1938 New York Yankees season

1938 New York Yankees
1938 American League Champions
1938 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Jacob Ruppert
General manager(s) Ed Barrow
Manager(s) Joe McCarthy
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The 1938 New York Yankees season was their 36th season. The team finished with a record of 99–53, winning their 10th pennant, finishing 9.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the 1938 World Series, they beat the Chicago Cubs in 4 games. This marked the first time any team had won three consecutive World Series.


Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees9953.651--
Boston Red Sox8861.5919.5
Cleveland Indians8666.56613.0
Detroit Tigers8470.54516.0
Washington Senators7576.49723.5
Chicago White Sox6583.43932.0
St. Louis Browns5597.36244.0
Philadelphia Athletics5399.34946.0

Record vs. opponents

1938 American League Records

Boston 12–612–1010–1211–11–114–817–512–9
Chicago 6–129–137–158–1412–1013–8–110–11
Cleveland 10–1213–912–108–1318–413–9–112–9
Detroit 12–1015–710–128–1414–812–10–113–9
New York 11–11–114–813–814–816–5–215–7–116–6–1
Philadelphia 8–1410–124–188–145–16–212–96–16
St. Louis 5–178–13–19–13–110–12–17–15–19–127–15
Washington 9–1211–109–129–136–16–116–615–7


1938 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


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 Dickey132454142.31327115
1BLou Gehrig157576170.29529114
2BJoe Gordon127458117.2552597
SSFrankie Crosetti157631166.263955
3BRed Rolfe151631196.3111080
OFGeorge Selkirk9933585.2541062
OFTommy Henrich131471127.2702291
OFJoe DiMaggio145599194.32432140

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
Myril Hoag8526774.277048
Jake Powell4516442.256220
Bill Knickerbocker4612832.250121
Joe Glenn4112332.260025
Babe Dahlgren27438.18601
Art Jorgens9174.23502


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
Lefty Gomez3223918123.35129
Red Ruffing31247.12173.31127
Monte Pearson282021673.9798
Spud Chandler231721454.0336
Bump Hadley29167.1983.6061
Wes Ferrell530228.107
Atley Donald212015.256

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
Steve Sundra2593.2644.8033
Joe Beggs1458.1325.608
Joe Vance311.1007.152

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 Murphy3282114.2443
Ivy Andrews191313.0013
Lee Stine40001.044
Kemp Wicker11000.000

1938 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (0)

1Yankees – 3, Cubs – 1October 5Wrigley Field43,642
2Yankees – 6, Cubs – 3October 6Wrigley Field42,108
3Cubs – 2, Yankees – 5October 8Yankee Stadium55,236
4Cubs – 3, Yankees – 8October 9Yankee Stadium59,847

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 Bruno Betzel
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Ray White
B Augusta Tigers Sally League Sam Agnew
B Wenatchee Chiefs Western International League Glenn Wright
C Akron Yankees Middle Atlantic League Pip Koehler
C Joplin Miners Western Association Ted Mayer
D El Paso Texans Arizona–Texas League Jimmy Zinn
D Neosho Yankees Arkansas–Missouri League Dennis Burns
D Bassett Furniture Makers Bi-State League Walter Novak
D Snow Hill Billies Coastal Plain League Peahead Walker
D Norfolk Elks Nebraska State League Doc Bennett
D Butler Yankees Pennsylvania State Association Lefty Jenkins

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kansas City, Newark, El Paso, Neosho, Bassett, Norfolk (NSL), Butler[2]


  1. Milo Candini page at Baseball Reference
  2. 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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