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1948 New York Yankees
Babe Ruth's Number is retired
Major league affiliations
Location
1948 Information
Owner(s) Dan Topping and Del Webb
Manager(s) Bucky Harris
Local television WABD
(Mel Allen, Russ Hodges, Bill Slater)
Local radio WINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Russ Hodges)

The New York Yankees' 1948 season was the 46th season for the Yankees and their 48th overall. The team finished with a record of 94-60, finishing 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians and 1.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Bucky Harris. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

The fractional games-behind came about due to the frenzied pennant race, which saw the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians all battling it out to the end. The Yankees fell just a little short, and the Red Sox and Indians finished in a tie for first at 96-58. They held a one-game playoff, which counted as part of the regular season, so the Indians' victory raised their record to 97-58, and dropped the Red Sox to 96-59.

The Yankees did not renew Bucky Harris' contract after the season, opting instead to hire Casey Stengel starting in 1949. This move raised some eyebrows, but Stengel had just led the Oakland Oaks to the Pacific Coast League pennant in 1948, demonstrating that with good talent, he had a good chance to succeed. The Yankees were about to begin the most dominating stretch of their long dynasty.

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Babe Ruth's Death

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Babe Ruth's number 3 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1948

On July 26, 1948, Babe Ruth attended the premiere of the film The Babe Ruth Story, a biopic about his life. William Bendix portrayed Ruth. Shortly thereafter, Ruth returned to the hospital for the final time. He was barely able to speak. Ruth's condition gradually became worse, and in his last days, scores of reporters and photographers hovered around the hospital. Only a few visitors were allowed to see him, one of whom was National League president and future Commissioner of Baseball, Ford Frick. “Ruth was so thin it was unbelievable. He had been such a big man and his arms were just skinny little bones, and his face was so haggard,” Frick said years later.

The grave of Babe Ruth

On August 16, the day after Frick's visit, Babe Ruth died at age 53. His body lay in repose in Yankee Stadium. His funeral was two days later at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. Ruth was then buried in the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York.

At his death, the New York Times called Babe Ruth, "a figure unprecedented in American life. A born showman off the field and a marvelous performer on it, he had an amazing flair for doing the spectacular at the most dramatic moment." [1]

Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 97 58 .626 --
Boston Red Sox 96 59 .619 1
New York Yankees 94 60 .610 2.5
Philadelphia Athletics 84 70 .545 12.5
Detroit Tigers 78 76 .506 18.5
St. Louis Browns 59 94 .386 37
Washington Senators 56 97 .366 40
Chicago White Sox 51 101 .336 44.5

Roster

1948 New York Yankees roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Niarhos, GusGus Niarhos 82 228 61 .268 0 19
1B McQuinn, GeorgeGeorge McQuinn 94 302 75 .248 11 41
2B Stirnweiss, SnuffySnuffy Stirnweiss 141 515 130 .252 3 32
SS Rizzuto, PhilPhil Rizzuto 128 464 117 .252 6 50
3B Johnson, BillyBilly Johnson 127 446 131 .294 12 64
OF DiMaggio, JoeJoe DiMaggio 153 594 190 .320 39 155
OF Lindell, JohnnyJohnny Lindell 88 309 138 .317 13 55
OF Henrich, TommyTommy Henrich 146 598 181 .308 25 100

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Berra, YogiYogi Berra 125 469 143 .305 14 98
Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 113 363 109 .300 3 48
Keller, CharlieCharlie Keller 83 247 66 .267 6 44
Souchock, SteveSteve Souchock 44 118 24 .203 3 11
Mapes, CliffCliff Mapes 53 88 22 .250 1 12
Bauer, HankHank Bauer 19 50 9 .180 1 9
Lollar, ShermSherm Lollar 22 38 8 .211 0 4
Houk, RalphRalph Houk 14 29 8 .276 0 3
Silvera, CharlieCharlie Silvera 4 14 8 .571 0 1
Crosetti, FrankieFrankie Crosetti 17 14 4 .286 0 0
Collins, JoeJoe Collins 5 5 1 .200 0 2
Stewart, BudBud Stewart 6 5 1 .200 0 0
Phillips, JackJack Phillips 1 2 0 .000 0 0
Frey, LonnyLonny Frey 1 0 0 --- 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds 39 236.3 16 7 3.77 101
Lopat, EddieEddie Lopat 33 226.7 17 11 3.65 83
Raschi, VicVic Raschi 36 222.7 19 8 3.84 124
Shea, SpecSpec Shea 28 155.7 9 10 3.41 71
Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield 16 78.0 5 3 4.50 30

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gumpert, RandyRandy Gumpert 15 25.0 1 0 2.88 12
Starr, DickDick Starr 1 2.0 0 0 4.50 2
Marshall, CuddlesCuddles Marshall 1 1.0 0 0 0.00 0

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Page, JoeJoe Page 55 107.7 7 8 16 4.26 77
Byrne, TommyTommy Byrne 31 133.7 8 5 2 3.30 101
Embree, RedRed Embree 20 76.7 5 3 0 3.76 25
Hiller, FrankFrank Hiller 22 62.3 5 2 0 4.04 25
Drews, KarlKarl Drews 19 38.0 2 3 1 3.79 11

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Kansas City Blues American Association Dick Bartell
AAA Newark Bears International League Bill Skiff
AA Beaumont Exporters Texas League Chick Autry
A Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Buddy Hassett
A Augusta Tigers Sally League Carl Cooper, Mike Garbark and Lefty Jenkins
B Quincy Gems Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League James Adlam
B Manchester Yankees New England League Tom Padden
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Earl Bolyard
B Victoria Athletics Western International League Ted Norbert
C Bisbee-Douglas Miners Arizona-Texas League Mel Steiner and Mitch Chetkovich
C Ventura Yankees California League Eddie Kearse
C Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian-American League Jim McLeod
C Longview Texans Lone Star League Dixie Parsons
C Butler Yankees Middle Atlantic League Jack Farmer
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League Gordie Hinkle
C Twin Falls Cowboys Pioneer League Charlie Metro
C Joplin Miners Western Association Johnny Sturm
Level Team League Manager
D Easton Yankees Eastern Shore League Dallas Warren
D LaGrange Troupers Georgia-Alabama League Jim Acton
D Independence Yankees Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League Goldie Howard, Burleigh Grimes and Bones Sanders
D Newark Yankees Ohio-Indiana League Bob Dill and Solly Mishkin
D McAlester Rockets Sooner State League Vern Hoscheit
D Blackstone Barristers Virginia League Paul Badgett
D Fond du Lac Panthers Wisconsin State League Fred Collins

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Grand Forks, Twin Falls, Independence, Blackstone[4]

Notes

  1. ^ "Babe Ruth, Baseball's Great Star and Idol of Children, Had a Career Both Dramatic and Bizarre". New York Times. August 17, 1948. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0206.html. Retrieved 2007-07-21. "Probably nowhere in all the imaginative field of fiction could one find a career more dramatic and bizarre than that portrayed in real life by George Herman Ruth. Known the world over, even in foreign lands where baseball is never played, as the Babe, he was the boy who rose from the obscurity of a charitable institution in Baltimore to a position as the leading figure in professional baseball. He was also its greatest drawing-card, its highest salaried performer--at least of his day--and the idol of millions of youngsters throughout the land."  
  2. ^ Eddie Lopat page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Al Cicotte page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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