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American folklore states that the game of base ball was founded by a Civil War hero in 1839 on the shores of Lake Oneonta in Cooperstown, New York. While history proves this patriotic theory wrong, America's national pastime celebrated its centennial year during the 1939 season. Baseball continued to be dominated that year by the New York Yankees, who collected their fourth consecutive World Series title. The Yankees were led by American League MVP Joe DiMaggio. The Yankee Clipper arrived in New York in 1936 as a promising star from the Pacific Coast League’s San Francisco Seals and lived up to his expectations as he became one of the greatest hitters to ever swing a bat.