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The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world.  

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ChampionsEdit

Major League BaseballEdit

Other championsEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

MLB Statistical LeadersEdit

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Mickey Vernon WAS .353 Stan Musial STL .365
HR Hank Greenberg DET 44 Ralph Kiner PIT 23
RBI Hank Greenberg DET 127 Enos Slaughter STL 130
Wins Bob Feller CLE &
Hal Newhouser DET
26 Howie Pollet STL 21
ERA Hal Newhouser DET 1.94 Howie Pollet STL 1.87
Ks Bob Feller CLE 348 Johnny Schmitz CHC 135

Major League Baseball final standingsEdit

American League final standingsEdit

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Red Sox 104   50 .675    --
2nd Detroit Tigers 92   62 .597   12.0
3rd New York Yankees 87   67 .565   17.0
4th Washington Senators 76   78 .484   28.0
5th Chicago White Sox 74   80 .481   30.0
6th Cleveland Indians 68   86 .442   36.0
7th St. Louis Browns 66   88 .429   38.0
8th Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 .318   55

National League final standingsEdit

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 98   58 .628    --
2nd Brooklyn Dodgers 96   60 .615   2
3rd Chicago Cubs 82   71 .536   14.5
4th Boston Braves 81   72 .529   15.5
5th Philadelphia Phillies 69   85 .448   28.0
6th Cincinnati Reds 67   87 .435   34.0
7th Pittsburgh Pirates 63   91 .409   34.0
8th New York Giants 61   93 .396   36.0

EventsEdit

  • January 12 - The first official professional game is played in Venezuela, launching the newly constituted four-team Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Venezuela. The league is composed of four teams: Cervecería Caracas, Magallanes, Vargas and Venezuela. The inaugural game is won by Magallanes over Venezuela, 5–2, behind strong pitching from Alex Carrasquel, who gives up 11 hits in a complete game effort.
  • September 13 - The Red Sox clinch the AL pennant, edging the Indians 1-0 at Cleveland's League Park II on Ted Williams' inside-the-park home run, the only one of his career. Williams punches the ball over the shift when Cleveland left fielder Pat Seerey pulls in behind the shortstop position. It is Boston's first pennant since 1918, the year of their last World Series title. The Boston margin at season's end is 12 games.

BirthsEdit

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DeathsEdit

  • March 28 - Cumberland Posey, 55, owner of the Negro Leagues' Homestead Grays since the 1920 who built the team into a perennial power; previously an outfielder and manager
  • April 4 - Harry Cross, 64, sportswriter for several New York newspapers since 1909
  • May 19 - John K. Tener, 82, president of the National League from 1913 to 1918; won 25 games as pitcher from 1888-1890
  • June 17 - James Isaminger, 65, sportswriter for Philadelphia newspapers from 1905 to 1940 who played a major role in breaking the story of the Black Sox scandal
  • August 6 - Tony Lazzeri, 42, All-Star second baseman for the New York Yankees who batted .300 five times and had seven 100-RBI seasons; had two grand slams and 11 RBI in a 1936 game, and batted .400 in 1937 World Series
  • November 5 - Alejandro Oms, 51, Cuban center fielder of the Negro Leagues
  • December 10 - Walter Johnson, 59, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Washington Senators who won over 400 games, second only to Cy Young, earned MVP awards in 1913 and 1924, and recorded 3508 strikeouts and 110 shutouts, both easily records; posted career 2.17 ERA and won 20 games 12 times, including 30-win seasons in 1912-13; led AL in strikeouts twelve times, ERA five times; won 38 1-0 games, also losing 26 by same score
  • December 10 - Damon Runyon, 62, famed New York sportswriter and author

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