Year In Review : 1948 National League

Off the field...

After supporting the idea of a Jewish independent state, the United States officially recognized Israel, as it's own entity. President Truman made a formal announcement fourteen minutes after the state had been declared in Tel Aviv. Shortly after, the surrounding Arab States attacked Israel sparking off a religious conflict that has lasted to this day.

Edwin Herbert, an American physicist and inventor, debuted the first instant camera that developed it's own photos on the spot. While a freshman at Harvard University in 1926, Herbert had become interested in polarized light (light oriented in a plane with respect to the source). After taking a leave of absence from the university, he spent several years developing a new kind of photographic technology that later evolved into the Polaroid Camera.

In the American League...

On March 29 th in St. Petersburg Florida, the New York Yankees and rival Boston Red Sox went head-to-head for seventeen grueling innings only to have the contest called at a 2-2 tie after four hours and two minutes of play. It was the longest Spring Training game in Major League history.

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.

In the National League...

Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals put on a hitting clinic at Crosley Field during an April 30 th 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 seventee round trippers over thirty-eight Sunday outings.

At the end of the year, the Brooklyn Dodgers traded the extremely talented, but even more accident prone Pete Reiser to the Boston Braves for Mike McCormick. Reiser had become one of the top outfielders of his time, but had damaged his reputation after being carried off the field on a stretcher eleven times throughout the season after crashing into the outfield walls.

Around the League...

Major League Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler fined the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies $500 each after it was discovered that they were attempting to sign high school players for the upcoming season.

Herb Pennock, the fifty-three-year-old general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies collapsed in a New York hotel lobby on January 30 th and died a short time later at a local hospital. Ironically, one month later, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving ninety-four of the required ninety-one votes.

The New York Yankees retired Babe Ruth's No. 3 jersey on June 13 th during a special pre-game ceremony that marked "The Bambino's" final appearance at Yankee Stadium, which was celebrating it's 25 th 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 16 th , 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I've had pretty good success with Stan (Musial) by throwing him my best pitch and backing up third." - Carl Erskine

1948 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Boston
131
Batting Average
St. Louis
.376
Doubles
St. Louis
46
Hits
St. Louis
230
Home Runs
Pittsburgh
40
New York
On Base Percentage
St. Louis
.450
RBI
St. Louis
131
Runs
St. Louis
135
Slugging Average
St. Louis
.702
Stolen Bases
Philadelphia
32
Total Bases
St. Louis
429
Triples
St. Louis
18

1948 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Boston
28
ERA
St. Louis
2.24
Games
Cincinnati
61
Saves
Cincinnati
17
Shutouts
St. Louis
7
Strikeouts
St. Louis
149
Winning Percentage
St. Louis
.741
Wins
Boston
24

1948 National League

Team Standings

Boston Braves 91 62 .595 0
St. Louis Cardinals 85 69 .552
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 .545
Pittsburgh Pirates 83 71 .539
New York Giants 78 76 .506 13½
Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 .429 25½
Cincinnati Reds 64 89 .418 27
Chicago Cubs 64 90 .416 27½

1948 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Boston
671
Batting Average
Boston
.275
Doubles
Boston
272
Hits
Boston
1,458
Home Runs
New York
164
On Base Percentage
Boston
.359
Runs
New York
780
Slugging Average
New York
.408
Stolen Bases
Brooklyn
114
Triples
St. Louis
58

1948 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Boston
70
ERA
Boston
3.38
Fewest Hits Allowed
Brooklyn
1,328
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Chicago
89
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
430
Saves
Brooklyn
22
Shutouts
New York
15
Strikeouts
Brooklyn
670
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baseball almanac fast facts

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost Hank Greenberg in 1947 and renamed "Greenberg's Garden" to "Kiner's Korner" in honor of their new left fielder Ralph Kiner .

During the 1948 season Stan "The Man" Musial allegedly earned his nickname when an anonymous fan was heard at Ebbets Field saying, "Here comes that man again!"

Did you know that on August 22, 1948 , Jackie Robinson successfully stole home plate against the Boston Braves? What makes this interesting is that while he was stealing home three fellow Dodgers were stealing first base, second base, and third base at the same time.

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