1949 Season News

During pre-game ceremonies at the New York Yankees season opener, a monument to Babe Ruth was unveiled in center field along with two plaques honoring Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins. All three would become centerpieces in the infamous Monument Park that now adorns the outfield area at Yankee Stadium.

On May 1st, Elmer Valo of the Philadelphia Athletics became the first American League player to post two bases-loaded triples in a single game during a 15-9 win over the Washington Senators. Later in the season, Valo hit a third, tying the Major League record previously set by Shano Collins in 1918.

Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson continued to break barriers after setting a Major League record for stealing home (thirteen total over a three-year period) after thieving his 5th of the season during a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Robinson topped Ben Chapman who took eleven seasons to steal fifteen.

"Joltin" Joe DiMaggio signed with the New York Yankees for a reported sum of $100,000. It was the first six-figure contract in the history of Major League Baseball.
1949 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 97-57 -
Boston Red Sox 96-58 1.0
Cleveland Indians 89-65 8.0
Detroit Tigers 87-67 10.0
Philadelphia Athletics 81-73 16.0
Chicago White Sox 63-91 34.0
St. Louis Browns 53-101 44.0
Washington Senators 50-104 47.0
1949 National League
Team Record GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 97-57 -
St. Louis Cardinals 96-58 1.0
Philadelphia Phillies 81-73 16.0
Boston Braves 75-79 22.0
New York Giants 73-81 24.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 71-83 26.0
Cincinnati Reds 62-92 35.0
Chicago Cubs 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
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 829 5.38 637 4.14 115 98 0.269 0.359 0.400 3.69 812 671 0.977 195
Boston Red Sox 96 58 0.623 896 5.82 667 4.33 131 82 0.282 0.379 0.420 3.97 661 598 0.980 207
Cleveland Indians 89 65 0.578 675 4.38 574 3.73 112 82 0.260 0.336 0.384 3.36 611 594 0.983 192
Detroit Tigers 87 67 0.565 751 4.88 655 4.25 88 102 0.267 0.359 0.378 3.77 628 631 0.978 174
Philadelphia Athletics 81 73 0.526 726 4.71 725 4.71 82 105 0.260 0.358 0.369 4.23 758 490 0.976 217
Chicago White Sox 63 91 0.409 648 4.21 737 4.79 43 108 0.257 0.346 0.347 4.30 693 502 0.978 180
St. Louis Browns 53 101 0.344 667 4.33 913 5.93 117 113 0.254 0.336 0.377 5.21 685 432 0.972 154
Washington Senators 50 104 0.325 584 3.79 868 5.64 81 79 0.254 0.330 0.356 5.10 779 451 0.973 168
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Brooklyn Dodgers 97 57 0.630 879 5.71 651 4.23 152 132 0.274 0.350 0.419 3.80 582 743 0.979 162
St. Louis Cardinals 96 58 0.623 766 4.97 616 4.00 102 87 0.277 0.345 0.404 3.44 507 606 0.977 149
Philadelphia Phillies 81 73 0.526 662 4.30 668 4.34 122 104 0.254 0.322 0.388 3.89 502 495 0.974 141
Boston Braves 75 79 0.487 706 4.58 719 4.67 103 110 0.258 0.342 0.374 3.99 520 589 0.975 144
New York Giants 73 81 0.474 736 4.78 693 4.50 147 132 0.261 0.337 0.401 3.82 544 516 0.973 134
Pittsburgh Pirates 71 83 0.461 681 4.42 760 4.94 126 142 0.259 0.329 0.384 4.57 535 556 0.978 173
Cincinnati Reds 62 92 0.403 627 4.07 770 5.00 86 124 0.260 0.314 0.368 4.34 640 538 0.977 150
Chicago Cubs 61 93 0.396 593 3.85 773 5.02 97 104 0.256 0.309 0.373 4.50 575 544 0.970 160