1941 Season News

Taft Wright, an outfielder with the Chicago White Sox, set an American League record on May 20th after driving in at least one run in thirteen consecutive games. During the streak, Wright recorded twenty-two runs batted in although in six of the games he knocked in a run without a hit.

Joe DiMaggio's fifty-six game hitting streak finally ended on July 17th thanks to solid pitching by Cleveland Indians pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby. Despite stopping the "Yankee Clipper", the Tribe was unable to stop the rest of New York and lost 6-5 in front of 60,000 fans.

The Chicago Cubs became the first Major League Baseball franchise to install an organ for fan entertainment. It was one of the only innovations ever to be introduced at Wrigley Field, which later boasted a "backward" reputation as the last ballpark ever to install lights.

The New York Giants became the first team to use plastic batting helmets during a June 6th double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the batters appeared comfortable in their new headgear at the plate, they still went on to lose both games 5-4 and 4-3.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Hugh Mulcahy became the first Major Leaguer drafted into the Armed Forces for WW II. An All-Star in 1940, Mulcahy would pitch less than one-hundred innings after he returned from the war. Over the next two years over one-hundred major leaguers were drafted and two (Elmer Gedeon and Harry O'Neill) were killed in action.

Thirty-seven year-old New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, also known as "The Iron Horse" died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (later renamed Lou Gehrig's Disease) on June 2nd. His legacy on the field included a lifetime batting average of .340, fifteenth all-time highest, and he amassed more than four-hundred total bases on five occasions. A player with few peers, Gehrig is still one of only seven players with more than one-hundred extra-base hits in one season. During his career he averaged one-hundred forty-seven RBIs a year and his one-hundred eighty-four RBIs in 1931 still remains the second highest single season total in American League history. Always at the top of his game, Gehrig won the Triple Crown in 1934, with a .363 average, forty-nine home runs, and one-hundred sixty-five RBIs, and was chosen Most Valuable player in both 1927 and 1936. Unbelievable for a man of his size, #4 stole home fifteen times, and he batted .361 in thirty-four World Series games with ten home runs, eight doubles, and thirty-five RBIs. He also holds the record for career grand slams with twenty-three. Gehrig hit seventy-three, three-run home runs, as well as one-hundred sixty-six two-run shots, giving him the highest average of RBIs (per homer) of any player with more than three-hundred home runs.
1941 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 101-53 -
Boston Red Sox 84-70 17.0
Chicago White Sox 77-77 24.0
Cleveland Indians 75-79 26.0
Detroit Tigers 75-79 26.0
St. Louis Browns 70-84 31.0
Washington Senators 70-84 31.0
Philadelphia Athletics 67-90 37.0
1941 National League
Team Record GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 100-54 -
St. Louis Cardinals 97-56 2.5
Cincinnati Reds 88-66 12.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 81-73 19.0
New York Giants 74-79 25.5
Chicago Cubs 70-84 30.0
Boston Braves 62-92 38.0
Philadelphia Phillies 43-111 57.0
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 101 53 0.656 830 5.39 631 4.10 151 81 0.269 0.343 0.419 3.53 598 589 0.973 196
Boston Red Sox 84 70 0.545 865 5.62 750 4.87 124 88 0.283 0.364 0.430 4.19 611 574 0.972 139
Chicago White Sox 77 77 0.500 638 4.14 649 4.21 47 89 0.255 0.319 0.343 3.52 521 564 0.971 145
Cleveland Indians 75 79 0.487 677 4.40 668 4.34 103 71 0.256 0.321 0.393 3.90 660 617 0.976 158
Detroit Tigers 75 79 0.487 686 4.45 743 4.82 81 80 0.263 0.337 0.375 4.18 645 697 0.969 129
St. Louis Browns 70 84 0.455 765 4.97 823 5.34 91 120 0.272 0.329 0.376 4.72 549 454 0.975 156
Washington Senators 70 84 0.455 728 4.73 798 5.18 52 69 0.266 0.358 0.390 4.35 603 544 0.969 169
Philadelphia Athletics 64 90 0.416 713 4.63 840 5.45 85 136 0.268 0.339 0.387 4.83 557 386 0.967 150
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Brooklyn Dodgers 100 54 0.649 800 5.19 581 3.77 101 81 0.272 0.344 0.405 3.14 495 603 0.974 125
St. Louis Cardinals 97 56 0.634 734 4.80 589 3.85 70 85 0.272 0.337 0.377 3.19 502 659 0.973 146
Cincinnati Reds 88 66 0.571 616 4.00 564 3.66 64 61 0.247 0.310 0.337 3.17 510 627 0.975 147
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 73 0.526 690 4.48 643 4.18 56 66 0.268 0.336 0.368 3.48 492 410 0.968 130
New York Giants 74 79 0.484 667 4.36 706 4.61 95 90 0.260 0.323 0.371 3.94 539 566 0.974 144
Chicago Cubs 70 84 0.455 666 4.32 670 4.35 99 60 0.253 0.325 0.365 3.72 449 548 0.970 139
Boston Braves 62 92 0.403 592 3.84 720 4.68 48 75 0.251 0.311 0.334 3.95 554 446 0.970 174
Philadelphia Phillies 43 111 0.279 501 3.25 793 5.15 64 79 0.244 0.304 0.331 4.50 606 552 0.969 147