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The following are the baseball events of the year 1950 throughout the world.  

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Other championsEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

MLB Statistical LeadersEdit

American League National League
AVG Billy Goodman BOS .354 Stan Musial STL .346
HR Al Rosen CLE 37 Ralph Kiner PIT 47
RBI Walt Dropo BOS &
Vern Stephens BOS
144 Del Ennis PHI 126
Wins Bob Lemon CLE 23 Warren Spahn BSB 21
ERA Early Wynn CLE 3.20 Sal Maglie NYG 2.71
Ks Bob Lemon CLE 170 Warren Spahn BSB 191

Major League Baseball final standingsEdit

American League final standingsEdit

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636 --
Detroit Tigers 95 59 .617 3
Boston Red Sox 94 60 .610 4
Cleveland Indians 92 62 .597 6
Washington Senators 67 87 .435 31
Chicago White Sox 60 94 .390 38
St. Louis Browns 58 96 .377 40
Philadelphia Athletics 52 102 .338 46

National League final standingsEdit

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Philadelphia Phillies 91 63 .591 --
Brooklyn Dodgers 89 65 .578 2
New York Giants 86 68 .558 5
Boston Braves 83 71 .539 8
St. Louis Cardinals 78 75 .510 12.5
Cincinnati Reds 66 87 .431 24.5
Chicago Cubs 64 89 .418 26.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 96 .373 33.5

EventsEdit

January-MarchEdit

April-JuneEdit

  • April 18 - President Harry Truman throws out two balls at the Washington Senators' opener - one left-handed and the other right-handed - and then watches the Senators beat the Philadelphia A's 8-7. When rain starts falling in the 6th inning, he puts on a raincoat and remains to the end.
  • April 21 - The Boston Red Sox' Vern Stephens slugs a 9th-inning grand slam off the A's Harry Byrd to lead the Red Sox to an 8-2 romp. It is the first of 33 American League grand slams in 1950. The major league season total of 68 is a record up to this point. In 1995, the number will exceed 100 slams for the first time.

July-SeptemberEdit

  • July 11 - Making a leaping, off-the-wall catch of a Ralph Kiner drive in the 1st innning, Ted Williams fractures his left elbow in the All-Star Game at Chicago's Comiskey Park. Remaining in the game, he puts the American League ahead 3-2 with an RBI single. Kiner's 9th-inning homer ties the game, and Red Schoendienst's blast in the 14th inning wins it. Williams will later state he was never the same after this injury.

October-DecemberEdit

  • October 1 - In Robin Roberts' 3rd start in 5 days, Dick Sisler's dramatic home run off Don Newcombe in the 10th inning clinches the National League pennant 4-1 over the Dodgers for the Philadelphia Phillies, also known as the "Whiz Kids". They win at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field and avert a playoff with the same Dodgers. It is the Phillies' first pennant since 1915. In the play that sets the stage for Dick Sisler's heroics, center fielder Richie Ashburn, playing shallow, throws out Dodger runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Abrams will later say, "I think they should have held me at 3rd", while Dodgers manager Burt Shotton, commenting on having Duke Snider hitting away, "I should have bunted. If you don't believe me, look in the newspapers." Brooklyn's only score comes when Pee Wee Reese hits a drive into the screen over the wall in right field. The ball falls on top of the wall and bounces up and down long enough for Reese to leg out an inside-the-park home run.
  • October 7 - Whitey Ford wins his first World Series game as the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2; the losing pitcher is the Phillies' Bob Miller at New York's Yankee Stadium. The 4-game sweep gives the Yankees their 13th world championship. The Phillies will not appear again in the postseason until 1976, and they will not appear again in the World Series until 1980.

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DeathsEdit

  • February 11 - Kiki Cuyler, 51, Hall of Fame outfielder for four NL teams, primarily the Cubs, who batted .321 in his career while leading the NL in runs twice and steals four times; hit a 2-run, 2-out double off Walter Johnson in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 1925 World Series for a 9-7 lead, clinching the title for the Pirates
  • September 23 - Sam Barry, 57, coach at USC since 1930 and one of the principal forces behind the creation of the College World Series, which his team won in 1948
  • November 4 - Grover Cleveland Alexander, 63, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 373 games with the Phillies, Cubs and Cardinals and earned the pitching Triple Crown three times (1915, 1916, 1920)
  • December 5 - Bill Dahlen, 80, shortstop who owned the record for career assists at the position (7,500) and ended his career having played more games than anyone in major league history (2,443). Dahlen hit safely in 70 out of 71 consecutive games (42-1-28) in 1894.

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