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1948 Boston Red Sox season

1948 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Fenway Park (since 1912)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
    Manager(s) Joe McCarthy
    Local television WBZ-TV/WNAC-TV
    (Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Bump Hadley)
    Local radio WHDH
    (Jim Britt, Tom Hussey)
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    The 1948 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing second in the American League with a record of 96 wins and 59 losses.

    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 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

    Opening Day lineup

     7 Dom DiMaggio CF
     6 Johnny Pesky 3B
     9 Ted Williams LF
     2 Stan Spence 1B
     5 Vern Stephens SS
     1 Bobby Doerr 2B
     4 Sam Mele RF
     8 Birdie Tebbetts C
    15 Joe Dobson P

    Roster

    1948 Boston Red Sox
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    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
    2B Doerr, BobbyBobby Doerr 140 527 150 .285 27 111
    SS Stephens, VernVern Stephens 155 635 171 .285 29 137
    OF Williams, TedTed Williams 137 509 188 .369 25 127

    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
    Hitchcock, BillyBilly Hitchcock 49 124 37 .298 1 2

    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
    Dobson, JoeJoe Dobson 38 245.1 16 10 3.56 116
    Parnell, MelMel Parnell 35 212 15 8 3.14 77
    Kramer, JackJack Kramer 29 205 18 5 2.35 72
    Kinder, EllisEllis Kinder 28 178 10 7 3.74 53

    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
    Galehouse, DennyDenny Galehouse 27 137.1 8 8 4.00 38

    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
    Dorish, HarryHarry Dorish 9 0 1 0 5.65 5
    Caldwell, EarlEarl Caldwell 8 1 1 0 13.00 5
    Deal, CotCot Deal 4 1 0 0 0.00 2

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ a b c d The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p.30, World Publications Group, North Dighton, MA, 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, MA, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
    5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

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