1957 Major League Baseball season

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This article is about the 1957 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1957 in baseball.

The 1957 Major League Baseball season involved the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants playing their final seasons as New York-based franchises before their moves to California for the following season, leaving New York without a National League team until the birth of the Mets in 1962.

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ted Williams BOS .388 Stan Musial STL .351
HR Roy Sievers WSH 42 Hank Aaron MLN 44
RBI Roy Sievers WSH 114 Hank Aaron MLN 132
Wins Jim Bunning DET
Billy Pierce CHW
20 Warren Spahn MLN 21
ERA Bobby Shantz NYY 2.45 Johnny Podres BRO 2.66
SO Early Wynn CLE 184 Jack Sanford PHI 188
SV Bob Grim NYY 19 Clem Labine BRO 17
SB Luis Aparicio CHW 28 Willie Mays NYG 38

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636
Chicago White Sox 90 64 .584 8
Boston Red Sox 82 72 .532 16
Detroit Tigers 78 76 .506 20
Baltimore Orioles 76 76 .500 21
Cleveland Indians 76 77 .497 21.5
Kansas City Athletics 59 94 .386 38.5
Washington Senators 55 99 .357 43

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Milwaukee Braves 95 59 .617
St. Louis Cardinals 87 67 .565 8
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 .545 11
Cincinnati Reds 80 74 .519 15
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 .500 18
New York Giants 69 85 .448 26
Chicago Cubs 62 92 .403 33
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 .403 33

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

  • April 18 – New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses proposes a new 78-acre (320,000 m2) tract in Flushing Meadows as a site for a new National League baseball stadium. The plan, submitted to mayor Robert Wagner, includes a 50,000-seat stadium with a plastic dome to be built by the Parks Department.
  • April 21 – The Cincinnati Redlegs are involved in a bizarre play in a game against the host Milwaukee Braves. With Don Hoak on second and Gus Bell on first, Wally Post hits a ground ball to Milwaukee shortstop Johnny Logan. Hoak breaks up a potential double play by fielding the ball himself and flipping it to Logan. Hoak is called out for interference (contact with batted ball before a fielder touched it), but Post is given a single on the play. The day before, Johnny Temple let Bell’s ground ball hit him with the same result, Temple being called out for interference and Bell being awarded a single. The two incidents prompt league presidents Warren Giles and Will Harridge to jointly announce a rule change that declared both the runner and batter out if the runner intentionally interfered with a batted ball, with no runners allowed to advance.
  • April 24 – The New York City Board Of Estimates fails to act on the Moses plan as outlined by Mayor Wagner.
  • May 7 – Cleveland Indian pitcher Herb Score is hit in the face by a line drive by New York Yankee Gil McDougald, the ball breaking numerous bones in Score's face and leaving him quite bloodied. McDougald vows to quit if Score is blinded as a result. Score regains his 20/20 vision, but will miss the remainder of the 1957 season.
  • May 28 – The National League approves the proposed moves of the Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to the West Coast, provided both clubs make their request before October 1 and move at the same time.
  • May 29 – New York City mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants and Dodgers about the proposed move, but that the city will not be "blackjacked" into anything.

July–September[edit]

  • July 18 – Stoneham says the Giants will quit New York after the season. He says he has not heard anything more from San Francisco and that his move is not contingent on that of the Dodgers. He sees a new stadium or joint occupancy with the New York Yankees as the only reason for the Giants to stay in New York.
  • August 19 – As Stoneham cites poor attendance as the reason for the Giants' move, the team's board of directors votes 8–1 to move to California in 1958, as San Francisco promises a new stadium in the Bayview area. The only dissenting vote is by M. Donald Grant, who would go on to become one of the founders of the New York Mets.

October–December[edit]

  • October 8 – Walter O'Malley announces that the Dodgers will be moving to Los Angeles for the 1958 season.

Records and notable events[edit]

  • The 1957 season marked the first time that both the American and National League leader in Complete Games had less than 20 Complete Games to lead their league.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "Friday, June 08, 2012 And That Happened". TheHardballTimes.com. 
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.106, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

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