|1946 Season News
The New York Yankees became the first Major League Baseball team to fly on a regular basis after leasing a United Airlines plane nicknamed the "Yankee Mainliner". Despite the convenience of a shortened travel schedule, four players, including Red Ruffing, still elected to take the train.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Johnny Pesky became the first American League player to single-handedly score six runs in a game during a 14-10 triumph over the Chicago White Sox on May 8th for their thirteenth straight victory. Boston extended its streak to fifteen games before losing to their rivals, the New York Yankees, on May 11th.
On March 17th, the Brooklyn Dodgers played an exhibition game in Daytona Beach against their own Minor League farm team, the Montreal Royals. With Jackie Robinson in the line-up, it marked the first appearance of an integrated baseball team during the 20th century. As a fitting tribute, the field was later renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark in honor of the man who broke through baseball's color barrier.
On May 20th, Chicago Cubs ace Claude Passeau made his first error since 1941 to end an all-time pitcher's fielding streak of two-hundred seventy-three consecutive errorless chances. Passeau was noted for playing with a special modified glove due to a deformed left hand that was disfigured by a childhood shooting accident.
The Chicago White Sox became the first Major League team to provide an official Media Guide for the baseball writers. The seventeen-page publication had been developed by Marsh Samuel and listed individual player and team information as well as limited statistical data. Bill Veeck was so impressed by the concept; he hired Samuel himself to develop a similar guide for the Cleveland Indians.
On Friday, August 9th, all games (four each for both the American and National Leagues) were played at night for the first time in Major League history.
|American League Team Stats|
|Boston Red Sox||104||50||0.675||792||5.14||594||3.86||109||89||0.271||0.354||0.402||3.38||501||667||0.977||165|
|New York Yankees||87||67||0.565||684||4.44||547||3.55||136||66||0.248||0.330||0.387||3.13||552||653||0.975||174|
|Chicago White Sox||74||80||0.481||562||3.65||595||3.86||37||80||0.257||0.321||0.333||3.10||508||550||0.972||170|
|St. Louis Browns||66||88||0.429||621||4.03||710||4.61||84||73||0.251||0.311||0.356||3.95||573||574||0.974||157|
|National League Team Stats|
|St. Louis Cardinals||98||58||0.628||712||4.56||545||3.49||81||63||0.265||0.331||0.381||3.01||493||607||0.980||167|
|New York Giants||61||93||0.396||612||3.97||685||4.45||121||114||0.255||0.325||0.374||3.92||660||581||0.973||121|