During the 1950 baseball season, Ralph Kiner topped both leagues with 47 home runs, the Phillies beat the odds and made it to the 1950 World Series, and Luke Appling played his final game. Below, you will find more highlights like these from the 1950 baseball season:
- The Yankees triumph again in the American League under Casey Stengel.
- The Phils win the first flag since 1915, edging out Brooklyn by 2 games.
- The Phils clinch the flag on the last day of season, as Dick Sisler’s tenth-inning homer beats the Dodgers.
- The Yanks sweep the Phils in the 1950 World Series.
- Relief ace Jim Konstanty, the Phils’ surprise starter in game one of the Series, is beaten 1-0 on a sacrifice fly.
- The Phils’ Granny Hamner tops all Series players in hits (six) and BA (.429), even though his team is swept.
- Phils score five runs in Series.
- 1950 featured the most competitive World Series sweep ever, as the Phils are beaten three times by one run and are in every game until the final out.
- Yankee Phil Rizzuto is selected 1950 American League MVP.
- Jim Konstanty is 1950 National League MVP, becoming the first reliever to win the award.
- Konstanty wins a major league record 16 games in relief, and also leads the major leagues in saves with 22.
- Stan Musial tops the National League in hitting (.346).
- Red Sox Billy Goodman wins the American League bat crown (.354) -- only player ever to win hit title without having a regular position.
- Bob Lemon tops the majors with 23 wins.
- Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges hits four homers in a game on August 31.
- Red Sox Walt Dropo wins Rookie of the Year Award.
- Walt Dropo hits 34 homers and posts a rookie record 144 RBI.
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- Sam Jethroe of the Braves is voted National League Rookie of the Year.
- Cleveland’s Early Wynn tops American League with 3.20 ERA, highest ERA in major league history by leader.
- The National League wins All-Star Game 4-3 at Comiskey, as St. Louis’ Red Schoendienst homers in the 14th inning to win it.
- Ted Williams breaks his elbow in the All-Star Game and is lost until September, possibly costing Boston the flag.
- Connie Mack retires after finishing last in final season at A’s helm.
- All Mexican League jumpers are reinstated by OB for the 1950 baseball season.
- Sal Maglie, one of the jumpers, wins 18 games for Giants and tops National League in win pct. (.818) and ERA (2.71).
- Boston’s Dom DiMaggio leads the American League with 15 steals -- the fewest ever by a loop leader.
- On May 18 vs. Brooklyn, Cardinal third sacker Tommy Glaviano makes errors on three straight plays.
- Stan Musial hits in 30 consecutive games.
- On Sept. 10, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first to hit three homers in a game in Washington’s Griffith Stadium.
Take a look at the next section for more highlights from the 1950 baseball season.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1949 Baseball Season
- 1951 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth