1948 Boston Red Sox Season
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1948 Boston Red Sox Season

1948 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Tom Yawkey
General manager(s)Joe Cronin
Manager(s)Joe McCarthy
Local televisionWBZ-TV/WNAC-TV
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Bump Hadley)
Local radioWHDH
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey)
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The 1948 Boston Red Sox season was the 48th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League (AL) with a record of 96 wins and 59 losses, including the loss of a one-game playoff to the Cleveland Indians after both teams had finished the regular schedule with identical 96-58 records. The first Red Sox season to be broadcast on television, broadcasts were then alternated between WBZ-TV and WNAC-TV but with the same broadcast team regardless of broadcasting station.

Offseason

In December 1947, the Red Sox made a deal with the St. Louis Browns. The Sox acquired Vern Stephens, Billy Hitchcock, and pitchers Jack Kramer and Ellis Kinder. The deal cost $375,000 and 11 Red Sox players.[1]

Notable transactions

  • Prior to 1948 season (exact date unknown)

Regular season

In 1948, Kramer led the American League in winning percentage.[1] The manager of the team was former New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, who replaced the outgoing Joe Cronin. Cronin had led the Red Sox to an 83-71 record in 1947, finishing in third place.[4]

Throughout 1948, the Sox, New York Yankees, and the Cleveland Indians slugged it out for the pennant. At the end of the regular season, Boston and Cleveland were tied for first place. Each team had a record of 96 wins and 58 losses, two games ahead of the Yankees.

American League Playoff

At the end of the season, the Red Sox and the Indians were tied for first place. This led to the American League's first-ever one-game playoff. The game was played at Fenway Park on Monday, October 4, 1948. The start time was 1:15 pm EST.

McCarthy picked former St. Louis Browns pitcher Denny Galehouse, who had an 8-7 pitching record, to be his starter. The Indians won the game by the score of 8-3. Indians third baseman Ken Keltner contributed to the victory with his single, double, and 3-run homer over the Green Monster in the 4th inning. Later, McCarthy said he had no rested arms and that there was no else who could pitch.[1]Mel Parnell and Ellis Kinder claimed that they were both ready to pitch.[1]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 97 58 .626 --
Boston Red Sox 96 59 .619 1
New York Yankees 94 60 .610 2.5
Philadelphia Athletics 84 70 .545 12.5
Detroit Tigers 78 76 .506 18.5
St. Louis Browns 59 94 .386 37
Washington Senators 56 97 .366 40
Chicago White Sox 51 101 .336 44.5

Record vs. opponents

1948 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston -- 14-8 11-12 15-7 14-8 12-10 15-7 15-7
Chicago 8-14 -- 6-16 8-14 6-16 6-16 8-13-1 9-12-1
Cleveland 12-11 16-6 -- 13-9 10-12 16-6 14-8-1 16-6
Detroit 7-15 14-8 9-13 -- 9-13 12-10 11-11 16-6
New York 8-14 16-6 12-10 13-9 -- 12-10 16-6 17-5
Philadelphia 10-12 16-6 6-16 10-12 10-12 -- 18-4 14-8
St. Louis 7-15 13-8-1 8-14-1 11-11 6-16 4-18 -- 10-12
Washington 7-15 12-9-1 6-16 6-16 5-17 8-14 12-10 --


Opening Day lineup

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Birdie Tebbetts 128 446 125 .280 5 68
1B Billy Goodman 127 445 138 .310 1 66
2B Bobby Doerr 140 527 150 .285 27 111
SS Vern Stephens 155 635 171 .285 29 137
3B Johnny Pesky 143 565 159 .281 3 55
OF Ted Williams 137 509 188 .369 25 127
OF Stan Spence 114 391 92 .235 12 61
OF Dom DiMaggio 155 648 185 .285 9 87

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Wally Moses 78 189 49 .259 2 29
Sam Mele 66 180 42 .233 2 25
Matt Batts 46 118 37 .314 1 24
Billy Hitchcock 49 124 37 .298 1 2
Jake Jones 36 105 21 .200 1 8
Lou Stringer 4 11 1 .091 1 1
Babe Martin 4 4 2 .500 0 0
Tom Wright 3 2 1 .500 0 0
Neill Sheridan 2 1 0 .000 0 0
Johnny Ostrowski 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Joe Dobson 38 245.1 16 10 3.56 116
Mel Parnell 35 212 15 8 3.14 77
Jack Kramer 29 205 18 5 2.35 72
Ellis Kinder 28 178 10 7 3.74 53
Mickey Harris 20 113.2 7 10 5.30 42
Windy McCall 1 1.1 0 1 20.25 0

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Denny Galehouse 27 137.1 8 8 4.00 38
Dave Ferriss 31 115.1 7 3 5.23 30

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Earl Johnson 35 10 4 5 4.53 45
Tex Hughson 15 3 1 0 5.12 6
Harry Dorish 9 0 1 0 5.65 5
Earl Caldwell 8 1 1 0 13.00 5
Mickey McDermott 7 0 0 0 6.17 17
Chuck Stobbs 6 0 0 0 6.43 4
Cot Deal 4 1 0 0 0.00 2
Mike Palm 3 0 0 0 6.00 1

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Birmingham, Scranton, Oneonta, Milford[5]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p.30, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  2. ^ Milt Bolling page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bob Smith page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p.29, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References


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