1946 Detroit Tigers season

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1946 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter Briggs, Sr.
Manager(s) Steve O'Neill
Local radio WXYZ
(Harry Heilmann)
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The 1946 Detroit Tigers finished the season with a record of 92-62, twelve games behind the Boston Red Sox. The season was their 46th since they entered the American League in 1901.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The 1946 Tigers were led by first baseman Hank Greenberg who led the AL with 127 RBIs and led the major leagues with 44 home runs, and by Hal Newhouser who led the major leagues with 26 wins, a 1.94 ERA, an Adjusted ERA+ of 188, and 8.46 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 104 50 .675 --
Detroit Tigers 92 62 .597 12
New York Yankees 87 67 .565 17
Washington Senators 76 78 .494 28
Chicago White Sox 74 80 .481 30
Cleveland Indians 68 86 .442 36
St. Louis Browns 66 88 .429 38
Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 .318 55

Roster[edit]

1946 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Tebbetts, BirdieBirdie Tebbetts 87 280 68 .243 1 34
1B Greenberg, HankHank Greenberg 142 523 145 .277 44 127
2B Bloodworth, JimmyJimmy Bloodworth 76 249 61 .245 5 36
3B Kell, GeorgeGeorge Kell 105 434 142 .327 4 41
SS Lake, EddieEddie Lake 155 587 149 .254 8 31
OF Wakefield, DickDick Wakefield 111 396 106 .268 12 59
OF Cullenbine, RoyRoy Cullenbine 113 328 110 .335 15 56
OF Evers, HootHoot Evers 81 304 81 .266 4 33

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Outlaw, JimmyJimmy Outlaw 92 299 78 .261 2 31
Mullin, PatPat Mullin 93 276 68 .246 3 35
Cramer, DocDoc Cramer 68 204 60 .294 1 26
Mayo, EddieEddie Mayo 51 202 51 .252 0 22
Webb, SkeeterSkeeter Webb 64 169 37 .219 0 17
Richards, PaulPaul Richards 57 139 28 .201 0 11
Moore, AnseAnse Moore 51 134 28 .209 1 8
Swift, BobBob Swift 42 107 25 .234 2 10
McCosky, BarneyBarney McCosky 25 91 37 .198 1 11
Higgins, PinkyPinky Higgins 18 60 13 .217 0 8
Lipon, JohnnyJohnny Lipon 14 20 6 .300 0 1
Groth, JohnnyJohnny Groth 4 9 0 .000 0 0
Hitchcock, BillyBilly Hitchcock 3 3 0 .000 0 0
Harris, NedNed Harris 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser 37 292.2 26 9 1.94 275
Trout, DizzyDizzy Trout 38 276.1 17 13 2.34 151
Trucks, VirgilVirgil Trucks 32 236.2 14 9 3.23 161
Hutchinson, FredFred Hutchinson 28 207 14 11 3.09 138
Kretlow, LouLou Kretlow 1 9 1 0 3.00 4
Houtteman, ArtArt Houtteman 1 8 0 1 9.00 2

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Benton, AlAl Benton 28 140.2 11 7 3.65 60
Overmire, StubbyStubby Overmire 24 97.1 5 7 4.62 34
Gray, TedTed Gray 3 11.2 0 2 8.49 5

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W= Wins; L= Losses; SV = Saves; GF = Games Finished; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
Caster, GeorgeGeorge Caster 26 2 1 4 19 5.66 19
Gorsica, JohnnyJohnny Gorsica 14 0 0 1 7 4.56 14
White, HalHal White 11 1 1 0 1 5.60 12
Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges 9 1 1 1 6 5.91 17
Manders, HalHal Manders 2 0 0 0 1 10.50 3
Gentry, RufeRufe Gentry 2 0 0 0 2 15.00 1

Awards and honors[edit]

League leaders[edit]

  • Hank Greenberg: MLB leader in home runs (44)
  • Hank Greenberg: AL leader in RBIs (127)
  • Hank Greenberg: MLB leader in at bats per home run (11.9)
  • Art Houtteman: Youngest player in MLB (18)
  • Eddie Lake: AL leader in games played (155)
  • Eddie Lake: MLB leader in plate appearances (703)
  • Eddie Lake: MLB leader in outs (464)
  • Eddie Lake: AL leader in power/speed number (10.4)[2]
  • Hal Newhouser: MLB leader in ERA (1.94)
  • Hal Newhouser: MLB leader in wins (26)
  • Hal Newhouser: MLB leader in Adjusted ERA+ (188)
  • Hal Newhouser: MLB leader in walks plus hits per 9 innings pitched (1.069)
  • Hal Newhouser: MLB leader in hits allowed per 9 innings (6.61)
  • Hal Newhouser: MLB leader in strikeouts per 9 innings (8.46)
  • Virgil Trucks: MLB leader in home runs allowed (23)

Players ranking among top 100 of all time at position[edit]

The following members of the 1945 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

  • Birdie Tebbetts: 64th best catcher of all time (played 87 games at catcher for 1946 Tigers)
  • Hank Greenberg: 8th best first baseman of all time
  • George Kell: 30th best third baseman of all time
  • Hoot Evers: 100th best left fielder of all time (played 76 games in center field for 1946 Tigers)
  • Doc Cramer: 91st best center fielder of all time (played 50 games in center field in 1946 Tigers)
  • Barney McCosky: 70th best center fielder of all time (played 24 games in center field for 1946 Tigers)
  • Roy Cullenbine: 68th best right fielder of all time (played 69 games in right field for 1946 Tigers)
  • Hal Newhouser: 36th best pitcher of all time
  • Virgil Trucks: 61st best pitcher of all time
  • Tommy Bridges: 77th best pitcher of all time (pitched in 9 games for 1946 Tigers)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Gabby Hartnett
AA Dallas Rebels Texas League Al Vincent
A Williamsport Grays Eastern League Gerard "Nig" Lipscomb and Harry Davis
C Rome Colonels Canadian-American League Woody Wheaton
C Lubbock Hubbers West Texas-New Mexico League Jim Miller
C Muskogee Reds Western Association Ray Baker
D Jamestown Falcons PONY League Marv Olson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Dallas

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