1938 Season News

New York Yankee icon Lou Gehrig hit his twenty-third (and final) grand slam during an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics on August 20th for a Major League record that still stands today.

Cleveland ace Bob Feller set a Major League strikeout record after fanning eighteen Detroit Tigers on October 2nd (including six straight), yet still lost 4-1 on rival Harry Eisenstat's four-hitter.

In December, the National League granted the Cincinnati Reds their season opener one-day before the rest of the league in recognition of the 100th anniversary of baseball and the 1869 Red Stockings who were baseball's first professional team.

The New York Yankees became the first team to win three successive World Championships after defeating the Chicago Cubs by a score of 8-3. On a somber note, the ailing Lou Gehrig, went four for fourteen (all singles) for his last Series appearance.

A special committee from the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Alexander Cartwright for originating baseball's original concepts and sports writer Henry Chadwick for the invention of the box score.
1938 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 99-53 -
Boston Red Sox 88-61 9.5
Cleveland Indians 86-66 13.0
Detroit Tigers 84-70 16.0
Washington Senators 75-76 23.5
Chicago White Sox 65-83 32.0
St. Louis Browns 55-97 44.0
Philadelphia Athletics 53-99 46.0
1938 National League
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 89-63 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 86-64 2.0
New York Giants 83-67 5.0
Cincinnati Reds 82-68 6.0
Boston Bees 77-75 12.0
St. Louis Cardinals 71-80 17.5
Brooklyn Dodgers 69-80 18.5
Philadelphia Phillies 45-105 43.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 99 53 0.651 966 6.36 710 4.67 174 85 0.274 0.362 0.446 3.91 566 567 0.973 169
Boston Red Sox 88 61 0.591 902 6.05 751 5.04 98 102 0.299 0.377 0.434 4.46 528 484 0.968 172
Cleveland Indians 86 66 0.566 847 5.57 782 5.14 113 100 0.281 0.348 0.434 4.60 681 717 0.974 145
Detroit Tigers 84 70 0.545 862 5.60 795 5.16 137 110 0.272 0.357 0.411 4.79 608 435 0.976 172
Washington Senators 75 76 0.497 814 5.39 873 5.78 85 92 0.293 0.360 0.416 4.94 655 515 0.970 179
Chicago White Sox 65 83 0.439 709 4.79 752 5.08 67 101 0.277 0.342 0.383 4.36 550 432 0.967 155
St. Louis Browns 55 97 0.362 755 4.97 962 6.33 92 132 0.281 0.353 0.397 5.80 737 632 0.975 163
Philadelphia Athletics 53 99 0.349 726 4.78 956 6.29 98 142 0.270 0.345 0.396 5.48 599 473 0.965 119
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago Cubs 89 63 0.586 713 4.69 598 3.93 65 71 0.269 0.334 0.377 3.37 454 583 0.978 151
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 64 0.573 707 4.71 630 4.20 65 71 0.279 0.338 0.388 3.46 432 557 0.974 168
New York Giants 83 67 0.553 705 4.70 637 4.25 125 87 0.271 0.330 0.396 3.62 389 497 0.973 147
Cincinnati Reds 82 68 0.547 723 4.82 634 4.23 110 75 0.277 0.323 0.406 3.62 463 542 0.972 133
Boston Bees 77 75 0.507 561 3.69 618 4.07 54 66 0.250 0.306 0.333 3.40 465 413 0.972 136
St. Louis Cardinals 71 80 0.470 725 4.80 721 4.77 91 77 0.279 0.329 0.407 3.84 474 534 0.967 145
Brooklyn Dodgers 69 80 0.463 704 4.72 710 4.77 61 88 0.257 0.336 0.367 4.07 446 469 0.973 148
Philadelphia Phillies 45 105 0.300 550 3.67 840 5.60 40 76 0.254 0.310 0.333 4.93 582 492 0.966 135