On October 9, 1938, the New York Yankees become the first team in major league history to win three consecutive World Championships. The Yankees sweep the Chicago Cubs, 8-3, behind the eight-hit pitching of Red Ruffing at Yankee Stadium.

Game 4 recap – was a rematch of the Game 1 starters, Ruffing vs. Bill Lee. Like the closely contested series opener, it stayed close until New York pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.

In the bottom of the second, the Yankees struck for three runs. Myril Hoag reached on Stan Hack’s throwing error from the hot corner, and advanced to third on a Joe Gordon single. Ruffing helped his own cause by singling in Hoag, and Frankie Crosetti’s triple to left scored Gordon and Ruffing. The Cubs broke the shutout with a Billy Jurges fielder’s choice scoring Demaree, but in the sixth the Bombers got the run back with Henrich’s solo homer off veteran Cub reliever Charlie Root.

In the top of the eighth, the Cubs cut the New York lead to one with a Ken O’Dea home run scoring Cavarretta ahead of him. But in the bottom half, the Yankees broke the game open with a four-run outburst off four Cub pitchers—Vance Page, Larry French, Tex Carleton and Dean. Crosetti drove in two with a double off Dean, giving him four RBI for the game and six for the Series. As in Game 1, Ruffing went the distance, allowing two earned runs and eight hits with six strikeouts.

This was the last World Series game ever played by Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig. He had one hit in four at-bats. Defensively he had five putouts and two assists.

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