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.


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

1Detroit Tigers – 7, Cincinnati Reds – 2October 2Crosley Field31,793[2]
2Detroit Tigers – 3, Cincinnati Reds – 5October 3Crosley Field30,640[3]
3Cincinnati Reds – 4, Detroit Tigers – 7October 4Briggs Stadium52,877[4]
4Cincinnati Reds – 5, Detroit Tigers – 2October 5Briggs Stadium54,093[5]
5Cincinnati Reds – 0, Detroit Tigers – 8October 6Briggs Stadium55,189[6]
6Detroit Tigers – 0, Cincinnati Reds – 4October 7Crosley Field30,481[7]
7Detroit Tigers – 1, Cincinnati Reds – 2October 8Crosley Field26,854[8]


Game 1Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Detroit 050020000 7 101
Cincinnati 000100010 2 83
WP: Bobo Newsom (1–0)  LP: Paul Derringer (0–1)  
HRs:  DET – Bruce Campbell (1)

Game 2Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Detroit 200001000 3 31
Cincinnati 02210000X 5 90
WP: Bucky Walters (1–0)  LP: Schoolboy Rowe (0–1)  
HRs:  CIN – Jimmy Ripple (1)

Game 3Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 100000012 4 101
Detroit 00010042X 7 131
WP: Tommy Bridges (1–0)  LP: Jim Turner (0–1)  
HRs:  DET – Rudy York (1), Pinky Higgins (1)

Game 4Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 201100010 5 111
Detroit 001001000 2 51
WP: Paul Derringer (1–1)  LP: Dizzy Trout (0–1)  

Game 5Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 000000000 0 30
Detroit 00340001X 8 130
WP: Bobo Newsom (2–0)  LP: Junior Thompson (0–1)  
HRs:  DET – Hank Greenberg (1)

Game 6Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Detroit 000000000 0 50
Cincinnati 20000101X 4 102
WP: Bucky Walters (2–0)  LP: Schoolboy Rowe (0–2)  
HRs:  CIN – Bucky Walters (1)

Game 7Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Detroit 001000000 1 70
Cincinnati 00000020X 2 71
WP: Paul Derringer (2–1)  LP: Bobo Newsom (2–1)  

Composite boxEdit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati Reds 523301242 22 588
Detroit Tigers 255522430 28 564

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 281,927   Average attendance: 40,275</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $5,804   Losing player’s share: $3,532[9]</td></tr>

Home runs by pitchersEdit

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



  • 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. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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