DiMaggio swings away in the 1949 World Series. DiMaggio, so exceptional in all phases of the game, so consistently productive in every season he played, flopped in the 1949 World Series. Joltin' Joe hit just .111, collecting two hits in 18 at-bats.
The Yankees, however, won the 1949 World Series in five games. DiMaggio missed the first half of the 1949 season due to an injured foot. However, he was awesome in the second half. Despite totaling just 272 at-bats on the year, he hit .346 with 67 RBI.
Campy Catches Full 1949 World Series
Campanella nips Yankees hurler Ed Lopat at the plate in the 1949 World Series. Campanella shared the Dodgers' catching load with incumbent Bruce Edwards as a rookie in 1948; but by spring of 1949, the job was his. In five World Series with Brooklyn, Campanella caught every inning of every game.
Pee Wee Reese Tops the 1949 National League in Runs
It's hard to imagine that the great Dodgers teams of the 1940s and '50s would have a captain named "Pee Wee," but it's true. Pee Wee Reese spearheaded the Dodgers to seven pennants. A slick-fielding shortstop, he led the National League in runs with 132 in 1949.
Mel Parnell Tops the 1949 American League in VictoriesMel Parnell's superb season in 1949 (25-7) contributed heavily to his .621 career win percentage, one of the highest ever by a pitcher who never played on a pennant-winner. Parnell battled control problems throughout his ten-year stint with the Red Sox. He walked 134 batters in '49.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1949 baseball season.
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