1941 Leaders & Numbers

As amazing as Ted Williams could possibly be, Joe DiMaggio still stole the AL MVP because, perhaps, his numbers were more valuable; likeability may have had something to do with it as well. The reckless Pete Reiser finished the season physically intact—in stark contrast to coming years—and showed how dominant he could be in good health. The timing of World War II was no worse than on Cecil Travis, who peaked in 1941 and was flying along with a .327 career average—but war wounds would depreciate his talent to that of a common player upon his return in 1945. Jeff Heath became the AL’s first 20-20-20 man—20 doubles, 20 triples and 20 home runs. Bob Johnson claimed his stake as the first major leaguer to hit at least 20 homers in each of his first nine seasons. Teams never knew what they were going to get with the inconsistent Roy Cullenbine, but in 1941 he gave the Browns an all-star performance. Whit Wyatt and Kirby Higbe became the first teammates to share the NL lead in wins. Bob Feller, at age 22, became the youngest pitcher to win 100 career games. Ernie White thrived in his first full year before arm troubles and war duty quickly derailed any future success. Thornton Lee discovered the wonders of what an ERA title could do to shake off years of .500 pitching. Johnny Vander Meer overcame two years of wildness (which led to just eight total wins) and fueled his comeback with the first of three straight seasons leading the NL in strikeouts.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1941
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Pete Reiser Brooklyn 137 .343 536 117 184 39 17 14 76 46 11 4 6
2. Dolph Camilli Brooklyn 149 .285 529 92 151 29 6 34 120 104 4 3 5
3. Johnny Mize St. Louis 126 .317 473 67 150 39 8 16 100 70 1 4 8
4. Mel Ott New York 148 .286 525 89 150 29 0 27 90 100 3 5 2
5. Elbie Fletcher Pittsburgh 151 .288 521 95 150 29 13 11 74 118 2 5 5
6. Joe Medwick Brooklyn 133 .318 538 100 171 33 10 18 88 38 1 2 20
7. Stan Hack Chicago 151 .317 586 111 186 33 5 7 45 99 1 10 3
8. Enos Slaughter St. Louis 113 .311 425 71 132 22 9 13 76 53 2 4 5
9. Nick Etten Philadelphia 151 .311 540 78 168 27 4 14 79 82 3 9 10
10. Dixie Walker Brooklyn 148 .311 531 88 165 32 8 9 71 70 0 4 6
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1941
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS GD
1. Ted Williams Boston 143 .406 456 135 185 33 3 37 120 147 3 2 4 10
2. Joe DiMaggio New York 139 .357 541 122 193 43 11 30 125 76 4 4 2 6
3. Jeff Heath Cleveland 151 .340 585 89 199 32 20 24 123 50 4 18 12 5
4. Charlie Keller New York 140 .298 507 102 151 24 10 33 122 102 1 6 4 3
5. Cecil Travis Washington 152 .359 608 106 218 39 19 7 101 52 1 2 2 13
6. Sam Chapman Philadelphia 143 .322 552 97 178 29 9 25 106 47 1 6 9 13
7. Roy Cullenbine St. Louis 149 .317 501 82 159 29 9 9 98 121 2 6 4 4
8. Jimmie Foxx Boston 135 .300 487 87 146 27 8 19 105 93 0 2 5 21
9. Joe Cronin Washington 143 .311 518 98 161 38 8 16 95 82 1 1 4 20
10. Tommy Henrich New York 144 .277 538 106 149 27 5 31 85 81 5 3 1 6
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1941
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Whit Wyatt Brooklyn 2.34 22 10 .688 1 38 35 288.1 253 75 82 2 2 0
2. Elmer Riddle Cincinnati 2.24 19 4 .826 1 33 22 216.2 204 54 59 2 5 0
3. Ernie White St. Louis 2.40 17 7 .708 2 32 25 210 205 56 70 3 6 0
4. Bucky Walters Cincinnati 2.83 19 15 .559 2 37 35 302 322 95 82 7 2 0
5. Kirby Higbe Brooklyn 3.14 22 9 .710 3 48 39 298 295 104 132 9 6 0
6. Curt Davis Brooklyn 2.97 13 7 .650 2 28 16 154.1 159 51 27 4 2 0
7. Johnny Vander Meer Cincinnati 2.82 16 13 .552 0 33 32 226.1 196 71 126 3 1 0
8. Max Lanier St. Louis 2.82 10 8 .556 3 35 18 153 148 48 59 2 2 1
9. Lon Warneke St. Louis 3.15 17 9 .654 0 37 30 246 284 86 82 0 3 0
10. Max Butcher Pittsburgh 3.05 17 12 .586 0 33 32 236 282 80 66 3 1 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1941
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Thornton Lee Chicago 2.37 22 11 .667 1 35 34 300.1 312 79 92 2 4 0
2. Dutch Leonard Washington 3.45 18 13 .581 0 34 33 256 289 98 54 9 3 0
3. Bob Feller Cleveland 3.15 25 13 .658 2 44 40 343 329 120 194 6 5 0
4. Al Benton Detroit 2.97 15 6 .714 7 38 14 157.2 163 52 65 2 3 0
5. Marius Russo New York 3.09 14 10 .583 1 28 27 209.2 219 72 87 3 1 0
6. Spud Chandler New York 3.19 10 5 .667 4 28 20 163.2 161 58 60 3 0 0
7. Eddie Smith Chicago 3.18 13 17 .433 1 34 33 263.1 282 93 114 6 5 0
8. Ted Lyons Chicago 3.70 12 10 .545 0 22 22 187.1 226 77 37 2 4 0
9. Dick Newsome Boston 4.13 19 10 .655 0 36 29 213.2 274 98 79 6 7 0
10. Sid Hudson Washington 3.46 13 14 .481 0 33 33 249.2 278 96 97 4 1 0

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1941 Awards


NL MVP
Dolph Camilli, Brooklyn

AL MVP
Joe DiMaggio, New York