1938 October

1st  The Cubs clinch the pennant, beating the Cards in the 2nd game of a twin bill, 10–3, after the Birds win the opener. The Reds beat the Pirates.

Against the Yankees Johnny Murphy, Jimmie Foxx unloads a grand slam in the 6th inning, his 3rd of the year. For Murphy, it is the second slam he’s served up in two weeks.

At Cincinnati, the Reds collect 17 hits to beat the Pirates, 9–6. Ernie Lombardi is 4-for-5 and, with a hit tomorrow, will end the season with an NL high .342. Through September 28 he was hitting .337, second to Mize’s .339.

2nd  Bob Feller breaks his own AL strikeout record and sets a ML strikeout mark by fanning 18 Tigers. At one point Feller has 6 straight strikeouts, tying the AL mark, and yet loses 4–1 to Harry Eisenstat’s 4-hitter. Harry strikes out three with his slow curves. Tiger outfielder Chet Laabs contributes 5 strike outs, including the last, to Feller’s total. Hank Greenberg has two long drives, one a 2-run double, and a walk—but no homers—against Rapid Robert, who allows seven hits and walks seven. Greenberg is 3-for-3—all singles and finishes with 58 homers. Detroit completes the sweep with a 10–8 win in game 2, finally called by ump George Moriarty after seven innings. Feller ends the season with 208 walks to set a ML record: the only other hurler to top 200 will be Nolan Ryan, in 1974 (204) and 1977 (202).

In a 4-3 decision over the White Sox in game 1, Bobo Newsom wins his 20th game for the 7th-place Browns, and strikes out 10. He is one of four 20-game winners, two in each league, this season. Bobo’s 226 K’s for the year just misses the league lead, but coupled with his 5.08 ERA, it is the highest ever for a pitcher with an ERA that high (Robbie Ray, in 2016, will come closest with 218 strikeouts and a 4.90 ERA.) His 192 walks also misses the lead as well: it’ll be the highest total for any ML pitcher this century not named Feller or Ryan. But Bobo is the first ML pitcher to serve up 30 homeruns in a season. The Sox win the abbreviated second game, 3-0. Sox September call-up Merv Connors is hitless but finishes his month with a .355 average. His two Septembers will be it for Merv.

In the split between Washington and Philadelphia, Nats rookie Taffy Wright goes 0-for-8 to drop his average from .361 to .350, still the highest in the AL. Wright plays the bare minimum 100 games and technically qualifies for the batting title, but Taffy is pulled from the leader board in favor of Jimmie Foxx, who wins the title with his .349.

3rd In Chicago, 300,000 turn out to cheer the Cubs motorcade through downtown.

5th  Bill Dickey ties a WS record with 4 hits, as Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3–1 win in the Series opener at Wrigley Field.

6th  Lefty Gomez sets a record with his sixth WS victory without a loss, defeating the Cubs 6–3, with relief help from Johnny Murphy. Dizzy Dean takes a 3–2 lead into the 8th but Frank Crosetti and Joe DiMaggio contribute two-run homers for the Yankee win.

8th  The Series moves to Yankee Stadium, and New York rolls to its third straight win, with Monte Pearson beating Clay Bryant 5–2. Bill Dickey and Joe Gordon homer.

9th  The Yankees become the first team to win 3 successive World Championships, defeating the Cubs by a score of 8–3, as Red Ruffing wins his second game and the Yankees sweep.

10th  Burleigh Grimes is dismissed as Dodgers manager. Leo Durocher will be named as his replacement in 2 days.

11th  Doc Prothro, the new Phils manager, retains Hans Lobert as coach.

12th  Durocher is named Dodger manager and adds Charlie Dressen and Bill Killifer as coaches.

26th The Yankees trade Myril Hoag and Joe Glenn to the Browns for Oral Hildebrand and Buster Mills.