1951 New York Yankees season

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1951 New York Yankees
Mickey Mantle's Yankee Debut
1951 American League Champions
1951 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Dan Topping
Del Webb
Manager(s) Casey Stengel
Local television WABD/WPIX
Local radio WINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Bill Crowley, Dizzy Dean, Art Gleeson)
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The 1951 Yankees celebrate their victory in the previous season's World Series.
Casey Stengel lecturing Yankee players in 1951.

The 1951 New York Yankees season was the 49th season for the team in New York, and its 51st season overall. The team finished with a record of 98-56, winning their 18th pennant, finishing five games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the New York Giants in 6 games.

This year was noted for a "changing of the guard" for the Yankees, as it was Joe DiMaggio's final season[1] and Mickey Mantle's first. The 1951 season also marked the first year of Bob Sheppard's long tenure as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • April 17, 1951: Mickey Mantle makes his big league debut for the New York Yankees. The Yankees opponent is the Boston Red Sox.
  • May 1, 1951: Mickey Mantle hits his first major league home run. The game was played against the Chicago White Sox and the pitcher who gave up the home run was Randy Gumpert. The home run was in the sixth inning and was measured at 450 feet.
  • September 18, 1951: Allie Reynolds threw a no-hitter to clinch the American League pennant. It was the first time that a pitcher threw a no-hitter to clinch a pennant.[4]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 5
Boston Red Sox 87 67 .565 11
Chicago White Sox 81 73 .526 17
Detroit Tigers 73 81 .474 25
Philadelphia Athletics 70 84 .455 28
Washington Senators 62 92 .403 36
St. Louis Browns 52 102 .338 46

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1951 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Berra, YogiYogi Berra 141 547 161 .294 27 88
1B Collins, JoeJoe Collins 125 262 75 .286 9 48
2B Coleman, JerryJerry Coleman 121 362 90 .249 3 43
3B Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 103 313 84 .268 6 51
SS Rizzuto, PhilPhil Rizzuto 144 540 148 .274 2 43
OF Woodling, GeneGene Woodling 120 420 118 .281 15 71
OF DiMaggio, JoeJoe DiMaggio 116 415 109 .263 12 71
OF Bauer, HankHank Bauer 118 348 103 .296 10 54

Other batters[edit]

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
McDougald, GilGil McDougald 131 402 123 .306 14 63
Mantle, MickeyMickey Mantle 96 341 91 .267 13 65
Mize, JohnnyJohnny Mize 113 332 86 .259 10 49
Jensen, JackieJackie Jensen 56 168 50 .298 8 25
Hopp, JohnnyJohnny Hopp 46 63 13 .206 2 4
Martin, BillyBilly Martin 51 58 15 .259 0 2
Mapes, CliffCliff Mapes 45 51 11 .216 2 8
Silvera, CharlieCharlie Silvera 18 51 14 .275 1 7
Johnson, BillyBilly Johnson 15 40 12 .300 0 4
Cerv, BobBob Cerv 12 28 6 .214 0 2
Brideweser, JimJim Brideweser 2 8 3 .375 0 0
Houk, RalphRalph Houk 3 5 1 .200 0 2
Wilson, ArchieArchie Wilson 4 4 0 .000 0 0
Courtney, ClintClint Courtney 1 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Raschi, VicVic Raschi 35 258.1 21 10 3.27 164
Lopat, EdEd Lopat 31 234.2 21 9 2.91 93
Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds 40 221 17 8 3.05 126
Wiesler, BobBob Wiesler 4 9.1 0 2 13.50 3

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Morgan, TomTom Morgan 27 124.2 9 3 3.68 57
Shea, SpecSpec Shea 25 95.2 5 5 4.33 38
Kuzava, BobBob Kuzava 23 82.1 8 4 2.40 50
Schallock, ArtArt Schallock 11 46.1 3 1 3.88 19
Overmire, StubbyStubby Overmire 15 44.2 1 1 4.63 14
Kramer, JackJack Kramer 19 40.2 1 3 4.65 15
Sain, JohnnyJohnny Sain 7 37 2 1 4.14 21
Sanford, FredFred Sanford 11 26.2 0 3 3.71 10
Byrne, TommyTommy Byrne 9 21 2 1 6.86 14

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ostrowski, JoeJoe Ostrowski 34 6 4 5 3.49 30
Ferrick, TomTom Ferrick 9 1 1 1 7.50 3
Hogue, BobbyBobby Hogue 7 1 0 0 0.00 2
Muncrief, BobBob Muncrief 2 0 0 0 9.00 2
Nevel, ErnieErnie Nevel 1 0 0 1 0.00 1
Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield 2 0 0 0 15.00 2

1951 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1951 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL New York Giants (2)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Giants – 5, Yankees – 1 October 4 Yankee Stadium 65,673
2 Giants – 1, Yankees – 3 October 5 Yankee Stadium 66,018
3 Yankees – 2, Giants – 6 October 6 Polo Grounds 52,035
4 Yankees – 6, Giants – 2 October 8 Polo Grounds 49,010
5 Yankees – 13, Giants – 1 October 9 Polo Grounds 47,530
6 Giants – 3, Yankees – 4 October 10 Yankee Stadium 61,711

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Kansas City Blues American Association George Selkirk
AAA San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League Lefty O'Doul
AA Beaumont Roughnecks Texas League Harry Craft
A Muskegon Clippers Central League Jim Gleeson
A Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Bill Skiff
B Quincy Gems Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Dutch Zwilling
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Mayo Smith
C Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian-American League Frank Novosel
C Twin Falls Cowboys Pioneer League Don Trower
C Joplin Miners Western Association Billy Holm
D LaGrange Troupers Georgia-Alabama League Carl Cooper
D Newark Yankees Ohio-Indiana League Bunny Mick
D McAlester Rockets Sooner State League Vern Hoscheit
D Fond du Lac Panthers Wisconsin State League James Adlam

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Quincy, Norfolk, LaGrange, McAlester

Newark club folded, July 17, 1951[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Drebinger (December 12, 1951). "DiMaggio Retires as Player but Expects to Remain in Yankee Organization". New York Times. p. 63. 
  2. ^ Jerry Lumpe page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Don Taussig page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 142, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  5. ^ Billy Johnson page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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