1949 Leaders & Numbers

Amazing as it may seem to the casual baseball fan, Ted Williams never cranked out 200 hits in any one year, but he came closest in 1949. Williams’ shot at an unprecedented third triple crown was thwarted on the last day by George Kell, who took the AL batting title by a .00016 margin. Williams volunteered that Vern Stephens protected him in the lineup better than any other hitter he partnered with. For the seventh straight year, Stan Musial achieved baseball’s triple-double with at least ten doubles, triples and home runs each. Ralph Kiner blazed to the finish with 16 September homers to become the NL’s first player to reach 50 twice. With more walks than hits, Eddie Joost led the invasion of the leadoff hitters named Eddie (Stanky, Yost) who lived for ball four. Warren Spahn provided the only upside to a Braves team plagued by dissension and a horrid off-year for staffmate Johnny Sain. Fenway Park, so much loved by hitters, was equally adored by Red Sox pitchers Mel Parnell (16-2 at home) and Ellis Kinder (15-1). In a tenure lost amid a Phillie revival, Ken Heintzelman briefly fell into sync with his team’s fortunes. Virgil Trucks, who once struck out 420 batters in a minor league season, became the first peacetime AL strikeout leader not named Bob Feller since 1937. Not only did Dave Koslo become the first ERA leader without a shutout, he also had the lowest win percentage by such a titleist since 1902.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1949
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Stan Musial St. Louis 157 .338 612 128 207 41 13 35 123 107 2 3 12
2. Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh 152 .310 549 116 170 19 5 54 127 117 1 6 10
3. Jackie Robinson Brooklyn 156 .342 593 122 203 38 12 16 124 86 8 37 22
4. Enos Slaughter St. Louis 151 .336 568 92 191 34 13 13 96 79 1 3 7
5. Bobby Thomson New York 156 .309 641 99 198 35 9 27 109 44 2 10 15
6. Carl Furillo Brooklyn 142 .322 549 95 177 27 10 18 106 37 3 4 16
7. Del Ennis Philadelphia 154 .302 610 92 184 39 11 25 110 59 4 2 10
8. Duke Snider Brooklyn 146 .292 552 100 161 28 7 23 92 56 4 12 8
9. Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn 155 .279 617 132 172 27 3 16 73 116 4 26 5
10. Gil Hodges Brooklyn 156 .285 564 94 170 23 4 23 115 66 4 10 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1949
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS GD
1. Ted Williams Boston 155 .343 566 150 194 39 3 43 159 162 2 1 1 22
2. Vern Stephens Boston 155 .290 610 113 177 31 2 39 159 101 0 2 2 19
3. Eddie Joost Philadelphia 144 .263 525 128 138 25 3 23 81 149 4 2 1 6
4. Vic Wertz Detroit 155 .304 608 96 185 26 6 20 133 80 0 2 3 19
5. Bobby Doerr Boston 139 .309 541 91 167 30 9 18 109 75 0 2 2 31
6. Tommy Henrich New York 115 .287 411 90 118 20 3 24 85 86 5 2 2 7
7. Dom DiMaggio Boston 145 .307 605 126 186 34 5 8 60 96 2 9 7 10
8. Larry Doby Cleveland 147 .280 547 106 153 25 3 24 85 91 7 10 9 14
9. George Kell Detroit 134 .343 522 97 179 39 8 3 59 71 3 7 5 16
10. Johnny Pesky Boston 148 .306 604 111 185 27 7 2 69 100 4 8 4 12
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1949
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Howie Pollet St. Louis 2.77 20 9 .690 1 39 28 230.2 255 71 59 2 2 0
2. Warren Spahn Boston 3.07 21 14 .600 0 38 38 302.1 364 103 86 4 3 0
3. Don Newcombe Brooklyn 3.17 17 8 .680 1 38 31 244.1 274 86 73 4 3 2
4. Dave Koslo New York 2.50 11 14 .440 4 38 23 212 232 59 43 3 0 0
5. Russ Meyer Philadelphia 3.08 17 8 .680 1 37 28 213 241 73 70 4 1 2
6. Ken Raffensberger Cincinnati 3.39 18 17 .514 0 41 38 284 352 107 80 2 2 1
7. Gerry Staley St. Louis 2.73 10 10 .500 6 45 17 171.1 175 52 41 2 3 0
8. Preacher Roe Brooklyn 2.79 15 6 .714 1 30 27 212.2 276 66 44 0 2 0
9. Ken Heintzelman Philadelphia 3.02 17 10 .630 0 33 32 250 296 84 93 2 1 0
10. Robin Roberts Philadelphia 3.69 15 15 .500 4 43 31 226.2 274 93 75 1 5 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1949
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Mel Parnell Boston 2.77 25 7 .781 2 39 33 295.1 348 91 127 7 9 5 0 4 3 44
2. Bob Lemon Cleveland 2.99 22 10 .688 1 37 33 279.2 309 93 127 10 1 6 0 9 5 35
3. Virgil Trucks Detroit 2.81 19 11 .633 4 41 32 275 292 86 120 4 3 4 0 13 8 13
4. Mike Garcia Cleveland 2.36 14 5 .737 2 41 20 175.2 203 46 57 3 1 2 0 6 8 19
5. Hal Newhouser Detroit 3.36 18 11 .621 1 38 35 292 367 109 107 4 3 0 0 4 6 19
6. Al Benton Cleveland 2.12 9 6 .600 10 40 11 135.2 150 32 45 6 2 1 0 1 11 23
7. Ellis Kinder Boston 3.36 23 6 .793 4 43 30 252 360 94 95 4 1 2 0 12 5 21
8. Fred Hutchinson Detroit 2.96 15 7 .682 1 33 21 188.2 244 62 51 1 5 1 0 3 3 12
9. Vic Raschi New York 3.34 21 10 .677 0 38 37 274.2 348 102 138 0 10 6 1 8 12 19
10. Bill Wight Chicago 3.31 15 13 .536 1 35 33 245 318 90 94 2 3 0 1 6 8 14

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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1949 Awards


NL MVP
Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn

AL MVP
Ted Williams, Boston


NL Rookie of the Year
Don Newcombe, Brooklyn

AL Rookie of the Year
Roy Sievers, St. Louis