1946 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP
  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Mickey Vernon WAS .353 Stan Musial STL .365
HR Hank Greenberg DET 44 Ralph Kiner PIT 23
RBI Hank Greenberg DET 127 Enos Slaughter STL 130
Wins Bob Feller CLE &
Hal Newhouser DET
26 Howie Pollet STL 21
ERA Hal Newhouser DET 1.94 Howie Pollet STL 2.10
Ks Bob Feller CLE 348 Johnny Schmitz CHC 135

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Red Sox 104   50 .675    –
2nd Detroit Tigers 92   62 .597   12.0
3rd New York Yankees 87   67 .565   17.0
4th Washington Senators 76   78 .484   28.0
5th Chicago White Sox 74   80 .481   30.0
6th Cleveland Indians 68   86 .442   36.0
7th St. Louis Browns 66   88 .429   38.0
8th Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 .318   55

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 98   58 .628    –
2nd Brooklyn Dodgers 96   60 .615   2
3rd Chicago Cubs 82   71 .536   14.5
4th Boston Braves 81   72 .529   15.5
5th Philadelphia Phillies 69   85 .448   28.0
6th Cincinnati Reds 67   87 .435   30.0
7th Pittsburgh Pirates 63   91 .409   34.0
8th New York Giants 61   93 .396   36.0

Negro league baseball final standings[edit]

Negro American League final standings[edit]

Negro American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Kansas City Monarchs 43 14 .755 --
Birmingham Black Barons 35 25 .583 9.5
Cleveland Buckeyes 26 27 .491 15
Indianapolis Clowns 27 35 .435 18.5
Memphis Red Sox 24 36 .400 20.5
Chicago American Giants 27 45 .375 23.5

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Newark Eagles 47 16 .746
New York Cubans 28 23 .549
Washington Homestead Grays 27 28 .491
Philadelphia Stars 27 29 .482
Baltimore Elite Giants 28 31 .475
New York Black Yankees 8 40 .200

Japanese Baseball League final standings[edit]

Japanese Baseball League
Club Wins Losses Tie Win %   GB
Great Ring 65 38 2 .631 --
Tokyo Kyojin 64 39 2 .621 1
Osaka Tigers 59 46 0 .562 7
Hankyu 51 52 2 .495 14
Senators 47 58 0 .448 19
Gold Star 27 45 2 .375 22
Chubu Nippon 42 60 3 .412 22.5
Paciffic 42 60 3 .412 22.5

Events[edit]

  • January 12 – Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams receives his discharge from the U.S. Marine Air Corps after a three-year stint serving in World War II. In spite of the long absence from competitive baseball, Williams will return to the major leagues by hitting .342 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI in 1946.
  • January 12 – The first official professional game is played in Venezuela, launching the newly constituted four-team Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Venezuela. The league is composed of four teams: Cervecería Caracas, Magallanes, Vargas and Venezuela. The inaugural game is won by Magallanes over Venezuela, 5–2, behind strong pitching from Alex Carrasquel, who gives up 11 hits in a complete game effort.
  • February 19 – New York Giants OF Danny Gardella becomes the first major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League, the first shot in the series of events that will dominate baseball even more than the return of all the war veterans. His attempt to return to Major League Baseball a few years later will initiate a major court battle.
  • July 14 – Player-manager Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians hits four doubles and one home run, but Ted Williams wallops three homers and drives in eight runs, as the Boston Red Sox top the Indians, 11–10. In the Sox second-game win, the famous Boudreau Shift is born. Boudreau shifts all his players, except the third baseman and left fielder, to the right side of the diamond in an effort to stop Williams. Ted grounds out and walks twice while ignoring the shift.
  • August 9 – All games (four each for both the American and National Leagues) were played at night for the first time in Major League history.

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

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April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 23 - William Matthews, 68, pitcher for the 1909 Boston Red Sox
  • January 29 - Ed Merrill, 85, second baseman who played in two seasons, 1882 and 1884.
  • March 16 - John Kerin, 71, American League umpire from 1908 to 1910
  • March 28 - Cumberland Posey, 55, owner of the Negro Leagues' Homestead Grays since the 1920 who built the team into a perennial power; previously an outfielder and manager
  • April 4 - Harry Cross, 64, sportswriter for several New York newspapers since 1909
  • April 5 - Wally Rehg, 57, right fielder for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves and Cincinnati Reds between 1912 and 1919, later a minor league player and manager from 1910 to 1930
  • May 19 - John K. Tener, 82, president of the National League from 1913 to 1918; won 25 games as pitcher from 1888–1890
  • May 30 - Billy Earle, 78, catcher for five seasons, and five teams from 1889 to 1894.
  • June 17 - James Isaminger, 65, sportswriter for Philadelphia newspapers from 1905 to 1940 who played a major role in breaking the story of the Black Sox scandal
  • August 6 - Tony Lazzeri, 42, All-Star second baseman for the New York Yankees who batted .300 five times and had seven 100-RBI seasons; had two grand slams and 11 RBI in a 1936 game, and batted .400 in 1937 World Series
  • October 4 - John Woods, 48, relief pitcher who played for the 1924 Boston Red Sox
  • November 5 - Alejandro Oms, 51, Cuban center fielder of the Negro Leagues
  • November 27 - Arlie Tarbert, 42, reserve outfielder for the 1927-28 Boston Red Sox
  • November 28 – Bill DeLancey, 35, catcher for the Gashouse Gang 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, whose career was cut short by tuberculosis
  • December 10 - Walter Johnson, 59, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Washington Senators who won over 400 games, second only to Cy Young, earned MVP awards in 1913 and 1924, and recorded 3508 strikeouts and 110 shutouts, both easily records; posted career 2.17 ERA and won 20 games 12 times, including 30-win seasons in 1912-13; led AL in strikeouts twelve times, ERA five times; won 38 1-0 games, also losing 26 by same score
  • December 10 - Walter Moser, 65, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns between 1906 and 1911.
  • December 10 - Damon Runyon, 62, famed New York sportswriter and author
  • December 14 - Tom Dowse, 80, catcher/outfielder who played in the 1890s for the Spiders, Solons, Colonels, Reds, Phillies and Senators
  • December 21 - Bill Evans, 53, pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1916 to 1919

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colford, Ann B. (2006). Bus carrying Spokane Indians baseball team crashes on Snoqualmie Pass on June 24, 1946. HistoryLink.org. 
  2. ^ "Strange and Unusual Plays". www.retrosheet.org. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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