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1949 Cleveland Indians season

The 1949 Cleveland Indians season was the 49th in franchise history. The club entered the season as the defending World Champions. On March 5, 1949, Indians minority owner Bob Hope donned a Cleveland Indians uniform and posed with manager Lou Boudreau and vice president Hank Greenberg as the World Series champions opened spring training camp in Tucson, Arizona.[1]


Regular season

During the season, Indians fan Charlie Lupica spent 117 days on a flagpole, waiting for the Indians to regain first place. They never did, and he gave up his pursuit when the Indians were mathematically eliminated on September 25.[6]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 97 57 .630 --
Boston Red Sox 96 58 .623 1
Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 8
Detroit Tigers 87 67 .565 10
Philadelphia Athletics 81 73 .526 16
Chicago White Sox 63 91 .409 34
St. Louis Browns 53 101 .344 44
Washington Senators 50 104 .325 47

Notable transactions


1949 Cleveland Indians
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
1B Vernon, MickeyMickey Vernon 153 584 170 .291 18 83
SS Boudreau, LouLou Boudreau 134 475 135 .284 4 60

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


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

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
Bearden, GeneGene Bearden 32 127 8 8 5.10 41

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

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League Bucky Harris
AA Oklahoma City Indians Texas League Joe Vosmik
A Dayton Indians Central League Ski Melillo
A Wilkes-Barre Barons Eastern League Bill Norman
B St. Petersburg Saints Florida International League Myril Hoag, Harry Sullivan,
Johnny Beazley and Dick Porter
B Harrisburg Senators Interstate League Les Bell
B Spartanburg Peaches Tri-State League Kerby Farrell
C Tucson Cowboys Arizona-Texas League Gene Lillard
C Bakersfield Indians California League Harry Griswold
C Pittsfield Indians Canadian-American League Gene Hasson
C Burlington Indians Central Association Lloyd Brown
D Cordele Indians Georgia-Florida League Hal Lee
D Iola Indians Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League Winlow Johnson
D Union City Greyhounds KITTY League Tony Rensa and Rudy York
D Stroudsburg Poconos North Atlantic League Frank Radler
D Zanesville Indians Ohio-Indiana League Pat McLaughlin
D Batavia Clippers PONY League Ed Kobesky
D Green Bay Blue Jays Wisconsin State League Phil Seghi
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Stroudsburg[8]



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