1940 Season News

Yankees pitcher Spud Chandler almost single-handedly led New York to a 10-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox after knocking in six runs with a single, two home runs and a grand slam. His six runs batted in performance tied an American League record shared with Pete Appleton who was one of the pitchers he was facing.

Boston Red Sox slammer Jimmie Foxx moved ahead of Lou Gehrig on the all time home run list after hitting number's four-hundred ninety-four and four-hundred ninety-five off the Washington Senators en route to a 7-6 win on August 16th.

Harry Danning, of the New York Giants, hit for the cycle against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15th and became the last player of the century to include an inside the park home run in his cycle. The inside-the-park-home run traveled four-hundred sixty feet and became lodged behind an Eddie Grant memorial in front of the Giants' clubhouse. New York went on to win their eighth straight with a 12-1 triumph.

In response to the "beanball wars" Spalding Sporting Goods introduced a new style of batting helmet (with earflaps) to mixed reviews. The Brooklyn Dodgers also introduced a padded cap liner that some batters elected to use the following season.
1940 American League
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 90-64 -
Cleveland Indians 89-65 1.0
New York Yankees 88-66 2.0
Boston Red Sox 82-72 8.0
Chicago White Sox 82-72 8.0
St. Louis Browns 67-87 23.0
Washington Senators 64-90 26.0
Philadelphia Athletics 54-100 36.0
1940 National League
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 100-53 -
Brooklyn Dodgers 88-65 12.0
St. Louis Cardinals 84-69 16.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 78-76 22.5
Chicago Cubs 75-79 25.5
New York Giants 72-80 27.5
Boston Bees 65-87 34.5
Philadelphia Phillies 50-103 50.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Detroit Tigers 90 64 0.584 888 5.77 717 4.66 134 102 0.286 0.364 0.442 4.01 570 752 0.968 116
Cleveland Indians 89 65 0.578 710 4.61 637 4.14 101 86 0.265 0.330 0.398 3.63 512 686 0.975 164
New York Yankees 88 66 0.571 817 5.31 671 4.36 155 119 0259 0.340 0.418 3.89 511 559 0.975 158
Boston Red Sox 82 72 0.532 872 5.66 825 5.36 145 124 0.286 0.355 0.449 4.89 625 613 0.972 156
Chicago White Sox 82 72 0.532 735 4.77 672 4.36 73 111 0.278 0.339 0.387 3.74 480 574 0.969 125
St. Louis Browns 67 87 0.435 757 4.92 882 5.73 118 113 0.263 0.331 0.401 5.12 646 439 0.974 179
Washington Senators 64 90 0.416 665 4.32 811 5.27 52 93 0.271 0.329 0.374 4.59 618 618 0.968 166
Philadelphia Athletics 54 100 0.351 703 4.56 932 6.05 105 135 0.262 0.332 0.387 5.22 534 488 0.960 131
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cincinnati Reds 100 53 0.654 707 4.62 528 3.45 89 73 0.266 0.323 0.379 3.05 445 557 0.981 158
Brooklyn Dodgers 88 65 0.575 697 4.56 621 4.06 93 101 0.260 0.324 0.383 3.50 393 639 0.970 110
St. Louis Cardinals 84 69 0.549 747 4.88 699 4.57 119 83 0.275 0.333 0.411 3.83 488 550 0.971 134
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 0.506 809 5.25 783 5.08 76 72 0.276 0.343 0.394 4.36 492 491 0.966 160
Chicago Cubs 75 79 0.487 681 4.42 636 4.13 86 74 0.267 0.328 0.384 3.54 430 564 0.968 143
New York Giants 72 80 0.474 663 4.36 659 4.34 91 110 0.267 0.325 0.374 3.79 473 606 0.977 132
Boston Bees 65 87 0.428 623 4.10 745 4.90 59 83 0.256 0.308 0.349 4.36 573 435 0.970 169
Philadelphia Phillies 50 103 0.327 494 3.23 750 4.90 75 92 0.238 0.298 0.331 4.40 475 485 0.970 136