1940 World Series

1940 World Series

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The 1940 World Series matched the Cincinnati Reds against the Detroit Tigers, with the Reds winning the Series in seven games for their second championship, their first since the scandal-tainted victory in 1919. Bill Klem worked the last of his record eighteen World Series as an umpire.

It was a closely contested Series, especially the final game, which was a heartbreaker for the Tigers, as losing pitcher Bobo Newsom had lost his father, who died in a Cincinnati hotel room the day after watching his son win Game 1. Newsom pitched a shutout "for dad" in his next start, Game 5. Newsom also pitched well in Game 7, but his one day of rest caught up to him in the seventh inning, when the Reds scored two runs to take the lead and eventually the game and the Series.

The Reds' win in Game 2 snapped a ten-game losing streak for the National League in the Series, tying the ten-game streak by the NL from 1927–1929.

Willard Hershberger, who had been the backup catcher for Ernie Lombardi in the 1939 Series, committed suicide during the season. One of the Reds' coaches, forty-year-old Jimmie Wilson, took over as Lombardi's backup. During the Series, Wilson batted .353 and was credited with the only stolen base.

Reds' manager Bill McKechnie became the first manager to win World Series with two different...
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