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THE 1948 SEASON
An AL Playoff, Satchel Paige and Huge Seasons for Boudreau, DiMaggio, Musial and Williams Await Gamers
By Glenn Guzzo
The 1948 season, notable for the American League’s first pennant-deciding pennant race and Satchel Paige’s major-league debut, will be the next old-timer season created by Strat-O-Matic.
Past-season research expert Steve Barkan said 1948 was chosen after an online poll of gamers matched the game company’s desire to fill in the few gaps of Post-World War II seasons never reproduced in advanced/super-advanced form.
Strat-O-Matic has gone back in time to re-create 24 full seasons in advanced/super-advanced form since it began doing so in 1982, but it had not done any seasons in the period 1942-49, the longest stretch of unaccounted-for seasons in the Strat-O-Matic library.
The 1948 season had many highlights:
n The start of a four-year dogfight between
n The Indians had MVP Lou Boudreau (.355-18-108), who hit two homers in the playoff clincher, 30-homer, 100-RBI men Joe Gordon and Ken Keltner, plus .336-hitter Dale Mitchell. They also had the first full season for Larry Doby (.301-14-66), who broke the
n Negro League legend Satchel Paige joined the Indians at mid-season and, at age 41, went 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA in 21 appearances that included seven starts, two of them shutouts.
n Paige, the pennant drive and promotions by owner Bill Veeck attracted a record 2,260,627 fans to
n The Yankees thrived on great seasons by Joe DiMaggio (.320-39-155) and Tommy Henrich (.308-25-100 with 42 doubles, 14 triples and 76 walks) and the Big Three pitching of Vic Raschi (19-8), Ed Lopat (17-11) and Allie Reynolds (16-7).
n The Red Sox’ majors-best offense was led by batting leader Ted Williams (.369-25-127 with .615 slugging and 126 walks) and its slugging middle infielders, Vern Stephens (29 HR, 137 RBI) and Bobby Doerr (27 HR, 111 RBI).
n The Red Sox’ final loss deprived
n The Braves were 6 ½ games better than
n The Cardinals also had left-hander Harry Brecheen, who had a majors-best 2.24 ERA and a 20-7 record.
The 1948 season is expected to be released by Strat-O-Matic in January 2005.