1949 Cleveland Indians season

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1949 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Bill Veeck, Ellis Ryan
General manager(s)Bill Veeck
Manager(s)Lou Boudreau
Local televisionWEWS-TV
Bob Neal, Tris Speaker
Local radioWJW
Jack Graney, Jimmy Dudley
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The 1949 Cleveland Indians season was the 49th in franchise history. The club entered the season as the defending World Champions. On March 5, 1949, Indians minority owner Bob Hope donned a Cleveland Indians uniform and posed with manager Lou Boudreau and vice president Hank Greenberg as the World Series champions opened spring training camp in Tucson, Arizona.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Following their 1948 World Series championship, the 1949 Indians season proved to be a disappointment. Despite having the best overall pitching and fielding statistics in either the American or National Leagues, the Indians finished a distant third place behind the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. A team roster that boasted seven future members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Joe Gordon, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige, & Early Wynn) could not deliver a second consecutive championship to Cleveland. During the season, Indians fan Charlie Lupica spent 117 days on a flagpole, waiting for the Indians to regain first place. They never did, and he gave up his pursuit when the Indians were mathematically eliminated on September 25.[6]

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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1949 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 17–5 8–14 15–7–1 9–13 14–8 15–7 18–4
Chicago 5–17 7–15 8–14 7–15 6–16 15–7 15–7
Cleveland 14–8 15–7 13–9 10–12 9–13 15–7 13–9
Detroit 7–15–1 14–8 9–13 11–11 14–8 14–8 18–4
New York 13–9 15–7 12–10 11–11 14–8 17–5–1 15–7
Philadelphia 8–14 16–6 13–9 8–14 8–14 12–10 16–6
St. Louis 7–15 7–15 7–15 8–14 5–17–1 10–12 9–13
Washington 4–18 7–15 9–13 4–18 7–15 6–16 13–9


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1949 Cleveland Indians
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 Jim Hegan 152 468 105 .224 8 55
1B Mickey Vernon 153 584 170 .291 18 83
2B Joe Gordon 148 533 136 .251 20 84
SS Lou Boudreau 134 475 135 .284 4 60
3B Ken Keltner 80 246 57 .232 8 30
OF Dale Mitchell 149 640 203 .317 3 56
OF Larry Doby 147 547 153 .280 24 85
OF Bob Kennedy 121 424 117 .276 9 57

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
Ray Boone 86 258 65 .252 4 26
Thurman Tucker 80 197 48 .244 0 14
Johnny Berardino 50 116 23 .198 0 13
Allie Clark 35 74 13 .176 1 9
Luke Easter 21 45 10 .222 0 2
Al Rosen 23 44 7 .159 0 5
Mike Tresh 38 37 8 .216 0 1
Hal Peck 33 29 9 .310 0 9
Minnie Miñoso 9 16 3 .188 1 1
Hank Edwards 5 15 4 .267 1 1
Bobby Ávila 31 14 3 .214 0 3
Milt Nielsen 3 9 1 .111 0 0
Herman Reich 1 2 1 .500 0 0
Fred Marsh 1 0 0 .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
Bob Lemon 37 279.2 22 10 2.99 138
Bob Feller 36 211.0 15 14 3.75 108
Early Wynn 26 164.2 11 7 4.15 62
Gene Bearden 32 127.0 8 8 5.10 41

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
Steve Gromek 40 92.0 4 6 3.33 22
Sam Zoldak 27 53 1 2 4.25 11

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
Al Benton 40 9 6 10 2.12 41
Mike Garcia 41 14 5 2 2.36 94
Satchel Paige 31 4 7 5 3.04 54
Frank Papish 25 1 0 1 3.19 23

Awards and honors[edit]

All Star Game

Larry Doby, Outfielder, reserve

Joe Gordon, Second baseman, reserve

Jim Hegan, Catcher, reserve

Bob Lemon, Pitcher, reserve

Dale Mitchell, Outfielder, reserve

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League Bucky Harris
AA Oklahoma City Indians Texas League Joe Vosmik
A Dayton Indians Central League Ski Melillo
A Wilkes-Barre Barons Eastern League Bill Norman
B St. Petersburg Saints Florida International League Myril Hoag, Harry Sullivan,
Johnny Beazley and Dick Porter
B Harrisburg Senators Interstate League Les Bell
B Spartanburg Peaches Tri-State League Kerby Farrell
C Tucson Cowboys Arizona–Texas League Gene Lillard
C Bakersfield Indians California League Harry Griswold
C Pittsfield Indians Canadian–American League Gene Hasson
C Burlington Indians Central Association Lloyd Brown
D Cordele Indians Georgia–Florida League Hal Lee
D Iola Indians Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League Winlow Johnson
D Union City Greyhounds KITTY League Tony Rensa and Rudy York
D Stroudsburg Poconos North Atlantic League Frank Radler
D Zanesville Indians Ohio–Indiana League Pat McLaughlin
D Batavia Clippers PONY League Ed Kobesky
D Green Bay Blue Jays Wisconsin State League Phil Seghi

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Stroudsburg[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/homegrown/index.ssf?/homegrown/more/hope/allroads.html Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Bob Chakales at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Grant Dunlap at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mickey Vernon at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Brooks Lawrence at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Veeck, Bill; Linn, Ed (April 7, 2001). "Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved April 22, 2018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  8. ^ "1949 Major League Baseball Standard Pitching | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "1949 American League Standard Fielding | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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