Luke Appling Calls It Quits
Luke Appling set a record in 1949 when he played 141 games at shortstop at the age of 42. He hit .301, scored 82 runs, and even stole seven bases. It was a typical year for Appling. The White Sox, too, had one of their typical years during his sojourn with them. They finished sixth. Appling played in just 50 games in 1950, collecting a .234 average.
George Kell Cracks 56 Doubles
Until the last fortnight of the 1950 season, there was considerable doubt whether Billy Goodman would accumulate enough at-bats to qualify for the American League hitting title. Had he fallen short, George Kell would have won his second straight crown. Kell, who led the league with 218 hits and 56 doubles in 1950, had one of the best seasons ever by a third baseman.
Joe DiMaggio Dominates the 1950 Baseball Season
If he had to do it over again, Joe DiMaggio probably would have retired after the 1950 season, instead of after '51. In 1950, DiMaggio hit .301 with 32 home runs and 122 RBI. His secret to hitting? "There's no skill involved," he said. "Just go up there and swing at the ball."
Gil Hodges Hits Four HRs
Gil Hodges was the first National League player in this century to hit four round-trippers in a regulation-length game (August 31, 1950). He accomplished it at Ebbets Field, which also made him the first in this century to pull off the feat at home.
Pee Wee Reese Falls Short
Pee Wee Reese was the only one of the four regular Dodgers infielders who did not have the top fielding average at his position in 1950. (He did, however, compile 11 home runs, 52 RBI, and 21 doubles.) Brooklyn led the National League in every important department except pitching.
Red Schoendienst, Marty Marion Play Finale
Red Schoendienst and Marty Marion were one of the best keystone combos in the late 1940s. In 1950, they played together for the last time. Schoendienst topped the National League with 43 doubles; Marion was good for 40 RBI. By August, Marion's aching back had benched him most days.
Robin Roberts Clinches the 1950 National League Flag
Robin Roberts won exactly 20 games in 1950, the first of six straight 20-win seasons. His gutty victory on the final day of the 1950 season brought the Phillies their first flag since 1915. In the 35 years between pennants, the Phils finished in the first division only four times -- and just once between 1917 and 1949.
On the next page, you will find even more highlights from the 1950 baseball season.
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