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1949 Boston Red Sox 1949 Boston Red Sox
The American League pennant slipped out of reach... Red Sox Baseball History

Boston Red Sox 1949

During the last week of September the Red Sox moved into the lead for the first time in '49, and were in first place heading into the final weekend - one game ahead of the Yankees with just two games left to play. Just one more win would mean a pennant for Boston.

At Yankee Stadium on Saturday Boston rocked New York's Allie Reynolds for four runs in the first two and 2/3 innings. However, the Yanks fought back, aided by six and 1/3 innings of shutout relief by ace Joe Page, and the scored was tied 4-4 going into the last of the 8th. Then, outfielder Johnny Lindell cranked a solo homer and the 'Damn Yanks' won 5-4.

In the final game of the season, the Yankees, aided by pitcher Vic Rashi, were leading 1-0 after seven innings. Rashi was halting the BoSox big hitters and out-dueling Ellis Kinder. Boston's manager Joe McCarthy pulled Kinder for a pinch-hitter during the top of the 8th. The Yankee bats pounded relievers Mel Parnell and Tex Hughson for four runs in the bottom of the 8th. (Parnell was 25-7 during the regular season and won more games during the season than any other major league pitcher).

Boston did score three runs in top half of the 9th, but still lost 5-3... And, for the second straight year lost the pennant on the final day of the season.




Leading Moundstays - Boston Red Sox 1940s Leading Moundstays - Boston Red Sox 1940s
Joe Dobson, Tex Hughson, Mike Ryba, Oscar Judd and Dick Newsome

Helped by a young pitching staff, the Boston Red Sox were a pleasant surprise during the early years of the 1940s. After going landing in fourth place in the AL with a 82-72 record in 1940, the Sox finished second in '41 with a 84-70 mark and then vaulted to a sterling 93-59 in 1942, but still were second - nine games behind the Yankees.

When the major leagues lost numerous players to military service during World War II, the Red Sox fell to seventh place in 1943 with 68-84, a full 29 games behind the pennant winning Yankees.

Red Sox Leading Pitchers:

Joe Dobson, Right-handed - after debuting in the big leagues with Cleveland as a 22-year-old in 1939, the 6-foot-2, 196-pounder was traded to Boston prior to the 1941 season. Dobson found immediate success in the Sox starting rotation - posting a sparkling 12-5 record, 4.49 ERA with 2 complete game shutouts. He went 11-9 in '42 and although his record fell to 7-11 the next season, he had a solid 3.12 ERA.

Dobson proudly service the next two years in the military and returned to Fenway and regained his brilliant pitching form - going 13-6, 3.24 ERA... 18-8, 2.95 ERA... 16-10, 3.56 ERA... 14-12, 3.85 ERA... 15-10, 4.18 ERA from 1946 thru 1950. In those post-war seasons, Dobson completed 9-of-24 starts in '46, 15-of-31 in '47, a career-high 16-of-32 in '48, and 12-of-27 in both '49 and '50 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in the winter of '51.

Joe Dobson career record: 137-103 W/L, 3.62 ERA, 414 games, 273 GS, 112 GC, 2170 innings, 2048 hits, 851 Walks, 992 strikeouts, 22 shutouts... Cleveland 1939-40, Boston 1941-50, 1954, Chicago 1951-53.

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Tex Hughson, Right-handed - born in Kyle, Texas... a power pitcher, he was 5-3, 4.13 ERA as a rookie with Boston in 1941. The next season, he vaulted to success leading the AL in wins - 22-6 record, 2.59 ERA and posted the 3rd-highest winning percentage - .786 and led the league with 22 complete games and tied for the league-lead with 113 strikeouts.

Hughson went 12-15, with a nice 2.64 ERA and again led the AL with 20 complete games in '43, then recorded a league leading winning-percentage of .783 in 1944, going 18-5, with an outstanding 2.26 ERA - third-best in the AL.

Hughson missed the entire 1945 season due to the war, and returned to the Red Sox in 1946, posted his second 20 win season - 20-11, 2.75 ERA and the big 6-foot-3, 198-pounder completed an amazing 30-of 35 starts. He was 12-11 in '47, then 3-1 and 4-2 in his final two seasons.

Cecil 'Tex' Hughson career record: 96-54 W/L, 2.94 ERA, 225 games 156GS, 99GC, 1375.7 innings, 1270 hits, 372 Walks, 693 strikeouts, 15 Shutouts... Boston 1941-44, 1946-49.

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Mike Ryba, Right-handed - a 10-year major league Veteran and a durable moundstay, he was one of this era's best long-relievers.

He pitched his first four major league seasons with the Cardinals, 1935-1938, before joining Boston in 1941. Occasionally used as a starter, he appeared in 38 games with St Louis in '37, completed 5-of-8 starts - working 135 innings and had a solid 9-6 win/loss record.

In his first year with the BoSox, 1941, Ryba won 6 games in relief and collected 6 saves, started 3 games, worked 131 innings and had a 7-3 record, 4.46 ERA.

Ryba's best season was 1944, when he posted a 12-7 record, 3.33 ERA in 42 games, 7 starts, allowed just 119 hits in 138 innings.

Dominic Ryba career record: 52-34 W/L, 3.66 ERA, 240 Games, 36GS, 16GC, 783.7 innings, 307 strikeouts, 247 Walks, 16 Saves, 2 Shutouts... St. Louis 1935-38, Boston 1941-46.

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Oscar 'Ossie' Judd, Left-handed - Born in Rebecca, Ontario, Canada on 2/14/1908 - after pitching for various minor league teams, Judd joined the Red Sox as a rookie in 1941 at age 33. An outstanding hitting pitcher, in his 8-year major league career, he collected 83 hits in 206 at-bats, for a .262 average, and slugged 3 homers.

In 1942 Judd went 8-10, 3.89 ERA in 150.3 innings, spanning 31 games in 1942, and completed 11-of-19 starts. He posted a solid 11-6 record, 2.90 ERA in 1943.

After pitching just 2 games for Boston in '44 he was traded to the Phillies and registered a 5-5 combined mark. With the Phils in '46 he was 11-12, 3.53 ERA.

Thomas William Oscar Judd career record: 40-51 W/L, 3.90 ERA, 161 games, 99GS, 43GC, 771.3 innings, 304 strikeouts, 397 Walks, 7 Saves, 4 Shutouts... Boston 1941-45, Philadelphia 1945-48.

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Dick Newsome, Right-hander - Born in Ahoskie, N.C. on 12/13/1909 - he had a remarkable rookie year with Boston in 1941, winning 19 games - third best in the American League. The 6-foot, 185-pounder went 19-10, a 4.13 ERA, and completed 17-of-29 games, 213.7 innings, and also, relieved in 7 other games.

Newsome pitched just two more big-league seasons - both in Boston, then served his country during the war, and then returned to his farm in Ahoskie, North Carolina. In '42, he went 8-10 W/L and then 8-13 in '43.

Heber Newsome career record: 35-33, 4.50 ERA, 85 Games, 74 GS, 36GC, 526 innings, 138 strikeouts, 214 Walks... Boston 1941-43... baseballhistorian.com - The History of Professional Baseball




Roundhouse Curve Ball - Joe Dobson Roundhouse Curve Ball - Joe Dobson
Red Sox Moundmaster gave credit to teammate Ted Williams for helping him

Right-hander Joe Dobson strung-together double numbers in wins five straight seasons - 1946-1950 with Boston, and won over 10 games in 8-of-14 seasons while compiling a lifetime record of 137-103.

One Boston writer in the late-'40s summed up Dobson's roundhouse curveball this way: 'It started out somewhere around the dugout and would up clipping the outside corner of the plate. There are curveballs, and there are curveballs.'

Dobson broke in with Cleveland back in '39, and worked mainly as a reliever for the Indians his first two-years. Traded to Boston in 1941... he stayed in a Boston Red Sox uniform from 1941 thru 1950 before being traded to the White Sox in '51. In Chicago he rang up records of 7-6... 14-10... and 5-5.

About his early days in Boston, Dobson recalled Ted Williams played a big part in my becoming a successful pitcher. Dobson said: 'My first year in Boston was 1941. I would pitch to Williams in practice, maybe for 45 minutes. I learned a lot from that man.

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Kansas City Royals (1972-73) Rating the Players
In looking over one of our manager's old notebooks we note some interesting facts and figures for the Kansas City Royals. The '73 Royals matured rapidly, improving from a 76-78 record in '72, to 88-74 in one season. The '72-'73 teams went from finishing in 4th place in the AL West, 16 1/2 games behind, to a 2nd place finish, only 6 games out of 1st place.

Ted Abernathy, Relief Pitcher, RH, 6-4, 210 lbs., Born: Stanley, North Carolina 3/6/1933 .... crafty, submarine pitcher ... veteran enters 14th major league season .... was NL Fireman of the Year in '65 and '67 ... carries a fine 3.46 career ERA ... has pitched in 681 lifetime games ... "Abernathy has been the ace-in-the-hole for the Royals the last 3-years, '70-'72. He's got great tenacity and a "hate-to-lose" attitude.

Paul Splittorff, Pitcher LH, 6-3, 205 lbs., Born: Evansville, Indiana 10/8/1946 ... was the first player originally signed by Royals to make it on their roster (10/24/69) .... posted a 8-9 record, 2.69 ERA in his first full season (1971) ... went 12-12, 3.12 ERA in '72, fanning 140 batters in 216 innings and issued only 67 walks ... throws a dead fastball (one that sinks as it crosses home plate) ... future looks bright ... should be a 20-game winner in the near future.

Richie Scheinblum, Outfielder, Switch-hitter, T RH, Born: New York City 11/5/1942 ... in '71 with Denver, led the American Assn. in batting, .388 and RBIs with 88 ... has previous major league experience, about 250 at bats .... acquired by Royals and produced a .300 BA in 450 at bats, along with 67 RBIs ... rates 3+-Stars ... has good speed and power.

James Douglas Bird, Pitcher RH, 6-3, 175 lbs, Born: Corona, CA .... pitched for San Jose, Mid-West League in '71, went 15-9 and led league with 2.43 ERA ... scouts rate 4-Stars fastball, pin-point control ... looks like future is now ... In '73, (rookie year) was main man of bullpen, 54 games, 82 Ks in 102 innings, only 30 walks, 3.00 ERA ... only 24-years-old ... very overpowering fastball ... wears neat, long sideburns.

Bobby Floyd, 2B-SS RH, Born: Hawthorne, CA ... outstanding defensive utility infielder ... has been in the majors since '68, the last four years with the Royals ... hot and cold hitter ... In '73 hit .321 in 78 at bats, but carries only a .219 lifetime batting mark ... rates tops in fielding, has excellent speed on base-paths ... his hobby is hypnotism .... and he's good at it, too.

Amos Otis, Outfielder RH, 5-11, 185 lbs., Born: Mobile, Alabama 4/26/1947 ... with the Royals since '70. ... led the AL in stolen bases in '71 with 52 ... rates as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball ... strong, accurate throwing arm ... batted .284, .301, .293 and .300 the last 4-years. Led the AL with 36 Ds in '70 ... in '73, hit 26 home runs, 93 RBIs

Alan Fitzmorris, Pitcher RH, Switch-hitter, Born: Buffalo, N.Y. 3/21/1946 ... joined Royals in '69 ... was 2-5, 3.74 in 38 games in 1972 ... posted a nice 8-3, 2.83 record in 15 games in '73 ... knows the strike zone ... tab for big future ... seems to be establishing himself in the Royals rotation.

Fran Healy, Catcher, 6-5, 210 lbs., Born: Holyoke, Mass. 9/6/1946 ... in '73 batted .274 in 277 at bats, lined 15 Ds, hit 6 Hrs, 34 RBIs ... rates 3+-Stars for defense ... big and strong- has punch in his bat ... tab for future

Edgar Kirkpatrick, Outfielder Bats LH, T RH, Born: Spokane, Wash. 10/8/1944 ... veteran outfielder ... played in his 12th major league season in '73 ... lined 24 Ds, batted .263, 45 RBIs in 429 at bats ... has good speed ... excellent defensive range ... intelligent base-runner ... in 1970, hit career best 18 home runs.

Bruce Dal Canton, Pitcher RH, Born: California, PA, 6/15/1942 ... 3rd year with Royals (1973) .... slipped to 4-3, 5.10 ERA in 32 appearances. In '72, fanned 75 in 132 innings, 6-6 record, 3.41 ERA .... has been plagued by arm problems the last two years ..... should bounce back nicely.

Octavio 'Cookie' Rojas, 2nd Baseman, Born: Havana, Cuba 3/6/1939 ... veteran team player ... traded to Royals in '70. In '73 hit .276, with 26 Ds in 551 at bats ... made the '71 and '72 AL All-Stars squads .... debuted in the majors in '62 .... in '71 hit an even .300, with 22 Ds - aggressive fielder and base-runner .... provides steady team leadership - well-liked.

Kurt Bevacqua, Outfielder-DH RH, 6-1, 185 lbs., Born: Miami Beach, Florida 1/23/1947 .... joined team in start of 1973, batted .257, 8 Ds, 3 Ts, 2 Hrs in 276 at bats..... scouts rank - 4-Star fielder .... has loads of power ... in '69 at Asheville, smashed 26 Ds, 16 Hrs and batted .316 .... tab for future.

John Mayberry, 1st baseman LH, 6-4, 225 lbs., Born: Detroit, Michigan 2/18/1950 ... at 23-years-of-age set Royals' franchise record with 100 RBIs in '72 .... continued to drove in runs in '73 .... was 3rd in the AL with 100 again. In '73, the big slugger hit .278, collected 48 extra base hits including 26 home runs ... scouts rank - power, but slow afoot, only 2-Stars for fielding prowess. While attending high school, "Big John" blasted a 480-ft homer in tournament game.

Lou Piniella, Outfielder RH, 6-2, 195 lbs., Born: Tampa 8/28/1943 .... debuted with Royals in '69 and was voted Rookie of the Year, hitting .282 .... in '72, batted .312, sliced 33 Ds, 4 Ts, 11 Hrs, 72 RBIs .... rates good fielder, intelligent hitter, shows team leadership ... and is one of the best chess players around .... in over 2,500 at bats, Lou carries a nice .285 career batting mark, averages around 25 Ds per/year, and 75 RBIs per/year ... did collect 88 RBIs in '70 when he hit .301.

Steve Mingori, Pitcher LH, Born: Kansas City, MO .... Attended Kansas State Univ., started in the big leagues in 1970 ... traded to Royals before '73 season began ... highly impressive left-handed pitcher .... went 3-3, 3.05 ERA in 19 games ... relief work has been curtailed the last two years due to arm injuries ... has an outstanding 2.99 ERA in 140 career games .... hopefully can regain previous form.

Freddie Patek, Shortstop RH, 5-4, 162 lbs, Born: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 10/9/1944 .... great hustler ... rates as one of the best shortstop in the AL ... hit .236 in 501 at bats in '73 ... led AL in double plays (113) in '72 .... in '71, led the league with 11 triples .... works for a furniture and appliance company during the off-season months.



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