All-Decade Team

1940s All-Decade Team

The 1940’s started out with a bang with young stars like Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, and Bob Feller giving us a glimpse at the bright future of Major League Baseball. But like the rest of the country, the decade would be one of change. World War II saw some of the games biggest stars including the four aforementioned to sacrifice parts of their careers in order to serve our country. It was also a decade that, after a fifty-year absence, would finally see a black man once again take his rightful place in the locker room along side players with whom he could more than hold his own.

Baseball welcomed a few players to exclusive milestone clubs during the 40s. Paul Waner became the seventh player to collect 3,000 career hits, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx joined Babe Ruth as the second and third players to hit 500 career homers and Lefty Grove became the 12th player to win his 300th career game.

  • Catcher, Ernie Lombardi


  • Ernie Lombardi Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    19.2 803 2,467 244 725 84 3 90 419 3 221 120 .294 .357 .440 .797

    • First Base, Johnny Mize


    • Johnny Mize Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      41.2 949 3,527 655 1,071 181 37 217 744 24 0 496 259 .304 .394 .561 .954

      • Second Base, Joe Gordon


      • Joe Gordon Batting Statistics
        WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        45.6 1,169 4,314 680 1,165 196 39 181 710 63 46 572 529 .270 .358 .459 .818

        • Third Base, Whitey Kurowski

          • Age: 23 – 31
          • Years: 1940 – 1949
          • Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
          • All-Star: 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947


          Whitey Kurowski Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          24.0 916 3,229 518 925 162 32 106 529 19 369 332 .286 .366 .455 .821

          • Shortstop, Lou Boudreau

            • Age: 22 – 31
            • Years: 1940 – 1949
            • Teams: Cleveland Indians
            • MVP: 1948
            • All-Star: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1947, 1948


            Lou Boudreau Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            59.9 1,425 5,268 758 1,578 339 59 62 692 47 47 706 268 .300 .385 .422 .807

            • Outfield, Ted Williams

              • Age: 21 – 30
              • Years: 1940 – 1949
              • Teams: Boston Red Sox
              • MVP: 1946,
                1949
              • All-Star: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949


              Ted Williams Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              65.9 1,035 3,656 951 1,303 270 45 234 893 14 12 994 312 .356 .496 .647 1.143

              • Outfield, Joe DiMaggio

                • Age: 25 – 34
                • Years: 1940 – 1949
                • Teams: New York Yankees
                • MVP: 1941,
                  1947
                • All-Star: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949


                Joe DiMaggio Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                43.6 927 3,562 681 1,156 191 68 180 786 14 8 450 183 .325 .404 .568 .972

                • Outfield, Stan Musial

                  • Age: 20 – 28
                  • Years: 1940 – 1949
                  • Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
                  • MVP: 1943,
                    1946, 1948
                  • All-Star: 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949


                  Stan Musial Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  57.6 1,072 4,133 815 1,432 302 108 146 706 44 565 199 .346 .428 .578 1.005

                  • Starting Pitcher, Bob Feller

                    • Age: 21 – 30
                    • Years: 1940 – 1949
                    • Teams: Cleveland Indians
                    • All-Star: 1940, 1941, 1946, 1947, 1948


                    Bob Feller Pitching Statistics
                    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                    38.2 266 231 137 82 2.90 1,897 155 28 16 677 611 827 1,396 6.6 1.247

                    • Starting Pitcher, Harry Brecheen


                    • Harry Brecheen Pitching Statistics
                      WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                      32.4 216 172 105 59 2.74 1,388 101 22 12 480 422 378 666 4.3 1.167

                      • Starting Pitcher, Hal Newhouser

                        • Age: 19 – 28
                        • Years: 1940 – 1949
                        • Teams: Detroit Tigers
                        • All-Star: 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948


                        Hal Newhouser Pitching Statistics
                        WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                        54.6 377 305 170 118 2.84 2,453.1 181 31 15 927 774 1,068 1,579 5.8 1.302

                        • Starting Pitcher, Dizzy Trout

                          • Age: 25 – 34
                          • Years: 1940 – 1949
                          • Teams: Detroit Tigers
                          • All-Star: 1944, 1947


                          Dizzy Trout Pitching Statistics
                          WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                          37.4 374 239 129 119 3.01 2,026.1 132 27 22 821 678 746 930 4.1 1.328

                          • Starting Pitcher, Spud Chandler

                            • Age: 32 – 39
                            • Years: 1940 – 1947
                            • Teams: New York Yankees
                            • All-Star: 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947


                            Spud Chandler Pitching Statistics
                            WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                            18.8 165 151 85 34 2.67 1,211.2 89 22 6 425 359 387 543 4.0 1.177

                            Honorable Mention

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  1. Catching is weak in the 1940s. Ernie Lombardi fits more with the 1930s catchers (4th best). However, the other choices of catchers who played throughout the 1940s are Birdie Tebbetts, Tom Tresh and Buddy Rosar and were not exactly all-star players.
    C Walker Cooper

    1B Johnny Mize, Mickey Vernon, Rudy York
    2B Bobby Doerr, Joe Gordon
    3B Ken Keltner, Bob Elliott

    The OF of Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial is obvious. It is in the top three all decade OFs with the 1910s OF of Joe Jackson, Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb and the 1960s OF of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson.

    SP Bob Feller
    SP Hal Newhouser
    SP Early Wynn (One of two pitchers, the other Cy Young, on two decades all star teams)
    SP Dizzy Trout
    SP Allie Reynolds
    SP Dutch Leonard

    RP Hugh Casey
    RP Johnny Murphy
    RP Harry Gumbert

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