|1939 Season News
On May 2nd, New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, also known as "The Iron Horse" voluntarily benched himself "for the good of the team" ending his consecutive-game streak at 2,130. After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (later renamed Lou Gehrig's Disease) the ailing first baseman continued to struggle while batting .143 with a single run batted in. Soon after, the thirty-six year-old star retired, but remained with the team as the captain. Later that season (on the Fourth of July) a tearful Gehrig spoke to 61,808 fans at Yankee Stadium stating, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." After his moving speech, his uniform #4 was retired.
On September 21st, the National League announced that for the first time in the twentieth century games would be moved from one city to another in order to top one million paid attendance. As a result, a double header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies was swapped from the "City of Brotherly Love" to "The Big Apple".
On June 12th, the greatest line-up in the history of baseball assembled in Cooperstown, New York for the official dedication of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Grover Alexander, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, and Connie Mack all accepted their plaques and a special six-inning game was also held at the adjacent Doubleday Field featuring the talents of many future members.
The first telecast of a Major League Baseball game took place at Ebbets Field on August 26th as the Cincinnati Reds took on the home team Brooklyn Dodgers in a doubleheader. Announcer Red Barber broadcasted the play-by-play on Channel W2XBS as both teams split with the "Bums" taking the first game 6-2 and the visitors taking the second 5-1.
|American League Team Stats|
|New York Yankees||106||45||0.702||967||6.40||556||3.68||166||85||0.287||0.370||0.451||3.31||567||565||0.978||159|
|Boston Red Sox||89||62||0.589||890||5.89||795||5.26||124||77||0.291||0.362||0.436||4.56||543||539||0.970||147|
|Chicago White Sox||85||69||0.552||755||4.90||737||4.79||64||99||0.275||0.347||0.374||4.31||454||535||0.972||140|
|St. Louis Browns||43||111||0.279||733||4.76||1035||6.72||91||133||0.268||0.381||0.381||6.01||739||516||0.968||144|
|National League Team Stats|
|St. Louis Cardinals||92||61||0.601||779||5.09||633||4.14||98||76||0.294||0.351||0.432||3.59||498||603||0.971||140|
|New York Giants||77||74||0.510||703||4.66||685||4.54||116||86||0.272||0.336||0.396||4.07||477||505||0.975||152|