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1948 Baseball Season

1948 Baseball Season Highlights

During the 1948 baseball season, Richie Ashburn batted a .333 debut, Stan Musial's 1948 baseball season ended up ranking among the ten greatest in baseball history, and the world said goodbye to Babe Ruth.

Below, you will find more highlights from the 1948 baseball season:

  • 1948 Cleveland Indians win first flag since 1920.
  • The Braves take the first National League flag since 1914.
  • The Indians ruin all-Boston World Series by defeating Red Sox in first pennant playoff game in American League history.
  • The Indians win the 1948 World Series in six games.
  • Johnny Sain beats Bob Feller 1-0 in game one of the 1948 World Series.
  • In game one of the 1948 World Series, Boston's Phil Masi scores the lone run after being ruled safe on a pickoff play at second, though replays show he's out.

    Bob Lemon signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1938 as an amateur free agent.
    Bob Lemon signed with
    the Cleveland Indians in
    1938 as an amateur
    free agent.

  • Gene Bearden is the 1948 World Series hero, winning game three and saving the final game in relief of Bob Lemon.
  • The Indians win the 1948 World Series despite a team BA of .199.
  • Cleveland's Lou Boudreau is American League MVP -- last player/manager to win the award and the last to win a World Series.

  • Musial is named National League MVP.
  • Brave AI Dark is named Rookie of the Year and is third in the National League MVP vote.
  • Musial misses the Triple Crown by a margin of just one home run.

  • Ralph Kiner and Johnny Mize again tie for the National League homer crown with 40.
  • Sain tops the majors with 24 wins.
  • Ted Williams tops the American League in BA (.369), SA(.615), and OBP (.497).
  • Rookie Gene Bearden wins 20 games for Cleveland, tops the American League in ERA (2.43), and wins the pennant playoff game vs. Red Sox.
  • The Indians become first team in major league history to draw more than two million at home.
  • The Negro National League disbands, as most of its top players have jumped to the majors.
  • Boudreau tops American League shortstops in FA for the eighth time to tie a loop record.
  • The American League wins the All-Star Game 5-2 at St. Louis.
  • The Pirates make a record 19 outfield putouts on July 5.
  • Eddie Joost of the A's sets a new American League record when he leads off six games with home runs.
  • Pittsburgh's Johnny Riddle, age 42, catches for his brother Elmer Riddle in a major league game for the first time.
  • Phillies rookie Richie Ashburn leads the National League in steals (32).
  • Cleveland's Russ Christopher, the American League's saves leader with 17, retires after the season because of a heart condition.
  • New York Yankee Tommy Henrich leads the American League in runs (138) and triples (14).

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