1953 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1953 throughout the world.  


Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Mickey Vernon WSH .337 Carl Furillo BRO .344
HR Al Rosen CLE 43 Eddie Mathews MLN 49
RBI Al Rosen CLE 145 Roy Campanella BRO 143
Wins Bob Porterfield WSH 22 Robin Roberts PHI &
Warren Spahn MLN
ERA Ed Lopat NYY 2.42 Warren Spahn MLN 2.10
Ks Billy Pierce CHW 186 Robin Roberts PHI 198

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 99 52 .656 --
Cleveland Indians 92 62 .597 8.5
Chicago White Sox 89 65 .578 11.5
Boston Red Sox 84 69 .549 16
Washington Senators 76 76 .500 23.5
Detroit Tigers 60 94 .390 40.5
Philadelphia Athletics 59 95 .383 41.5
St. Louis Browns 54 100 .351 46.5

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 .682 --
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 .597 13
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 .539 22
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 .539 22
New York Giants 70 84 .455 35
Cincinnati Reds 68 86 .442 37
Chicago Cubs 65 89 .422 40
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 .325 55



  • March 13 - Boston Braves owner, Lou Perini, announced he was moving the team to Milwaukee, where the Braves had their top farm club, in time for the 1953 season.


  • April 13 - In Cincinnati over 30,000 see the Milwaukee Braves win their first game, 2-0, behind the pitching of Max Surkont
  • May 6 - At Sportsman's Park, Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns no-hits the Philadelphia Athletics 6-0 in his very first Major League start. Holloman will only post two more victories in his Major League career, in which his final appearance is on July 19 of this season.
  • June 18 - In a 23-3 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox set a still-standing Major League record by scoring 17 runs in one inning. After scoring twice in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie, the Red Sox go on their record-breaking run-scoring output in the seventh. 11 Red Sox players score in the inning, with Sammy White scoring three times and Gene Stephens (who also collects three hits in the inning, becoming the first Major Leaguer in modern history to do so), Tom Umphlett, Dick Gernert and winning pitcher Ellis Kinder scoring twice.


  • September 13 - Pitcher Bob Trice becomes the first black player in Philadelphia Athletics history.
  • September 14 - The New York Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant with an 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Second baseman Billy Martin has 4 RBIs.


  • October 5 - The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3, in Game 6 of the World Series, to win their record-setting fifth consecutive World Championship and sixteenth overall, four games to two. Billy Martin was the star of the Series with a record-setting 12 hits, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th of Game 6 to clinch the title.
  • October 7 - Bill Veeck, facing dwindling attendance and revenue, is forced to sell the St. Louis Browns to a Baltimore-based group led by attorney Clarence Miles and brewer Jerry Hoffberger. The Browns would move to Baltimore and be known as the Orioles starting in the 1954 season.
  • November 9 - Reaffirming its earlier position, the United States Supreme Court rules, 7-2, that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving New York Yankees minor league player George Toolson, who refused to move from Triple-A to Double-A.
  • November 10 - The New York Giants end their tour of Japan. It is reported that each Giants player received just $331 of the $3,000 they were promised.
  • November 24 - The Brooklyn Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a one-year pact as their manager for 1954. Alston will manage the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers over the next 23 seasons, winning 2,040 games and four World Championships.
  • December 1 - The Boston Red Sox trade for slugger Jackie Jensen, sending P Mickey McDermott and OF Tom Umphlett to the Washington Senators. Jensen will average 25 home runs a year for his seven seasons for Boston, lead the American League in RBI three times, and win the Most Valuable Player Award in 1958. A fear of flying will end his career prematurely.








  • January 11 - Doc Moskiman, 73, first baseman/right fielder for the 1910 Boston Red Sox
  • January 21 - Lorenza Cobb, 64, catcher in the Negro Leagues from 1914 to 1920
  • January 24 - Ben Taylor, 64, star first baseman of the Negro Leagues, later a manager, coach and umpire
  • February 13 - Happy Foreman, 53, relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox between 1924 and 1926
  • March 6 - Tex Pruiett, 69, pitcher for the Boston Americans/Red Sox from 1907 to 1908
  • March 28 - Jim Thorpe, 65, tremendous all-around athlete who, despite hitting only .252 in his career, saw his batting average improve in each of his six seasons, lastly hitting .327 in 1919
  • April 11 - Kid Nichols, 83, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 361 games, with 7 seasons of 30 victories
  • April 18 - Harry Niles, 72, speedy infielder/outfielder for the St. Louis Browns, New York Highlanders, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Naps from 1906 to 1910, who also broke up the perfect game bid of pitcher Cy Young during the 1908 season
  • May 19 - Sam Leever, 81, 4-time 20-game winner who compiled a career record of 194-100, all with Pittsburgh
  • May 27 - Jesse Burkett, 84, Hall of Fame outfielder who batted .338 in a 16-year career
  • June 22 - Charlie Hemphill, 77, outfielder for five teams, who also became the first Opening Day right fielder in Boston American League franchise's history in 1901
  • December 13 - Klondike Douglass, 81, First baseman/Catcher for nine seasons.
  • December 15 - Ed Barrow, 85, Hall of Fame executive who built the Yankees into a dynasty in the 1920s and 1930s
  • December 24 - Pinch Thomas, 65, catcher who won three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox in 1915-16 and Cleveland Indians in 1920
  • December 25 - Patsy Donovan, 88, outfielder who batted .301 and went on to manage five teams