1946 Boston Red Sox season

1946 Boston Red Sox
1946 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Eddie Collins
Manager(s) Joe Cronin
Local radio WNAC
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey)
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The 1946 Boston Red Sox season was the 46th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 104 wins and 50 losses. This was the team's sixth AL championship, and their first since 1918. In the 1946 World Series, the Red Sox lost to the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals, whose winning run in the seventh game was scored on Enos Slaughter's famous "Mad Dash".

Regular season


The 1946 Red Sox were led by their All-Star left fielder, Ted Williams, who was in his first year back in the majors after serving as a fighter pilot in World War II. 1946 was Ted Williams first of two MVP seasons, and the only time he ever won a pennant. He was among the league leaders in many offensive categories, with a batting average of .342, 38 home runs and 123 runs batted in.[1]

On April 24, the Red Sox were 6–3, 1 game behind the Yankees and tied for second with the defending world series champion Tigers.[2] Then, from April 25 through May 10, they won 15 games in a row, beating the Yankees twice and sweeping the Tigers in a three-game series.[3] Over this stretch Ted Williams had a batting average of .442, with 4 home runs and 17 runs batted in.[4] On May 10 the Red Sox were 21–3 and leading the American League, 5.5 games ahead of the Yankees and 8 games ahead of the Tigers.[5] This was their biggest lead in 28 seasons, since winning their last pennant in 1918.[6] The fans took notice as the Red Sox had their highest attendance ever, nearly doubling their previous record. For the first time in Fenway Park history the Red Sox were averaging over 10,000 fans per game, averaging 18,166 fans per game throughout 1946.[7]

The Red Sox never turned back, winning 12 straight decisions from May 29 through June 11, including their second three-game sweep of the Tigers.[3] On June 11, the Red Sox were 41–9, 10 games ahead of the Yankees.[8] From June 5 through July 21, in 48 games, Ted Williams had a batting average of .399, with 18 home runs and 52 runs batted in. The Red Sox swept the Tigers for the third time that year on July 11–13. On July 14, Williams hit three home runs in a game.[4] The Red Sox swept their rivals, the Yankees, in a double-header at Yankee Stadium on September 2, expanding their lead to 15.5 games ahead of the Yankees and 18 games ahead of the Tigers. The Red Sox clinched the American League Pennant on September 13.[9] It was their first Pennant since 1918, when they won the World Series. The Red Sox ended the season 12 games ahead of the Tigers and 17 games ahead of the Yankees.[10]

The Red Sox played a three-game series against an American League all star team following the end of the regular season and the beginning of the World Series. While the Red Sox had clinched in September, the St Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers would play a three-game playoff for the National League pennant, pushing back the start of the World Series. The Red Sox hosted the three game exhibition series beginning October 1, 1946, at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won two of three, but Williams exacerbated his injury which would plague him in the Series against St. Louis.[11]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox10450.675--
Detroit Tigers9262.59712
New York Yankees8767.56517
Washington Senators7678.49428
Chicago White Sox7480.48130
Cleveland Indians6886.44236
St. Louis Browns6688.42938
Philadelphia Athletics49105.31855

Record vs. opponents

1946 American League Records

Boston 13–915–715–7–114–817–514–8–116–6
Chicago 9–1313–9–110–128–1412–1012–1010–12
Cleveland 7–159–13–15–1710–1215–715–7–17–15
Detroit 7–15–112–1017–513–917–514–812–10
New York 8–1414–812–109–1316–614–814–8
Philadelphia 5–1710–127–155–176–1610–126–16–1
St. Louis 8–14–110–127–15–18–148–1412–1013–9
Washington 6–1612–1015–710–128–1416–6–19–13

Opening Day lineup

 7Dom DiMaggioCF
 6Johnny PeskySS
  9Ted WilliamsLF
 1Bobby Doerr2B
 3Rudy York1B
 2Catfish Metkovich   RF
35Ernie Andres3B
 8Hal WagnerC
21Tex HughsonP

Notable transactions


1946 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


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
CHal Wagner11737085.230652
1BRudy York154579160.27617119
2BBobby Doerr151583158.27118116
SSJohnny Pesky153621208.335255
3BRip Russell8027457.208635
OFDom DiMaggio142534169.316773
OFTed Williams150514176.34238123
OFGeorge Metkovich8628169.246425

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
Pinky Higgins6420055.275228
Leon Culberson5917956.313318
Wally Moses4817536.206217
Tom McBride6115346.301019
Roy Partee4011135.31509
Eddie Pellagrini777115.21124


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
Tex Hughson3927820112.75172
Dave Ferriss402742563.25106
Mickey Harris34222.21793.64131
Joe Dobson32166.21373.2491

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
Jim Bagby21106.2763.7116
Earl Johnson2980543.7140
Bill Zuber1556.2512.5429

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
Bob Klinger283292.3716
Clem Dreisewerd204104.1819
Mace Brown183102.0510

1946 World Series

NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL Boston Red Sox (3)

1Boston 3, St. Louis 2 (10 innings)October 6St. Louis36,218
2St. Louis 3, Boston 0October 7St. Louis35,815
3Boston 4, St. Louis 0October 9Boston34,500
4St. Louis 12, Boston 3October 10Boston35,645
5Boston 6, St. Louis 3October 11Boston35,982
6St. Louis 4, Boston 1October 13St. Louis35,768
7St. Louis 4, Boston 3October 15St. Louis36,143

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Fred Walters and Nemo Leibold
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Johnny Peacock
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Elmer Yoter
B Lynn Red Sox New England League Lawrence "Pip" Kennedy[14]
B Roanoke Red Sox Piedmont League Eddie Popowski
C Oneonta Red Sox Canadian–American League Red Marion
C Durham Bulls Carolina League Floyd "Pat" Patterson
D Geneva Red Birds Alabama State League Charles Holly
D Salem Friends / Lenoir Red Sox Blue Ridge League Vernon Mackie and Noel Casbier
D Goldsboro Gold Bugs Coastal Plain League Bill Herring
D Milford Red Sox Eastern Shore League Wally Millies
D New Iberia Cardinals Evangeline League Aaron Ward

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Louisville, Scranton

Salem franchise moved to Lenoir, June 25, 1946[15]

Noel Casbier is listed as the sole manager for Salem/Lenoir by Baseball-Reference.com[16]



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