1950 Boston Red Sox season

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.

1950 Boston Red Sox
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Owner(s)Tom Yawkey
General manager(s)Joe Cronin
Manager(s)Joe McCarthy, Steve O'Neill
Local televisionWBZ-TV/WNAC-TV
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Bump Hadley)
Local radioWHDH
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Leo Egan)
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Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636 --
Detroit Tigers 95 59 .617 3
Boston Red Sox 94 60 .610 4
Cleveland Indians 92 62 .597 6
Washington Senators 67 87 .435 31
Chicago White Sox 60 94 .390 38
St. Louis Browns 58 96 .377 40
Philadelphia Athletics 52 102 .338 46

Record vs. opponents

1950 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 15–7 10–12 10–12 9–13 19–3 19–3 12–10
Chicago 7–15 8–14 6–16–2 8–14 11–11 12–10 8–14
Cleveland 12–10 14–8 13–9–1 8–14 17–5 13–9 15–7
Detroit 12–10 16–6–2 9–13–1 11–11 17–5 17–5 13–9
New York 13–9 14–8 14–8 11–11 15–7 17–5 14–8–1
Philadelphia 3–19 11–11 5–17 5–17 7–15 8–14 13–9
St. Louis 3–19 10–12 9–13 5–17 5–17 14–8 12–10
Washington 10–12 14–8 7–15 9–13 8–14–1 9–13 10–12

Opening Day lineup

  7 Dom DiMaggio     CF
  6 Johnny Pesky 3B
  9 Ted Williams LF
  5 Vern Stephens SS
  2 Al Zarilla RF
  1 Bobby Doerr 2B
10 Billy Goodman     1B
14 Matt Batts C
17 Mel Parnell P

Roster

1950 Boston Red Sox
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Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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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
C Birdie Tebbetts 79 268 83 .310 8 45
1B Walter Dropo 136 559 180 .322 34 144
2B Bobby Doerr 149 586 172 .294 27 120
SS Vern Stephens 149 628 185 .295 30 144
3B Johnny Pesky 127 490 153 .312 1 49
OF Al Zarilla 130 471 153 .325 9 74
OF Ted Williams 89 334 106 .317 28 97
OF Dom DiMaggio 141 588 193 .328 7 70

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 Goodman 110 424 150 .354 4 68
Matt Batts 75 238 65 .273 4 34
Clyde Vollmer 57 169 48 .284 7 37
Tom Wright 54 107 34 .318 0 20
Buddy Rosar 27 84 25 .298 1 12
Tommy O'Brien 9 31 4 .129 0 3
Ken Keltner 13 28 9 .321 0 2
Lou Stringer 24 17 5 .294 0 2
Fred Hatfield 10 12 3 .250 0 2
Jim Piersall 6 11 4 .364 0 0
Charlie Maxwell 3 8 0 .000 0 0
Merl Combs 1 0 0 .000 0 0
Bob Scherbarth 1 0 0 --- 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
Mel Parnell 40 249 18 10 3.61 93
Joe Dobson 39 206.2 15 10 4.18 81
Chuck Stobbs 32 169.1 12 7 5.10 78
Willard Nixon 22 101.1 8 6 6.04 57

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
Ellis Kinder 48 207 14 12 4.26 95
Mickey McDermott 38 130 7 3 5.19 96
Walt Masterson 33 129.1 8 6 5.64 60
Harry Taylor 3 19 2 0 1.42 8

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
Al Papai 16 4 2 2 6.75 19
Dick Littlefield 15 2 2 1 9.26 13
Charley Schanz 14 3 2 0 8.34 14
Earl Johnson 11 0 0 0 7.24 6
Jim McDonald 9 1 0 0 3.79 5
Gordie Mueller 8 0 0 0 10.29 1
Jim Suchecki 4 0 0 0 4.50 3
James Atkins 1 0 0 0 3.86 0
Dave Ferriss 1 0 0 0 18.00 1
Bob Gillespie 1 0 0 0 20.25 0
Frank Quinn 1 0 0 0 9.00 0
Phil Marchildon 1 0 0 0 6.75 0

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]

References

  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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Bob Scherbarth

Robert Elmer Scherbarth (January 18, 1926 – January 1, 2009) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1950 season. Listed at 6' 0", 180 lb., Scherbarth batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Like Moonlight Graham from Field of Dreams fame, Scherbarth was one of many players since 1900 who appeared in a game but never had a plate appearance. He made his debut on April 23, 1950 as a defensive replacement in the 8th inning for Birdie Tebbetts. Scherbarth neither batted nor had a fielding chance during his debut and never appeared in another Major League game.

Scherbarth's minor league baseball career spanned seven seasons, from 1946 to 1952. He spent his entire career in the Red Sox organization, including three seasons for their top farm team, the Louisville Colonels. After his baseball career, Scherbarth went into the printing business.

Scherbarth died in Presque Isle, Wisconsin, at the age of 83.

Gordie Mueller

Joseph Gordon Mueller (December 10, 1922 – September 7, 2006) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1950 season. Listed at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and 200 pounds (91 kg), Mueller batted and threw right-handed. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he attended Loyola College in Maryland.

In eight relief appearances, Mueller allowed eight runs and 11 hits, giving 13 base on balls and one strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work for a 10.29 ERA. He did not have a decision or a save.

Mueller died at the age of 83 in Timonium, Maryland where he lived.

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