1946 Washington Senators season

The 1946 Washington Senators won 76 games, lost 78, and finished in fourth place in the American League. They were managed by Ossie Bluege and played home games at Griffith Stadium.

1946 Washington Senators
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Location
Other information
Owner(s)Clark Griffith and George H. Richardson
Manager(s)Ossie Bluege
Local radioWWDC (FM)/WPIX
(Arch McDonald, Stan Stoller)
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Offseason

  • Prior to 1946 season: Dick Weik was signed as an amateur free agent by the Senators.[1]

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 104 50 .675 --
Detroit Tigers 92 62 .597 12
New York Yankees 87 67 .565 17
Washington Senators 76 78 .494 28
Chicago White Sox 74 80 .481 30
Cleveland Indians 68 86 .442 36
St. Louis Browns 66 88 .429 38
Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 .318 55

Record vs. opponents

1946 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 13–9 15–7 15–7–1 14–8 17–5 14–8–1 16–6
Chicago 9–13 13–9–1 10–12 8–14 12–10 12–10 10–12
Cleveland 7–15 9–13–1 5–17 10–12 15–7 15–7–1 7–15
Detroit 7–15–1 12–10 17–5 13–9 17–5 14–8 12–10
New York 8–14 14–8 12–10 9–13 16–6 14–8 14–8
Philadelphia 5–17 10–12 7–15 5–17 6–16 10–12 6–16–1
St. Louis 8–14–1 10–12 7–15–1 8–14 8–14 12–10 13–9
Washington 6–16 12–10 15–7 10–12 8–14 16–6–1 9–13

Notable transactions

Roster

1946 Washington Senators
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
1B Mickey Vernon 148 587 207 .353 8 85
OF Joe Grace 77 321 97 .302 2 31

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
Jeff Heath 48 166 47 .283 4 27
Jack Sanford 10 28 6 .214 0 1
Ray Goolsby 3 4 0 .000 0 0

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
Mickey Haefner 33 227.2 14 11 2.85 85
Bobo Newsom 24 178 11 8 2.78 82
Dutch Leonard 26 161.2 10 10 3.56 62
Johnny Niggeling 8 38 3 2 4.03 10

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
Sid Hudson 31 142.2 8 11 3.60 35
Walt Masterson 29 91.1 5 6 6.01 61

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
Bill Kennedy 21 1 2 3 6.00 18
Vern Curtis 11 0 0 0 7.16 7
Milo Candini 9 2 0 1 2.08 6
Max Wilson 9 0 1 0 7.11 8
Jake Wade 6 0 0 0 4.76 9
Al LaMacchia 2 0 1 0 16.88 0

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association Bert Niehoff
B Pensacola Fliers Southeastern League Bill McGhee
B Charlotte Hornets Tri-State League Spencer Abbott
D Kingsport Cherokees Appalachian League Hobe Brummitt and Red Mincy
D Orlando Senators Florida State League Ed Madjeski

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Orlando[4]

References

  1. ^ Dick Weik at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Jug Thesenga at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Joe Grace at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

Jack Sanford (first baseman)

John Doward Sanford (June 23, 1917 – January 4, 2005) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Washington Senators. Listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg), Sanford batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Chatham, Virginia.

Basically a line-drive hitter and a fine defensive player, Sanford was one of many ballplayers who interrupted their careers to serve during World War II. He signed with the Senators out of the University of Richmond, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track.

Sanford played for the Washington team in the 1940 and 1941 seasons as a backup for Zeke Bonura and Mickey Vernon at first base. He served in the US Air Force from 1941 to 1946, playing and coaching on baseball teams there, then returned to major league action briefly in 1946.

In a three-season career, Sanford was a .231 hitter (32-for-153) with 13 runs and 11 RBI in 47 games, including four doubles and four triples without home runs or stolen bases.

Following his playing career, Sanford earned a master's degree and Ph.D. From 1956 to 1966, he worked as a professor and the chairman of the Department of Health and Physical Education at Elon College. In 10 seasons as the school's head baseball coach, he posted a 184–110 record. After that, he worked for Barton College from 1966 through 1984 and also coached the baseball team in 1973 and again from 1981 to 1984. He retired after the team won its first conference championship in 1984.

Sanford died in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the age of 87.

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