Baseball in 1949

Ted Williams was one hit away from the Triple Crown in 1949

Ted Williams was one hit away from the Triple Crown in 1949

In 1949, the Yankees chalked up their 12th world championship out of 16 post-season series total, by defeating the Dodgers, four games to one.

The top player deal in 1949 transferred pitcher Murry Dickson from the Cardinals to the Pirates for $125,000. The Dodgers brought up pitcher Don Newcombe from their farm at Montreal, on May 15, and the right-hander immediately became one of the aces of Manager Burt Shotton’s staff.

The Boston Red Sox also sought to strengthen their hill staff by trading pitcher Mickey Harris and outfielder Sam Mele to the Washington Senators for hurler Walter Masterson.

After more than two months on the side lines because of an injured heel, Joe DiMaggio made his 1949 debut at Boston, on June 28. In his first game. the Yankee Clipper smashed a two-run homer leading to a 5-4 victory.

The next day he crushed two more round-trippers, one with two on, to highlight a 9-7 victory. On the third day from his return he smacked a three-run homer en route to a 6-3 win.

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In what were probably the most dramatic races in big league history, the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers captured the American and National League championships, respectively. Each pennant was decided on the closing day of the season with the Yankees defeating the Boston Red Sox, 5-3, to edge out Joe McCarthy’s club by one game.

The Dodgers defeated the Phillies, 9-7, to protect their one-game margin over the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Chicago Cubs to keep it suspenseful.

Ted Williams’ bid to win the triple crown was thwarted on the final day of the season when George Kell, Detroit third baseman, passed up the Boston outfielder, posting a mark of .3429 to Ted’s .3427. Yep, that’s .0002 percentage points.

Williams won the HR crown with 43, and tied for RBI with teammate Vern Stephens with 159.

Jackie Robinson won the MVP award and the NL batting title with .342, beating Stan Musial, who finished with .339.

1949 MLB Standings

1949
NATIONAL LEAGUE
TEAM
W
L
PCT.
GB
Brooklyn Dodgers
97
57
.630
St. Louis Cardinals
96
58
.623
1
Philadelphia Phillies
81
73
.526
16
Boston Braves
75
79
.487
22
New York Giants
73
81
.474
24
Pittsburgh Pirates
71
83
.461
26
Cincinanti Reds
62
92
.403
35
Chicago Cubs
61
93
.396
36
1949
AMERICAN LEAGUE
TEAM
W
L
PCT.
GB
New York Yankees
97
57
.630
Boston Red Sox
96
58
.623
1
Cleveland Indians
89
65
.578
8
Detroit Tigers
87
67
.565
10
Philadelphia Athletics
81
73
.526
16
Chicago White Sox
63
91
.409
34
St. Louis Browns
53
101
.344
44
Washington Senators
50
104
.325
47

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Last modified: Apr 09, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps