1942 In Major League Baseball
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1) On January 15, President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt sent a letter to Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis,
encouraging Major League Baseball to continue playing during World
War II. Roosevelt's famed "Green Light" letter ensured that the
1942 season would be played as planned, negating rumors of a
shutdown. Despite a loss of many star players to military service,
such as Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller & Ted Williams, all sixteen teams
continued to play regular schedules for the duration of WWII.
2) On May 13. a pitcher of the Boston Braves
almost single-handedly beats the Chicago Cubs at Braves Field,
6–5, by pitching a five-hitter and hitting three consecutive home
runs. He, hit a pinch-homer the day before, becomes the only
pitcher in modern history to collect three home runs in a Major
League game. His fourth at-bat results in a fly ball caught
against the fence in left field.
Who was the Braves
- Bert Campaneris
- Jimmy Wynn
- Danny Coombs
- Jim Tobin
3) The American League defeated the National
League, 3-1, in the All-Star Game on July 6.
the game played?
- Polo Grounds
- Shibe Park
- Griffith Stadium
- Yankee Stadium
4) On October 5, the New York Yankees defeat
the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, in Game 5 of the World Series to win
their fourth World Championship, four game to one. The loss was
the Cardinals’ first since the 1926 World Series to the Yankees.
They had won eight Series in the interim.
5) Who won the Negro Leagues World Series (4-0)?
- Kansas City Monarchs
- Homestead Grays
- Winnipeg Maroons
- New York Cubans
6) Joe Gordon (AL) - New York Yankees (2B) was
named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
was named National League’s Most Valuable Player?
- Johnny Vander Meer - Cincinnati Reds (P)
- Mort Cooper - St. Louis Cardinals (P)
- Mel Ott - New York Giants (2B)
- Jim Lefebvre - Brooklyn Dodgers (2B)
7) Who was named Manager of the Year?
- Joe McCarthy New York Yankees
- Luke Sewell St. Louis Browns
- Ossie Bluege Washington Senators
- Billy Southworth - St. Louis Cardinals
8) Ted Williams was MLB Triple Crown winner
leading the American League in hitting (.356), home runs (36) and
Who lead the
National League in hitting with a (.330) average?
- Fred Newman
- Don Dennis
- Ernie Lombardi
- Dick Allen
9) On December 1, at major league meetings in
Chicago, World War II travel restrictions are the order of the
day. Owners decide to restrict travel to a three-trip schedule
rather than the customary four. Spring training in 1943 will be
limited to locations north of the Potomac or Ohio rivers and east
of the Mississippi.
10) On December 6, a 71 year old pitcher died.
He won 245 games by age 27 in a 10-year career (1889-98), mainly
with the New York Giants; led NL in ERA twice and in strikeouts
five times, twice topping 300; his powerful delivery was major
reason for 1893 change in pitching distance from 50 feet to 60
feet 6 inches.
Who was the Hall of Fame player?
- Pinky Hargrave
- Birdie Cree
- Scrappy Carroll
- Amos Rusie