1949 Washington Senators season

The 1949 Washington Senators, the 49th season of the Major League Baseball franchise, won 50 games, lost 104, and finished in eighth and last place in the American League. It was the worst showing by the Washington club in 40 years, since the 1909 Senators lost 110 games. The team was managed by Joe Kuhel; it played its home games at Griffith Stadium, where it drew 770,745 fans, seventh in the circuit.[1]

Major League Baseball season

1949 Washington Senators
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Clark Griffith and the estate of George H. Richardson
Manager(s) Joe Kuhel
Local television WTTG
(Arch McDonald, Bob Wolff, Howard Williams)
Local radio WWDC (FM)
(Arch McDonald, Bob Wolff, Howard Williams)
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The Senators actually won 25 of their first 45 games and stood in third place after Sunday, June 5, 1949. But they would win only 25 games more all season, playing at an abysmal .229 rate over their last 109 contests. In today’s 162-game schedule, that would have resulted in a 37–125 mark, surpassing the 1962 Mets‘ record for futility. At year’s end, manager Kuhel would be replaced by Bucky Harris, the Senators’ 1924 “boy wonder” manager, now 53, returning for a third term as skipper of the Senators.

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On September 28, Senators pitcher Ray Scarborough ended Ted Williams‘ streak of most consecutive games reaching base safely at 84 games.[4] Scarborough gave up just four hits in a 4–1 complete game win over the Boston Red Sox. Johnny Pesky made the final out with Williams on deck.

American League

W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 54–23 43–34
Boston Red Sox 96 58 0.623 1 61–16 35–42
Cleveland Indians 89 65 0.578 8 49–28 40–37
Detroit Tigers 87 67 0.565 10 50–27 37–40
Philadelphia Athletics 81 73 0.526 16 52–25 29–48
Chicago White Sox 63 91 0.409 34 32–45 31–46
St. Louis Browns 53 101 0.344 44 36–41 17–60
Washington Senators 50 104 0.325 47 26–51 24–53

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