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Series Wrapup

 

RkTmWLW-L%GBRRARdiffpythWLHomeRoad
1 BRO 97 57 .630 --- 5.6 4.2 1.5 98-56 48-29 49-28
2 STL 96 58 .623 --- 4.9 3.9 1.0 92-62 51-26 45-32
3 PHI 81 73 .526 --- 4.3 4.3 0.0 76-78 40-37 41-36
4 BSN 75 79 .487 --- 4.5 4.6 -0.1 76-78 43-34 32-45
5 NYG 73 81 .474 --- 4.7 4.4 0.3 81-73 43-34 30-47
6 PIT 71 83 .461 --- 4.4 4.9 -0.5 69-85 36-41 35-42
7 CIN 62 92 .403 --- 4.0 4.9 -0.9 63-91 35-42 27-50
8 CHC 61 93 .396 --- 3.9 5.0 -1.2 59-95 33-44 28-49

 

Postseason

 

World Series
WorldSeries (4-1):   New York Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers

Story

The Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals reprised their down-to-the wire pennant race from three years earlier in 1949, finishing the campaign just one game apart in the National League standings.  However, the young Dodgers came out on top this time, capturing the league championship by edging out the Cardinals with a record of 97-57.  The Cardinals had to settle for second-place for the third straight year.  

Piloted by Burt Shotton, who took over as Dodger skipper when Leo Durocher left to manage the rival Giants, Brooklyn featured the National League’s most potent offense and also one of the senior circuit’s best pitching staffs.  The Dodgers surrendered the second-fewest runs of any team in the league to their opposition (651), with Don Newcombe and Preacher Roe anchoring their starting rotation.  Newcombe captured N.L. Rookie of the Year honors by going 17-8, with a 3.17 ERA, 19 complete games, and a league-leading five shutouts.  Roe finished 15-6 and placed among the league leaders with a 2.79 ERA.  

Brooklyn’s deep and talented lineup led the National League with 879 runs scored.  Rookie centerfielder Duke Snider batted .292, hit 23 homers, drove in 92 runs, and scored 100 others.  Carl Furillo hit 18 home runs, knocked in 106 runs, and batted .322.  Gil Hodges hit 23 homers and drove in 115 runs.  Pee Wee Reese hit 16 homers, knocked in 73 runs, finished second in the league with 26 stolen bases, and topped the circuit with 132 runs scored.  Shifted from first base to his more natural position of second base, Jackie Robinson responded by capturing N.L. MVP honors.  In his finest all-around season, Robinson hit 16 home runs, knocked in 124 runs, scored 122 others, collected 203 hits, and led the league with a .342 batting average and 37 stolen bases.

Robinson’s inspired play helped lead his team into the World Series.  However, the Yankees defeated the Dodgers in the Fall Classic, in what became an all-too-familiar scenario for Dodger fans.  After the two teams traded 1-0 victories in the first two contests, the Yankees won the next three games to take the Fall Classic in five games.  The Yankees went on to defeat the Dodgers in three of the next seven World Series as well.

Although Jackie Robinson had a superb season for pennant-winning Brooklyn, Stan Musial posted even better numbers for the second-place CardinalsMusial finished among the league leaders with 36 home runs, 123 runs batted in, 128 runs scored, a .338 batting average, and a .624 slugging percentage.  He also topped the circuit with 207 hits, 13 triples, 41 doubles, and a .438 on-base percentage, en route to earning a close second-place finish in the league MVP voting.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

January 28 - The New York Giants signed their first black players, inking Negro League outfielder Monte Irvin and pitcher Ford Smith to contracts.  New York assigned both players to minor league Jersey City. Irvin ended up starring for the Giants, but Smith never made it to the major leagues.

July 8 - Hank Thompson and Monte Irvin became the first black players to appear in a New York Giants uniform.  Thompson started at second base, and Irvin pinch-hit in the eighth inning.  Thompson was also the first black to play for the St. Louis Browns in 1947, 12 days after Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians.

September 15 - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tiny Bonham died following an appendectomy and stomach surgery, just 18 days after his last pitching performance, an 8–2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  Mrs. Bonham subsequently received the first benefits under the players’ pension plan, $90 a month for 10 years.

Cardinals pitcher Howie Pollet finished 20-9, with a 2.77 ERA and a league-leading five shutouts.
 
St. Louis outfielder Enos Slaughter batted .336, drove in 96 runs, scored 92 others, and led the National League with 13 triples.

Pittsburgh’s Ralph Kiner batted .310, scored 116 runs, and led the league with 54 home runs, 127 runs batted in, 117 walks, and a .658 slugging percentage.

New York's Dave Koslo led all N.L. hurlers with a 2.50 ERA.

Warren Spahn topped the senior circuit with 21 wins, 302 innings pitched, 25 complete games, and 151 strikeouts.

Philadelphia’s Eddie Waitkus was shot and nearly killed in a Chicago hotel room by a female admirer.

• On July 6, Cincinnati's Walker Cooper went 6-for-7 and hit three homers in a nine-inning game.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1834 5400 879 1477 816 .194 236 47 152 117 0 2263 .326 .273 .646 127 0 102
BSN 1877 5336 706 1376 654 .251 246 33 103 28 0 1997 .351 .363 .714 130 0 96
CHN 1874 5214 593 1336 539 .243 212 53 97 53 0 1945 .334 .341 .695 121 0 87
CIN 1907 5469 627 1423 588 .212 264 35 86 31 0 2015 .306 .287 .602 116 0 76
NY1 1905 5308 736 1383 690 .194 203 52 147 43 0 2131 .344 .281 .641 125 0 64
PHI 1809 5307 662 1349 622 .182 232 55 122 27 0 2057 .394 .278 .681 116 0 74
PIT 1886 5214 681 1350 626 .207 191 41 126 48 0 2001 .305 .285 .598 96 86
SLN 1902 5463 766 1513 720 .218 281 54 102 17 0 2208 .326 .293 .639 124 0 94

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 349 97 57 1409 743 582 5931 1306 132 58.650 595 651 62 15 17 20 3
BSN 316 75 79 1399 591 520 6072 1466 110 41.040 620 719 68 12 11 22 1
CHN 354 61 93 1358 532 564 5987 1463 104 85.810 679 770 44 8 17 36 4
CIN 366 62 92 1401 538 640 6106 1423 124 71.250 675 767 55 10 6 29 4
NY1 342 72 81 1373 516 544 5908 1328 132 81.970 584 691 68 10 9 32 5
PHI 344 81 72 1390 495 502 5763 1389 104 50.210 602 668 58 11 15 17 6
PIT 333 71 83 1356 556 535 5911 1452 142 80.450 688 765 53 9 15 21 1
SLN 345 96 58 1407 606 506 5966 1356 87 68.760 539 615 64 13 19 21 1

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1710 5966 4224 1618 124 .950 0 0 0 0 11
BSN 1725 6077 4201 1727 149 .956 0 0 0 0 8
CHN 1675 6137 4063 1887 187 .961 0 0 0 0 20
CIN 1736 6061 4206 1717 138 .921 0 0 0 0 19
NY1 1720 5959 4121 1675 163 .964 0 0 0 0 11
PHI 1640 5988 4177 1653 158 .961 0 0 0 0 18
PIT 1687 5928 4073 1723 132 .970 0 0 0 0 13
SLN 1746 6188 4220 1822 146 .943 0 0 0 0 8

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1949 World Series, Brooklyn Dodgers, Burt Shotton, Carl Furillo, Dave Koslo, Don Newcombe, Duke Snider, Eddie Waitkus, Enos Slaughter, Gil Hodges, Hank Thompson, Howie Pollet, Jackie Robinson, Leo Durocher, Monte Irvin, New York Yankees, Pee Wee Reese, Preacher Roe, Ralph Kiner, Roy Campanella, St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial, Tiny Bonham, Walker Cooper, Warren Spahn, Willie Mays

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