1950 Boston Red Sox season

1950 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Joe Cronin
Manager(s) Joe McCarthy, Steve O'Neill
Local television WBZ-TV/WNAC-TV
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Bump Hadley)
Local radio WHDH
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Leo Egan)
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The 1950 Boston Red Sox season was the 50th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League (AL) with a record of 94 wins and 60 losses, four games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees. The team scored 1,027 runs, one of only six teams to score more than 1,000 runs in a season in the modern era (post-1900), and, along with the 1999 Cleveland Indians, are one of two teams to do so post-World War II.[1] This was the last time that the Red Sox would win at least 90 games until their return to the World Series in 1967. The 1950 Red Sox compiled a .302 batting average, and are the last major league team to record a .300 team batting average.

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees9856.636--
Detroit Tigers9559.6173
Boston Red Sox9460.6104
Cleveland Indians9262.5976
Washington Senators6787.43531
Chicago White Sox6094.39038
St. Louis Browns5896.37740
Philadelphia Athletics52102.33846

Record vs. opponents

1950 American League Records

Boston 15–710–1210–129–1319–319–312–10
Chicago 7–158–146–16–28–1411–1112–108–14
Cleveland 12–1014–813–9–18–1417–513–915–7
Detroit 12–1016–6–29–13–111–1117–517–513–9
New York 13–914–814–811–1115–717–514–8–1
Philadelphia 3–1911–115–175–177–158–1413–9
St. Louis 3–1910–129–135–175–1714–812–10
Washington 10–1214–87–159–138–14–19–1310–12

Opening Day lineup

  7Dom DiMaggio    CF
  6Johnny Pesky3B
  9Ted WilliamsLF
  5Vern StephensSS
  2Al ZarillaRF
  1Bobby Doerr2B
10Billy Goodman    1B
14Matt BattsC
17Mel ParnellP


1950 Boston Red Sox
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
CBirdie Tebbetts7926883.310845
1BWalter Dropo136559180.32234144
2BBobby Doerr149586172.29427120
SSVern Stephens149628185.29530144
3BJohnny Pesky127490153.312149
OFAl Zarilla130471153.325974
OFTed Williams89334106.3172897
OFDom DiMaggio141588193.328770

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
Billy Goodman110424150.354468
Matt Batts7523865.273434
Clyde Vollmer5716948.284737
Tom Wright5410734.318020
Buddy Rosar278425.298112
Ken Keltner13289.32102


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
Mel Parnell4024918103.6193
Joe Dobson39206.215104.1881
Chuck Stobbs32169.11275.1078
Willard Nixon22101.1866.0457

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
Charley Schanz1422.2328.3414
Jim McDonald919103.795
Harry Taylor319201.428
Earl Johnson1113.2007.246
James Atkins14.2003.860

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
Ellis Kinder48141294.2695
Mickey McDermott387355.1996
Walt Masterson338615.6460
Al Papai164226.7519
Dick Littlefield152219.2613

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Mike Ryba
AA Birmingham Barons Southern Association Pinky Higgins
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League 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 Kinston Eagles Coastal Plain League Wally Millies
D Marion Red Sox Ohio–Indiana League George Susce and Elmer Yoter

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Roanoke, Marion[2]


  1. Rochford, Jeremy (September 9, 2014). "The Last 1,000 Run Team". Striking Out Looking.
  2. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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