1948 Boston Red Sox season

The 1948 Boston Red Sox season was the 48th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League (AL) with a record of 96 wins and 59 losses, including the loss of a one-game playoff to the Cleveland Indians after both teams had finished the regular schedule with identical 96–58 records. The first Red Sox season to be broadcast on television, broadcasts were then alternated between WBZ-TV and WNAC-TV but with the same broadcast team regardless of broadcasting station.

1948 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Tom Yawkey
General manager(s)Joe Cronin
Manager(s)Joe McCarthy
Local televisionWBZ-TV/WNAC-TV
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Bump Hadley)
Local radioWHDH
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey)
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In December 1947, the Red Sox made a deal with the St. Louis Browns. The Sox acquired Vern Stephens, Billy Hitchcock, and pitchers Jack Kramer and Ellis Kinder. The deal cost $375,000 and 11 Red Sox players.[1]

Notable transactions

  • Prior to 1948 season (exact date unknown)

Regular season

In 1948, Kramer led the American League in winning percentage.[1] The manager of the team was former New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, who replaced the outgoing Joe Cronin. Cronin had led the Red Sox to an 83–71 record in 1947, finishing in third place.[4]

Throughout 1948, the Sox, New York Yankees, and the Cleveland Indians slugged it out for the pennant. At the end of the regular season, Boston and Cleveland were tied for first place. Each team had a record of 96 wins and 58 losses, two games ahead of the Yankees.

American League Playoff

At the end of the season, the Red Sox and the Indians were tied for first place. This led to the American League's first-ever one-game playoff. The game was played at Fenway Park on Monday, October 4, 1948. The start time was 1:15 pm EST.

McCarthy picked former St. Louis Browns pitcher Denny Galehouse, who had an 8–7 pitching record, to be his starter. The Indians won the game by the score of 8–3. Indians third baseman Ken Keltner contributed to the victory with his single, double, and 3-run homer over the Green Monster in the 4th inning. Later, McCarthy said he had no rested arms and that there was no else who could pitch.[1] Mel Parnell and Ellis Kinder claimed that they were both ready to pitch.[1]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 97 58 .626 --
Boston Red Sox 96 59 .619 1
New York Yankees 94 60 .610 2.5
Philadelphia Athletics 84 70 .545 12.5
Detroit Tigers 78 76 .506 18.5
St. Louis Browns 59 94 .386 37
Washington Senators 56 97 .366 40
Chicago White Sox 51 101 .336 44.5

Record vs. opponents

1948 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Boston 14–8 11–12 15–7 14–8 12–10 15–7 15–7
Chicago 8–14 6–16 8–14 6–16 6–16 8–13–1 9–12–1
Cleveland 12–11 16–6 13–9 10–12 16–6 14–8–1 16–6
Detroit 7–15 14–8 9–13 9–13 12–10 11–11 16–6
New York 8–14 16–6 12–10 13–9 12–10 16–6 17–5
Philadelphia 10–12 16–6 6–16 10–12 10–12 18–4 14–8
St. Louis 7–15 13–8–1 8–14–1 11–11 6–16 4–18 10–12
Washington 7–15 12–9–1 6–16 6–16 5–17 8–14 12–10

Opening Day lineup

 7 Dom DiMaggio CF
 6 Johnny Pesky 3B
 9 Ted Williams LF
 2 Stan Spence 1B
 5 Vern Stephens SS
 1 Bobby Doerr 2B
 4 Sam Mele RF
 8 Birdie Tebbetts C
15 Joe Dobson P


1948 Boston Red Sox
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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
C Birdie Tebbetts 128 446 125 .280 5 68
1B Billy Goodman 127 445 138 .310 1 66
2B Bobby Doerr 140 527 150 .285 27 111
SS Vern Stephens 155 635 171 .285 29 137
3B Johnny Pesky 143 565 159 .281 3 55
OF Ted Williams 137 509 188 .369 25 127
OF Stan Spence 114 391 92 .235 12 61
OF Dom DiMaggio 155 648 185 .285 9 87

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 Hitchcock 49 124 37 .298 1 2


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
Joe Dobson 38 245.1 16 10 3.56 116
Mel Parnell 35 212 15 8 3.14 77
Jack Kramer 29 205 18 5 2.35 72
Ellis Kinder 28 178 10 7 3.74 53

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
Denny Galehouse 27 137.1 8 8 4.00 38

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
Harry Dorish 9 0 1 0 5.65 5
Earl Caldwell 8 1 1 0 13.00 5
Cot Deal 4 1 0 0 0.00 2

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Nemo Leibold and Owen Scheetz
AA Birmingham Barons Southern Association Fred Walters
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Mike Ryba
B Lynn Red Sox New England League Eddie Popowski
B Roanoke Red Sox Piedmont League Pinky Higgins
C Auburn Cayugas Border League Phillip "Barnie" Hearn
C San Jose Red Sox California League Marv Owen
C Oneonta Red Sox Canadian–American League Red Marion
D Milford Red Sox Eastern Shore League Clayton Sheedy
D Oroville Red Sox Far West League Nino Bongiovanni
D Valley Rebels Georgia–Alabama League Jesse Danna
D Wellsville Red Sox PONY League Tom Carey

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Birmingham, Scranton, Oneonta, Milford[5]


  1. ^ a b c d The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p.30, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  2. ^ Milt Bolling page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bob Smith page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p.29, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007


Mike Palm (baseball)

Mike Palm (February 13, 1925 – July 24, 2011) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1948 season. Listed at 6' 3", 190 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Palm is one of relatively few Red Sox players to have been born in the city of Boston. He was christened Richard Paul, but later legally changed his name to Mike.Palm was signed by the Red Sox while still in high school. The family moved to Belmont after Palm finished ninth grade at Belmont High School. Often striking out as many as 18 batters in a game, he earned an invitation to one of the school prospects tryouts that Hall of Famer Hugh Duffy hosted at Fenway Park. Assigned to the Allentown team of the Interstate League after graduation and awaiting induction into the Army, Palm saw only a couple of weeks of duty. During World War II, he spent two and a half years in the United States Army Air Corps, serving first at an airport in Casablanca, then in India for six months after the Japanese surrender, forgoing baseball for both 1944 and 1945.Following his discharge, Palm pitched in the minor leagues from 1946 to 1948 before joining the Red Sox late in 1948. In three relief appearances, he posted a 6.00 earned run average with one strikeout and five walks in 3.0 innings of work. He did not have a decision or saves.Palm later played three years in the minors, retiring in 1951. In a seven-season career, he had a 54–43 record and a 3.75 ERA in 152 pitching appearances.After leaving baseball, Palm started a career in the printing business working for several different firms until he started his own corporation, Palm Associates, where he worked until his retirement in the 1990s. In 2011, he was inducted into the Belmont High School Hall of Fame for his outstanding pitching record and performance while playing baseball, averaging 18 strikeouts per game. He also was the recipient of many awards his senior year including the Boston Post All Scholastic Award in 1943, one of the highest honors given in high school baseball at the time.Palm was a long-time resident of Scituate, Massachusetts, where he died at the age of 86.

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