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Boston Red Sox 1946

The loss of brilliant young stars to military service during World War II delayed the Red Sox quest for a pennant.

In four-of-five seasons before the World War II, 1938-39, 1941-42 the Red Sox finished in second place and in 1942 registered their highest winning percentage since back in 1915. The 1942 Sox played 93-59 ball, a solid .612 pct.

When, Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky returned from war duty after 1945, along with pitchers Tex Hughson and Joe Dobson, they were ready and willing to win the pennant.

Management also acquired power-hitting first baseman Rudy York during the off-season and aided by rookie Dave Ferriss, who the previous year (1945) went 21-10, and posted a 2.96 ERA. And indeed, mission full-filled, they ran away with the pennant and finished in first place, 12 games ahead of Detroit with a 104-50 record for a stunning .675 winning percentage.

The Boston Red Sox 1946 produced some heavy stats and had the highest team batting average in majors (.271), the highest on-base-pct (.356) and the best slugging average (.402).

1946 Boston Red Sox Roster:

Batting Statistics:

Ted Williams lf, .342 BA, 38Hr, 123 RBIs in 150 Games... Dom DiMaggio cf, .316, 7Hr, 73 RBIs in 142G... Wally Moses rf, .206, 2Hr, 17 RBIs in 48G... Leon Culberson of, .313, 3Hr, 18 RBIs in 59G... Tom McBride of, .301, 0Hr, 19 RBIs in 61G

Hal Wagner c, .230, 6Hr, 52 RBIs in 117G... Roy Partee c, .315, 0Hr, 9Rbis in 40G... Rip Russell 3b, .208, 6Hr, 35 RBIs in 80G... Pinky Higgins 3b, .275, 2Hr, 28 RBIs in 64G... Johnny Pesky ss, .335, 2Hr, 55 RBIs in 153G... Bobby Doerr 2b, .271, 18Hr, 116 RBIs in 151G... Don Gutteridge if, .234, 1Hr, 6 RBIs in 22G

Rudy York 1b, .276, 17Hr, 119 RBIs in 154G... Eddie Pellagrini if, .211, 2Hr, 4 RBIs in 22G... Paul Campbell .115, 0 RBIs in 28G... Ernie Anders .098, 0Hr, 1 RBI in 15G... Tom Carey .200, 0 RBIs in 3G... Andy Gilbert .000 in 2G... John Lazor .138, 1Hr, 4 RBIs in 23G... Catfish Metkovich .246, 4Hr, 25 RBIs in 86G... Eddie McGah .216, 0Hr, 1 RBI in 15G... Frankie Pytlak .143, 0Hr, 1 RBI in 4G... Ben Steiner .250, 0 RBIs in 3G

Pitching Stats Summary:

Dave Ferriss 25-6, 3.25 ERA in 40 Games... Tex Hughson 20-11, 2.75 ERA in 39G... Mickey Harris 17-9, 3.64 ERA in 34G... Joe Dobson 13-7, 3.24 ERA in 32G... Jim Bagby 7-6, 3.71 ERA in 21 G... Earl Johnson 5-4, 3.71 ERA in 29G... Bob Klinger 3-2, 2.37 ERA in 28G... Mace Brown 3-1, 2.05 ERA in 18G

Bill Zuber 5-1, 2.54 ERA in 15G... Charlie Wagner 1-0, 5.87 ERA in 8G... Bill Butland 1-0, 11.02 ERA in 5G... Mel Deutsch 0-0, 5.68 ERA in 3G... Clem Dreisewerd 4-1, 4.18 ERA in 20G... Randy Heflin 0-1, 2.45 ERA in 5G... Mike Ryba 0-1, 3.55 ERA in 9G... Jim Wilson 0-0, 27.00 ERA in 1G... - The History of Baseball

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