1940 October

2nd The Series opens in Cincinnati, and the Reds lose 7–2, the 10thstraight WS loss for a NL team. The Tigers bunch 5 singles, a walk, and an error in the 2nd off Paul Derringer to score 5 runs. Bruce Campbell adds a 2-run HR, and Bobo Newsom rations 8 hits and only one walk. Bobo’s father, visiting from South Carolina, dies in a Cincinnati hotel the next morning.

3rd Bucky Walters gives the NL its first Series game victory since Carl Hubbell beat the Yankees in 1937. Jimmy Ripple’s 2-run HR in the 3rdprovides the margin. Walters gives up only 3 hits, but is lucky to escape a jittery first inning.

4th Detroit bombs 9 hits for 19 bases in the 7th and 8th innings off Jim Turner and successors to win 7–4 in the first game at Briggs Stadium. Tommy Bridges gives up 10 hits but goes the distance.

5th Paul Derringer, who had lost 4 WS starts going back to 1931, finally breaks his jinx. His 5-hitter and Jim Ripple’s 3rd-inning double, which knocks Dizzy Trout from the mound, provide a 5–2 win.

6th Detroit regains the advantage with Bobo Newsom pitching even better than he had in the first game. Newsom’s 8–0 three-hit whitewash is the first Detroit shutout in the WS since 1909.

7th Back in Cincinnati, Bucky Walters evens the Series for the Reds with a 4–0 shutout, scattering 5 hits. Walters also becomes the first pitcher in 14 years to hit a HR in the Series.

8th With only one day’s rest, Bobo Newsom comes back for the Tigers and nearly has enough to win. Detroit gets an unearned run off Paul Derringer in the 3rd, and Newsom holds the Reds scoreless through 6 innings. In the 7th, however, Frank McCormick and Jimmy Ripple hit consecutive doubles, and Ripple later ambles in from 3B on Billy Myers’ sac fly. Derringer gives up 7 hits in the first 6 innings but sets the Tigers down in order in the final 3 frames. Old Jimmy Wilson catches 6 of the 7 games, hits .353, and has the only SB of the Series. The Reds’ share is $5,803 and the Tigers get $3,532.

23rd The MVP in the NL goes to the Reds Frank McCormick, with Reds teammates Bucky Walters and Paul Derringer finishing 3rd and 4th and Reds Ernie Lombardi and Billy Werber finishing at 9th and 10th. Cards slugger John Mize is 2nd.

25th The Reds declare a $12 dividend to stockholders.

26th Detroit slugger outfielder Hank Greenberg is named the MVP in the AL with 292 points. Greenberg won the MVP honors in 1935 as a first baseman. Bob Feller is 2nd with 222 points.