBS Radio, Mutual
Radio announcers: NBC: John Carmichael, Pat Flanagan.
CBS: France Laux, Mel Allen.
Mutual: Red Barber, Bob Elson, Pat Flanagan.
Umpires: Charley Moran (NL), Cal Hubbard (AL), Ziggy Sears (NL), Lou Kolls (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Joe Gordon, Red Ruffing.
Cubs: Dizzy Dean, Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Tony Lazzeri.
World Series
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The 1938 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Chicago Cubs, with the Yankees sweeping the Series in four games for their seventh championship and record third straight (they would win four in a row this time, and five in a row later from 1949–53).

Dizzy Dean, who had helped carry the Cubs to the National League pennant despite a sore arm (had W-L record of 7-1 in limited action) ran out of gas in the Series as the Yanks crushed the Cubs again, as they had in 1932. The Cubs did not win a meaningful game against the Yankees until a regular-season interleague series in 2003. The onoly survivors of the 1938 World Series are Tommy Henrich (Yankees) and [[Phil Cavarretta (Cubs), both generally rated as among the top 500 players ever.

Yankee starting pitcher Red Ruffing won two games without a loss, although he gave up a record seventeen hits in eighteen innings pitched.

This was the first World Series at Wrigley Field since the bleacher reconstruction of 1937 which had significantly shortened the left-centerfield power alley, and led to the phrase "the friendly confines" of Wrigley Field


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (0)

1New York Yankees – 3, Chicago Cubs – 1October 5Wrigley Field43,642[1]
2New York Yankees – 6, Chicago Cubs – 3October 6Wrigley Field42,108[2]
3Chicago Cubs – 2, New York Yankees – 5October 8Yankee Stadium55,236[3]
4Chicago Cubs – 3, New York Yankees – 8October 9Yankee Stadium59,847[4]


Game 1Edit

Wednesday, October 5, 1938 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 123456789RHE
New York 020001000 3 121
Chicago 001000000 1 91
WP: Red Ruffing (1–0)  LP: Bill Lee (0–1)  

Game 2Edit

Thursday, October 6, 1938 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 123456789RHE
New York 020000022 6 72
Chicago 102000000 3 110
WP: Lefty Gomez (1–0)  LP: Dizzy Dean (0–1)  SV: Johnny Murphy (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Frankie Crosetti (1), Joe DiMaggio (1)

Dean had tried to come back too soon after his 1937 All-Star Game toe injury, favoring the toe and hurting his arm in the process. He had been obtained from the St Louis Cardinals in April 1938, and had won 7 of 8 decisions in the regular season, relying on finesse rather than his now-gone fastball. Dean would give up six earned runs in 8-1/3 innings pitched overall and take the loss in Game 2. Dean's luck ran out in the late innings of Game 2, as Frank Crosetti and Joe DiMaggio hit two-run home runs off Dean in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to send the Cubs to New York down two games to none in the Series.

Game 3Edit

Saturday, October 8, 1938 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Chicago 000010010 2 51
New York 00002201X 5 72
WP: Monte Pearson (1–0)  LP: Clay Bryant (0–1)  
HRs:  CHC – Joe Marty (1)  NYY – Joe Gordon (1), Bill Dickey (1)

Game 4Edit

Sunday, October 9, 1938 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Chicago 000100020 3 81
New York 03000104X 8 111
WP: Red Ruffing (2–0)  LP: Bill Lee (0–2)  
HRs:  CHC – Ken O'Dea (1)  NYY – Tommy Henrich (1)

Composite boxEdit

1938 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Chicago Cubs (N.L.)

Team 123456789RHE
New York Yankees 070024072 22 376
Chicago Cubs 103110030 9 333

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 200,833   Average attendance: 50,208</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $5,729   Losing player’s share: $4,675[5]</td></tr>



  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 171–174)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2146. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1938 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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