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The following are the baseball events of the year 1948 throughout the world.  

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Awards and honorsEdit

MLB Statistical LeadersEdit

American League National League
AVG Ted Williams BOS .369 Stan Musial STL .376
HR Joe DiMaggio NYY 39 Ralph Kiner PIT &
Johnny Mize NYG
40
RBI Joe DiMaggio NYY 155 Stan Musial STL 131
Wins Hal Newhouser DET 21 Johnny Sain BSB 24
ERA Gene Bearden CLE 2.43 Harry Brecheen STL 2.24
Ks Bob Feller CLE 164 Harry Brecheen STL 149

Major League Baseball final standingsEdit

American League final standingsEdit

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Cleveland Indians 97   58 .626    --
2nd Boston Red Sox 96   59 .619   1
3rd New York Yankees 94   60 .610   2.5
4th Philadelphia Athletics 84   70 .545   12.5
5th Detroit Tigers 78   76 .506   18.5
6th St. Louis Browns 59   94 .386   37.0
7th Washington Senators 56   97 .286   40.0
8th Chicago White Sox 51 101 .336   44.5

National League final standingsEdit

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Braves 91   62 .595    --
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 85   69 .552   6.5
3rd Brooklyn Dodgers 84   70 .545   7.5
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 83   71 .539   8.5
5th New York Giants 78   76 .506   13.5
6th Philadelphia Phillies 66   88 .429   25.5
7th Cincinnati Reds 64   89 .418   27.0
8th Chicago Cubs 64   90 .416   27.5

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  • January 29 - Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players.

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  • October 11 - In Boston's Braves Field, the Cleveland Indians nip the Boston Braves, 4-3 to take the 1948 World Series in 6 games. Rookie lefty Gene Bearden is the pitching hero in relief. (The Indians had defeated the Red Sox in a 1-game playoff to take the AL pennant and end hopes for an all-Boston World Series.)

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  • January 30 - Herb Pennock, 53, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 240 games, third most among AL lefthanders, and had two 20-win seasons with the Yankees; general manager of the Phillies since 1943
  • February 14 - Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, 71, Hall of Fame pitcher whose loss of two fingers in a childhood accident gave him remarkable movement on pitches, winning 20 games six straight years for the Cubs and posting the lowest career ERA (2.06) in NL history
  • April 3 - Candy Jim Taylor, 64, third baseman and manager of the Negro Leagues
  • July 27 - Joe Tinker, 68, Hall of Fame shortstop best remembered as part of famed Chicago Cubs infield which led team to 4 pennants between 1906 and 1910
  • August 16 - Babe Ruth, 53, Hall of Fame right fielder and pitcher who was the greatest star in baseball history, holding records for most home runs in a season (60) and lifetime (714), as well as most career RBI (2,217); lifetime .342 hitter also posted a 94-46 record and 2.28 ERA as a pitcher while playing for seven champions; won 1923 MVP award, at a time when AL rules prohibited winning it more than once; generally rated greatest baseball player of all-time.
  • October 8 - Al Orth, 76, pitcher who won 204 games with Phillies, Senators and Yankees while often batting .300
  • October 31 - Dick Redding, 58, star pitcher of the Negro Leagues who set numerous strikeout records and pitched several no-hitters
  • November 23 - Hack Wilson, 48, Hall of Fame center fielder who set NL record for home runs (56) and major league record for RBI (191) in spectacular 1930 season for the Cubs; won four home run titles

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