The 1949 baseball season saw a number of firsts such as the first $100,000 contract in major league history and the first appearance of black players in an All-Star Game. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1949 baseball season:
- The New York Yankees cop its first flag under Casey Stengel.
- The Dodgers edge the Cards by 1 game in National League.
Casey Stengel’s nickname
was the "Old Perfessor."
- The Red Sox lose second American League flag in row by 1 game when they lose last two games of season to Yankees.
- The Yankees win the 1949 World Series in five games.
- Yankee Tommy Henrich homers in the bottom of the ninth of game one of the 1949 World Series, winning the game 1-0.
- The Dodgers win game two of the Series 1-0 on a Preacher Roe shutout.
- No one in the 1949 World Series collects more than six hits.
- Jackie Robinson is selected 1949 National League MVP.
- Ted Williams is the 1949 American League MVP.
- Williams tops the American League in homers (43), ties for lead in RBI (159).
- Williams loses the 1949 Triple Crown when he finishes a fraction behind Detroit's George Kell in batting, as both hit .343.
- Williams tops the American League in runs (150), doubles (39), total bases (368), SA (.650), OBP (.490), and walks (162).
- Jackie Robinson tops the National League in hitting (.342) and steals (37).
- Mel Parnell of the Red Sox tops the majors with 25 wins.
- Parnell leads the American League in innings (295) and CGs (27).
- Ellis Kinder of Boston wins 23, giving the club 48 wins by top tandem, easily the best in the majors.
- Ralph Kiner wins his fourth consecutive National League homer crown with 54, threatening the National League record.
- Ted Williams is the last major league player until 1999 to produce 250 or more runs in a season.
- Boston's Vern Stephens ties Ted Williams for the American League RBI lead with 159, a major league record for shortstops.
- New York Yankee Joe Page sets a new major league record with 27 saves.
- Dale Mitchell of Cleveland hits 23 triples, the most by any player since 1930.
- The American League wins a wild All-Star Game 11-7 at Brooklyn.
- This marks the first appearance of black players in an All-Star Game.
- Joe DiMaggio signs the first $100,000 contract in major league history.
- The Browns use nine different pitchers, one in each inning, in the season finale vs. White Sox.
- Bob Lemon's seven homers tie the American League record for most homers by a pitcher during a 154-game schedule.
- The A's perform a major league record 217 double plays.
- New York's Dave Koslo tops the National League in ERA (2.50) and is the first leader without a shutout.
Take a look at the next section for more highlights from the 1949 baseball season.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1948 Baseball Season
- 1950 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth