Marse Joe’s Jubilee
NEW YORK – These are the New York Yankees who took the American League by storm during the 1938 season. Leading the league in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed, they won 99 games, lost 53 and will face off with Gabby Hartnett and the Chicago Cubs in the 1938 fall classic. This will be the first match up between the two clubs since October of 1932, when the Yankees and new manager Joe McCarthy swept his old team, adding a new chapter to baseball lore with Babe Ruth’s supposed called homerun shot.
Though the club took the series in 4 straight games and became the first team to win three consecutive World Series, it was clearly a transitional year for the Bombers. Aging players, such as Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez all put up respectable numbers, though were clearly not as formidable as they once were. It was the newcomers like Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich and Joe Gordon that would carry the team’s dynasty and winning tradition into the early 1940s and beyond.
Pictured from left to right are shortstop Frank Crosetti, third baseman Red Rolfe, right fielder Tommy Henrich, centerfielder Joe DiMaggio, first baseman Lou Gehrig, catcher Bill Dickey, outfielder Myril Hoag, left fielder George Selkirk and second basemen Joe Gordon. The players sit in the ballpark during an unknown game that summer, donning the home sartorial pinstriped jerseys of dark blue and white. Posing for Associated Press photographers before the game, bats for the contest line the steps of the dugout. Patches for the 1939 World’s Fair – which was to be held in New York – can clearly be seen on their left sleeves.