1949 New York Yankees season

The 1949 New York Yankees season was the team's 47th season. The team finished with a record of 97–57, winning their 16th pennant, finishing 1 game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Casey Stengel in his first year. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

1949 New York Yankees
Casey Stengel's first season as manager
1949 World Series Championship
1949 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Dan Topping and Del Webb
General manager(s)George Weiss
Manager(s)Casey Stengel
Local televisionWABD
(Dolly Stark)
Local radioWINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy)
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  • November 15, 1948: Grant Dunlap was drafted by the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians in the 1948 minor league draft.[1]
  • Prior to 1949 season: Lou Skizas was signed as an amateur free agent by the Yankees.[2]

Regular season

The 1949 Yankees team was seen as "underdogs" who came from behind to catch and surprise the powerful Red Sox on the last two days of the season, a face off that fueled the beginning of the modern Yankees – Red Sox rivalry.

The Red Sox needed just one win in two games and were to pitch Mel Parnell in the first game. After trailing 4–0, the Yankees came back to beat Parnell 5–4, as Johnny Lindell hit an eighth-inning, game-winning, home run and Joe Page had a great relief appearance for New York.[3][4] And so it came down to the last game of the season. It was Ellis Kinder facing Vic Raschi.

The Yankees led 1–0 after seven innings, having scored in the first. In the eighth inning, manager Joe McCarthy lifted Kinder for a pinch hitter who did not come through. Then he brought in Mel Parnell in relief, and Parnell yielded a homer to Tommy Henrich and a single to Yogi Berra. Parnell was replaced by Tex Hughson, who had been on the disabled list and said his arm still hurt. But he came on and, with the bases loaded, Jerry Coleman hit a soft liner that Al Zarilla in right field tried to make a shoestring catch, but he missed and it went for a triple and three runs scored. In the ninth inning the Red Sox rallied for three runs but still fell short.[5] The post-season proved to be a bit easier, as the Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers four games to one.

In 1949, Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and Yankees GM Larry MacPhail verbally agreed to trade DiMaggio for Ted Williams, but MacPhail refused to include Yogi Berra.[6] Phil Rizzuto moved from eighth to first in the batting lineup and finished the season second in voting for the American League MVP Award.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 9757 0.630 54–23 43–34
Boston Red Sox 9658 0.623 1 61–16 35–42
Cleveland Indians 8965 0.578 8 49–28 40–37
Detroit Tigers 8767 0.565 10 50–27 37–40
Philadelphia Athletics 8173 0.526 16 52–25 29–48
Chicago White Sox 6391 0.409 34 32–45 31–46
St. Louis Browns 53101 0.344 44 36–41 17–60
Washington Senators 50104 0.325 47 26–51 24–53

Record vs. opponents

Boston 17–58–1415–7–19–1314–815–718–4
Chicago 5–177–158–147–156–1615–715–7
Cleveland 14–815–713–910–129–1315–713–9
Detroit 7–15–114–89–1311–1114–814–818–4
New York 13–915–712–1011–1114–817–5–115–7
Philadelphia 8–1416–613–98–148–1412–1016–6
St. Louis 7–157–157–158–145–17–110–129–13
Washington 4–187–159–134–187–156–1613–9

Notable transactions

  • April 28, 1949: Grant Dunlap was returned by the Yankees to the Indians.[1]


1949 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters

  • 35 Mickey Witek


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
CYogi Berra116415155.2772091
1BTommy Henrich115411118.2872485
2BJerry Coleman128447123.275242
3BBobby Brown10434397.283661
SSPhil Rizzuto153614169.275565
OFCliff Mapes11130475.247738
OFGene Woodling11229680.270544
OFHank Bauer10330182.2721045

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 Johnson11332982.249856
Joe DiMaggio7627294.3461467
Johnny Lindell7821151.242627
Dick Kryhoski5417752.294127
Snuffy Stirnweiss7015741.261011
Charlie Silvera5813041.315013
Charlie Keller6011629.250316
Jack Phillips459128.308110
Gus Niarhos324312.27906
Fenton Mole10275.18502
Johnny Mize13236.26112
Jim Delsing9207.35013
Joe Collins7101.10004
Ralph Houk574.57101
Mickey Witek1111.00000

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
Vic Raschi38274.221103.34124
Ed Lopat31215.115103.2670
Allie Reynolds35213.21764.00105
Tommy Byrne32196.01573.72129

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
Fred Sanford2995.1733.8751
Bob Porterfield1257.2254.0625
Duane Pillette1237.1244.349

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
Joe Page60138272.5999
Cuddles Marshall213035.1113
Spec Shea201115.3322
Ralph Buxton140124.0514
Hugh Casey41008.225
Frank Hiller40215.873
Wally Hood20000.002

1949 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (1)

1New York 1, Brooklyn 0October 566,224
2Brooklyn 1, New York 0October 670,053
3New York 4, Brooklyn 3October 732,788
4New York 6, Brooklyn 4October 833,934
5New York 10, Brooklyn 6October 933,711

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system


  1. Grant Dunlap page at Baseball Reference
  2. Lou Skizas page at Baseball Reference
  3. "Yanks, Sox Settle Title In New York". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. September 29, 1949. p. 8. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  4. "October 1, 1949 Red Sox-Yankees box score". retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  5. "October 2, 1949 Red Sox-Yankees box score". retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  6. ESPN.com – Page2 – The List: Baseball's biggest rumors
  7. 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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