1948 Leaders & Numbers

Stan Musial’s greatest year at the plate included a sudden jump in homers, four five-hit games, a career-best batting average and a .702 slugging percentage—the NL’s highest between 1930 and 1994. Like Musial, Ted Williams’ great start had him at .400 by mid-season—even after being sidetracked at camp with appendicitis. Hit to be tied: Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner shared the NL home run title for the second straight year. Before age and injuries began to overcome him, Joe DiMaggio produced his last pure majestic set of numbers. Muscular, Brooklyn-born Sid Gordon was no enemy in a Giants uniform, as the Dodgers even gave him a special day. It seemed as if the majority of numbers put up by clutch-time hero Tommy Henrich came when they were needed the most. As the Braves’ workhorse, Johnny Sain gave everything he had, notching the most innings and wins of any single-season NL pitcher in the 1940s. Two years earlier, Bob Lemon was a struggling center fielder for the Indians; now he was the AL’s best pitcher. After losing a NL-high 18 games in 1947, Johnny Schmitz won 18 for a last-place Cubs team while batters hit a league-low .215 against him. Bob Feller’s 164 strikeouts weren’t even half of the 348 he registered in 1946, but it was good enough to lead the AL for his last time. Rex Barney had his one year in the sun, racking up 15 of his 35 career wins, before wildness got the better of him.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1948
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Stan Musial St. Louis 155 .376 611 135 230 46 18 39 131 79 3 7 18
2. Johnny Mize New York 152 .289 560 110 162 26 4 40 125 94 4 4 7
3. Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh 156 .265 555 104 147 19 5 40 123 112 3 1 15
4. Sid Gordon New York 142 .299 521 100 156 26 4 30 107 74 3 8 18
5. Bob Elliott Boston 151 .283 540 99 153 24 5 23 100 131 0 6 14
6. Jackie Robinson Brooklyn 147 .296 574 108 170 38 8 12 85 57 7 22 7
7. Enos Slaughter St. Louis 146 .321 549 91 176 27 11 11 90 81 1 4 11
8. Andy Pafko Chicago 142 .312 548 82 171 30 2 26 101 50 5 3 13
9. Jeff Heath Boston 115 .319 364 64 116 26 5 20 76 51 1 2 4
10. Del Ennis Philadelphia 152 .290 589 86 171 40 4 30 95 47 2 2 10
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1948
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS GD
1. Ted Williams Boston 137 .369 509 124 188 44 3 25 127 126 3 4 0 10
2. Joe DiMaggio New York 155 .320 594 110 190 26 11 39 155 67 8 1 1 20
3. Lou Boudreau Cleveland 152 .355 560 116 199 34 6 18 106 98 2 3 2 15
4. Tommy Henrich New York 146 .308 588 138 181 42 14 25 100 76 4 2 3 14
5. Joe Gordon Cleveland 144 .280 550 96 154 21 4 32 124 77 3 5 2 16
6. Ken Keltner Cleveland 153 .297 558 91 166 24 4 31 119 89 1 2 1 23
7. Vern Stephens Boston 155 .269 635 114 171 25 8 29 137 77 2 1 0 25
8. Dom DiMaggio Boston 155 .285 648 127 185 40 4 9 87 101 2 10 2 11
9. Bobby Doerr Boston 140 .285 527 94 150 23 6 27 111 83 4 3 2 13
10. Pat Mullin Detroit 138 .288 496 91 143 16 11 23 80 77 1 1 2 5
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1948
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Harry Brecheen St. Louis 2.24 20 7 .741 1 33 30 233.1 211 58 49 2 2 1
2. Johnny Schmitz Chicago 2.64 18 13 .581 1 34 30 242 219 71 97 6 2 0
3. Johnny Sain Boston 2.60 24 15 .615 1 42 39 314.2 354 91 83 2 5 0
4. Dutch Leonard Philadelphia 2.51 12 17 .414 0 34 30 225.2 253 63 54 4 4 0
5. Rex Barney Brooklyn 3.10 15 13 .536 0 44 34 246.2 244 85 122 4 6 1
6. Larry Jansen New York 3.61 18 12 .600 2 42 36 277 358 111 54 0 3 0
7. Warren Spahn Boston 3.71 15 12 .556 1 36 35 257 296 106 77 4 1 0
8. Preacher Roe Brooklyn 2.63 12 8 .600 2 34 22 177.2 198 52 33 5 2 0
9. Johnny Vander Meer Cincinnati 3.41 17 14 .548 0 33 33 232 249 88 124 2 1 0
10. Sheldon Jones New York 3.35 16 8 .667 5 55 21 201.1 252 75 90 10 6 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1948
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Bob Lemon Cleveland 2.82 20 14 .588 2 43 37 293.2 267 92 129 3 3 0
2. Gene Bearden Cleveland 2.43 20 7 .741 1 37 29 229.2 214 62 106 5 3 0
3. Hal Newhouser Detroit 3.01 21 12 .636 1 39 35 272.1 279 91 99 5 1 0
4. Bob Feller Cleveland 3.56 19 15 .559 3 44 38 280.1 315 111 116 2 2 0
5. Ray Scarborough Washington 2.82 15 8 .652 1 31 26 185.1 196 58 72 2 3 0
6. Mel Parnell Boston 3.14 15 8 .652 0 35 27 212 226 74 90 3 4 2
7. Joe Dobson Boston 3.56 16 10 .615 2 38 32 245.1 279 97 92 6 1 1
8. Vic Raschi New York 3.84 19 8 .704 1 36 31 222.2 253 95 74 5 3 0
9. Dizzy Trout Detroit 3.43 10 14 .417 2 32 23 183.2 211 70 73 3 2 1
10. Allie Reynolds New York 3.77 16 7 .696 3 39 31 236.1 291 99 111 9 4 0

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1948 Awards


NL MVP
Stan Musial, St. Louis

AL MVP
Lou Boudreau, Cleveland


Rookie of the Year
Al Dark, Boston (N)