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Closing Out the 1st Half of the 20th Century: What to Make of the 1946-50 Boston Red Sox

bos In 1946, when virtually everybody was back from the war (including Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Joe Gordon, Charlie Keller, and Tommy Henrich of the Yankees), it was the Boston Red Sox, with their own stars returned from the war, who dominated the American League and seemed to have the makings of baseball's next dynastic team. The 1946 Red Sox, with 104 victories, won the pennant by 12 games over the defending World Series champion Detroit Tigers, and the Yankees were never a factor finishing third, 17 games behind Boston. Led by Ted Williams in left, Dom DiMaggio in center, Bobby Doerr at second, and Johnny Pesky at shortstop, and with Tex Hughson, Boo Ferriss, Mickey Harris, and Joe Dobson anchoring a solid starting rotation, the Red Sox looked to be the team to beat for years - especially since the Yankees, despite Joe DiMaggio and their returned veterans from the war, looked to be getting old kind of fast. And the Red Sox improved their team with the arrivals of catcher Birdie Tebbetts in a 1947 trade with the Tigers; power-hitting shortstop Vern Stephens in a trade with the Browns in 1948 (Pesky moving over to third); and Billy Goodman, who could play almost anywhere but started his Red Sox career at first base, as a rookie, also in 1948. While Ferriss and Hughson never again approached their 1946 success because of injuries - both would soon be out of major league baseball - and shoulder problems sidelined Harris, Boston's pitching was enhanced by the arrivals of lefty Mel Parnell and right-hander Ellis Kinder in 1948.

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