1942 Season News

March 18 - Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland request try-outs with the White Sox. Jimmie Dykes later fails to make either an offer.

Boston Red Sox slugger and American patriot Ted Williams enlisted in the military as a Naval aviator on June 2nd. He was able to finish the season, as did many other players who enlisted or were awaiting the draft, which moved at a very slow pace despite the early discouragements of the war. American League regulars who were also enlisted at the time included Johnny Rigney, Joe Grace, Johnny Berardino, Cecil Travis, Bob Feller, Pat Mullin, Buddy Lewis, Sam Chapman and Johnny Sturm.

On June 6th, Gene Stack of the Chicago White Sox became the first Major League draftee to die on active duty after suffering a heart attack following an Army ball game.

June 19 - Paul Waner of the Boston Braves joins the 3000 hit club.

September 11 - Chicago Cubs catcher Paul Gillespie homers in his first major league at bat. In 1945 he will homer in his final major league at bat and become the only player in MLB history to do both.

President Roosevelt granted Major League Baseball the go-ahead to play despite the travel and material restrictions of WW II. In his famous "Green Light" letter FDR stated that he honestly felt that it would be in the best interests of the country to keep baseball going. He also encouraged more night baseball games so that war workers could attend, as a well needed distraction.
1942 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 103-51 -
Boston Red Sox 93-59 9.0
St. Louis Browns 82-69 19.5
Cleveland Indians 75-79 28.0
Detroit Tigers 73-81 30.0
Chicago White Sox 66-82 34.0
Washington Senators 62-89 39.5
Philadelphia Athletics 55-99 48.0
1942 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 106-48 -
Brooklyn Dodgers 104-50 2.0
New York Giants 85-67 20.0
Cincinnati Reds 76-76 29.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 66-81 36.5
Chicago Cubs 68-86 38.0
Boston Braves 59-89 44.0
Philadelphia Phillies 42-109 62.5
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 103 51 0.669 801 5.20 507 3.29 108 71 0.269 0.343 0.394 2.91 431 558 0.976 190
Boston Red Sox 93 59 0.612 761 5.01 594 3.91 103 65 0.276 0.350 0.403 3.44 553 500 0.974 156
St. Louis Browns 82 69 0.543 730 4.83 637 4.22 98 63 0.259 0.336 0.385 3.59 505 488 0.972 143
Cleveland Indians 75 79 0.487 590 3.83 659 4.28 50 61 0.253 0.314 0.345 3.59 560 448 0.974 175
Detroit Tigers 73 81 0.474 589 3.82 587 3.81 76 60 0.246 0.312 0.344 3.13 598 671 0.969 142
Chicago White Sox 66 82 0.446 538 3.64 609 4.11 25 74 0.246 0.314 0.318 3.58 473 432 0.970 144
Washington Senators 62 89 0.411 653 4.32 817 5.41 40 50 0.258 0.331 0.341 4.58 558 496 0.962 133
Philadelphia Athletics 55 99 0.357 549 3.56 801 5.20 33 89 0.249 0.307 0.325 4.45 639 546 0.969 124
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 106 48 0.688 755 4.90 482 3.13 60 49 0.268 0.336 0.379 2.55 473 651 0.972 137
Brooklyn Dodgers 104 50 0.675 742 4.82 510 3.31 62 73 0.265 0.336 0.362 2.84 493 612 0.977 150
New York Giants 85 67 0.559 675 4.44 600 3.95 109 94 0.254 0.326 0.361 3.31 493 497 0.977 128
Cincinnati Reds 76 76 0.500 527 3.47 545 3.59 66 47 0.231 0.296 0.321 2.82 526 616 0.972 158
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 81 0.449 585 3.98 631 4.29 54 62 0.245 0.317 0.330 3.58 435 426 0.969 129
Chicago Cubs 68 86 0.442 591 3.84 665 4.32 75 70 0.254 0.319 0.353 3.60 525 507 0.973 169
Boston Braves 59 89 0.399 515 3.48 645 4.36 68 82 0.240 0.304 0.329 3.76 518 414 0.977 138
Philadelphia Phillies 42 109 0.278 394 2.61 706 4.68 44 61 0.232 0.287 0.306 4.12 605 472 0.968 147