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1950 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1950 throughout the world.
Major League Baseball
Awards and honors
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American League final standings
National League final standings
- April 11 - The Texas League Opening Day between the Dallas Eagles and Tulsa Oilers is staged at the Cotton Bowl. Hall of Fame members Frank Baker, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Dizzy Dean, Charlie Gehringer, Travis Jackson and Tris Speaker are featured. The regular Dallas Eagles team takes to the field after Dean throws out the first pitch. 53,578 fans, by then the largest paid crowd in minor-league history, enthusiastically enjoy the exhibition.
- April 18:
- President Harry Truman throws out two balls at the Washington Senators' opener at Griffith Stadium - one left-handed and the other right-handed.
- Billy Martin, later to become one of baseball's most controversial figures as a player and eventual manager, makes his major league debut, getting hits in both of his at bats, and scoring a run for the New York Yankees in a 15-10 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
- Vin Scully makes his debut as a broadcaster for the Brooklyn Dodgers, calling two innings of the team's 9-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park. As of 2016, Scully retired from broadcasting after a 66 year tenure, the longest for any baseball broadcaster.
- At the Polo Grounds, Sam Jethroe goes 2-for-4, including a home run to lead the Boston Braves to an 11-4 beating of the New York Giants. Warren Spahn is the winning pitcher.
- The first night Opening Day game in major league history is played at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, with the Cardinals defeating the Pirates 4-2, behind the six-hit pitching of Gerry Staley. Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst contribute with a home run each for the winners.
- October 1
- October 7 - The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2, in Game 4 of the World Series to win undefeated their thirteenth World Championship. The Phillies will not appear again in the postseason until 1976, and they will not appear again in the World Series until they won it for the very first time in 1980.
- November 26 - The Gillette Safety Razor Co. signs a six-year deal, worth an estimated $6 million, with Major League Baseball for the television and radio rights for the World Series.
- November 27 - The Boston Red Sox sign veteran shortstop Lou Boudreau to a two-year contract worth an estimated $150,000. Boudreau, a player-manager for the Cleveland Indians, had asked Cleveland to give him his unconditional release after 13 years with the club.
- November 28 - Having already relieved general manager Branch Rickey of his duties, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley continues his house cleaning as names PCL Oakland manager Chuck Dressen to replace Burt Shotton, who compiled a 326-215 record from 1947 to 1950 as the Dodgers skipper.
- January 14 - Bill Thomas, 72, outfielder for the 1902 Philadelphia Phillies.
- January 16 - Rudy Hulswitt, 72, shortstop who played for the Louisville Colonels, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals in parts of seven seasons spanning 1899-1910.
- January 17 - Jewel Ens, 60, backup infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1922 to 1925, who later coached or managed them between 1926 and 1929, being a member of the 1925 World Series champion Pirates team and their 1927 National League pennant title.
- January 17 - Roy Sanders, pitcher who played from 1917 to 1918 for the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.
- January 26 - Chick Autry, 46, backup catcher who played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox in part of six seasons spanning 1924-1930.
- January 26 - Tom Bannon, 80, backup first baseman and outfielder for the New York Giants in their 1895 and 1896 seasons.
- January 29 - Monroe Sweeney, 57, umpire who officiated in the National League between the 1924 and 1926 seasons.
- February 2 - John Butler, 70, backup catcher who played with the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Superbas in four seasons from 1901-1907, and later coached for the Chicago White Sox.
- February 3 - Dick Spalding, 56, outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1927 season and the Washington Senators in 1928, who previously played the first two games in the history of the U.S. national soccer team and also competed in professional soccer for nearly fifteen years.
- February 5 - Ralph Shafer, 55, who appeared as a pinch-runner in one game for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1914 season.
- February 6 - Art Fletcher, 65, a player, coach and manager who participated in fourteen World Series --four as a smooth fielding shortstop for the New York Giants and ten as a base coach with the New York Yankees--, earning nine series rings with the Yankees, while leading the National League for the most assists in 1915 and from 1917 to 1919, as well as managing the Philadelphia Phillies from 1923-1926 and the Yankees in 1929.
- February 10 - Charlie Roy, 65, pitcher for the 1906 Philadelphia Phillies.
- February 11 - Kiki Cuyler, 51, Hall of Fame outfielder with a strong throwing arm as well as a solid line-drive hitter in an 18-year career from 1921-1938, who collected a .321 batting average with 2,299 hits and led the Major Leagues in stolen bases four times being a member of the National League pennant-winning Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs clubs, while leaving a definitive legacy when he hit a two-run, two-out double off Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 1925 World Series for a 9-7 lead, clinching the series title for the Pirates.
- February 11 - Hank Griffin, 63, pitcher who played from 1911 to 1912 for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Braves.
- February 11 - Paul Meloan, 61, right fielder who played with the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns between 1910 and 1911.
- February 17 - Jack Dalton, 64, outfielder who became one of only a few players to see action in three different Major Leagues, while playing with the Brooklyn Superbas and Dodgers of the National League, as well as for the Buffalo Blues of the outlaw Federal League and the Detroit Tigers of the American League in part of four seasons spanning 1910-1916.
- March 5 - Effie Norton, 76, pitcher who played from 1896 to 1897 for the Washington Senators of the National League.
- March 7 - Joe Brown, 49, pitcher who played for the Chicago White Sox in 1927.
- March 11 - William Gallagher, 76, shortstop and catcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896.
- March 13 - George Young, 60, pinch-hitter who played in two games for the Cleveland Naps in 1913.
- March 16 - Nubs Kleinke, 38, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in part of two seasons from 1936-1938.
- March 22 - Slim Sallee, 65, pitcher who posted a lifetime mark of 174-143 and a 2.56 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants in span of 14 seasons from 1908 through 1921, helping Cincinnati clinch the 1919 World Series and the Giants win the National League pennant in 1917.
- March 24 - Bert Lewis, 54, pitcher for the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.
- March 25 - Pussy Tebeau, 80, outfielder who played briefly for the Cleveland Spiders during the 1895 season.
- March 27 - Fred Frank, 77, outfielder for the 1898 Cleveland Spiders.
- March 28 - Henry Clarke, 74, pitcher for the Cleveland Spiders in 1897 and the Chicago Orphans in 1898, who also coached at college for the Michigan Wolverines baseball team, and later served as a Nebraska state legislator and railroad commissioner.
- March 28 - Ernie Ross, 69, Canadian pitcher who appeared in two games with the original Baltimore Orioles of the American League in their 1902 season.
- April 2 - Doc Sechrist, 74, pitcher who played for the New York Giants in its 1899 season
- April 9 - John McDonald, 67, pitcher for the 1907 Washington Senators.
- April 11 - Dick McCabe, 54, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox in the 1918 season and the Chicago White Sox in 1922.
- April 19 - Dusty Miller, 73, outfielder for the 1902 Chicago Orphans of the National League.
- April 22 - Dave Pickett, 75, outfielder who played for the Boston Beaneaters in 1898.
- April 23 - Bill Hallman, 74, outfielder who played with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox in part of four seasons between 1901 and 1907.
- April 23 - Dike Varney, 69, pitcher for the 1902 Cleveland Bronchos of the American League.
- April 25 - Offa Neal, 73, third baseman who appeared in four games with the New York Giants in 1905, and also spent 12 seasons in the Minor Leagues as a player, coach or manager.
- April 30 - Tom Niland, 80, outfielder for the 1896 St. Louis Browns of the National League.
- May 2 - Jo-Jo Morrissey, 46, infielder who played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox in part of three seasons between 1932 and 1936.
- May 3 - Jim Galloway, 62, second baseman who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1912 and served in World War I, then returned to baseball in 1920 to play ten more seasons, retiring in 1929 at the age 41.
- May 4 - Vince Molyneaux, 61, pitcher who played from 1917 to 1918 for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox.
- May 9 - Art Watson, 66, catcher who played from 1914 to 1915 for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops and Buffalo Blues clubs of the outlaw Federal League.
- May 19 - Wattie Holm, 48, fourth outfielder who played with the St. Louis Cardinals in a span of seven seasons from 1924-1932, as well for the 1926 World Champion Cardinals.
- May 23 - Ernie Groth, 65, pitcher for the 1904 Chicago Cubs.
- June 4 - Dan Griner, 62, pitcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Robins in all or part of seven seasons spanning 1912-1916.
- June 4 - Dean Sturgis, 57, backup catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1914 season.
- June 6 - Walt Thomas, 66, shortstop who appeared in six games for the 1908 Boston Doves of the National League.
- June 8 - Ledell Titcomb, 83, pitcher who played with four teams in the National League and American Association in four seasons from 1886-1890, sporting a record of 30-28 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 games, while pitching a no-hitter against the Syracuse Stars in 1890.
- June 28 - Mutz Ens, 65, first baseman who played for the Chicago White Sox in its 1912 season.
- June 30 - Paul Fitzke, 49, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in 1924, who also played in the National Football League for the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1925.
- June 30 - Joe Lake, 69, pitcher who played from 1908 through 1913 for the New York Highlanders, St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs.
- July 2 - Joe Gormley, 83, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1891 National League season.
- July 3 - Ed Donalds, 67, pitcher who played briefly for the Cincinnati Reds in 1912.
- July 5 - Joe Sargent, 56, middle infielder and third baseman who appeared in 66 games with the Detroit Tigers in 1921.
- July 10 - John L. Smith, 61, co-owner and one of four equal partners in the Brooklyn Dodgers since 1945.
- July 15 - Biddy Dolan, 69, first baseman who played in 1914 for the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the Federal League.
- July 17 - Fred Blanding, 62, pitcher who posted a record of 46-46 with a 3.13 ERA for the Cleveland Naps in five seasons from 1910 to 1914.
- July 18 - Art LaVigne, 65, catcher who played for the Buffalo Buffeds of the Federal League in its 1914 season.
- July 23 - Bill Lange, 79, center fielder who played his entire seven-year career for the Chicago Colts and Orphans of the National League from 1893 through 1899, collecting a .330 batting average with 400 stolen bases in 813 games and ranking in several season categories, including average, home runs, RBI, runs scored and stolen bases, while leading the league with 73 steals in 1897.
- August 4 - John Burke, 73, pitcher for the 1902 New York Giants.
- August 4 - Harry Coveleski, 64, left-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers over nine seasons from 1907-1918, a three-time 20-game winner who is best remembered for his rookie season with the Phillies in 1908, when he defeated the powerful New York Giants three times in a span of five days at the end of the season, to deny John McGraw's squad the 1908 National League pennant, which forced a replay of the infamous Merkle's Boner game.
- August 9 - Ed Klepfer, 62, spitball pitcher who played for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians in a span of six seasons between 1911 and 1919.
- August 10 - Leo Kavanagh, 56, shortstop who played for the Chicago Whales of the outlaw Federal League in its 1914 season.
- August 11 - Frank Smykal, 60, shortstop for the 1916 Pittsburgh Pirates.
- August 17 - Pit Gilman, 86, backup outfielder who played with the Cleveland Blues in its 1884 season.
- August 17 - Paddy O'Connor, 71, Irish catcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Rebels and New York Yankees over six seasons spanning 1908-1918.
- August 20 - Ed Zmich, 65, pitcher who played with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1910 to 1911.
- August 25 - George Disch, 71, pitcher for the 1905 Detroit Tigers.
- August 29 - Doc Ralston, 65, fourth outfielder for the Washington Senators in their 1910 season.
- September 1 - Frank Pearce, 45, pitcher who played from 1933 through for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- September 3 - Jim Connor, 87, second baseman for the Chicago Colts and Orphans clubs of the National League in part of three seasons spanning 1892-1899, who also spent six years in the Minor Leagues, including a stint as player/manager for the Newburgh Hillies of the Hudson River League in its 1907 season.
- September 14 - Billy Ging, 77, pitcher for the 1889 Boston Beaneaters of the National League.
- September 15 - Joe Knotts, 66. backup catcher who played in 1907 with the Boston Doves of the National League.
- September 17 - Jerry Hurley, 87, catcher who played for the Boston Beaneaters in the National League in 1889, the Pittsburgh Burghers in the Players' League in 1890, and the Cincinnati Kelly's Killers of the American Association in 1891.
- September 21 - Duke Kenworthy, 64, second baseman who spent four seasons in the Major Leagues, including stints in the American League with the Washington Senators in 1912 and the St. Louis Browns in 1917. and for the Kansas City Packers of the short-lived Federal League from 1914 to 1915.
- September 23 - Sam Barry, 57, collegiate athletic coach who achieved significant accomplishments in three major sports, as well as one of the principal forces behind the creation of the College World Series, which his team won in 1948.
- September 25 - Pep Deininger, 72, German pitcher and center fielder who played for the Boston Americans and Philadelphia Phillies in part of three seasons spanning 1902-1909.
- September 26 - John Scheneberg, 62, who pitched with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1913 season and for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
- September 28 - George Paynter, 79, outfielder who played in 1894 for the St. Louis Browns of the National League.
- September 30 - Ned Crompton, 61, English outfielder who played with the St. Louis Browns of the American League during the 1909 season, and later appeared in one game for the Cincinnati Reds of the National League in 1910.
- September 30 - Jack Harper, who pitched for five teams in an eight-year career between 1889 and 1906, sporting an 80-64 record and 3.55 ERA in 158 games, including two 23-win seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1901 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1904.
- October 1 - Red Howell, 41, outfielder who played for the 1941 Cleveland Indians.
- October 14 - Jocko Fields, 50, outfielder who played from 1887 through 1891 for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, Burghers and Pirates teams, as well as for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1891 and the New York Giants in 1892.
- October 17 - Tom Tuckey, 66, pitcher who played for the Boston Doves in the 1908 and 1909 seasons.
- October 19 - Lefty Gervais, 60, pitcher for the 1913 Boston Braves.
- November 4 - Grover Cleveland Alexander, 63, Hall of Fame pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies in a span of 20 seasons from 1911 through 1930, winning three Triple Crowns (1915-1916; 1920) and setting a modern record for a rookie with 28 wins (1911), while collecting three seasons with 30-plus wins and leading the National League in wins (six times), strikeouts (six), earned run average (four) and shutouts (six), being also instrumental in leading the Phillies to their first pennant in 1915 and the Cardinals to the 1926 World Series Championship striking out Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded in decisive Game 7 at Yankee Stadium.
- November 5 - Bill Johnson, 58, outfielder for the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics.
- November 6 - Martin Glendon, 71, pitcher who played from 1902 to 1903 with the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Naps.
- November 14 - Jack McAleese, 72, pitcher who appeared in just one game with the Chicago White Stockings in the 1901 season.
- November 16 - Frank Hemphill, 72, outfielder who played for the Chicago White Sox in the 1906 season and the Washington Senators in 1909.
- December 1 - Bob Hall, 71, who played some outfield and infield utility positions with the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants and Brooklyn Superbas between 1904 and 1905.
- December 5 - Bill Dahlen, 80, one of the finest shortstops between 1891 and 1911 as well as a reliable hitter and aggressive baserunner, whose leadership helped the 1905 New York Giants win the World Series title, ending his career with 2,461 hits and 548 stolen bases, and having played more games than any player in Major League history, with 2,444.
- December 6 - Jing Johnson, 56, pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics in all or part of five seasons spanning 1916-1928.
- December 9 - Mickey Corcoran, 68, pitcher who appeared in 14 games for the 1910 Cincinnati Reds.
- December 19 - Wingo Anderson, 64, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in its 1910 season.
- December 20 - Carroll Yerkes, 47, who pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago Cubs over the course of five seasons between 1927 and 1933.
- December 21 - Dad Lytle, 88, second baseman and outfielder who split time with the Chicago Colts and the Pittsburgh Alleghenys during their 1890 season.
- December 22 - Rip Egan, 79, pitcher who appeared in one game with the Washington Senators of the National League in 1894, and later managed in the Minor Leagues and worked as an umpire in the American League from 1907 to 1914.
- December 22 - Cal Vasbinder, 70, pitcher who played in 1902 for the Cleveland Bronchos of the American League.
- ^ "Martin, Billy", in The Yankee Encyclopedia, Mark Gallagher, ed. (Sports Publishing LLC, 2003) p148
- ^ Pittsburgh Piates 9, Washington Senators 7. 1925 World Series Game 7, played on October 15, 1925 at Forbes Field. Baseball Reference play-by-play and box score. Retrieved on February 11, 2018.
- ^ Ledell Titcomb article. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on February 10, 2018.
- ^ Bill Lange article. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on February 10, 2018.
- ^ Harry Coveleski. Article written by John Heiselman. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 5, 2019.
- ^ Grover Cleveland Alexander biography. Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum website. Retrieved on February 11, 2018.
- ^ Bill Dahlen article. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on February 7, 2018.