Brooklyn's 25-year old manager Leo Durocher set the stage by guiding the Dodgers to their first pennant in 21 years. Leading offensive stars were 1941s Most Valuable Player Dolph Camilli, along with Billy Herman, Pete Reiser, Dixie Walker, Mickey Owen, Cookie Lavagetto and Rookie of the Year - Pee Wee Reese, the team's shortstop. Durocher's best-laid plans ended like a Greek tragedy, when the Yankees' pitchers dominated the hard-hitting Dodgers throughout the World Series.
The New York Yankees were back in the World Series after missing out in 1940 (the Yanks swept the Reds in 1939), and were ready and able with Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, left-fielder Charlie Keller, second baseman Joe 'Flash' Gordon and a pitching staff led by Red Ruffing, Marius Russo, Ernie Bonham and Johnny Murphy.
In the 1941 World Series opener Red Ruffing scattered 6 hits in a complete game effort to lead the Yankees to a 3-2 win. The Brooklyn Dodgers took Game 2 by the same score, 3-2, behind pitcher Whit Wyatt. And then, suddenly, the Bums' bats got ice cold when Marius Russo took the mound in Game 3. He tossed a complete game 4-hitter, rang up 5 strike outs to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 victory.
Game 4 saw Brooklyn carrying a slim 4-3 lead into the 9th inning. But with one out remaining in the game and two strikes on Yankees right-fielder Tommy Henrich - Dodgers pitcher Hugh Casey threw a big breaking curve and Henrich swung and missed. But, somehow, Brooklyn's catcher Mickey Owen let the pitch get by him and Henrich ran safety to first base. That play enabled the Yankees to go on and score 4 times and win 7-4.
Game 5 - It's All Over - Yankee starter Ernie Bonham pitched another complete game 4-hitter as the Yankees won the game 3-1 and hoisted the 1941 World Series Flag. Average Game's Attendance 47,155... Winning Player's Share - $5,943 Losing Player's Share - $4,829