1950 Leaders & Numbers

Stan Musial remained the NL’s most dangerous hitter by taking his first of three straight batting crowns while also leading in slugging percentage. To paraphrase Yogi Berra (and that’s a dangerous thing): If Yogi’s world was perfect, it wouldn’t be. It was perfect enough in 1950. Ralph Kiner became the first NL player to belt 100 home runs over two seasons. It took a few years for Larry Doby, but the forgotten man in the shadow of Jackie Robinson as the AL’s first black player finally earned star recognition. Earl Torgeson snuck in a quality performance before the painful after-effects of a 1949 shoulder injury quelled the rest of his career. Phil Rizzuto was usually shortstop first, hitter second, but his superior glovework found a worthy equal in his suddenly hot bat. Vic Wertz came within one RBI of tying teammate Ted Williams’ rookie mark of 11 years earlier. Robin Roberts recorded the first of six straight 20-win seasons, though it took him five starts to get number 20. Bob Lemon began the 1950s proving he’d be anything but the pitching equivalent of an Edsel. Vern Bickford’s presence in Boston allowed Brave fans to pray less for rain beyond Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. In between a fractured skull, a military leave, the tragic auto death of his baby son and records of 2-16 and 8-20, Art Houtteman scored a career year in his hometown of Detroit. Sal Maglie could thank the Mexican League that had him briefly blacklisted in America for making him a better pitcher, learning the curve from 1920s star Dolf Luque south of the border.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1950
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Stan Musial St. Louis 146 .346 555 105 192 41 7 28 109 80 7 3 5 1 11
2. Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh 150 .272 547 112 149 21 6 47 118 112 10 3 2 3 22
3. Duke Snider Brooklyn 152 .321 620 109 199 31 10 31 107 53 5 0 16 15 9
4. Del Ennis Philadelphia 153 .311 595 92 185 34 8 31 126 45 11 2 2 1 25
5. Andy Pafko Chicago 146 .304 514 95 156 24 8 36 92 62 7 11 4 6 9
6. Jackie Robinson Brooklyn 144 .328 518 99 170 39 4 14 81 66 14 5 12 5 11
7. Earl Torgeson Boston 156 .290 576 120 167 30 3 23 87 114 5 1 15 8 10
8. Sid Gordon Boston 134 .304 481 78 146 33 4 27 103 71 7 2 2 0 14
9. Eddie Stanky New York 152 .300 527 115 158 25 5 8 51 144 0 12 9 3 8
10. Bob Elliott Boston 142 .305 531 94 162 28 5 24 107 62 6 2 2 2 18
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1950
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS GD
1. Walt Dropo Boston 136 .322 559 101 180 28 8 34 144 45 5 0 0 16
2. Yogi Berra New York 151 .322 597 116 192 30 6 28 124 55 4 4 2 11
3. Joe DiMaggio New York 139 .301 525 114 158 33 10 32 122 80 1 0 0 14
4. Larry Doby Cleveland 142 .326 503 110 164 25 5 25 102 98 6 8 6 9
5. Vern Stephens Boston 149 .295 628 125 185 34 6 30 144 65 0 1 0 21
6. Vic Wertz Detroit 149 .308 559 99 172 37 4 27 123 91 4 0 1 13
7. George Kell Detroit 157 .340 641 114 218 56 6 8 101 66 1 3 3 23
8. Ted Williams Boston .317 89 334 82 106 24 1 28 97 82 0 3 0 12
9. Hoot Evers Detroit 143 .323 526 100 170 35 11 21 103 71 4 5 9 17
10. Phil Rizzuto New York 155 .324 617 125 200 36 7 7 66 92 7 12 8 6
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1950
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jim Konstanty Philadelphia 2.66 16 7 .696 22 74 0 152 164 45 28 11 1 3 0 4 4 14
2. Larry Jansen New York 3.01 19 13 .594 3 40 35 275 377 92 54 1 0 1 0 1 6 17
3. Robin Roberts Philadelphia 3.02 20 11 .645 1 40 39 304.1 434 102 72 5 2 2 0 7 7 33
4. Warren Spahn Boston 3.16 21 17 .553 1 41 39 293 355 103 106 5 5 8 1 12 7 22
5. Sal Maglie New York 2.71 18 4 .818 1 47 16 206 233 62 82 4 4 10 0 10 9 13
6. Ewell Blackwell Cincinnati 2.97 17 15 .531 4 40 32 261 286 86 96 8 11 13 0 16 4 22
7. Jim Hearn St. Louis-New York 2.49 11 4 .733 0 22 16 134 128 37 41 3 4 0 0 3 7 16
8. Don Newcombe Brooklyn 3.70 19 11 .633 3 40 35 267.1 379 110 69 3 1 2 1 2 8 34
9. Max Lanier St. Louis 3.13 11 9 .550 0 27 27 181.1 235 63 65 3 0 1 5 0 1 15
10. Vern Bickford Boston 3.47 19 14 .576 0 40 39 311.2 420 120 120 2 5 6 1 5 4 23
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1950
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Early Wynn Cleveland 3.20 18 8 .692 0 32 28 213.2 254 76 94 7 0 4 1 2 7 19
2. Art Houtteman Detroit 3.54 19 12 .613 4 41 34 274.2 386 108 94 5 2 8 1 1 12 17
3. Ed Lopat New York 3.47 18 8 .692 1 35 32 236.1 347 91 63 2 0 4 1 3 1 20
4. Bob Lemon Cleveland 3.84 23 11 .676 3 44 37 288 412 123 143 3 5 2 0 3 14 36
5. Bill Wight Chicago 3.58 10 16 .385 0 30 28 206 273 82 78 1 3 0 0 6 6 13
6. Vic Raschi New York 4.00 21 8 .724 1 33 32 256.2 338 114 115 1 6 3 6 3 11 21
7. Dizzy Trout Detroit 3.75 13 5 .722 4 34 20 184.2 256 77 64 0 0 5 0 2 4 19
8. Bob Feller Cleveland 3.43 16 11 .593 0 35 34 247 339 94 99 4 3 5 0 8 6 19
9. Ned Garver St. Louis 3.39 13 18 .419 0 37 31 260 347 98 106 2 6 4 1 7 4 16
10. Mel Parnell Boston 3.61 18 10 .643 3 40 31 249 344 100 103 3 4 7 0 3 1 27

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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1950 Awards


NL MVP
Jim Konstanty, Philadelphia

AL MVP
Phil Rizzuto, New York


NL Rookie of the Year
Sam Jethroe, Boston

AL Rookie of the Year
Walt Dropo, Boston