1956 Major League Baseball season

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This article is about the 1956 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1956 in baseball.

The 1956 Major League Baseball season.

Regular season standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 97 57 .630
2nd Cleveland Indians 88 66 .571 9
3rd Chicago White Sox 85 69 .552 12
4th Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 13
5th Detroit Tigers 82 72 .532 15
6th Baltimore Orioles 69 85 .448 28
7th Washington Senators 59 95 .383 38
8th Kansas City A's 52 102 .338 45
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Brooklyn Dodgers 93 61 .604
2nd Milwaukee Braves 92 62 .597 1
3rd Cincinnati Redlegs 91 63 .591 2
4th St. Louis Cardinals 76 78 .494 17
5th Philadelphia Phillies 71 83 .461 22
6th New York Giants 67 87 .435 26
7th Pittsburgh Pirates 66 88 .429 27
8th Chicago Cubs 60 94 .390 33

World series[edit]

Main article: 1956 World Series
1956 World Series
New York Yankees (4) vs. Brooklyn Dodgers (3)
MVP Award: Don Larsen, P, New York
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-BRO)
Location Attendance Time
1 October 3 Dodgers 6, Yankees 3 0–1 Ebbets Field 34,479 2:32
2 October 5 Dodgers 13, Yankees 8 0–2 Ebbets Field 36,217 3:26
3 October 6 Yankees 5, Dodgers 3 1–2 Yankee Stadium 73,977 2:17
4 October 7 Yankees 6, Dodgers 2 2–2 Yankee Stadium 69.705 2:43
5 October 8 Yankees 2, Dodgers 0 3–2 Yankee Stadium 64,519 2:06
6 October 9 Dodgers 1, Yankees 0
(10 innings)
3–3 Ebbets Field 33,224 2:37
7 October 10 Yankees 9, Dodgers 0 4–3 Ebbets Field 33,782 2:19

Awards and honors[edit]

1956 Award Winners
  American League National League
Award Player Position Team Player Position Team
Triple Crown Mickey Mantle CF NYY None
Most Valuable Player Mickey Mantle CF NYY Don Newcombe P BRO
Cy Young Award None Don Newcombe P BRO
Rookie of the Year Luis Aparicio SS CHW Frank Robinson LF CIN

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Mickey Mantle, NYY .353 Hank Aaron, MLN .328
HR Mickey Mantle, NYY 52 Duke Snider, BRO 43
RBI Mickey Mantle, NYY 130 Stan Musial, STL 109
SB Luis Aparicio, CHW 21 Willie Mays, NYG 40
Wins Frank Lary, DET 21 Don Newcombe, BRO 27
ERA Whitey Ford, NYY 2.47 Lew Burdette, MLN 2.70
SO Herb Score, CLE 263 Sam Jones, CHC 176

All-Star game[edit]

July 10, 1956
Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 7 11 0
American League 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 11 0
Starting pitchers:
NL: Bob Friend
AL: Billy Pierce
WP: Bob Friend (1–0)   LP: Billy Pierce (0–1)
Home runs:
NL: Willie Mays (1), Stan Musial (1)
AL: Ted Williams (1), Mickey Mantle (1)

Feats[edit]

Triple Crown[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • On April 18, 1956, umpire Ed Rommel was the first umpire to wear glasses in a Major League game. The game was played between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators.[1]

Notable events[edit]

October–December[edit]

  • December 6–8 – Major League owners meet in Chicago. Cleveland general manager and minority-owner Hank Greenberg proposed implementing limited Interleague play beginning in 1958. Under Greenberg's proposal, each team would continue to play 154-games in the season, 126 of which would be within the league, and 28 against the eight clubs. The interleague games would all be played during a period immediately following the All-Star Game. The proposal was not adopted.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.43, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ "Left on Base – Team Records in a Game". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Drebinger, John (December 6, 1956). "Player limit, Interleague Games Top Issues on Majors' Agenda". New York Times. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 

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