1938 Brooklyn Dodgers season

1938 Brooklyn Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) James & Dearie Mulvey, Brooklyn Trust Company
General manager(s) Larry MacPhail
Manager(s) Burleigh Grimes
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The 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers season was their 55th season. The team finished with a record of 69–80, finishing in seventh place in the National League. The 1938 season saw Babe Ruth hired as the first base coach,[1] and lights installed by the team at Ebbets Field on June 15.[2]


Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 8963 0.586 44–33 45–30
Pittsburgh Pirates 8664 0.573 2 44–33 42–31
New York Giants 8367 0.553 5 43–30 40–37
Cincinnati Reds 8268 0.547 6 43–34 39–34
Boston Bees 7775 0.507 12 45–30 32–45
St. Louis Cardinals 7180 0.470 17½ 36–41 35–39
Brooklyn Dodgers 6980 0.463 18½ 31–41 38–39
Philadelphia Phillies 45105 0.300 43 26–48 19–57

Record vs. opponents

1938 National League Records

Boston 10–1212–1011–98–1414–89–1313–9–1
Brooklyn 10–129–11–19–138–1415–79–119–12–1
Chicago 12–1011–9–111–1112–1018–412–1013–9–1
Cincinnati 9–1113–911–1112–914–710–1213–9–1
New York 14–814–810–129–1216–59–13–111–9–1
Philadelphia 8–147–154–187–145–168–12–16–16
Pittsburgh 13–911–910–1212–1013–9–112–8–115–7
St. Louis 9–13–112–9–19–13–19–13–19–11–116–67–15

Notable transactions


1938 Brooklyn Dodgers
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
CBabe Phelps6620854.308546
1BDolph Camilli146509128.25124100
2BJohnny Hudson135498130.261237
3BCookie Lavagetto137487133.273679
SSLeo Durocher141479105.219156
OFErnie Koy142521156.2991176
OFGoody Rosen
OFBuddy Hassett

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
Kiki Cuyler
Gilly Campbell
Merv Shea
Tuck Stainback
Pete Coscarart
Woody English
Oris Hockett
Gibby Brack
Fred Sington
Heinie Manush
Woody Williams
Roy Spencer
Packy Rogers
Tom Winsett
Paul Chervinko
Greek George
Ray Hayworth
Ray Thomas
Bert Haas


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
Luke Hamlin
Freddie Fitzsimmons27202.21183.0238
Van Mungo
John Gaddy
Sam Nahem

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
Tot Pressnell
Vito Tamulis
Bill Posedel
Fred Frankhouse3093.2354.0432
Max Butcher2472.2546.5621
Lee Rogers
Waite Hoyt
Jim Winford

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
Buck Marrow
Wayne LaMaster
Dykes Potter

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
A1 Nashville Vols Southern Association Chuck Dressen
A Elmira Pioneers Eastern League Clyde Sukeforth
B Winston-Salem Twins Piedmont League Walt Van Grofski
Joe Prerost
B Pensacola Pilots Southeastern League Wally Dashiell
B Clinton Owls Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Oliver Marquardt
C Greenwood Crackers Cotton States League Elmer Yoter
C Dayton Ducks Middle Atlantic League Red Rollings
Howard Holmes
Jim Lindsey
D Tallahassee Capitols Georgia–Florida League Tim Muchison
D Beatrice Blues Nebraska State League Leon Riley
D Cooleemee Weavers North Carolina State League Joe Bird
D Superior Blues Northern League George Treadwell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elmira, Pensacola, Superior


  1. http://www.brainyhistory.com/events/1938/june_18_1938_96519.html
  2. McGee, Bob. The Greatest Ballpark Ever: Ebbets Field and the Story of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rutgers UP, 2005. 137. Google Book Search link
  3. Eddie Morgan at Baseball-Reference
  4. Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p. 55, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  5. Ernie Koy at Baseball-Reference
  6. Tom Winsett at Baseball-Reference
  7. Buck Marrow at Baseball-Reference
  8. Whit Wyatt at Baseball-Reference
  9. Gibby Brack at Baseball-Reference
  10. 1 2 3 Johnnie Chambers at Baseball-Reference
  11. Max Butcher at Baseball-Reference
  12. Jimmy Outlaw at Baseball-Reference
  13. Don Ross at Baseball-Reference


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