1950 Philadelphia Phillies season

1950 Philadelphia Phillies
1950 National League Champions
Granny Hamner, Del Ennis, and Richie Ashburn of the 1950 Phillies "Whiz Kids" in a promotional photo.
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Location
Other information
Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
General manager(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
Manager(s) Eddie Sawyer
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The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies won the National League pennant by two games over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nicknamed the "Whiz Kids" because of the youth of their roster, they went on to lose the World Series to the New York Yankees in four straight games.

Previous off-season

On January 10, 1950, owner Bob Carpenter announced that the club had officially abandoned the nickname "Blue Jays" and would be the "Phillies". The club had adopted the nickname in 1944 but it never caught on among fans.[4]

City Series

The pre-season 1950 City Series was planned for three games prior to Opening Day. Snow flurries and cold weather in Philadelphia caused the cancellation of the first game. The Athletics beat the Phillies 7–4 and the Phillies won the following game 11–2.[5]

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 9163 0.591 48–29 43–34
Brooklyn Dodgers 8965 0.578 2 48–30 41–35
New York Giants 8668 0.558 5 44–32 42–36
Boston Braves 8371 0.539 8 46–31 37–40
St. Louis Cardinals 7875 0.510 12½ 48–28 30–47
Cincinnati Reds 6687 0.431 24½ 38–38 28–49
Chicago Cubs 6489 0.418 26½ 35–42 29–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 5796 0.373 33½ 33–44 24–52

Record vs. opponents

1950 National League Records

Sources:
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 9–139–1317–513–99–13–115–7–111–11
Brooklyn 13–910–1212–1012–1011–11–119–312–10
Chicago 13–912–104–175–179–13–111–1110–12
Cincinnati 5–1710–1217–411–114–1812–107–15
New York 9–1310–1217–511–1112–1016–611–11
Philadelphia 13–9–111–11–113–9–118–410–1214–812–10
Pittsburgh 7–15–13–1911–1110–126–168–1412–9
St. Louis 11–1110–1212–1015–711–1110–129–12

Game log

Legend
 Phillies win
 Phillies loss
 Phillies tie
 Postponement
BoldPhillies team member
1950 Game Log[6]
Overall Record: 91–63–3
^[a] The April 21, 1950, game ended after seven innings with the score tied 2–2,[29][30] and an additional game was played on June 29.
^[b] The April 26, 1950, game was protested by the Phillies in the bottom of the tenth inning.[31][32][33] The protest was later denied.[34]
^[c] The second game on May 14 was suspended (Sunday curfew[35][36]) after eight innings with the score 9–7 and was completed July 5, 1950, with new umpires.[37][38]
^[d] The second game on July 2, 1950, ended after ten innings (Sunday curfew) with the score tied 8–8,[39][40] and an additional game was played on September 6.
^[e] The August 12, 1950, game was protested by the Giants in the bottom of the fourth inning.[41][42] The protest was later denied.[43]
^[f] The second game on August 27, 1950, ended after eleven innings with the score tied 4–4,[44] and an additional game was played on August 28.[44][45]

Roster

1950 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
CAndy Seminick130393113.2882468
1BEddie Waitkus154641182.284244
2BMike Goliat145483113.2341364
3BWillie Jones157610163.2672588
SSGranny Hamner157637172.2701182
OFDick Sisler141523155.2961383
OFDel Ennis153595185.31131128
OFRichie Ashburn151594180.303241

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
Stan Lopata5812927.209111
Dick Whitman7513233.250012
Jimmy Bloodworth549622.229013
Bill Nicholson415813.224310
Jackie Mayo18368.22203
Putsy Caballero46244.16700
Stan Hollmig11123.25001
Johnny Blatnik441.25000

Pitching

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
Robin Roberts40304.120113.02146
Curt Simmons31214.21783.40146
Russ Meyer32159.29115.3074
Ken Heintzelman23125.1394.0939

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
Bob Miller351721163.5744
Bubba Church31142862.7350
Ken Johnson1460.2414.0132

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
Jim Konstanty74167222.6656
Milo Candini181002.7010
Blix Donnelly142404.2910
Hank Borowy30005.683
Paul Stuffel30001.803
Jack Brittin30004.503
Jocko Thompson20000.002
Steve Ridzik10006.002

1950 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (0)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Yankees – 1, Phillies – 0October 4Shibe Park30,746
2Yankees – 2, Phillies – 1 (10 innings)October 5Shibe Park32,660
3Phillies – 2, Yankees – 3October 6Yankee Stadium64,505
4Phillies – 2, Yankees – 5October 7Yankee Stadium68,098

Awards and honors

Records

  • Jim Konstanty, Major league single-season record (since broken), most wins by a relief pitcher (16)[48]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toronto Maple Leafs International League Jack Sanford
A Utica Blue Sox Eastern League Leon Riley
B Terre Haute Phillies Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Dan Carnevale
B Wilmington Blue Rocks Interstate League Skeeter Newsome
C Schenectady Blue Jays Canadian–American League Dick Carter
C Vandergrift Pioneers Middle Atlantic League Don Hasenmayer
C Salina Blue Jays Western Association John Davenport
D Klamath Falls Gems Far West League Hub Kittle
D Americus Phillies Georgia–Florida League Eddie Murphy
D Carbondale Pioneers North Atlantic League Joe Glenn
D Lima Phillies Ohio–Indiana League Frank McCormick
D Bradford Phillies PONY League Barney Lutz

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Terre Haute, Wilmington

Vandergrift club folded, July 20, 1950[49]

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  26. "Red Sox Now Favored to Win Pennant in A. L.: Tigers Still Lead With Yanks Only Half-Game Behind". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. United Press (UP). September 11, 1950. p. 27. Retrieved May 2, 2017. Rookie Jack Mayo homered for the Phils in the sixth inning and Granny Hamner singled to put the tying run on base, but the frame was washed out with the rain.
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  32. "Dodgers Triumph in 10-inning Contest With Phillies, 5-4: Tigers Maintain Lead in A.L. Edging Browns as Yankees Win". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. Associated Press (AP). April 27, 1950. p. 18. Retrieved April 21, 2017. With one out and Duke Snider on first, Roy Campanella sent a long fly ball to left field which Dick Sisler apparently caught. Umpire Babe Pinelli, however, ruled that a fan had interfered with the ball and awarded Campanella a ground rule double. The Phils protested the decision.
  33. "Rolfe's Flying Tigers Solid Dark-Horse Bet To Win AL Pennant: Detroit Wins Sixth Game in Seven Starts; Bums, Phils in Rhubarb; Cincy Still Winless". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. United Press (UP). April 27, 1950. p. 48. Retrieved April 21, 2017. The Brooklyn Dodgers got involved in another rhubarb, which is hardly news, as they beat the Phillies, 5-4, in a 10-inning night game in Brooklyn. In fact the Phils finished the game under protest after Umpire Babe Pinelli ruled Roy Campanella's 10th inning fly, apparently caught by Dick Sisler, a ground rule double for fan interference. That put men on second and third and Pee Wee Reese's single won the game.
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