1940 Detroit Tigers season

1940 Detroit Tigers Season

1940 Detroit Tigers season

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The Detroit Tigers season was their 40th since they entered the American League in . The team won the American League pennant with a record of 90-64, finishing just one game ahead of the Cleveland Indians and just two games ahead of the New York Yankees. It was the sixth American League pennant for the Tigers. The team went on to lose the 1940 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 3.


  • December 9, 1939: Wally Moses was traded by the Tigers to the Philadelphia Athletics for Benny McCoy. The trade was voided on January 14, 1940.
  • January 14: Baseball commissioner Judge Landis ruled that 91 players on the Tigers roster or in the Detroit farm system were free agents, due to misconduct by the team in restricting its minor league players. The players awarded free agency included Roy CullenbineBenny McCoyLloyd Dietz‚ and Steve Rachunok from the team’s major league roster. Landis also ordered the team to pay compensation of $47‚250 to 14 players. The minor league players awarded free agency included Johnny Sain.
  • February 15: The Tiger released a roster showing Hank Greenberg as an outfielder. Greenberg’s move to the outfield made room for Rudy York to take over at first base.

Regular season

The 1940 Tigers were led by: Hank Greenberg, who won his second American League MVP award; Rudy York, who was #2 in the AL behind Greenberg in RBIs, total bases and extra base hits; Barney McCosky, who led the major leagues in...
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