1950-American League

The 1950 American League season resulted in another exciting pennant race that lasted just about to the end of the wire.  Detroit got off to a fast start; and from the 1st day of the season until May 15 they remained in 1st place.  To this point New York, Boston, and Washington were the  Tigers main competitors.  Except for three days when New York was on top, Detroit maintained their lead through  the 4th of July and beyond. On July 4th the standings were as follows:  Detroit 46-24 (—);  NYY 43-29 (4);  CLE 42-30 (5);  BOS 41-32 (6.5).

Things would begin to tighten up, and for the rest of the summer, NewYork and Cleveland would be chasing the Tigers.  Sometimes New York would tie for the lead; and sometimes Cleveland and New York would flip/flop 2nd and 3rd place; but through it all, Detroit did not falter.  On Aug 29 Detroit and New York were in a virtual tie for 1st place with Detroit .002 ahead, .628 to .626.  The Indians and Red Sox were tied for 3rd, each two games back.

Between August 29 and September 16 the lead would change 5 times, swinging back and forth between the Yankees and Tigers.  As late as Sept 21, the two teams were tied with records of 91-53.  Boston was still in the race at 89-55, only 2 games back.  This situation would not last and it was Detroit, who led for most of the season, running out of gas.  Over the next 5 days the Tigers, while playing Cleveland and St. Louis, lost 4 out of 5. 

On the other hand, the Yankees took care of the Red Sox by winning two; and then put the pennant out of reach from Detroit by winning 3 out of 4 against Washington.  The final blow would come on Sept 28.  New York would need to lose its last three games while Detroit win their last two.  Detroit won, but so did New York.  The AL pennant would again fly over Yankee Stadium.

References:  http:// baseballrace.com;  http://Baseball-refernce.com

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