1950 in baseball
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- 1 Champions
- 2 Awards and honors
- 3 MLB statistical leaders
- 4 Major league baseball final standings
- 5 Events
- 6 Movies
- 7 Births
- 8 Deaths
Major League Baseball
- World Series: New York Yankees over Philadelphia Phillies (4-0)
- All-Star Game, July 11 at Comiskey Park: National League, 4-3 (14 innings)
- Caribbean World Series: Carta Vieja (Panama)
- College World Series: Texas
- First Japan Series: Mainichi Orions over Shochiku Robins (4-2)
- Little League World Series: North Austin Lions, Austin, Texas
- Negro League Baseball All-Star Game: West, 5-3
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Rockford Peaches
Awards and honors
- MLB Most Valuable Player Award
- MLB Rookie of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
MLB statistical leaders
|American League||National League|
|AVG||Billy Goodman BOS||.354||Stan Musial STL||.346|
|HR||Al Rosen CLE||37||Ralph Kiner PIT||47|
|RBI||Walt Dropo BOS &
Vern Stephens BOS
|144||Del Ennis PHI||126|
|Wins||Bob Lemon CLE||23||Warren Spahn BSB||21|
|ERA||Early Wynn CLE||3.20||Sal Maglie NYG||2.71|
|Ks||Bob Lemon CLE||170||Warren Spahn BSB||191|
Major league baseball final standings
American League final standings
National League final standings
- January 23 - The Associated Press picks the 1914 Miracle Braves as the greatest sports upset of the 20th Century.
- January 24 - Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers signs a contract for $35‚000‚ reportedly making him the highest paid Brooklyn player in the team history.
- February 7 - Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox becomes the highest paid player in major league history‚ by signing a contract for $125‚000.
- February 10 - The Cincinnati Reds sell pitcher Johnny Vander Meer to the Chicago Cubs for an undisclosed amount of cash. In 1938‚ Vander Meer became the first pitcher in major league history to pitch two consecutive no-hitters, displaying his mastery over the Boston Braves (June 11) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (June 15), setting a record that still stands today.
- February 16 - The BBWAA fail to name anyone to the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Mel Ott and Bill Terry top the list for enshrinement.
- February 27 - In a tie-braking game, Carta Vieja pitcher Chet Brewer defeated Puerto Rico's Caguas, 9–3, to give Panama the champion title in the 1950 Caribbean Series. Panama's third baseman Joe Tuminelli, who hit two home runs and drove in six runs, was named Most Valuable Player.
- April 1 - The Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League open their season against the Portland Beavers, scantily clad in shorts‚ rayon shirts‚ and knee socks. "These suits will give us more speed‚" predicts Stars manager Fred Haney. But the outfits are used only occasionally during the season.
- April 11 - The Texas League Opening Day between the Dallas Eagles and Tulsa Oilers is staged at the Cotton Bowl. The Dallas starters taking the field include Hall of Fame members Frank Baker‚ Ty Cobb‚ Mickey Cochrane‚ Dizzy Dean‚ Charlie Gehringer, Travis Jackson and Tris Speaker‚ as well as Duffy Lewis and Dallas manager‚ Charlie Grimm‚ two non-Hall of Famers. After Dean throws one pitch‚ the squad is replaced by the regular Dallas Eagles team. 53‚578 fans‚ by then the largest paid crowd in minor-league history‚ enthusiastically enjoy the exhibition.
- April 16 - In Los Angeles‚ Steve Souchock of Sacramento (PCL) belt home runs in the 7th‚ 8th and 9th innings in a 19–6 win. The last homer is a grand slam as Souchock drives in nine runs. The veteran will hit 30 homers this year and be back in the majors in 1951 with the Detroit Tigers.
- April 18:
- The first night Opening Day game in major league history is played in St. Louis with the Cardinals defeating the Pirates 4–2‚ behind the six-hit pitching of Gerry Staley. Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst contribute with a home run each for the winners.
- President Harry Truman throws out two balls at the Washington Senators' opener - one left-handed and the other right-handed - and then watches the Senators beat the Philadelphia A's 8-7. When rain starts falling in the 6th inning, he puts on a raincoat and remains to the end.
- At the Polo Grounds‚ Sam Jethroe becomes the first black to play for the Boston Braves. In his major leaguedebut. Jethroe goes 2-for-4‚ including a home run to lead the Braves to an 11–4 beating of the New York Giants. Warren Spahn is the winning pitcher. Jethroe will go on to become National League Rookie of the Year.
- April 19 - Sid Gordon of the Boston Braves hits the first National League grand slam of the season‚ as Boston beats the New York Giants, 10–6, at the Polo Grounds. There will be 35 grand slams in the league this year‚ a NL single-season record‚ later topped. Giants first baseman Jack Harshman hits his first homer‚ off Johnny Sain‚ but it's not enough.
- April 21 - Vern Stephens of the Boston Red Sox slugs a 9th-inning grand slam off Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Harry Byrd, to lead the Red Sox to an 8–2 romp. It is the first of 33 American League grand slams in 1950. The major league season total of 68 is a record up to this point. In 1995, the number will exceed 100 slams for the first time.
- May 6 - The Boston Braves hit five home runs in a 15–11 trouncing of the Cincinnati Reds. This gives the Braves a National League record of 13 home runs in three consecutive games‚ breaking the mark of 12 set by the New York Giants on July 1‚ 2‚ 3‚ 1947. Luis Rodríguez-Olmo‚ Earl Torgeson‚ Bob Elliott‚ Willard Marshall‚ and Sid Gordon hit the five today. Grady Hatton and Ron Northey hit consecutive homers for the Reds in a lost cause.
- May 9 - Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits his second grand slam in three days -and the 8th of his career-, and adds a three-run homer to drives in seven runs as the Pirates beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 10–5.
- May 11:
- May 17:
- After suffering 11 straight losses to pitcher Max Lanier‚ the Brooklyn Dodgers finally top the St. Louis Cardinals left-hander, 6–2, for the first time since 1943. Don Newcombe is the winning pitcher. Lanier helps his downfall with three balks‚ to tie a National League record.
- The New York Yankees reinstate outfielder Dick Wakefield‚ but he is not asked to rejoin the team.
- May 18:
- St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Tommy Glaviano makes three errors on successive plays in the 9th inning that lets in four runs in a 9–8 loss. The Brooklyn Dodgers trail by an 8–0 score in the game, and close to 8–5 in the 9th while have the bases loaded, when Glaviano experiences his nightmare. Glaviano ties a major league record set most recently by Dodgers Billy Cox last year.
- At the Polo Grounds‚ Rube Walker of the Chicago Cubs belt a grand slam against the New York Giants in the 6th inning. In the bottom of the inning, Monte Irvin hits a grand slam for the Giants‚ the first time in major league history that each team has slammed in the same inning. The game is called on account of rain after six innings‚ and the Giants win‚ 10–4, behind pitcher Clint Hartung. Johnny Schmitz‚ the first of four Cubs pitchers‚ is the loser.
- June 20 - Willie Mays is signed by the New York Giants as an amateur free agent. He makes his minor league debut with the Trenton Giants on June 24 at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Maryland against the Hagerstown Braves.
- June 24 - The Philadelphia Phillies top the Chicago Cubs, 5–4, on a pair of two-run home runs by SS Granny Hamner and C Andy Seminick. Jim Konstanty, in relief of starter Russ Meyer, hurls four hitless innings to save the win. The energetic Whiz Kids now trail the Brooklyn Dodgers by a game.
- July 1 - The first-place Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 6–4, behind unbeaten rookie pitcher Bob Miller. Jim Konstanty makes his 30th relief appearance to help Miller win his 7th straight game. 2B Mike Goliat and 3B Willie Jones add home runs to pace an 11-hit attack. By winning their second straight game from Brooklyn, the Whiz Kids move .002 ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and a game and a half over the Dodgers.
- July 2 - Cleveland Indians great Bob Feller wins his 200th major league game, 5–3, over the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a doubleheader split. Detroit wins the opener 8-5 for their only win in the 4-game series.
- July 8 - At Forbes Field, pinch-hitter Jack Phillips hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 7–6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Phillips hit his shot off Harry Brecheen, to become the first pinch-hitter to belt an walk-off grand slam in major league history. Ralph Kiner and Stan Rojek also homered for the Pirates, while Cliff Chambers was the winning pitcher. Red Schoendienst of the Cardinals went 5-for-5 in a lost cause.
- July 11 - Making a leaping, off-the-wall catch of a Ralph Kiner drive in the first inning, Ted Williams fractures his left elbow in the All-Star Game at Chicago's Comiskey Park. Remaining in the game, Williams puts the American League ahead, 3–2, with an RBI single. Kiner's 9th-inning homer ties the game, and Red Schoendienst's blast in the 14th inning wins it for the National League, 4–3. Williams will later state he was never the same after this injury.
- August 6 - At Comiskey Park, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ellis Kinder hits a grand slam off Chicago White Sox ace Billy Pierce. Kinder collects six RBI, and his slam comes after an intentional walk to Birdie Tebbetts. For Kinder, it is his first and only career homer, as Boston roll‚ 9–2. Kinder also stops White Sox rookie Chico Carrasquel, who sees his hitting streak stopped at 24 games. In the night cap, pitcher Joe Dobson allows seven hits and the Red Sox win‚ 4–3‚ to sweep Chicago.
- August 11 - At Braves Field, Vern Bickford of the Boston Braves pitches a 7–0 no-hitter over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- August 13 - At Shibe Park, the New York Giants earn a split in their four-games series with the National League leaders Philadelphia Phillies. Jim Hearn shuts out the Whiz Kids, 2–0, but the Phils will win 11 of their next 14 games to hold a seven-game edge over the second-place Brooklyn Dodgers.
- August 31 - Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers becomes the sixth Major Leaguer to belt four home runs in a single game. Hodges hits home runs off of four different Boston Braves pitchers and finishes the game with nine runs batted in. Brooklyn trounces Boston, 19–3.
- September 30 - The Brooklyn Dodgers pulls within one game of the National League lead, winning 7–3 over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a two-games series at Ebbets Field. Duke Snider and Roy Campanella hit home runs for the Dodgers, as Erv Palica (13-8) is the winning pitcher. Bob Miller (11-6) is the loser. It is the Phillies fifth loss in a row, their eighth in 10 games, while the Dodgers have now won 13 of their last 16 games. For the second year in a row, the NL pennant race will come down to the last game. If the Dodgers win tomorrow, the race will end in a tie with the Phillies' Whiz Kids.
- October 1
- At Ebbets Field, the Philadelphia Phillies clinch the National League pennant on a 10th inning, three-run home run by LF Dick Sisler against Don Newcombe, in a dramatic 4–1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers on the season's last day. In a crucial play that sets the stage for Sisler's heroics‚ CF Richie Ashburn throws out Brooklyn runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning. An inside-the-park home run by Pee Wee Reese would account for the only Dodgers run in the game. Robin Roberts, making his third start in five days, earns his 20th victory of the season, making him the first 20-game winner for the Phillies since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1917.
- At Comiskey Park, Gus Zernial of the Chicago White Sox becomes the first player to hit three home runs in his team's final game of a regular season, doing so in the White Sox' 10-6 loss in the second game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns. Zernial will be joined by Dick Allen in 1968 and Evan Longoria in 2012 as players to hit three home runs in their team's regular-season finale.
- October 7 - The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5–2, in Game 4 of the World Series to win undefeated their thirteenth World Championship. The Phillies will not appear again in the postseason until 1976, and they will not appear again in the World Series until they won it for the very first time in 1980.
- November 26 - The Gillette Safety Razor Co. signs a six-year deal, worth an estimated $6 million, with Major League Baseball for the television and radio rights for the World Series.
- November 27 - The Boston Red Sox sign veteran shortstop Lou Boudreau to a two-year contract worth an estimated $150,000. Boudreau, a player-manager for the Cleveland Indians, had asked Cleveland to give him his unconditional release after 13 years with the club.
- November 28 - Having already relieved general manager Branch Rickey of his duties, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley continues his house cleaning as names PCL Oakland manager Chuck Dressen to replace Burt Shotton, who compiled a 326-215 record from 1947 to 1950 as the Dodgers skipper.
- January 3 - Jim Dwyer
- January 3 - Bart Johnson
- January 7 - Ross Grimsley
- January 7 - Burt Hooton
- January 12 - Randy Jones
- January 13 - Bob Forsch
- January 13 - Mike Tyson
- January 19 - Jon Matlack
- January 28 - Larvell Blanks
- January 31 - Bob Apodaca
- February 2 - Dale Murray
- February 4 - Maximino León
- February 15 - Rick Auerbach
- February 18 - Bruce Kison
- February 26 - Jack Brohamer
- March 2 - Pete Broberg
- March 5 - Doug Bird
- March 7 - J. R. Richard
- March 9 - Doug Ault
- March 9 - Wendell Kim
- March 14 - Dave McKay
- March 27 - Lynn McGlothen
- March 30 - Grady Little
- April 10 - Ken Griffey
- April 17 - Pedro García
- April 20 - Milt Wilcox
- April 25 - Bill Greif
- May 1 - Rich Troedson
- May 4 - Jack Baker
- May 11 - Dane Iorg
- May 12 - Pat Darcy
- May 13 - Juan Beníquez
- May 13 - Bobby Valentine
- May 25 - John Montefusco
- May 28 - Jim Cox
- May 31 - Tippy Martinez
- June 10 - Elías Sosa
- June 14 - Bill Fahey
- June 19 - Duane Kuiper
- June 19 - Jim Slaton
- June 23 - Jim Dwyer
- June 28 - Chris Speier
- July 5 - Gary Matthews
- July 21 - Mike Cubbage
- August 1 - Milt May
- August 15 - Tom Kelly
- August 22 - Ray Burris
- August 28 - Ron Guidry
- August 29 - Doug DeCinces
- August 30 - Dave Chalk
- August 30 - Andy Merchant
- September 2 - Lamar Johnson
- September 4 - Doyle Alexander
- September 4 - Frank White
- September 29 - Ken Macha
- October 4 - Ed Halicki
- October 9 - Brian Downing
- October 13 - Dick Pole
- October 24 - Rawly Eastwick
- October 26 - Dave Coleman
- November 12 - Bruce Bochte
- November 22 - Lyman Bostock
- November 22 - Greg Luzinski
- November 26 - Jorge Orta
- November 29 - Mike Easler
- November 29 - Otto Vélez
- November 30 - Craig Swan
- December 6 - Tim Foli
- December 12 - Gorman Thomas
- December 7 - Rich Coggins
- December 21 - Jim Wright
- December 25 - Manny Trillo
- December 26 - Mario Mendoza
- January 26 - Chick Autry, 46, backup catcher for the Yankees, Indians and White Sox in the 1920s
- January 29 - Monroe Sweeney, 57, National League umpire from 1924 to 1926.
- February 11 - Kiki Cuyler, 51, outfielder for four NL teams, primarily the Cubs, who batted .321 in his career while leading the NL in runs twice and steals four times; hit a 2-run, 2-out double off Walter Johnson in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 1925 World Series for a 9-7 lead, clinching the title for the Pirates
- March 25 - Pussy Tebeau, 80, a 19th-century outfielder who played for the Cleveland Spiders
- April 11 - Dick McCabe, 54, pitched from 1918 to 1922 for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox
- April 23 - Bill Hallman, 74, played four seasons including two seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1906 to 1907.
- May 4 - Vince Molyneaux, 61, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns (1917) and Boston Red Sox (1918)
- June 8 - Cannonball Titcomb, 83, pitcher for four different clubs from 1886–90, who threw a no-hitter in the 1890 season
- July 23 - Bill Lange, 79, top Chicago Colts hitter during the 1890s. Played seven seasons before retiring to get married.
- September 23 - Sam Barry, 57, coach at USC since 1930 and one of the principal forces behind the creation of the College World Series, which his team won in 1948
- September 25 - Pep Deininger, 72, German pitcher/center fielder for the Boston Americans and Philadelphia Phillies between 1902 and 1908
- November 4 - Grover Cleveland Alexander, 63, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 373 games with the Phillies, Cubs and Cardinals and earned the pitching Triple Crown three times (1915, 1916, 1920)
- November 16 - Frank Hemphill, 72, outfielder for the Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators in the 1900
- December 5 - Bill Dahlen, 80, shortstop who owned the record for career assists at the position (7,500) and ended his career having played more games than anyone in major league history (2,443)