1946 Baseball Season

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.
  • On July 27, Rudy York of the Red Sox hits two grand slams.

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