Ted Williams Tops the 1949 American League in Runs, RBI
Ted Williams was never known for his base running, but he was not a load on the base paths, either. Even though he pilfered the fewest sacks of any great hitter, he was perennially among the leaders in runs scored. In 1949, he scored 150 runs -- to go along with his 159 RBI (both American League-bests).
Pee Wee Reese Heads Dodger Infield
The Brooklyn Dodgers infield crew looked solid in 1947. By 1949, however, only shortstop Pee Wee Reese was still with Brooklyn at the same station.
Jackie Robinson Hits Zenith
In 1949, Robinson hit .342, scored 122 runs, knocked in 124 more, and was named National League MVP. Robinson also stole 37 bases in '49, the most by any National League player between 1930 and 1956.
Joe DiMaggio Hangs Tough
Idled by an ailing heel, DiMaggio played in only half of the Yankees' games in 1949. His production, however, continued to be so extraordinary that writers maintained he would again have denied Williams an MVP Award if he had played a full season.
Bob Lemon is Sweet with 22 Wins
Bob Lemon never had a spectacular season, but he sure was consistent. From 1948 through 1956, Lemon didn't win more than 23 games in a season, yet averaged 21 wins per year. In that period, he led the league in complete games five times and innings pitched four times. He went 22-10 in 1949.
Ralph Kiner Has Career Year
Ralph Kiner had his finest overall season at the plate in 1949, as he smacked 54 home runs and drove in 127 runs. The Pirates usually just tried to ignore his fielding. Enos Slaughter said he could score on a fly ball to Kiner hit 30 feet behind third base.
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