1948 Baseball Season

More 1948 Baseball Season Highlights

Check out more highlights of the 1948 baseball season, including the signing of Satchel Paige and Stan Musial getting 429 total bases:

  • Lou Boudreau is the first shortstop in American League history to hit over .350 and drive in more than 100 runs in the same season.
  • In the American League playoff game, Lou Boudreau goes 4-for-4.
  • Paige becomes the first black American to pitch in the American League and the first to pitch in a World Series game.
  • Veeck holds a special night for a fan, Joe Early, after Early writes Veeck inquiring why players are always honored and not the fans.
  • Casey Stengel, manager of the Oakland Oaks of the PCL, is hired to manage the Yankees in 1949.
  • White Sox Pat Seerey hits four homers in an 11-inning game on July 18.
  • Boston's Dom DiMaggio sets an American League record (since broken) with 503 outfield putouts.
  • Musial gets 429 total bases, the most by any major league player since Jimmie Foxx's 438 in 1932.
  • Musial gets five hits in a game four times during the season.
  • Cleveland's Joe Gordon hits an American League record 32 homers by a second baseman.
  • Snuffy Stirnweiss's .993 FA is a new major league record for second basemen.
  • Brooklyn's Rex Barney no-hits the Giants on Sept. 9.
  • The A's win 84 games, their best season between 1933 and 1969.
  • Cardinal Harry Brecheen tops the National League in win pct. (.741), ERA (2.24), Ks (149), and shutouts (seven).
  • Lemon leads the American League in innings (294), CGs (20), and shutouts (ten).
  • Joe DiMaggio tops the American League in RBI (155), homers (39), and total bases (355).
  • St. Louis' Bob Dillinger paces the American League in hits (207) and steals (28).
  • Cleveland tops the American League in BA (.282), ERA (3.22), and FA (.982).
  • Cleveland's four infielders have a combined 432 RBI and 97 homers.
  • Braves manager Billy Southworth wins his fourth pennant as a helmsman.
  • Cleveland pitcher Don Black suffers a brain aneurysm while batting in a game and nearly dies.
  • Frank "Trader" Lane is hired as the White Sox general manager.
  • The White Sox send Eddie Lopat to the Yanks for Aaron Robinson, Bill Wight, and Fred Bradley.
  • The White Sox trade Bob Kennedy to Cleveland for Pat Seerey and Al Gettel.
  • The Browns trade Sam Zoldak to Cleveland for Bill Kennedy and cash.
  • Cleveland swaps Eddie Robinson, Joe Haynes, and Ed Klieman to Washington for Mickey Vernon and Early Wynn.

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