1948 New York Yankees season

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1948 New York Yankees
Babe Ruth's Number is retired
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York City (since 1903)
Other information
Owner(s) Dan Topping and Del Webb
Manager(s) Bucky Harris
Local television WABD
(Mel Allen, Russ Hodges, Bill Slater)
Local radio WINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Russ Hodges)
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The 1948 New York Yankees season was the team's 46th season in New York and its 48th overall. The team finished with a record of 94–60, finishing 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians and 1.5 games behind the second-place Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Bucky Harris. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

The fractional games-behind came about due to the frenzied pennant race, which saw the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians all battling it out to the end. The Yankees fell just a little short, and the Red Sox and Indians finished in a tie for first at 96–58. They held a one-game playoff, which counted as part of the regular season, so the Indians' victory raised their record to 97–58, and dropped the Red Sox to 96–59.

The Yankees did not renew Bucky Harris' contract after the season, opting instead to hire Casey Stengel starting in 1949. This move raised some eyebrows, but Stengel had just led the Oakland Oaks to the Pacific Coast League pennant in 1948, demonstrating that with good talent, he had a good chance to succeed. The Yankees were about to begin the most dominating stretch of their long dynasty.

Babe Ruth's Death[edit]

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Babe Ruth's number 3 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1948.
The grave of Babe Ruth

On July 26, 1948, Babe Ruth attended the premiere of the film The Babe Ruth Story, a biopic about his life. William Bendix portrayed Ruth. Shortly thereafter, Ruth returned to the hospital for the final time. He was barely able to speak. Ruth's condition gradually became worse, and in his last days, scores of reporters and photographers hovered around the hospital. Only a few visitors were allowed to see him, one of whom was National League president and future Commissioner of Baseball, Ford Frick. “Ruth was so thin it was unbelievable. He had been such a big man and his arms were just skinny little bones, and his face was so haggard,” Frick said years later.

On August 16, the day after Frick's visit, Babe Ruth died at age 53. His body lay in repose in Yankee Stadium. His funeral was two days later at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. Ruth was then buried in the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York.

At his death, the New York Times called Babe Ruth, "a figure unprecedented in American life. A born showman off the field and a marvelous performer on it, he had an amazing flair for doing the spectacular at the most dramatic moment."[1]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 97 58 .626 --
Boston Red Sox 96 59 .619 1
New York Yankees 94 60 .610 2.5
Philadelphia Athletics 84 70 .545 12.5
Detroit Tigers 78 76 .506 18.5
St. Louis Browns 59 94 .386 37
Washington Senators 56 97 .366 40
Chicago White Sox 51 101 .336 44.5

Roster[edit]

1948 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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 Niarhos, GusGus Niarhos 82 228 61 .268 0 19
1B McQuinn, GeorgeGeorge McQuinn 94 302 75 .248 11 41
2B Stirnweiss, SnuffySnuffy Stirnweiss 141 515 130 .252 3 32
3B Johnson, BillyBilly Johnson 127 446 131 .294 12 64
SS Rizzuto, PhilPhil Rizzuto 128 464 117 .252 6 50
OF DiMaggio, JoeJoe DiMaggio 153 594 190 .320 39 155
OF Lindell, JohnnyJohnny Lindell 88 309 138 .317 13 55
OF Henrich, TommyTommy Henrich 146 598 181 .308 25 100

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
Berra, YogiYogi Berra 125 469 143 .305 14 98
Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 113 363 109 .300 3 48
Keller, CharlieCharlie Keller 83 247 66 .267 6 44
Souchock, SteveSteve Souchock 44 118 24 .203 3 11
Mapes, CliffCliff Mapes 53 88 22 .250 1 12
Bauer, HankHank Bauer 19 50 9 .180 1 9
Lollar, ShermSherm Lollar 22 38 8 .211 0 4
Houk, RalphRalph Houk 14 29 8 .276 0 3
Silvera, CharlieCharlie Silvera 4 14 8 .571 0 1
Crosetti, FrankieFrankie Crosetti 17 14 4 .286 0 0
Collins, JoeJoe Collins 5 5 1 .200 0 2
Stewart, BudBud Stewart 6 5 1 .200 0 0
Phillips, JackJack Phillips 1 2 0 .000 0 0
Frey, LonnyLonny Frey 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

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
Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds 39 236.1 16 7 3.77 101
Lopat, EddieEddie Lopat 33 226.2 17 11 3.65 83
Raschi, VicVic Raschi 36 222.2 19 8 3.84 124
Shea, SpecSpec Shea 28 155.2 9 10 3.41 71
Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield 16 78 5 3 4.50 30

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
Byrne, TommyTommy Byrne 31 133.2 8 5 3.30 101
Embree, RedRed Embree 20 76.2 5 3 3.76 25
Hiller, FrankFrank Hiller 22 62.1 5 2 4.04 25

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Page, JoeJoe Page 55 107.2 7 8 16 4.26 77
Drews, KarlKarl Drews 19 38 2 3 1 3.79 11
Gumpert, RandyRandy Gumpert 15 25 1 0 0 2.88 12
Starr, DickDick Starr 1 2 0 0 0 4.50 2
Marshall, CuddlesCuddles Marshall 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Farm system[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Babe Ruth, Baseball's Great Star and Idol of Children, Had a Career Both Dramatic and Bizarre". New York Times. August 17, 1948. Retrieved July 21, 2007. "Probably nowhere in all the imaginative field of fiction could one find a career more dramatic and bizarre than that portrayed in real life by George Herman Ruth. Known the world over, even in foreign lands where baseball is never played, as the Babe, he was the boy who rose from the obscurity of a charitable institution in Baltimore to a position as the leading figure in professional baseball. He was also its greatest drawing-card, its highest salaried performer—at least of his day—and the idol of millions of youngsters throughout the land." 
  2. ^ Eddie Lopat page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Al Cicotte page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Gus Triandos Trades and Transactions at Baseball Almanac
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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