1952 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1952 throughout the world.  


Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

American League National League
AVG Ferris Fain PHA .327 Stan Musial STL .336
HR Larry Doby CLE 32 Ralph Kiner PIT &
Hank Sauer CHC
RBI Al Rosen CLE 105 Hank Sauer CHC 121
Wins Bobby Shantz PHA 24 Robin Roberts PHI 28
ERA Allie Reynolds NYY 2.06 Hoyt Wilhelm NYG 2.43
Ks Allie Reynolds NYY 160 Warren Spahn BSB 183

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 95 59 .617 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 2
Chicago White Sox 81 73 .526 14
Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 .513 16
Washington Senators 78 76 .506 17
Boston Red Sox 76 78 .494 19
St. Louis Browns 64 90 .416 31
Detroit Tigers 50 104 .325 45

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 96 57 .627 --
New York Giants 92 62 .597 4.5
St. Louis Cardinals 88 66 .571 8.5
Philadelphia Phillies 87 67 .565 9.5
Chicago Cubs 77 77 .500 19.5
Cincinnati Reds 69 85 .448 27.5
Boston Braves 64 89 .418 32
Pittsburgh Pirates 42 112 .273 54.5



  • February 16 - Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires after 40 years as a major league player and coach. He receives a pension from the Pittsburgh Pirates, with whom he spent most of those years.
  • February 26 - Thomas Fine was three outs from consecutive no-hitters in the Caribbean Series, having allowed a single in the ninth inning to break it up, in an 11–3 Cuba's victory over Panama's Carta Vieja Yankees. His 17 consecutive hitless innings pitched record still as the longest in Series history.
  • March 24 - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Slaybaugh is hit in the left eye with a line drive, necessitating an operation to remove the eye. Slaybaugh will pitch briefly in the minors in 1953-54 and then retire.


  • April 30
    • Veteran Negro League catcher Quincy Trouppe makes his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians. At 39 years of age, he is one of the oldest rookies in major league history. Three days later, Trouppe is behind the plate when relief pitcher Toothpick Sam Jones enters the game, forming the first black battery in American League history.
    • Ted Williams hits a two run home run to break a 3-3 tie on "Ted Williams Day" at Fenway Park. It was Williams' final game of the season before his departure for the Korean War to serve as a Marine fighter pilot.
  • May 5 - Mickey Mantle's father dies of Hodgkin's Disease, and Mantle will miss six games while attending the funeral and seeing to family matters in Oklahoma.
  • May 21 - At Ebbets Field, the Brooklyn Dodgers set a Major League record by scoring 15 runs in the first inning of a 19-1 pounding of the Cincinnati Reds. All nine Dodgers in the starting lineup both score a run and bat in a run in that first inning.
  • May 29 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Mickey McDermott faces 27 batters and fire a one-hitter to beat the Washington Senators, 1–0, at Fenway Park. Mel Hoderlein's fourth-inning single is the only Washington hit and he is thrown out while trying to stretch the hit into a double.
  • June 25 - Chicago White Sox shortstop Chico Carrasquel fractures his little finger in a play‚ which drops Chicago four games out of first place. Carrasquel will reinjure it on July 9 and be out of the lineup until August 19. The injury to Carrasquel‚ the starting shortstop for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game, is a key damage component as the White Sox will finish in third place.


  • August 15 – Detroit Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks pitches the second no-hitter of his Major League career, 1–0 over the New York Yankees.


  • October 7 – The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4–2, in the decisive Game 7 of the World Series to win their fourth straight World Championship title – tying the mark they set between 1936 and 1939 and fifteenth overall. Billy Martin saves the day by snaring a two-out, bases-loaded infield pop off the bat of Jackie Robinson. Gil Hodges goes hitless again and is 0-for-21 in the Series. This is the Yankees' third defeat of the Dodgers in six years.
  • December 2:








  • February 5 - Esty Chaney, 61, relief pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox (1913) and Brooklyn Tip-Tops (1914)
  • March 30 - Deacon Phillippe, 79, 6-time winner of 20 games, primarily with Pittsburgh; earned all three Pirate victories in 1903 World Series
  • April 3 - Phenomenal Smith, 87, pitcher for eight seasons, 1884-1891.
  • May 7 - Red Bluhm, 57, played for the Boston Red Sox in 1918
  • June 17 - Al Atkinson, 91, pitched three seasons in the Majors and threw two no-hitters.
  • July 3 - Fred Tenney, 80, first baseman for 17 years, primarily with Boston; batted .300 six times
  • August 25 - Harry Maupin, 80, pitcher for two seasons, 1898-1899.
  • August 30 - Arky Vaughan, 40, a drowning victim, 9-time All-Star shortstop who was named the NL's MVP in 1935 by The Sporting News; career .318 hitter led NL in runs, triples and walks three times each
  • November 21 - Fred McMullin, 61, one of the eight White Sox players suspended for life for their part in the Black Sox scandal
  • November 29 - Arlie Latham, 92, first player to play 1500 games at third base; among all-time top 10 in runs upon retirement
  • December 29 - Bob Meinke, 65, appeared in two games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1910