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1949 Boston Red Sox
Major league affiliations
1949 Information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General Manager(s) Joe Cronin
Manager(s) Joe McCarthy
Local television WBZ-TV/WNAC-TV
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Bump Hadley)
Local radio WHDH
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Leo Egan)

The 1949 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 2nd in the American League with a record of 96 wins and 58 losses. During the season, Mel Parnell was the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in one season for the Red Sox in the 20th century.[1]


Regular season


The trade that wasn't

In 1949, Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and Yankees GM Larry MacPhail verbally agreed to trade DiMaggio for Ted Williams, but MacPhail refused to include Yogi Berra[2].

Yankees and Red Sox toe-to-toe

Joe DiMaggio came back from heel surgery to demolish the Red Sox in a three-game series at Fenway Park. He hit four home runs, three of them game winners. It sent the Sox reeling, and they fell 12.5 games back by July 4. But Boston rallied late in the season and went into Yankee Stadium for the final two games of the schedule with a one-game lead. The Red Sox needed just one win in two games and were to pitch Mel Parnell in the first game. The Yanks beat Parnell 5-4, as Joe Page had a great relief appearance for New York. And so it came down to the second game. It was Ellis Kinder facing Vic Raschi.

The Yankees led 1-0 after seven innings, having scored in the first. In the eighth, manager Joe McCarthy lifted Kinder for a pinch hitter who did not come through. Then he brought in Mel Parnell in relief, and Parnell yield a homer to Tommy Henrich and a single to Yogi Berra. Parnell was replaced by Tex Hughson, who had been on the disabled list and said his arm still hurt. But he came on and, with the bases loaded, Jerry Coleman hit a soft liner that Al Zarilla in right field tried to shoestring, but he missed and it went for a triple and three runs.

In the ninth inning the Red Sox rallied for three runs but still fell short, and for the second year in a row McCarthy's managing was called into question. Why, said critics, with a power-laden lineup, pinch hit for Kinder? See what happened in the ninth? McCarthy had walked on thin ice. Hughson also claimed his manager ruined his career by making him pitch with a sore arm.\

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 97 57 .630 --
Boston Red Sox 96 58 .623 1
Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 8
Detroit Tigers 87 67 .565 10
Philadelphia Athletics 81 73 .526 16
Chicago White Sox 63 91 .409 34
St. Louis Browns 53 101 .344 44
Washington Senators 50 104 .325 47

Opening Day lineup

 7 Dom DiMaggio     CF
 6 Johnny Pesky 3B
 9 Ted Williams LF
 5 Vern Stephens SS
 1 Bobby Doerr 2B
23 Tommy O'Brien RF
 3 Walt Dropo 1B
 8 Birdie Tebbetts C
15 Joe Dobson P

Notable transactions


1949 Boston Red Sox roster
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Parnell, MelMel Parnell 39 295.1 25 7 2.77 122

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Fred Walters and Mike Ryba
AA Birmingham Barons Southern Association Pinky Higgins
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Mike Ryba and Jack Burns
B Roanoke Red Sox Piedmont League Red Marion
C San Jose Red Sox California League Marv Owen
C Oneonta Red Sox Canadian-American League Eddie Popowski
D Valley Rebels Georgia-Alabama League Jesse Dana, Mal Morgan and Woodrow Bottoms
D Marion Red Sox Ohio-Indiana League Wally Millies
D Hornell Maple Leafs PONY League Marius Russo

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: San Jose, Marion[5]


  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ ESPN.com - Page2 - The List: Baseball's biggest rumors
  3. ^ Wally Moses page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ray Jablonski page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007



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