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Series Wrapup

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB GBsum R RA Rdiff Home Road 1Run vRHP vLHP ≥.500 <.500
1 BRO 100 54 .649 ---   5.1 3.7 1.4 52-25 48-29 28-16 68-37 32-17 37-29 63-25
2 STL 97 56 .634 ---   4.7 3.8 0.9 53-24 44-32 31-22 68-41 29-15 39-27 58-29
3 CIN 88 66 .571 ---   4.0 3.7 0.3 45-34 43-32 27-20 76-64 12-2 30-36 58-30
4 PIT 81 73 .526 ---   4.4 4.1 0.3 45-32 36-41 27-23 65-63 16-10 26-40 55-33
5 NYG 74 79 .484 ---   4.3 4.5 -0.3 38-39 36-40 19-30 59-60 15-19 29-58 45-21
6 CHC 70 84 .455 ---   4.3 4.3 0.0 38-39 32-45 19-25 49-59 21-25 36-52 34-32
7 BSN 62 92 .403 ---   3.8 4.6 -0.8 32-44 30-48 19-22 47-65 15-27 31-57 31-35
8 PHI 43 111 .279 ---   3.2 5.1 -1.9 23-52 20-59 16-28 38-98 5-13 21-67 22-44

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Generated 6/1/2011.

Story

After placing second in the National League the previous year, the Brooklyn Dodgers captured their first league championship in 21 years in 1941.  The Dodgers finished the campaign with a record of 100-54, just 2 ½ games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals.  

With many new players on their roster, several of whom ironically played for the Cardinals at one time, the Dodgers quickly went from perennial also-rans to league champions.  Slugging outfielder Joe Medwick, catcher Mickey Owen, and manager Leo Durocher all spent a considerable amount of time in St. Louis before joining the Dodgers.  Two of the other new faces in Brooklyn were veteran first baseman Dolph Camilli, who the Dodgers acquired from the Phillies a few seasons earlier, and rookie outfielder Pete Reiser, who the Dodgers plucked from the St. Louis farm system.

The tandem of Camilli and Reiser proved to be the difference in the pennant race, leading the Dodgers to their first World Series appearance since they lost to the Cleveland Indians in the 1920 Fall Classic.  Camilli earned N.L. MVP honors by batting .285, scoring 92 runs, compiling a .407 on-base percentage, and topping the circuit with 34 home runs and 120 runs batted in.  Reiser finished second in the balloting, leading the league with a .343 batting average, 117 runs scored, 17 triples, 39 doubles, and a .558 slugging percentage.
    
However, the Dodgers were much more than just a two-man team.  Brooklyn led the National League with 800 runs scored, a .272 team batting average, 101 home runs, 69 triples, 286 doubles, a .405 team slugging percentage, and a team ERA of 3.14.  Six members of the squad finished in the top 11 in the league MVP voting.  Joe Medwick joined Camilli and Reiser among the N.L.’s elite, finishing the year with 18 home runs, 88 runs batted in, 100 runs scored, and a .318 batting average.  Meanwhile, Kirby Higbe and Whitlow Wyatt tied for the league lead with 22 victories apiece.  Wyatt also led all N.L. hurlers with seven shutouts, and he placed second in the league with 23 complete games and a 2.34 ERA.  

The Dodgers entered the World Series against the Yankees seeking to win their first world championship.  Although the Yankees defeated Brooklyn in five games, the Series remained competitive throughout.  The Dodgers lost Game Three when a fractured kneecap forced Freddie Fitzsimmons to leave the mound after he shut out the Yankees for the first seven innings.  Brooklyn’s bad luck continued the next day when a passed ball by catcher Mickey Owen allowed the Yankees to mount a four-run rally with two men out in the ninth inning.  The Yankees clinched the Series the following day with a 3-1 victory.    

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• March 8 - Hugh Mulcahy of the Phillies became the first major leaguer to be drafted in World War II.

• June 1 - Mel Ott hit a two-run homer to give the New York Giants a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.  The blast gave Ott 400 home runs and 1,500 runs batted in for his career.  

• August 30 - Lon Warneke pitched a no-hitter, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

• Although the American League won the All-Star Game 7-5 on a two-out, three-run home run by Ted Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning, Pittsburgh’s Arky Vaughan became the first player to hit two homers in an All-Star Game.

• Lloyd Waner played a National League record 77 straight games without striking out.

• The Dodgers became the first team to wear plastic batting helmets after Pete Reiser and Pee Wee Reese were beaned.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1818 5485 800 1494 747 .203 286 69 101 36 0 2221 .329 .281 .663 103 0 106
BSN 1960 5414 592 1357 552 .208 231 38 48 61 0 1808 .303 .287 .599 120 0 70
CHN 1793 5230 666 1323 610 .217 239 25 99 39 0 1909 .324 .282 .639 102 0 98
CIN 1682 5218 616 1288 567 .210 213 33 64 68 0 1759 .322 .265 .606 122 0 103
NY1 1786 5338 662 1393 621 .219 246 35 95 36 0 1994 .299 .286 .593 116 0 94
PHI 1888 5233 501 1277 467 .173 188 38 64 65 1733 .267 .237 .535 142 90
PIT 1850 5297 690 1417 634 .242 233 65 56 59 0 1948 .344 .298 .670 119 0 95
SLN 1810 5457 734 1482 664 .202 254 56 70 47 2058 .331 .269 .624 102 126

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 314 100 54 1421 603 495 5908 1236 81 59.500 496 581 66 17 22 23 5
BSN 332 62 92 1386 446 554 6051 1440 75 83.720 608 720 62 10 9 28 1
CHN 300 70 84 1365 548 449 5916 1431 60 80.130 564 670 74 8 9 21 2
CIN 266 88 66 1386 627 510 5875 1300 61 47.370 488 564 89 19 10 19 0
NY1 305 63 70 1227 491 486 5349 1286 80 67.150 545 633 44 11 17 25 2
PHI 356 43 111 1371 552 606 6114 1499 79 77.700 686 793 35 4 9 35 1
PIT 306 81 73 1373 410 492 5948 1392 66 58.910 532 643 71 7 12 30 1
SLN 326 97 56 1416 659 502 5948 1289 85 47.150 502 589 64 15 20 26 3

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1674 6182 4253 1767 162 .977 0 0 0 0 6
BSN 1772 6262 4170 1902 190 .960 0 0 0 0 8
CHN 1633 6025 4089 1756 180 .965 0 0 0 0 9
CIN 1575 6092 4165 1775 152 .972 0 0 0 0 20
NY1 1616 6113 4174 1780 159 .965 0 0 0 0 8
PHI 1716 6082 4116 1780 186 .938 0 0 0 0 11
PIT 1654 6166 4120 1852 194 .942 0 0 0 0 3
SLN 1685 6266 4256 1839 171 .962 0 0 0 0 6

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