Cleveland Indians 1950
A Few of the Leading Players: Words on back of 1950 Bowman Baseball Cards as follows:
Lou Boudreau Manager & Shortstop RH – Hall of Fame Member – Born: Harvey Illinois on July 17 1917 Cleveland’s playing manager hit .284 in 134 games in 1949. Lou Boudreau was voted the league’s most valuable player for 1948. This was in recognition of his record as player manager of that year’s World Champions. Lou is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he also starred in basketball. He has managed the Indians since 1942.
Early Wynn Pitcher Throws RH, Bats - Switch-hitter Hall of Fame Member - Born: Hartford Alabama on Jan 6 1920 - Won 11 and lost 7 in 1949. First full season in majors was 1942. Best season was '43. That year Early Wynn won 18 and lost 12 for the Senators. Had a 17-15 record in '47. During 1948 appeared in 33 games, winning 8 and losing 19. Traded to Indians at the end of the 1948 campaign. In the minors Earl;y played for Springfield... baseballhistorian.com Notes: Early Wynn went on to win over 300 lifetime wins and was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Al ‘Flip’ Rosen Third Base Right-handed – Born: Spartanburg SC on March 1 1925 – Al Rosen appeared in a few games for the Indians in ’47, 1948, and 1949. But he didn’t stick until the 1950 campaign when he started with a bang. Slammed 17 homers in first 50 games. Began pro career in ’42. Minor-league experience included Oklahoma City, Kansas City and San Diego. During 1943-45, Al Rosen was in military service.
Mike Garcia Pitcher Right-handed – Born: San Gabriel CA on November 17 1923 – Mike Garcia 1949 record was 14-5 with low earned run average of 2.35. Entered pro ball in 1942. Then came a stretch in the service. In ‘46 Mike Garcia was with Bakersfield where he won 22 games. In ’47 he won 17 games for Wilkes-Barre. With Oklahoma City in 1948 he tucked away 19 wins, fanning 163 men in 259 innings. Big things are expected of him.
Dale Mitchell Outfielder Left-handed - Born: Colony Oklahoma on August 23 1921 - Dale Mitchell led the league in outfield fielding in 1949 with .9942. Also had an excellent batting average (.317). He went to bat the most times (640) and got the most hits, 203, the only player to surpass 200 hits. Led in triples with 23. Dale Mitchell hit .316 in 1947, the first year with the Indians, and .336 during the regular for the 1948 World Champions.