1946 Cleveland Indians season

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1946 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Alva Bradley, Bill Veeck
General manager(s) Roger Peckinpaugh, Bill Veeck
Manager(s) Lou Boudreau
Local radio WGAR (AM) · WHK · WJW · WTAM
Jack Graney, Bob Neal, Earl Harper, Don Campbell, Tom Manning
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In 1946, Bill Veeck finally became the owner of a major league team, the Cleveland Indians. He immediately put the team's games on radio, and set about to put his own indelible stamp on the franchise. Actor Bob Hope also acquired a minority share of the Indians.[1]

Offseason

  • Prior to 1946 season: Al Aber was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians.[2]

Regular season

During the season, Bob Feller became the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in one season for the Indians in the 20th century.[3]

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 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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
C Jim Hegan 88 271 64 .236 0 17
1B Les Fleming 99 306 85 .278 8 42
2B Dutch Meyer 72 207 48 .232 0 16
SS Lou Boudreau 140 515 151 .293 6 62
3B Ken Keltner 116 398 96 .241 13 45
OF Pat Seerey 117 404 91 .225 26 62
OF Hank Edwards 124 458 138 .301 10 54
OF George Case 118 484 109 .225 1 22

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
Jack Conway 68 258 58 .225 0 18
Felix Mackiewicz 78 258 67 .260 0 16
Ray Mack 61 171 35 .205 1 9
Frankie Hayes 51 156 40 .256 3 18
Don Ross 55 153 41 .268 3 14
Heinz Becker 50 147 44 .299 0 17
Gene Woodling 61 133 25 .188 0 9
Mickey Rocco 34 98 24 .245 2 14
Bob Lemon 55 89 16 .180 1 4
Sherm Lollar 28 62 15 .242 1 9
Jimmy Wasdell 32 41 11 .268 0 4
Dale Mitchell 11 44 19 .432 0 5
Tom Jordan 14 35 7 .200 1 3
Howie Moss 8 32 2 .063 0 0
Eddie Robinson 8 30 12 .400 3 4
Buster Mills 9 22 6 .273 0 3
Rusty Peters 9 21 6 .286 0 2
Jackie Price 7 13 3 .231 0 0
Ralph Weigel 6 12 2 .167 0 0
Ted Sopkowski 2 8 4 .500 0 1
Blas Monaco 12 6 0 .000 0 0
Charlie Brewster 3 2 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
Bob Feller 48 371.1 26 15 2.18 348
Red Embree 28 200.0 8 12 3.47 87
Allie Reynolds 31 183.1 11 15 3.88 107
Steve Gromek 29 153.2 5 15 4.33 75
Mel Harder 13 92.1 5 4 3.41 21

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
Charlie Gassaway 13 50.2 1 1 3.91 23
Don Black 18 43.2 1 2 4.53 15
Ed Klieman 9 15.0 0 0 6.60 2
Vic Johnson 9 13.2 0 1 9.22 3
Bob Kuzava 2 12.0 1 0 3.00 4
Ray Flanigan 3 9.0 0 1 11.00 2
Johnny Podgajny 6 9.00 0 0 5.00 4
Les Webber 4 5.1 1 1 23.63 5
Ralph McCabe 1 4.0 0 1 11.25 3

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
Bob Lemon 32 4 5 1 2.49 39
Joe Krakauskas 29 2 5 1 5.51 20
Joe Berry 21 3 6 1 3.38 16
Pete Center 21 0 2 1 4.97 6
Tom Ferrick 9 0 0 1 5.00 9

Awards and honors

  • Bob Feller, Led American League with 36 complete games (it would also be the highest total in the decade)[6]

All-Star Game

Bob Feller, Pitcher (starter)

Frankie Hayes, Catcher (starter)

Ken Keltner, Third baseman (starter)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Baltimore Orioles International League Alphonse "Tommy" Thomas
AA Oklahoma City Indians Texas League Roy Schalk
A Wilkes-Barre Barons Eastern League Dick Porter
B Harrisburg Senators Interstate League Les Bell
C Bakersfield Indians California League Martin Metrovich and Tony Governor
C Pittsfield Electrics Canadian–American League Tony Rensa
C Clovis Pioneers West Texas–New Mexico League Harold Webb
D Centreville Orioles Eastern Shore League Jim McLeod
D Dayton Indians Ohio State League Frank Parenti and Ival Goodman
D Batavia Clippers PONY League Jack Tighe
D Appleton Papermakers Wisconsin State League Ray Powell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Harrisburg, Centreville, Batavia[7]

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/homegrown/index.ssf?/homegrown/more/hope/allroads.html Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Al Aber at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ Mickey Rocco at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Frankie Hayes at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.105, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References

  • 1946 Cleveland Indians at Baseball Reference
  • 1946 Cleveland Indians at Baseball Almanac
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