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1949 New York Yankees season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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
General manager(s)George Weiss
Manager(s)Casey Stengel
Local televisionWABD
(Dolly Stark)
Local radioWINS (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 in his first year. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

Offseason

Regular season

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

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 54–23 43–34
Boston Red Sox 96 58 0.623 1 61–16 35–42
Cleveland Indians 89 65 0.578 8 49–28 40–37
Detroit Tigers 87 67 0.565 10 50–27 37–40
Philadelphia Athletics 81 73 0.526 16 52–25 29–48
Chicago White Sox 63 91 0.409 34 32–45 31–46
St. Louis Browns 53 101 0.344 44 36–41 17–60
Washington Senators 50 104 0.325 47 26–51 24–53


Record vs. opponents


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

Roster

1949 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Yogi Berra 116 415 155 .277 20 91
1B Tommy Henrich 115 411 118 .287 24 85
2B Jerry Coleman 128 447 123 .275 2 42
3B Bobby Brown 104 343 97 .283 6 61
SS Phil Rizzuto 153 614 169 .275 5 65
OF Cliff Mapes 111 304 75 .247 7 38
OF Gene Woodling 112 296 80 .270 5 44
OF Hank Bauer 103 301 82 .272 10 45

Other batters

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
Billy Johnson 113 329 82 .249 8 56
Joe DiMaggio 76 272 94 .346 14 67
Johnny Lindell 78 211 51 .242 6 27
Dick Kryhoski 54 177 52 .294 1 27
Snuffy Stirnweiss 70 157 41 .261 0 11
Charlie Silvera 58 130 41 .315 0 13
Charlie Keller 60 116 29 .250 3 16
Jack Phillips 45 91 28 .308 1 10
Gus Niarhos 32 43 12 .279 0 6
Fenton Mole 10 27 5 .185 0 2
Johnny Mize 13 23 6 .261 1 2
Jim Delsing 9 20 7 .350 1 3
Joe Collins 7 10 1 .100 0 4
Ralph Houk 5 7 4 .571 0 1
Mickey Witek 1 1 1 1.000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vic Raschi 38 274.2 21 10 3.34 124
Ed Lopat 31 215.1 15 10 3.26 70
Allie Reynolds 35 213.2 17 6 4.00 105
Tommy Byrne 32 196 15 7 3.72 129

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Fred Sanford 29 95.1 7 3 3.87 51
Bob Porterfield 12 57.2 2 5 4.06 25
Duane Pillette 12 37.1 2 4 4.34 9

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Joe Page 60 13 8 27 2.59 99
Cuddles Marshall 21 3 0 3 5.11 13
Spec Shea 20 1 1 1 5.33 22
Ralph Buxton 14 0 1 2 4.05 14
Hugh Casey 4 1 0 0 8.22 5
Frank Hiller 4 0 2 1 5.87 3
Wally Hood 2 0 0 0 0.00 2

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

All-Star Game

Farm system

Notes

  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, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

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