1949 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1949 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Caribbean leagues[edit]

Caribbean World Series[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

American League National League
AVG George Kell DET .343 Jackie Robinson BRO .342
HR Ted Williams BOS 43 Ralph Kiner PIT 54
RBI Ted Williams BOS &
Vern Stephens BOS
159 Ralph Kiner PIT 127
Wins Mel Parnell BOS 25 Warren Spahn BSB 21
ERA Mike Garcia CLE 2.36 Dave Koslo NYG 2.50
Ks Virgil Trucks DET 153 Warren Spahn BSB 151

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 97   57 .630    --
2nd Boston Red Sox 96   58 .623   1.0
3rd Cleveland Indians 89   65 .578   8.0
4th Detroit Tigers 87   67 .565 10.0
5th Philadelphia Athletics 81   73 .526 16.0
6th Chicago White Sox 63   91 .409 34.0
7th St. Louis Browns 53 101 .344 44.0
8th Washington Senators 50 104 .325 47.0

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Brooklyn Dodgers 97   57 .630    --
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 96   58 .623   1.0
3rd Philadelphia Phillies 81   73 .526 16.0
4th Boston Braves 75   79 .487 22.0
5th New York Giants 73   81 .474 24.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates 71   83 .461 26.0
7th Cincinnati Reds 62   92 .403 35.0
8th Chicago Cubs 61   93 .396 36.0

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 27 - Fred Saigh buys out the interest of Robert Hannegan and now controls 90 percent of the St. Louis Cardinals stock. Saigh and Hannegan had swung the deal in 1947 with only $60,300 in cash in a $4 million deal. Hannegan came out with $866,000 profit in two years.
  • January 28 - The New York Giants sign their first black players, Negro Leaguers Monte Irvin (OF) and Ford Smith (P). They are assigned to minor league Jersey City. Irvin will star for the Giants, but Smith never makes the major leagues.

February[edit]

  • February 9 - A federal appeals court orders the $300,000 suit against Major League Baseball by Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella back to a lower court for trial.

March[edit]

  • March 8 - Max Lanier and Fred Martin, late of the Mexican League, file a $2.5 million suit against Major League Baseball. A federal judge on April one will deny their right to be reinstated.

April[edit]

  • April 8 - Dissension rumors surround the NL title-holder Boston Braves after manager Billy Southworth calls a closed meeting of the club in a South Carolina hotel.
  • April 28 - A New York fan charges Leo Durocher with assault after the Giants lose 15–2 to Brooklyn. Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Durocher but he is absolved on May 3. Chandler criticizes teams for lax security that allows fans on the field.
  • April 30 - Rocky Nelson hits an "inside-the-glove" two-run home run in short center-left field to turn a ninth inning 3–1 Chicago Cubs lead into a 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals victory. Cubs center fielder Andy Pafko's catch is ruled a trap by umpire Al Barlick, as Pafko races in, holding the ball high as runners circle the bases.

May[edit]

  • May 1 - Elmer Valo becomes the first AL player to hit two bases-loaded triples in a game when he leads the Philadelphia Athletics to a 15–9 win in the first of two games against the Washington Senators. Valo will have a third bases-loaded triple during the season, to tie the AL mark of Shano Collins set in 1918. The A's take game 2, 7–3, called after seven innings.
  • May 6 - Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz makes a sensational debut, tossing nine hitless innings in relief in a 13-inning 5–4 Athletics win over the Detroit Tigers. Shantz finally gives up two hits and a run in the 13th, but old-timer Wally Moses, now back with the A's, saves him with a two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th.
  • May 14 - Roy Sievers hits a home run and a double to drive in four runs, leading the St. Louis Browns' 8–3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Slick-fielding Detroit first baseman Paul Campbell ties a major league record by making two unassisted double plays. While with minor league Montreal in 1941, Campbell started 26 DPs at 1B.
  • May 22 - Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe makes his first major league start a dandy, shutting out the Cincinnati Reds 3–0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Crosley Field. It's the first shutout in an NL debut in eleven years and extends Brooklyn's win streak at Cincinnati to 19 games going back to June 1947. Newcombe gives up hits to the first two batters, then allows just three more hits while walking none. He drives in two runs as well. In the second game, Ken Raffensberger then matches Newcombe by firing a one-hitter to beat Brooklyn 2–0, tossing only 83 pitches. The only hit is a leadoff single by Gil Hodges in the eighth inning. Raffensberger pitched two one-hitters against the Dodgers in the 1948 season.
  • May 24 - Striking out the last six St. Paul batters, Maurice McDermott of minor league Louisville fans a total of 20 for a new league record. McDermott wins 3–1, striking out the side in the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th innings.
  • May 27 - The Cleveland Indians start the season so badly, 12–17, that owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day." Behind pitcher Al Benton, Cleveland make it a success, beating the Chicago White Sox 4–0. The Indians do rise to second place, within two 1/2 games of the top, but they will finish third, eight games back.

June[edit]

  • June 5 - Commissioner Happy Chandler lifts the ban on all players who jumped to the Mexican League, starting in 1946. Only Sal Maglie will make a significant mark after the exile. Lou Klein will be the first jumper to make a major-league box score, successfully pinch-hitting on June 16.
  • June 15:
    • Eddie Waitkus of the Philadelphia Phillies is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Steinhagen at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel. She will later be placed in a mental hospital. Waitkus battles for his life and will come back to play the following season.
    • San Francisco Seals rookie outfielder Dino Restelli joins the Pittsburgh Pirates and hits seven home runs in his first 39 at-bats. He will finish with 12, hitting .250 in 72 games, and is out of the NL the next year.
  • June 28 - After missing the first 69 games of the season because of an ailing heel, Joe DiMaggio returns to the New York Yankees lineup with a single and a home run to beat the Boston Red Sox 6–4 in a night game at Fenway Park. DiMaggio will hit four homers in a three-game sweep.

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August 6 - Luke Appling appears in his 2,154th game as a shortstop, surpassing the major league mark set by Rabbit Maranville. Appling will finish his career with 2,218 games at SS.
  • August 8 - Carl Furillo returns to the Brooklyn Dodgers lineup after an injury and hits .431 in the final eight weeks of the season. He will finish at .322, fourth best in the NL.
  • August 9 - Dom DiMaggio's 34-game hitting streak is on the line against Vic Raschi and the New York Yankees. Hitless in his first four at-bats, Dom hits a sinking line drive in the eighth inning that his brother Joe catches at his shoetops. The Boston Red Sox win 6–3 to move 5½ games behind the Yankees. Dom had started his streak after going hitless against Raschi.
  • August 15 - Reports of clubhouse troubles trail the Boston Braves all season. Owner Lou Perini prevails on manager Billy Southworth to take a leave of absence. The team spurts briefly under Johnny Cooney but finishes under .500, in fourth place. Braves players vote Southworth only a half-share of last year's World Series earnings but commissioner Happy Chandler restores the full share.
  • August 21 - A barrage of bottles from the Shibe Park stands as protest of a decision by umpire George Barr over a trapped fly ball results in the first forfeiture in the major leagues in seven years. The New York Giants, who receive this 4–0 forfeit over the Philadelphia Phillies, gave one away in 1942 when hordes of youngsters invaded the Polo Grounds field.
  • August 27 - Former Mexican League jumpers Max Lanier and Fred Martin drop their $2.5 million suit against Major League Baseball.

September[edit]

  • September 3 - In American Association action, Columbus Red Birds pitcher Cot Deal started and completed a twenty-inning game against the Louisville Colonels. In addition to winning the game and giving up one earned run during the 20 innings, Deal collected four hits in eight at-bats.
  • September 9 - Despite terrorizing the NL with his bat and baserunning during the season, Jackie Robinson is picked off base by Dave Koslo, the fourth time this year New York Giants pitchers have nabbed him.
  • September 13 - For the second time in his career, Ralph Kiner hits home runs in four consecutive at bats, over two games. Kiner performed the same feat in 1947. The two home runs today are numbers 33 and 34. Kiner's 1949 total will include 25 on the road, 29 at Forbes Field, 14 of them in the bullpen enclosure still known as Greenberg Gardens.
  • September 15 - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tiny Bonham dies following an appendectomy and stomach surgery, just 18 days after his last pitching performance, an 8–2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Mrs. Bonham will receive the first benefits under the players pension plan, $90 a month for 10 years.
  • September 20 - Jackie Robinson steals home in a 5–0 Brooklyn Dodgers victory against the Chicago Cubs. It is his fifth steal of home this year and the 13th in his three years in the NL. That is the most in the majors since Ben Chapman stole his 15th and last in 1940, his 11th season.
  • September 25:
    • The St. Louis Cardinals, in first place for two months, win their final home game, and the Dodgers lose to the Phillies, maintaining the Cards' 1½ game lead.
    • Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games, Casey Stengel and his New York Yankees have been in first place all season. But today the Boston Red Sox move into a tie for first place with a 4–1 victory over Allie Reynolds. Ted Williams hits his 43rd home run, and Mel Parnell wins his 25th game of the season. Parnell is 16-3 at Fenway Park this year. Joe DiMaggio listens to the game from a hospital, bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York and are greeted at Grand Central Station by a huge crowd of fans, including Mrs. Babe Ruth, who predicts, "Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way."

October[edit]

  • Coming into the last weekend of the season, the Boston Red Sox are one game ahead of the New York Yankees, with the only games left for those teams being two against each other, thus there can be no playoff for the American League pennant. The Red Sox need to win only one of those games, but the Yankees win both to take the pennant. The Yankees will go on to win 14 pennants in the 16-year stretch from 1949 through 1964.

November[edit]

December[edit]

Movies[edit]

Births[edit]

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February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • January 9 - Harry McIntire, 69, NL pitcher for Brooklyn and Chicago, lost 20 games three times
  • February 10 - Johnny Bates, 66, outfielder for four NL teams, hit .305 for the Phillies in 1910
  • March 11 - Eric McNair, 39, infielder for four AL teams, hit .324 for the White Sox in 1939
  • March 15 - Bill Cissell, 45, middle infielder who struggled to overcome the high expectations of his $123,000 purchase from the minors in 1927
  • March 27 - Frank Gleich, 55, backup outfielder for the 1919–1920 New York Yankees
  • March 30 - Bill Bernhard, 78, one of the first pitchers to jump from the NL to the AL, later a 20-game winner for Cleveland and a minor league manager

April–June[edit]

  • April 4 - George Suggs, 66, pitcher, twice winner of 20 games
  • May 6 - Charlie Hallstrom, 85, pitched one game for the 1885 Providence Grays. One of four major league players to have been born in Sweden.
  • May 8 - Sam Breadon, 72, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1920 to 1947
  • June 12 - Oliver Marcelle, 53, star third baseman in the Negro Leagues
  • June 14 - Charley Moran, 71, umpire in the National League from 1918 to 1939 who worked in four World Series; played for the Cardinals in 1903 and 1908, and coached football at several colleges
  • June 25 - Buck Freeman, 77, outfielder who led both NL and AL in home runs, batted .300 four times

July–September[edit]

  • July 23 - John Anderson, 75, Norwegian outfielder who led NL in triples and AL in steals
  • August 22 - Chief Zimmer, 88, catcher for 19 seasons, 13 with the Cleveland Spiders, batted .300 four times
  • September 9 - Hal Neubauer, 47, pitcher who played for the 1925 Boston Red Sox
  • September 12 - Sherry Smith, 58, pitcher who lost a 14-inning game 2-1 to Babe Ruth in 1916 World Series, pitched 3-hitter in 1920 Series
  • September 15 - Tiny Bonham, 36, All-Star pitcher, won 103 games for Yankees and Pirates; died following an appendectomy

October–December[edit]

  • October 1 - Eddie Kolb, 69, pitched one game in the Majors, the last game for the Cleveland Spiders; later went on to successful ventures in semi-pro baseball and the oil business in Canada.
  • October 2 - Wildfire Schulte, 67, right fielder for the Cubs, won NL's 1911 MVP award, stole home 22 times
  • October 3 - John Donahue, 55, right fielder for the 1923 Boston Red Sox
  • October 19 - Bill Steele, 63, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals 1910–1914
  • October 20 - Dick Rudolph, 62, spitball pitcher won 121 games for Boston Braves, also first and last games of 1914 World Series
  • November 11 - Brick Owens, 64, American League umpire from 1916 to 1937 who officiated in five World Series and the 1934 All-Star Game