1941 New York Yankees season

The 1941 New York Yankees season was the 39th season for the team. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. The team finished with a record of 101–53, winning their 12th pennant, finishing 17 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. In the World Series, they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

1941 New York Yankees
1941 American League Champions
1941 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Estate of Jacob Ruppert
General manager(s)Ed Barrow
Manager(s)Joe McCarthy
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Books and songs have been written about the 1941 season, the last before the United States became drawn into World War II. Yankees' center fielder Joe DiMaggio captured the nation's fancy with his lengthy hitting streak that extended through 56 games before finally being stopped. A big-band style song called Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was recorded by the Les Brown orchestra and became a hit the following year.

Additionally, DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich and Charlie Keller became the only outfield trio in major league history to each hit 30 home runs in a season.

Regular season

During the hitting streak, DiMaggio had a batting average of .408, hit 15 home runs, and accumulated 55 runs batted in. After the streak ended, DiMaggio began a 16-game hitting streak. DiMaggio would hit safely in 72 of 73 games, another record.[1]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 10153 0.656 51–26 50–27
Boston Red Sox 8470 0.545 17 47–30 37–40
Chicago White Sox 7777 0.500 24 38–39 39–38
Cleveland Indians 7579 0.487 26 42–35 33–44
Detroit Tigers 7579 0.487 26 43–34 32–45
St. Louis Browns 7084 0.455 31 40–37 30–47
Washington Senators 7084 0.455 31 40–37 30–47
Philadelphia Athletics 6490 0.416 37 36–41 28–49

Record vs. opponents

Boston 16–69–1311–119–13–116–69–1314–8
Chicago 6–1617–512–10–18–1410–1211–11–113–9
Cleveland 13–95–1710–127–1515–713–9–112–10
Detroit 11–1110–12–112–1011–1113–911–117–15
New York 13–9–114–815–711–1114–818–416–6–1
Philadelphia 6–1612–107–159–138–1411–1111–11
St. Louis 13–911–11–19–13–111–114–1811–1111–11–1
Washington 8–149–1310–1215–76–16–111–1111–11–1


1941 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CBill Dickey10934899.284771
1BJohnny Sturm124524125.239336
2BJoe Gordon156588162.2762487
3BRed Rolfe136561148.264842
SSPhil Rizzuto133515158.307346
OFJoe DiMaggio139541193.35730125
OFTommy Henrich144538149.2773185
OFCharlie Keller140507151.29833122

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Buddy Rosar6720960.287136
Jerry Priddy5617437.213126
George Selkirk7016436.220625
Frankie Crosetti5014833.223122
Frenchy Bordagaray367319.26004
Ken Silvestri174010.25014
Johnny Lindell110.00000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Marius Russo28209.214103.09105
Red Ruffing23185.21563.5460
Spud Chandler28163.21043.1960
Atley Donald22159.0953.5771
Lefty Gomez23156.11553.7476
George Washburn12.00113.501

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Marv Breuer26141.0974.0977
Tiny Bonham23126.21062.9843
Steve Peek1780.0425.0618

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Johnny Murphy3583151.9829
Norm Branch275122.8728
Charley Stanceu223305.6321

1941 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (1)

1Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 3October 1Yankee Stadium68,540
2Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 2October 2Yankee Stadium66,248
3Yankees – 2, Dodgers – 1October 4Ebbets Field33,100
4Yankees – 7, Dodgers – 4October 5Ebbets Field33,813
5Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 1October 6Ebbets Field34,072

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Kansas City Blues American Association Billy Meyer
AA Newark Bears International League Johnny Neun
A Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Phil Page
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Eddie Sawyer
B Augusta Tigers Sally League Lefty Jenkins and Alton Biggs
C Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian–American League Paul O'Malley
C Akron Yankees Middle Atlantic League Buzz Boyle
C Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League Bob Coltrin and Doc Marshall
C Joplin Miners Western Association Doc Bennett
D Easton Yankees Eastern Shore League Dallas Warren
D Butler Yankees Pennsylvania State Association Tom Kain
D Norfolk Yankees Western League Ray Powell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Joplin, Easton, Butler[3]


  1. Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.5, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  2. Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)
  3. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007


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