1941 Boston Red Sox
LeagueAmerican League
BallparkFenway Park
CityBoston, Massachusetts
Record84–70 (.545)
League place2nd (17 GB)
OwnersTom Yawkey
PresidentTom Yawkey
General managersEddie Collins
ManagersJoe Cronin
RadioWAAB
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1941 Boston Red Sox season was the 41st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League (AL) with a record of 84 wins and 70 losses, 17 games behind the New York Yankees, who went on to win the 1941 World Series.

The Red Sox featured five future Hall of Famers: player-manager Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, and Ted Williams.

Offseason

Regular season

Williams was one of the biggest stories of the 1941 major league season, becoming, as of 2022, the last player to bat .400 (batting .406) in a full season. He led an offense that scored the most runs of any major league team. During the season, Williams reached base safely in 69 consecutive games.[2]

Transactions

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 101 53 0.656 51–26 50–27
Boston Red Sox 84 70 0.545 17 47–30 37–40
Chicago White Sox 77 77 0.500 24 38–39 39–38
Cleveland Indians 75 79 0.487 26 42–35 33–44
Detroit Tigers 75 79 0.487 26 43–34 32–45
St. Louis Browns 70 84 0.455 31 40–37 30–47
Washington Senators 70 84 0.455 31 40–37 30–47
Philadelphia Athletics 64 90 0.416 37 36–41 28–49

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHA SLB WSH
Boston 16–6 9–13 11–11 9–13–1 16–6 9–13 14–8
Chicago 6–16 17–5 12–10–1 8–14 10–12 11–11–1 13–9
Cleveland 13–9 5–17 10–12 7–15 15–7 13–9–1 12–10
Detroit 11–11 10–12–1 12–10 11–11 13–9 11–11 7–15
New York 13–9–1 14–8 15–7 11–11 14–8 18–4 16–6–1
Philadelphia 6–16 12–10 7–15 9–13 8–14 11–11 11–11
St. Louis 13–9 11–11–1 9–13–1 11–11 4–18 11–11 11–11–1
Washington 8–14 9–13 10–12 15–7 6–16–1 11–11 11–11–1


Opening Day lineup

  7 Dom DiMaggio     CF
  8 Lou Finney RF
12 Pete Fox LF
  3 Jimmie Foxx 1B
  4 Joe Cronin SS
  1 Bobby Doerr 2B
  5 Jim Tabor 3B
  2 Frankie Pytlak     C
10 Lefty Grove P

Roster

1941 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Note: Stats in brackets are derived from Retrosheet which differ from official MLB stats.

Batting

Starters by position

Abbreviations: Pos=Position; GP=Games Played; AB=At Bats; R=Runs; H=Hits; 2B=Doubles; 3B=Triples; HR=Home Runs; RBI=Runs Batted In; BB=Walks; AVG=Batting Average; OBP=On Base Percentage; SLG=Slugging Percentage

Pos Player GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG OBP SLG References
C Frankie Pytlak 107 336 (339) 36 91 23 1 2 39 28 (30) .271 (.268) .329 (.330) .363 (.360) [4][5]
1B Jimmie Foxx 135 487 87 146 27 8 19 105 (104) 93 .300 .412 .505 [6][7]
2B Bobby Doerr 132 500 74 141 28 4 16 93 (91) 43 .282 .339 .450 [8][9]
SS Joe Cronin 143 518 98 161 38 8 16 95 (96) 82 .311 .406 .508 [10][11]
3B Jim Tabor 126 498 65 139 29 3 16 101 (103) 36 .279 .328 .446 [12][13]
OF Ted Williams 143 456 135 185 33 3 37 120 (119) 145 (147) .406 .551 (.553) .735 [14][15]
OF Lou Finney 127 497 83 143 24 10 4 53 (54) 38 .288 .340 .400 [16][17]
OF Dom DiMaggio 144 584 117 165 37 6 8 58 90 .283 .385 .408 [18][19]

Other batters

Abbreviations: GP=Games Played; AB=At Bats; R=Runs; H=Hits; 2B=Doubles; 3B=Triples; HR=Home Runs; RBI=Runs Batted In; BB=Walks; AVG=Batting Average; OBP=On Base Percentage; SLG=Slugging Percentage

Player GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG OBP SLG References
Pete Fox 73 268 38 81 12 7 0 31 21 .302 .357 .399 [20][21]
Johnny Peacock 78 261 (258) 28 74 20 1 0 27 (26) 21 (19) .284 (.287) .339 (.338) .368 (.372) [22][23]
Skeeter Newsome 93 227 28 51 6 0 2 17 22 (20) .225 .296 (.290) .278 [24][25]
Stan Spence 86 203 22 47 10 3 2 28 18 .232 .304 .340 [26][27]
Al Flair 10 30 3 6 2 1 0 2 1 .200 .226 .333 [28][29]
Odell Hale 12 24 5 5 2 0 1 1 3 .208 .296 .417 [30][31]
Tom Carey 25 21 7 4 0 0 0 2 0 .190 .190 .190 [32][33]
Paul Campbell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 (─) .000 (─) .000 (─) [34][35]

Pitchers

Abbreviations: GP=Games Played; AB=At Bats; R=Runs; H=Hits; 2B=Doubles; 3B=Triples; HR=Home Runs; RBI=Runs Batted In; BB=Walks; AVG=Batting Average; OBP=On Base Percentage; SLG=Slugging Percentage

Player GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG OBP SLG References
Dick Newsome 36 78 3 19 3 0 0 8 2 .244 .263 .282 [36][37]
Charlie Wagner 29 63 5 10 1 0 0 3 3 .159 .197 .175 [38][39]
Mickey Harris 35 55 9 6 1 0 0 0 17 .109 .319 .127 [40][41]
Joe Dobson 27 47 3 7 0 0 1 6 4 .149 .216 .213 [42][43]
Lefty Grove 21 45 6 5 2 0 0 0 4 .111 .184 .156 [44][45]
Jack Wilson 27 44 2 7 1 0 0 6 1 .159 .178 .182 [46][47]
Mike Ryba 40 37 2 8 2 0 0 4 2 .216 .256 .270 [48][49]
Earl Johnson 17 34 4 10 0 0 0 2 2 .294 .333 .294 [50][51]

Pitching

Note: GP=Games Played; GS=Games Started; IP=Innings Pitched; H=Hits; BB=Walks; R=Runs; ER=Earned Runs; SO=Strikeouts; W=Wins; L=Losses; SV=Saves; ERA=Earned Run Average

Starting pitchers

Player GP GS IP H BB R ER SO W L SV ERA References
Dick Newsome 36 29 213+23 235 79 115 98 (97) 58 19 10 0 4.13 (4.09) [52][53]
Charlie Wagner 29 25 187+13 175 85 76 64 (62) 51 12 8 0 3.07 (2.98) [54][55]
Lefty Grove 21 21 134 (134+13) 155 42 84 65 (64) 54 7 7 0 4.37 (4.29) [56][57]
Earl Johnson 17 12 93+23 90 51 57 (56) 47 (46) 46 4 5 0 4.52 (4.42) [58][59]

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
Joe Dobson 27 134.1 12 9 4.49 69
Jack Wilson 27 116.1 4 13 5.03 55
Tex Hughson 12 61.0 5 3 4.13 22
Emerson Dickman 9 31.0 1 1 6.39 16
Woody Rich 2 3.2 0 0 17.18 4

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
Mike Ryba 40 7 3 6 4.46 54
Bill Fleming 16 1 1 1 3.92 20
Nels Potter 10 2 0 0 4.50 6
Oscar Judd 7 0 0 1 8.76 5
Herb Hash 4 1 0 1 5.40 3

Awards and honors

All-Stars

League top five finishers

Dom DiMaggio

Dick Newsome

Fifth in MLB in Wins (19).[62]

Charlie Wagner

Ted Williams

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AA Louisville Colonels American Association Bill Burwell
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Nemo Leibold
B Greensboro Red Sox Piedmont League Heinie Manush
C Canton Terriers Middle Atlantic League Floyd "Pat" Patterson
D Danville-Schoolfield Leafs Bi-State League Elmer Yoter
D Centreville Red Sox Eastern Shore League Ed Walls and Eddie Popowski
D Owensboro Oilers KITTY League Hughie Wise

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