The Red Sox Obliterate the Browns
On June 8, 1950, the Browns tallied a run in the top of the ninth to make the final 29-4. The Red Sox would have loved to have batted in the bottom half and added to their modern record for the most runs scored by one team in a game.
Phil Rizzuto Cops 1950 American League MVP
American League MVP Phil Rizzuto had his finest season in 1950 -- .324 average, seven home runs, 66 RBI -- and the Yankees needed it all. Detroit and Boston were in the race until the last week of the season, and fourth-place Cleveland finished only 6 games back. It was the only time during the 16-team era that four clubs in one league won more than 90 games.
Yogi Berra Nails HR in Finale
After cracking a home run, Yogi Berra crosses the plate in the sixth inning of game four of the 1950 World Series. If Berra seems ho-hum about his accomplishment, it's understandable. Not only did the Yankees sweep the Phils, but this was just one of 12 dingers that Berra slammed in his 259 World Series at-bats.
Vern Bickford: A Braves Ace
In 1950, the Braves got 60 wins from their top three starters. Led by Vern Bickford, the trio enabled the Braves to pace the majors in complete games (88). In fact, the three accounted for more complete games (77) than the entire staff of any other team in the majors.
Jim Konstanty is Named 1950 National League MVP
1950 National League MVP Jim Konstanty (22 saves) was virtually unknown to fans a year before the 1950 World Series -- even in Philadelphia. Konstanty never played a full season in the majors until he was past age 31. After 1950, Konstanty again fell into obscurity. In '51, he went 4-11 with a 4.05 ERA. Konstanty is the classic case of a one-hit wonder.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1950 baseball season.
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