1946 Major League Baseball season

The 1946 Major League Baseball season. Due to the end of World War II many drafted ballplayers returned to the majors and the quality of play greatly improved.

1946 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 16 – October 15, 1946
Regular season
Season championsAL: Boston Red Sox
NL: St. Louis Cardinals
Season MVPAL: Ted Williams (BSR)
NL: Stan Musial (SLC)
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upBoston Red Sox


Awards and honors

Final standings

American League final standings

American League
RankClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
1stBoston Red Sox104  50.675  
2ndDetroit Tigers92  62.597  12.0
3rdNew York Yankees87  67.565  17.0
4thWashington Senators76  78.484  28.0
5thChicago White Sox74  80.481  30.0
6thCleveland Indians68  86.442  36.0
7thSt. Louis Browns66  88.429  38.0
8thPhiladelphia Athletics49105.318  55

National League final standings

National League
RankClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
1stSt. Louis Cardinals98  58.628  
2ndBrooklyn Dodgers96  60.615  2
3rdChicago Cubs82  71.536  14.5
4thBoston Braves81  72.529  15.5
5thPhiladelphia Phillies69  85.448  28.0
6thCincinnati Reds67  87.435  30.0
7thPittsburgh Pirates63  91.409  34.0
8thNew York Giants61  93.396  36.0


American League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Joe Cronin
Chicago White Sox Jimmy Dykes and Ted Lyons
Cleveland Indians Lou Boudreau
Detroit Tigers Del Baker
New York Yankees Joe McCarthy, Bill Dickey and Johnny Neun
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Luke Sewell and Zack Taylor
Washington Senators Ossie Bluege

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves Billy Southworth
Brooklyn Dodgers Leo Durocher
Chicago Cubs Charlie Grimm
Cincinnati Reds Bill McKechnie and Hank Gowdy
New York Giants Mel Ott
Philadelphia Phillies Ben Chapman
Pittsburgh Pirates Frankie Frisch and Spud Davis
St. Louis Cardinals Eddie Dyer

National League playoff series

The National League pennant race ended in a tie between the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers and was decided by an unprecedented best-of-three playoff. St. Louis won the series, 2–0.

World Series

The World Series began on October 6 and pitted the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals won in 7 games.

See also


  1. "Elias Says..." ESPN.com. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  2. Pellowski, Michael J (2007). The Little Giant Book of Baseball Facts. United States: Sterling Publishing Co. pp. 352. ISBN 9781402742736.

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