1940 – The Detroit Tigers’ roster lists Hank Greenberg as an OF. The willingness of the team’s leading power hitter to switch, at a contract boost, from 1B allows manager Del Baker to find a position for Rudy York. Also on the list are Dick Bartell, picked up from the Chicago Cubs for Billy Rogell and Pinky Higgins, who had been shopped around. The four, along with Barney McCosky and Charlie Gehringer, produce the stuff that will move the Tigers from fifth to first, although its .588 mark will be as low as that of any pennant-winner yet.
That Tigers squad won 90 games, finishing a game ahead of the Indians. They also:
- Led the American League in hitting with a .286 average
- Led the league in attendance at 1,112,693
- Lost a seven-game World Series to the Reds, dropping Game 7 by a score of 2-1
Not a bad year for a lowly 90-win team.