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.
1946 American League
Team Record GB
Boston Red Sox 104-50 -
Detroit Tigers 92-62 12.0
New York Yankees 87-67 17.0
Washington Senators 76-78 28.0
Chicago White Sox 74-80 30.0
Cleveland Indians 68-86 36.0
St. Louis Browns 66-88 38.0
Philadelphia Athletics 49-105 55.0
1946 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 98-58 -
Brooklyn Dodgers 96-60 2.0
Chicago Cubs 82-71 14.5
Boston Braves 81-72 15.5
Philadelphia Phillies 69-85 28.0
Cincinnati Reds 67-87 30.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 93-91 34.0
New York Giants 61-93 36.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
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
Detroit Tigers 92 62 0.597 704 4.57 567 3.68 108 97 0.258 0.336 0.374 3.22 497 896 0.974 138
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
Washington Senators 76 78 0.494 608 3.95 706 4.58 60 81 0.260 0.325 0.366 3.74 547 537 0.966 162
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
Cleveland Indians 68 86 0.442 537 3.49 638 4.14 79 84 0.245 0.312 0.356 3.62 649 789 0.975 147
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
Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 0.318 529 3.44 680 4.42 40 83 0.253 0.317 0.338 3.90 577 562 0.971 141
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
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
Brooklyn Dodgers 96 60 0.615 701 4.49 570 3.65 55 58 0.260 0.346 0.361 3.05 671 647 0.972 154
Chicago Cubs 82 71 0.536 626 4.09 581 3.80 56 58 0.254 0.328 0.346 3.24 527 619 0.976 119
Boston Braves 81 72 0.529 630 4.12 592 3.87 44 76 0.264 0.335 0.353 3.35 478 566 0.972 129
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 0.448 560 3.64 705 4.58 80 73 0.258 0.313 0.359 3.99 542 490 0.975 144
Cincinnati Reds 67 87 0.435 523 3.40 570 3.70 65 70 0.239 0.303 0.327 3.08 467 506 0.976 192
Pittsburgh Pirates 63 91 0.409 552 3.58 668 4.34 60 50 0.250 0.327 0.344 3.72 561 458 0.970 127
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