1957 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1957 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB 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
Ks Early Wynn CLE 2.42 Jack Sanford PHI 188

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

  • April 18 - New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Aaron 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 - In the first inning of a 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Milwaukee County Stadium, the Cincinnati Redlegs are involved in a bizarre play. 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 a 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 22 - John Irvin Kennedy becomes the first black player in Philadelphia Phillies history, entering the game in the top of the 8th inning as a pinch runner for Solly Hemus.
  • April 24 - The New York City Board Of Estimates fails to act on the Moses plan as outlined by Mayor Wagner.
  • May 7 - Two batters into the game at Cleveland Stadium, 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. With Bob Lemon pitching the rest of the way, the Indians defeat the Yankees 2-1.
  • May 10 - Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco confers with Horace Stoneham on a possible shift of the New York Giants franchise to the West Coast.
  • 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.
  • May 30 - Walter O'Malley rejects an offer from a Queens group to buy the Dodgers.
  • June 9 - Ernie Banks hits 100th career home run helping Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 7-3.

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Movies[edit]

Births[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 31 - Chick Maynard, 60, shortstop for the 1922 Boston Red Sox
  • March 2 - Frank Hafner, 89, pitched two games for the 1888 Kansas City Cowboys of the American Association.
  • April 15 - Jack Coombs, 74, pitcher with 158 career victories including a 31-9 campaign for the 1910 Athletics; pitched a complete 24-inning game on September 1, 1906, winning 4-1; later the baseball coach at Duke University from 1929 to 1952
  • April 18 - Bill Sweeney, 52, manager of the Portland Beavers and former MLB first baseman and coach
  • May 20 - Roy Hutson, 55, outfielder for the 1925 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • July 3 - Dolf Luque, 66, Cuban pitcher who won 194 games in the National League
  • July 25 - Frank Welch, 59, outfielder who hit .274 in 738 games for the Athletics and Red Sox from 1919 to 1927
  • August 14 - Tim Hendryx, 86, outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox, between the 1911 and 1921 seasons
  • October 9 - Butch Henline, 62, catcher for four teams from 1921 to 1931 who went on to umpire in the NL from 1945 to 1948, working the 1947 All-Star Game
  • November 19 - Frank Foreman, 94, pitched for 11 different clubs in five different leagues from 1884 to 1902, while recording 96 wins with a 3.97 ERA