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The 1946 season of the National League was the seventy-first season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 St. Louis Cardinals 156 98 58 0 .628 -.- 712 (4.56) 545 (3.49) 0.265 0.331 0.381 3.01 0.980
2 Brooklyn Dodgers 157 96 60 1 .611 2.0 701 (4.46) 570 (3.63) 0.260 0.346 0.361 3.05 0.972
3 Chicago Cubs 155 82 71 2 .529 14.5 626 (4.04) 581 (3.75) 0.254 0.328 0.346 3.24 0.976
4 Boston Braves 154 81 72 1 .526 15.5 630 (4.09) 592 (3.84) 0.264 0.335 0.353 3.35 0.972
5 Philadelphia Phillies 155 69 85 1 .445 28.0 560 (3.61) 705 (4.55) 0.258 0.313 0.359 3.99 0.975
6 Cincinnati Reds 156 67 87 2 .429 30.0 523 (3.35) 570 (3.65) 0.239 0.303 0.327 3.08 0.976
7 Pittsburgh Pirates 155 63 91 1 .406 34.0 552 (3.56) 668 (4.31) 0.250 0.327 0.344 3.72 0.970
8 New York Giants 154 61 93 0 .396 36.0 612 (3.97) 685 (4.45) 0.255 0.325 0.374 3.92 0.973

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Stan Musial
Enos Slaughter
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
156
At Bats Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 624
Runs Scored Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 124
Hits Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 228
Doubles Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 50
Triples Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 20
Home Runs Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 23
Total Bases Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 366
Runs Batted In Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals 130
Stolen Bases Pete Reiser Brooklyn Dodgers 34
Walks Eddie Stanky Brooklyn Dodgers 137
Hit by Pitch Buddy Blattner New York Giants 6
Strikeouts Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 109
Sacrifice Hits Eddie Stanky Brooklyn Dodgers 20
Grounded into Double Plays Andy Seminick Philadelphia Phillies 19
Batting Average Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 0.365
On-Base Percentage Eddie Stanky Brooklyn Dodgers 0.436
Slugging Percentage Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 0.587
On-Base plus Slugging Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 1.021
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 183

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Howie Pollet St. Louis Cardinals 21
Losses Dave Koslo New York Giants 19
Win-Loss Percentage Schoolboy Rowe Philadelphia Phillies 0.733
Appearances Ken Trinkle New York Giants 48
Games Started Dave Koslo New York Giants 35
Complete Games Johnny Sain Boston Braves 24
Shutouts Ewell Blackwell
Harry Brecheen
Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals
5
Games Finished Hugh Casey
Junior Thompson
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
27
Saves Ken Raffensberger Philadelphia Phillies 6
Innings Pitched Howie Pollet St. Louis Cardinals 266.0
Batters Faced Dave Koslo New York Giants 1136
Hits Allowed Dave Koslo New York Giants 251
Home Runs Allowed Mort Cooper Boston Braves 16
Base-on-Balls Allowed Monte Kennedy New York Giants 116
Hit Batsmen Joe Hatten Brooklyn Dodgers 7
Strikeouts Johnny Schmitz Chicago Cubs 135
Wild Pitches Kirby Higbe
Charley Schanz
Brooklyn Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies
6
Balks Hank Behrman
Johnny Sain
Brooklyn Dodgers
Boston Braves
2
Runs Allowed Dave Koslo New York Giants 119
Earned Runs Allowed Dave Koslo New York Giants 107
Earned Run Average Howie Pollet St. Louis Cardinals 2.10
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Mort Cooper Boston Braves 1.106

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League lost the thirteenth midsummer classic at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on Tuesday, July 9, 1946 by a score of 12 to 0. The league's manager was Charlie Grimm.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals defeated the American League's Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Stan Musial, a first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals. In the award's voting, he had 319 out of a possible 336 points and 22 first place votes.

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on June 13 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the National League's New York Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers of the American League by a score of 9 to 5.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • Robert Weintraub: The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age, Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, 2013. ISBN 978-0316205917


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