• 1939 Yanks: Greatest Team New York Almost Never Saw

    Posted by on March 3rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Most will tell you – at least those smart baseball fans – that the 1939 Yankees were one of, if not the, greatest teams of all-time. And, yet, they hardly drew any fans at home:

    Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA W-L Time Attendance
    1 Thursday, Apr 20 boxscore NYY BOS W 2 0 1-0 1:47 30,278
    5 Monday, Apr 24 boxscore NYY PHA W 2 1 4-1 2:48 5,820
    6 Tuesday, Apr 25 boxscore NYY PHA W 8 4 5-1 1:52 7,348
    7 Saturday, Apr 29 boxscore NYY WSH L 1 3 5-2 1:58 11,473
    8 Sunday, Apr 30 boxscore NYY WSH L 2 3 5-3 2:17 23,712
    21 Tuesday, May 16 boxscore NYY SLB W 7 5 16-5 2:30 6,503
    22 Wednesday, May 17 boxscore NYY SLB W 4 3 17-5 1:58 7,576
    23 Thursday, May 18 boxscore NYY SLB W 8 1 18-5 2:05 6,870
    24 Friday, May 19 boxscore NYY CHW W 4 2 19-5 1:55 9,755
    25 Saturday, May 20 boxscore NYY CHW W 5 2 20-5 1:56 18,371
    26 Sunday, May 21 boxscore NYY CLE W 12 6 21-5 2:19 37,531
    27 Tuesday, May 23 boxscore NYY CLE W 7 3 22-5 2:08 10,000
    28 Wednesday, May 24 boxscore NYY DET L 1 6 22-6 2:07 10,875
    29 Thursday, May 25 boxscore NYY DET W 5 2 23-6 1:55 12,087
    30 Friday, May 26 boxscore NYY PHA W 1 0 24-6 2:05 5,139
    31 Saturday, May 27 (1) boxscore NYY PHA W 8 2 25-6 1:50 0
    32 Saturday, May 27 (2) boxscore NYY PHA W 11 9 26-6 2:15 30,358
    33 Sunday, May 28 boxscore NYY PHA W 9 5 27-6 1:55 14,670
    47 Wednesday, Jun 14 boxscore NYY CLE L 2 4 37-10 2:35 11,301
    48 Thursday, Jun 15 boxscore NYY CLE W 1 0 38-10 1:47 9,619
    49 Friday, Jun 16 boxscore NYY CLE W 4 3 39-10 1:52 10,171
    50 Saturday, Jun 17 boxscore NYY DET W 1 0 40-10 2:30 18,599
    51 Sunday, Jun 18 boxscore NYY DET L 5 8 40-11 1:55 32,679
    52 Monday, Jun 19 boxscore NYY DET W 8 5 41-11 1:47 6,469
    53 Tuesday, Jun 20 boxscore NYY CHW W 13 3 42-11 2:24 5,892
    54 Wednesday, Jun 21 boxscore NYY CHW W 9 8 43-11 2:20 10,045
    55 Thursday, Jun 22 boxscore NYY CHW W 6 1 44-11 2:10 8,337
    56 Saturday, Jun 24 boxscore NYY SLB W 2 1 45-11 2:05 11,382
    57 Sunday, Jun 25 (1) boxscore NYY SLB L 3 7 45-12 2:30 0
    58 Sunday, Jun 25 (2) boxscore NYY SLB W 11 2 46-12 2:02 40,861
    68 Tuesday, Jul 4 (1) boxscore NYY WSH L 2 3 51-17 1:58 0
    69 Tuesday, Jul 4 (2) boxscore NYY WSH W 11 1 52-17 1:48 41,808
    70 Wednesday, Jul 5 boxscore NYY WSH W 6 4 53-17 2:05 3,874
    71 Friday, Jul 7 boxscore NYY BOS L 3 4 53-18 2:09 6,588
    72 Saturday, Jul 8 (1) boxscore NYY BOS L 1 3 53-19 2:00 27,539
    73 Saturday, Jul 8 (2) boxscore NYY BOS L 2 3 53-20 1:53 27,539
    74 Sunday, Jul 9 (1) boxscore NYY BOS L 3 4 53-21 2:11 0
    75 Sunday, Jul 9 (2) boxscore NYY BOS L 3 5 53-22 2:55 47,652
    88 Tuesday, Jul 25 boxscore NYY SLB W 5 1 63-25 2:00 6,076
    89 Wednesday, Jul 26 boxscore NYY SLB W 14 1 64-25 1:56 4,843
    90 Friday, Jul 28 boxscore NYY CHW W 2 1 65-25 1:57 7,946
    91 Sunday, Jul 30 (1) boxscore NYY CHW W 4 3 66-25 2:12 0
    92 Sunday, Jul 30 (2) boxscore NYY CHW L 1 5 66-26 2:03 35,256
    93 Tuesday, Aug 1 boxscore NYY DET L 2 5 66-27 2:05 10,382
    94 Wednesday, Aug 2 boxscore NYY DET L 2 7 66-28 2:10 12,341
    95 Thursday, Aug 3 boxscore NYY DET W 12 3 67-28 2:12 9,010
    96 Friday, Aug 4 boxscore NYY CLE W 5 4 68-28 2:55 6,263
    97 Saturday, Aug 5 boxscore NYY CLE W 6 1 69-28 1:37 13,207
    98 Sunday, Aug 6 (1) boxscore NYY CLE L 4 5 69-29 2:10 0
    99 Sunday, Aug 6 (2) boxscore NYY CLE L 1 7 69-30 2:07 76,753
    107 Tuesday, Aug 15 boxscore NYY WSH W 3 2 74-33 1:56 8,049
    108 Wednesday, Aug 16 boxscore NYY WSH W 4 0 75-33 1:37 6,607
    109 Thursday, Aug 17 boxscore NYY WSH W 9 8 76-33 2:43 6,704
    110 Friday, Aug 18 boxscore NYY PHA W 5 0 77-33 1:40 6,041
    111 Sunday, Aug 20 (1) boxscore NYY PHA L 4 5 77-34 2:02 0
    112 Sunday, Aug 20 (2) boxscore NYY PHA W 5 1 78-34 2:03 33,562
    130 Wednesday, Sep 6 boxscore NYY BOS W 2 1 91-38 1:58 11,715
    131 Thursday, Sep 7 boxscore NYY BOS W 5 2 92-38 1:52 9,379
    132 Friday, Sep 8 boxscore NYY BOS W 4 1 93-38 1:20 8,475
    133 Saturday, Sep 9 boxscore NYY WSH W 5 2 94-38 1:45 7,401
    134 Sunday, Sep 10 (1) boxscore NYY WSH W 4 3 95-38 1:50 0
    135 Sunday, Sep 10 (2) boxscore NYY WSH W 6 2 96-38 1:45 12,088
    136 Tuesday, Sep 12 boxscore NYY CLE L 3 4 96-39 2:05 4,638
    137 Wednesday, Sep 13 boxscore NYY CLE L 4 9 96-40 2:06 9,898
    138 Thursday, Sep 14 boxscore NYY DET L 1 6 96-41 2:14 10,938
    139 Friday, Sep 15 boxscore NYY DET W 10 3 97-41 2:07 10,538
    140 Saturday, Sep 16 boxscore NYY DET W 8 5 98-41 2:14 10,626
    141 Sunday, Sep 17 (1) boxscore NYY SLB L 4 8 98-42 2:15 0
    142 Sunday, Sep 17 (2) boxscore NYY SLB L 1 3 98-43 1:55 21,027
    143 Monday, Sep 18 boxscore NYY SLB W 6 2 99-43 1:47 1,678
    144 Tuesday, Sep 19 boxscore NYY CHW W 6 2 100-43 1:30 3,608
    145 Wednesday, Sep 20 boxscore NYY CHW W 8 4 101-43 1:48 2,977
    146 Thursday, Sep 21 boxscore NYY CHW W 5 2 102-43 2:35 2,150
    149 Thursday, Sep 28 (1) boxscore NYY PHA W 8 4 105-43 1:28 0
    150 Thursday, Sep 28 (2) boxscore NYY PHA L 4 5 105-44 1:45 4,187
    151 Saturday, Sep 30 (1) boxscore NYY BOS W 5 4 106-44 1:55 7,501
    152 Saturday, Sep 30 (2) boxscore NYY BOS L 2 4 106-45 1:15 7,501
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 3/3/2014.

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    Granted, these were all day games – back in that day.  Still, think about it:  There was no TV back then – and there were sooooo many games where the Yankees drew 10,000 fans a game, at home, or less that season.  Crazy, eh?

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