1950 Philadelphia Phillies season
|1950 Philadelphia Phillies|
|1950 National League Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.|
|General manager(s)||R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.|
(Bill Brundige, Gene Kelly)
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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.
- October 3, 1949: Schoolboy Rowe was released by the Phillies.
- November 17, 1949: Milo Candini was drafted by the Phillies from the Oakland Oaks in the 1949 rule 5 draft.
- Prior to 1950 season: Bob Bowman was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies.
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.
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.
|New York Giants||86||68||0.558||5||44–32||42–36|
|St. Louis Cardinals||78||75||0.510||12½||48–28||30–47|
Record vs. opponents
1950 National League Records
|Bold||Phillies team member|
|1950 Game Log|
Overall Record: 91–63–3
|1950 Philadelphia Phillies|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
1950 World Series
AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (0)
|1||Yankees – 1, Phillies – 0||October 4||Shibe Park||30,746|
|2||Yankees – 2, Phillies – 1 (10 innings)||October 5||Shibe Park||32,660|
|3||Phillies – 2, Yankees – 3||October 6||Yankee Stadium||64,505|
|4||Phillies – 2, Yankees – 5||October 7||Yankee Stadium||68,098|
Awards and honors
- Jim Konstanty, Associated Press Athlete of the Year, National League MVP
- Eddie Sawyer, Associated Press Manager of the Year.
- Eddie Waitkus, Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year.
|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
- Schoolboy Rowe page at Baseball Reference
- Milo Candini page at Baseball Reference
- Bob Bowman page at Baseball Reference
- "Blue Jay Nickname Junked by Phillies". Spokane Daily Chronicle. January 10, 1950. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
- Roberts, Robin; C. Paul Rogers, Pat Williams (1996). The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant. Temple University Press. p. 214. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
- "1950 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "The Majors". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. April 21, 1950. p. 36. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- "The Majors". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. April 25, 1950. p. 33. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- Les, Biederman (May 10, 1950). "Kiner's Bat Booming; Bucs-Phils Idled by Rain: Ralph Leading NL in Homers, RBIs; His 2 Clouts Stop Dodgers". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. p. 33. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Phils Drop Out Of First Place As Bucs Win 2-1". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. Associated Press (AP). July 25, 1950. p. 14. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
The game had been postponed from May 11 [sic] because of rain.
- "Major Leagues". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 19, 1950. p. 24. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
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- "The Majors". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. June 2, 1950. p. 40. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
- "Baseball". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. June 10, 1950. p. 10. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Bucs, Phils Rained Out". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. June 10, 1950. p. 6. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Baseball". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. June 16, 1950. p. 18. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Baseball". Windsor, ON: The Windsor Daily Star. June 17, 1950. p. 3 (Section 2). Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- "The Majors". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. July 18, 1950. p. 24. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
- Jack, Hernon (July 25, 1950). "Rain Rescues Bucs; Beat Phillies, 2-1: Storm Ends Tight Game In Seventh: Phils Hold 3-2 Lead But Score Reverts To Previous Inning". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
[T]he Phils took over a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning, ... There were two strikes on Richie Ashburn when it began raining ... and the umpires called time. After a delay of one hour and four minutes, the game was called and the score reverted back to the sixth inning, giving the Pirates a 2-1 victory. ... Nothing in the seventh counted for the Phils, as the rules state that a complete inning must be played, unless the home team is leading, when the game is called.
- "Major Leagues". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 4, 1950. p. 16. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- "The Majors". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. August 20, 1950. p. 41. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
- "Baseball". Windsor, ON: The Windsor Daily Star. August 21, 1950. p. 3 (Section 2). Retrieved April 20, 2017.
- "Doubleheaders Pile Up on Dodgers and Braves". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. United Press (UP). August 21, 1950. p. 20. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
- "The Majors". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. September 4, 1950. p. 6. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- "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.
- "Major Leagues". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 14, 1950. p. 22. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
- "Philadelphia Whiz Kids Trim Reds in 19 Innings, 8-7: Longest of Season In Major Leagues: Bubba Church, Struck by Line Drive, May Be Lost for Rest of Year". Windsor, ON: The Windsor Daily Star. Associated Press (AP). September 16, 1950. p. 2 (Section 2). Retrieved May 6, 2017.
The second game was one of the most dramatic contests ever played at Shibe Park. It came to a finish with less than a minute before the 12:59 a.m. curfew
- "Major Leagues". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 22, 1950. p. 12. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- "Phils, Braves Tie in Rain". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press (AP). April 22, 1950. p. 12. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- "Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4". retrosheet.org. April 26, 1950. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
[Roy] Campanella doubled [Snider to third]; fan interference; the Phillies protested the game because the fan reached out and they thought Roy Campanella should have been ruled out[.]
- "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.
- "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.
- "Philadelphia Phillies at Brooklyn Dodgers Box Score, April 26, 1950". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. April 26, 1950. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- "Giants Stop Phillies, 4-3; Second Called". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press (AP). May 15, 1950. p. 22. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
The second game was halted at the close of the eighth inning under Pennsylvania's Sunday curfew law which forbids the start of an inning on Sunday after 6:45 p. m., Eastern daylight time. The umpires promptly announced that the game will be completed the next time the Giants visit Philadelphia. This was the first time such a ruling was issued. Previously games called under curfew laws were recorded as complete games.
- "Sunday Law Costly to Phils". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. United Press (UP). May 15, 1950. p. 22. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
It cost the Phillies part of their precious lead in the National League to observe the Sunday law to the letter yesterday. ... Under last year's rules, it would have been a victory for the Phils. The 1950 rules made the nightcap of a suspended game to be played off from the point of interruption the next time the teams meet. Thousands left Shibe Park believing the Phils had won. The public address announcer even named the winning and losing pitchers, but he corrected himself later.
- "New York Giants at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score, May 14, 1950". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. May 14, 1950. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
- "Philadelphia Phillies 9, New York Giants 7 (2)". retrosheet.org. May 14, 1950. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
[G]ame suspended for curfew; completed 7/5 with new umpires[.]
- "The Major Leagues". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 3, 1950. p. 13. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- "Phils Beat Dodgers, 6-4; Tie, 8-8: Curfew Stops Nightcap In Tenth After Reese Homers for Deadlock: Nicholson's Circuit Drive in First Tilt Provides Margin to Keep Quakers on Top; Simmons Collapses After 6 Hitless Innings". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press (AP). July 3, 1950. p. 12. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- "Philadelphia Phillies 5, New York Giants 4". retrosheet.org. August 12, 1950. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
[I]n the previous game, Eddie Stanky had stood behind 2B and waved his arms each time Andy Seminick batted; the Phillies had protested this action as unsportsmanlike; crew chief Al Barlick tried to contact NL president Ford Frick before this game to ask for a ruling; Barlick talked with Giants manager Leo Durocher about this; Durocher agreed to have Stanky stop until Frick could rule on it, since there was nothing in the rule book about it; [in the bottom of the 2nd inning] Stanky waved his arms but froze in place [as] Sheldon Jones started his pitching motion. ... Andy Seminick struck Hank Thompson on the jaw with his elbow on an attempted tag at 3B; Thompson was knocked out[.] ... [In the bottom of the 4th inning,] Eddie Stanky ejected by 2B umpire Lon Warneke for waving his arms to distract Andy Seminick; Durocher had called off the prohibition after Seminick hurt Hank Thompson; Seminick threw his bat onto the diamond after the second pitch and Stanky was tossed for 'conduct detrimental to baseball'; Durocher protested the game[.] ... Andy Seminick slid hard into Bill Rigney; the two started a fight, both benches cleared and a melle erupted; Seminick and Rigney ejected by 2B umpire Lon Warneke[.]
- "Frick Calls Durocher on Carpet: National League Upset By 'Stanky Monoeuvre'". Windsor, ON: The Windsor Daily Star. Associated Press (AP). August 14, 1950. p. 3 (Section 2). Retrieved May 13, 2017.
The umpires asked Durocher to make Stanky cease and desist until they could get an official ruling from Frick. This Durocher did until Seminick slid into Giant Third-baseman Hank Thompson, knocking the latter out. Durocher promptly called off the truce and Stanky was just as promptly thrown out. The Giants lost the game, 5-4, and Durocher protested the contest.
- "New York Giants at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score, August 12, 1950". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. August 12, 1950. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
- "Phillies Five Up on Brooks Detroit's Lead Cut to Game". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. Associated Press (AP). August 28, 1950. p. 18. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
- "Church Holds Up Phil's Staff in West: Rookie Beats Cubs For Second Victory In Last Four Days". Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Press. United Press (UP). August 28, 1950. p. 18. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
The Cubs and Phils tied, 4-4, in their nightcap, called after 11 innings because of darkness. They will play it off in a double header today. The deadlock could not have occurred because of darkness anywhere else in the major leagues, since the Cub park in the only one without lights. Under new rules now in effect, all games are to be played to their conclusion except where curfew ordinances halt them.
- "Eddie Sawyer Honored in Baseball Vote". Prescott Evening Courier. November 8, 1950. p. Section 2, Page 1.
- "Waitkus, Who Beat Death Rap, 'Comeback King'". Ellensburg Daily Record. November 10, 1950. p. 3.
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 290, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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- Van Lindt, Carson (1998). Fire and spirit: the story of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies. Marabou Pub. ISBN 0-9632595-1-2.
- Phillies Media Relations (October 26, 2009). "The 1950 Philadelphia 'Whiz Kids'". Phillies.com.