1946 Baseball Season Highlights
During the 1946 baseball season, the St. Louis Cardinals won the 1946 World Series in seven well-pitched games and Forbes Field received a much needed facelift. Below you will find the highlights from the 1946 baseball season:
- The Red Sox win their first flag since 1918.
- The Cardinals cop their fourth National League flag in five years.
- The Cards defeat the Dodgers two games to none in the first pennant playoff in major meague history.
- The Cards win the most exciting World Series since 1926 in seven games.
- Harry Brecheen wins three 1946 World Series games for the Cards.
- Enos Slaughter scores the winning run in game seven of the 1946 World Series by coming all the way home from first on a single by Harry Walker.
- Harry Walker leads all 1946 World Series players with a .412 BA and six RBI.
- Williams is selected 1946 American League MVP.
- Musial is named 1946 National League MVP.
- The American League wins the most one-sided All-Star Game in history 12-0 at Fenway, as Williams hits two homers.
- Bob Feller fans 348 in his first full year back from Navy.
- Hal Newhouser and Bob Feller tie for the major league lead with 26 wins.
- Feller's 36 CGs are the most by a major league pitcher since the end of the dead-ball era.
- Boo Ferriss of the Red Sox wins 25 games.
- Washington's Mickey Vernon leads the American League in batting at .353.
- Pirate Ralph Kiner becomes the first rookie to lead the National League in homers -- he hits just 23.
- Hank Greenberg leads majors with 44 homers and American League with 127 RBI.
- Greenberg is the first in major league history to hit 40 homers with under a .300 average.
- Musial tops the majors in batting (.365), hits (228), and triples (20).
- Musial tops the National League in runs (124), doubles (50), total bases (366), and SA (.587).
- The Mexican League lures several major league stars by offering them more money than the majors are paying.
- Jackie Robinson becomes first black American to play a full season in OB in this century.
- In January, the Giants buy Walker Cooper from the Cards for $175,000.
- A four-man group, including John Galbreath and Bing Crosby, buy the Pirates.
- Buddy Rosar of the A's becomes the first regular catcher with a perfect 1.000 FA for a season.
- Buddy Kerr of the Giants sets a new FA record for shortstops (.982).
- On May 28, the first night game is played at Yankee Stadium.
- Larry MacPhail is named the new Yankees general manager.
- On July 27, Rudy York of the Red Sox hits two grand slams.
Take a look at the next section for more highlights from the 1946 baseball season.
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