1938 Baseball Cards


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1938 Baseball Cards


  • Three-peat: Yanks win 3rd of 4 straight World Series in Gehrig’s last full season
  • No-No: Vander Meer’s historic back-to-back no-hitters
  • Double X: Greenberg smashes 58 HR, but Foxx wins MVP with .349-50-175 for Red Sox

If 1938 had only been known for Johnny Vander Meer’s consecutive no-hitters for Cincinnati, or for Lou Gehrig’s last full season before his fatal disease knocked him out of baseball, or for Hank Greenberg’s serious run at Babe Ruth’s home run record, or for Gabby Hartnett’s NL pennant-clinching “Homer in the Gloamin’ ”, then it would be memorable. But this classic season allows you also to relive Jimmie Foxx’ spectacular MVP season that elevated Boston to second place in the AL. That would be behind the 1938 edition of the New York Yankees dynasty of 1936-39, a 966-run juggernaut with such future Hall of Famers as Gehrig (.295-23-114), Joe DiMaggio (.324-32-140), Bill Dickey (.313-27-115), rookie 2B Joe Gordon (25 HR, 97 RBI), RHSP Red Ruffing (21-7) and LHSP Lefty Gomez (18-12).

 

Player-Manager Hartnett’s Cubs won an intense four-team NL race with Pittsburgh, the New York Giants and Cincinnati. The way you manage the likes of Pittsburgh’s Arky Vaughan (.322), New York’s Mel Ott (.311-36-116) and Cincinnati’s Ernie Lombardi (the batting champ with .342-19-95) – Hall of Famers all – will decide your pennant. Only six games separated this group in ’38.

 

Maybe your leadership will get Detroit’s Hank Greenberg all the way to 60 HR – or beyond. Along the way, take the thrill-ride with such legendary personalities as Dizzy Dean (7-1, 1.81 after his trade from St. Louis to the Cubs), Johnny Mize (he hit .456 down the stretch) and young right-hander Bob Feller, who struck out 18 Tigers, then a Major League record.

 

            

27 cards per team … Two-sided cards for basic, advanced and super-advanced play

 


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