1939 Boston Red Sox season

1939 Boston Red Sox season

The 1939 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 2nd in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 62 losses.

Regular season

In 1939, the Boston Red Sox finished 9½ games behind the New York Yankees.[1] Lefty Grove won 15 games for the Red Sox while Jimmie Foxx hit .360, and had 35 home runs and 105 RBI.[1] Ted Williams made his major league debut in 1939, and batted .327 with 31 home runs. He led the American League with 145 RBIs.[1] After the first game he played against Williams, Yankees catcher Bill Dickey said about Williams, “He’s just a damned good hitter.”[1]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 106 45 .702 --
Boston Red Sox 88 61 .591
Cleveland Indians 86 66 .566 13
Detroit Tigers 84 70 .545 16
Washington Senators 75 76 .497 23½
Chicago White Sox 65 83 .439 32
Philadelphia Athletics 55 97 .362 44
St. Louis Browns 43 111 .279 64½

Opening Day lineup

  8 Doc Cramer CF
  7 Joe Vosmik LF
  3 Jimmie Foxx 1B
  4 Joe Cronin SS
  5 Jim Tabor 3B
  9 Ted Williams RF
  1 Bobby Doerr 2B
  2 Gene Desautels     C
10 Lefty Grove P

Roster

1939 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
1B Foxx, JimmieJimmie Foxx 124 467 168 .360 35 105
SS Cronin, JoeJoe Cronin 143 520 160 .308 19 107

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

Pitching

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
Grove, LeftyLefty Grove 23 191 15 4 2.54 81
Auker, EldenElden Auker 31 151 9 10 3.56 53

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
Bagby, JimJim Bagby 21 80 5 5 7.09 35

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Louisville Colonels American Association Donie Bush and Bill Burwell
A1 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association Specs Toporcer
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Nemo Leibold
B Rocky Mount Red Sox Piedmont League Herb Brett
C Clarksdale Red Sox Cotton States League Leroy "Cowboy" Jones
C Canton Terriers Middle Atlantic League Floyd "Pat" Patterson
D Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox Appalachian League Hobe Brummitt
D Danville-Scholfield Leafs Bi-State League Red Barnes
D Centreville Colts Eastern Shore League Dave Scoble and Cap Clark

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Louisville, Scranton, Canton, Elizabethton, Danville-Scholfield[2]

Notes

References

  • 1939 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1939 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com