Check out more highlights of the 1946 baseball season, including the Red Sox winning 104 games and trades between teams:
- Johnny Schmitz of the Cubs tops the National League with just 135 Ks.
- Players form the American Baseball Guild in the fourth attempt to unionize.
- The American Baseball Guild helps raise the minimum major league salary to $5,000.
- Bill Kennedy of Rocky Mount in the Coastal Plains League fans 456 hitters and has a 28-3 record with a 1.03 ERA.
- On June 9, the Giants' Mel Ott becomes the first manager to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader.
- Brooklyn's Pete Reiser steals home an National League record seven times in a season.
- Reiser breaks an ankle with two weeks left in the season, possibly costing the Dodgers the pennant.
- Joe Cronin of the Red Sox becomes the first to manage two different American League teams to flags.
- The Red Sox win 104 games during the 1946 baseball season after winning just 71 in 1945.
- Bob Feller no-hits the Yankees on April 30.
- Ed Head of Brooklyn no-hits Braves on April 23.
- Hal Newhouser tops the major league in ERA (1.94), is second in the American League MVP vote.
Bill Veeck's Hall of Fame
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- Cardinal Howie Pollet is the National League ERA king (2.10) and also tops the National League in wins (21).
- Ted Williams tops the American League in SA (.677), total bases (343), runs (142), runs produced (227), OBP (.497), and walks (156).
- Detroit's George Kell goes 6-for-6 on Sept. 20.
- Bill Veeck serves his first full season as owner of the Indians.
- Walter Johnson dies.
- The Braves get Bob Elliott from the Pirates for four players.
- Cleveland trades Allie Reynolds to the Yankees for Joe Gordon and Eddie Bockman.
- Cleveland trades Sherm Lollar and Ray Mack to the Yankees for Gene Bearden, Hal Peck, and Al Gettel.
- The Tigers trade Barney McCosky to the A's for George Kell.
- McCosky is the only American League regular who Bob Feller fails to fan in 1946.
- A group headed by Lou Perini buys the Braves.
- Bill Thomas, winningest pitcher in minor league history, is banned after the season in a gambling probe (he's later reinstated).
- On May 8, Boston's Johnny Pesky becomes the first American Leaguer to score six runs in a game.
- Pesky leads the American League in hits (208) in his first year back from armed service.
- On July 14, Lou Boudreau becomes the first player in the 20th century to collect five extra-base hits in a nine-inning game.
- An all-time record 52 minor leagues begin the season.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1945 Baseball Season
- 1947 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth