1949 New York Yankees season

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1949 New York Yankees
Casey Stengel's first season as manager
1949 World Series Championship
1949 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Dan Topping and Del Webb
Manager(s) Casey Stengel
Local television WABD
(Dolly Stark)
Local radio WINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy)
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The 1949 New York Yankees season was the team's 47th season in New York, and its 49th season overall. The team finished with a record of 97–57, winning their 16th pennant, finishing 1 game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The 1949 Yankees team was seen as "underdogs" who came from behind to catch and surprise the powerful Red Sox on the last two days of the season, a face off that fueled the beginning of the modern Yankees – Red Sox rivalry.

The Red Sox needed just one win in two games and were to pitch Mel Parnell in the first game. After trailing 4–0, the Yankees came back to beat Parnell 5–4, as Johnny Lindell hit an eighth-inning, game-winning, home run and Joe Page had a great relief appearance for New York.[3][4] And so it came down to the last game of the season. It was Ellis Kinder facing Vic Raschi.

The Yankees led 1–0 after seven innings, having scored in the first. In the eighth inning, manager Joe McCarthy lifted Kinder for a pinch hitter who did not come through. Then he brought in Mel Parnell in relief, and Parnell yielded a homer to Tommy Henrich and a single to Yogi Berra. Parnell was replaced by Tex Hughson, who had been on the disabled list and said his arm still hurt. But he came on and, with the bases loaded, Jerry Coleman hit a soft liner that Al Zarilla in right field tried to make a shoestring catch, but he missed and it went for a triple and three runs. In the ninth inning the Red Sox rallied for three runs but still fell short.[5] The post-season proved to be a bit easier, as the Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers four games to one.

In 1949, Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and Yankees GM Larry MacPhail verbally agreed to trade DiMaggio for Ted Williams, but MacPhail refused to include Yogi Berra.[6] Phil Rizzuto moved from eighth to first in the batting lineup and finished the season second in voting for the American League MVP Award.

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 97 57 .630 --
Boston Red Sox 96 58 .623 1
Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 8
Detroit Tigers 87 67 .565 10
Philadelphia Athletics 81 73 .526 16
Chicago White Sox 63 91 .409 34
St. Louis Browns 53 101 .344 44
Washington Senators 50 104 .325 47

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 28, 1949: Grant Dunlap was returned by the Yankees to the Indians.[1]

Roster[edit]

1949 New York Yankees
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 Berra, YogiYogi Berra 116 415 155 .277 20 91
1B Henrich, TommyTommy Henrich 115 411 118 .287 24 85
2B Coleman, JerryJerry Coleman 128 447 123 .275 2 42
3B Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 104 343 97 .283 6 61
SS Rizzuto, PhilPhil Rizzuto 153 614 169 .275 5 65
OF Mapes, CliffCliff Mapes 111 304 75 .247 7 38
OF Woodling, GeneGene Woodling 112 296 80 .270 5 44
OF Bauer, HankHank Bauer 103 301 82 .272 10 45

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
Johnson, BillyBilly Johnson 113 329 82 .249 8 56
DiMaggio, JoeJoe DiMaggio 76 272 94 .346 14 67
Lindell, JohnnyJohnny Lindell 78 211 51 .242 6 27
Kryhoski, DickDick Kryhoski 54 177 52 .294 1 27
Stirnweiss, SnuffySnuffy Stirnweiss 70 157 41 .261 0 11
Silvera, CharlieCharlie Silvera 58 130 41 .315 0 13
Keller, CharlieCharlie Keller 60 116 29 .250 3 16
Phillips, JackJack Phillips 45 91 28 .308 1 10
Niarhos, GusGus Niarhos 32 43 12 .279 0 6
Mole, FentonFenton Mole 10 27 5 .185 0 2
Mize, JohnnyJohnny Mize 13 23 6 .261 1 2
Delsing, JimJim Delsing 9 20 7 .350 1 3
Collins, JoeJoe Collins 7 10 1 .100 0 4
Houk, RalphRalph Houk 5 7 4 .571 0 1
Witek, MickeyMickey Witek 1 1 1 1.000 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
Raschi, VicVic Raschi 38 274.2 21 10 3.34 124
Lopat, EdEd Lopat 31 215.1 15 10 3.26 70
Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds 35 213.2 17 6 4.00 105
Byrne, TommyTommy Byrne 32 196 15 7 3.72 129

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
Sanford, FredFred Sanford 29 95.1 7 3 3.87 51
Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield 12 57.2 2 5 4.06 25
Pillette, DuaneDuane Pillette 12 37.1 2 4 4.34 9

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Page, JoeJoe Page 60 13 8 27 2.59 99
Marshall, CuddlesCuddles Marshall 21 3 0 3 5.11 13
Shea, SpecSpec Shea 20 1 1 1 5.33 22
Buxton, RalphRalph Buxton 14 0 1 2 4.05 14
Casey, HughHugh Casey 4 1 0 0 8.22 5
Hiller, FrankFrank Hiller 4 0 2 1 5.87 3
Hood, WallyWally Hood 2 0 0 0 0.00 2

1949 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1949 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (1)

Game Score Date Attendance
1 New York 1, Brooklyn 0 October 5 66,224
2 Brooklyn 1, New York 0 October 6 70,053
3 New York 4, Brooklyn 3 October 7 32,788
4 New York 6, Brooklyn 4 October 8 33,934
5 New York 10, Brooklyn 6 October 9 33,711

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grant Dunlap page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Lou Skizas page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ "Yanks, Sox Settle Title In New York". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. September 29, 1949. p. 8. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "October 1, 1949 Red Sox-Yankees box score". retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "October 2, 1949 Red Sox-Yankees box score". retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ ESPN.com – Page2 – The List: Baseball's biggest rumors
  7. ^ 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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