1948 Season News

The Cleveland Indians were accused of pulling a publicity stunt after signing the Negro League's greatest pitcher Satchel Paige to a Major League contract. The forty-two year-old veteran answered all of his critics after going on to post a 6-1 record as the oldest player ever to debut in the majors.

Chicago outfielder Pat Seerey hit four home runs (the last in the eleventh inning) to lead the White Sox to a 12-11 victory over the home team Athletics in Philadelphia. In doing so, he became only the fifth player ever to accomplish the feat. Seerey had also set the record for reaching fifteen or more total bases in a single game (1945) and would later set the Major League mark as the first player to strike out seven times in a doubleheader.

Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals put on a hitting clinic at Crosley Field during an April 30th outing against the Cincinnati Reds. "Stan The Man" totaled five hits in the first of four such performances during the season. Only Ty Cobb and Willie Keeler had accomplished the same feat while going 5+ at the plate on four separate occasions.

Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates startled pitchers across the league after hitting a home run every single Sunday for eight successive weeks in May and June. By the end of the season, he tallied seventeen round trippers over thirty-eight Sunday outings.

The New York Yankees retired Babe Ruth's No. 3 jersey on June 13th during a special pre-game ceremony that marked "The Bambino's" final appearance at Yankee Stadium, which was celebrating it's 25th anniversary. A perennial pinstripe legend, Ruth's astounding abilities at the plate and larger-than-life personality off the field had made him a tremendous drawing card throughout the league as well as the highest-paid player of his era.

On August 16th, baseball lost its greatest player after Babe Ruth succumbed to throat cancer at the age of fifty-three. Fittingly, his last public appearance had come three weeks earlier at the premier of a movie about his amazing life titled "The Babe Ruth Story". As an unprecedented tribute, his body lay in state at Yankee Stadium, also known as "The House That Ruth Built", and was viewed by more than 100,000 fans that lined up for miles just to pay their respects.
1948 American League
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 97-58 -
Boston Red Sox 96-59 1.0
New York Yankees 94-60 2.5
Philadelphia Athletics 84-70 12.5
Detroit Tigers 78-76 18.5
St. Louis Browns 59-94 37.0
Washington Senators 56-97 40.0
Chicago White Sox 51-101 44.5
1948 National League
Team Record GB
Boston Braves 91-62 -
St. Louis Cardinals 85-69 6.5
Brooklyn Dodgers 84-70 7.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 83-71 8.5
New York Giants 78-76 13.5
Philadelphia Phillies 66-88 25.5
Cincinnati Reds 64-89 27.0
Chicago Cubs 64-90 27.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cleveland Indians 97 58 0.626 840 5.42 568 3.66 155 82 0.282 0.358 0.431 3.22 628 595 0.982 183
Boston Red Sox 96 59 0.619 907 5.85 720 4.65 121 83 0.274 0.371 0.409 4.26 592 513 0.981 174
New York Yankees 94 60 0.610 857 5.56 633 4.11 139 94 0.278 0.354 0.432 3.75 641 654 0.979 161
Philadelphia Athletics 84 70 0.545 729 4.73 735 4.77 68 86 0.260 0.351 0.362 4.43 638 486 0.981 180
Detroit Tigers 78 76 0.506 700 4.55 726 4.71 78 92 0.267 0.350 0.375 4.15 589 678 0.974 143
St. Louis Browns 59 94 0.386 671 4.39 849 5.55 63 103 0.271 0.343 0.378 5.01 737 531 0.972 190
Washington Senators 56 97 0.366 578 3.78 796 5.20 31 81 0.244 0.319 0.331 4.65 734 446 0.974 144
Chicago White Sox 51 101 0.336 559 3.68 814 5.36 55 89 0.251 0.328 0.331 4.89 673 403 0.974 176
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Braves 91 62 0.595 739 4.83 584 3.82 95 93 0.275 0.357 0.399 3.37 430 579 0.976 132
St. Louis Cardinals 85 69 0.552 742 4.82 646 4.19 105 103 0.263 0.338 0.389 3.91 476 625 0.980 138
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 0.545 744 4.83 667 4.33 91 119 0.261 0.336 0.381 3.75 633 670 0.973 151
Pittsburgh Pirates 83 71 0.539 706 4.58 699 4.54 108 120 0.263 0.335 0.380 4.15 564 543 0.977 150
New York Giants 78 76 0.506 780 5.06 704 4.57 164 122 0.256 0.332 0.408 3.93 556 527 0.974 134
Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 0.429 591 3.84 729 4.73 91 95 0.259 0.316 0.368 4.08 556 550 0.964 126
Cincinnati Reds 64 89 0.418 588 3.84 752 4.92 104 104 0.257 0.311 0.365 4.47 572 599 0.973 135
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 597 3.88 706 4.58 87 89 0.262 0.318 0.369 4.00 619 636 0.972 152