|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.
|American League Team Stats|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|