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The following are the baseball events of the year 1940 throughout the world.  


Champions

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Awards and honors

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Detroit Tigers 90   64 .584    --
2nd Cleveland Indians 89   65 .578   1
3rd New York Yankees 88   68 .571   2
4th Chicago White Sox 82   72 .532   8
4th Boston Red Sox 82   72 .532   8
6th St. Louis Browns 67   87 .435   23
7th Washington Senators 64 90 .416   26.0
8th Philadelphia Athletics 54 100 .351   36.0

National League final standings

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Cincinnati Reds 100   53 .654    --
2nd Brooklyn Dodgers 88   65 .575   12.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 84   69 .549   16.0
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 78   76 .506   22.5
5th Chicago Cubs 75   79 .487   25.5
6th New York Giants 72   80 .474   27.5
7th Boston Bees 65   87 .428   34.5
8th Philadelphia Phillies 50   103 .327   50.0

Events

Births

Deaths

  • February 13 - Walter Barnes, 79, sports editor for several Boston newspapers from 1891 to 1933 who was that city's first regular sports columnist
  • August 21 - Ernest Thayer, 77, newspaper editor whose 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat" became a staple of baseball culture
  • October 17 - George Davis, 70, shortstop for the Giants and White Sox who set records for career hits (2600+) and RBI (1437) by a switch-hitter, and ranked third in total games upon retirement; batted .308 in 1906 World Series as White Sox upset Cubs
  • December 16 - Billy Hamilton, 74, center fielder and leadoff hitter for Philadelphia and Boston who batted .344 lifetime, winning two batting titles; led NL in runs four times and in walks and steals five times each; had eleven 100-run seasons including record 192 in 1894, and his 1690 career runs - over one per game - ranked second in history upon retirement; batted .343 and .369 for 1897-98 Boston champions

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