1958 Major League Baseball season

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The 1958 Major League Baseball season was the first season of play in California for the Los Angeles Dodgers (formerly of Brooklyn) and the San Francisco Giants (formerly of New York City). The NL would not return to New York until the Mets began play in 1962.

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ted Williams BOS .328 Richie Ashburn PHI .350
HR Mickey Mantle NYY 42 Ernie Banks CHC 47
RBI Jackie Jensen BOS 122 Ernie Banks CHC 129
Wins Bob Turley NYY 21 Bob Friend PIT
Warren Spahn MLN
22
ERA Whitey Ford NYY 2.01 Stu Miller SFG 2.47
SO Early Wynn CHW 179 Sam Jones STL 225
SV Ryne Duren NYY 20 Roy Face PIT 20
SB Luis Aparicio CHW 29 Willie Mays SFG 31

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 92 62 .597
Chicago White Sox 82 72 .675 10
Boston Red Sox 79 75 .513 13
Cleveland Indians 77 76 .503 14.5
Detroit Tigers 77 77 .500 15
Baltimore Orioles 74 79 .484 17.5
Kansas City Athletics 73 81 .474 19
Washington Senators 61 93 .396 31

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 .597
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 .545 8
San Francisco Giants 80 74 .519 12
Cincinnati Reds 76 78 .494 16
Chicago Cubs 72 82 .468 20
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 .468 20
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 83 .461 21
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 .448 23

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • January 29 – Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella suffers a broken neck in an early morning auto accident on Long Island. His spinal column is nearly severed and his legs are permanently paralyzed. Campanella will never play for the Dodgers after their move to Los Angeles, although a newspaper story (showing a picture of him wearing a Brooklyn cap) describes him as being of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

April–June[edit]

  • April 25 – The Dodgers set a record for the most fans at a regular season night game as 60,635 fans are on hand to see the Dodgers defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5–3.

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Movies[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 23 – Walter Lonergan, 72, shortstop for the 1911 Boston Red Sox
  • March 28 – Chuck Klein, 53, slugging right fielder, primarily with the Philadelphia Phillies, who was named the NL's MVP in 1932 and won the Triple Crown one year later; the 7th player to hit 300 home runs, winning four league titles
  • April 14 – John Freeman, 57, outfielder for the 1927 Boston Red Sox
  • June 9 – John Fick, 37, pitcher for the 1944 Philadelphia Blue Jays
  • August 1 – Ike Boone, 61, an outfielder for the New York Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and Brooklyn Dodgers between 1922 and 1932, who posted an ML career average of .321, compiled a .370 BA for the highest minor league all-time, and set a professional baseball record in 1929 collecting 553 total bases while playing in the Pacific Coast League
  • November 21 – Mel Ott, 49, Hall of Fame outfielder and 12-time All-Star for the New York Giants who held National League career record for home runs (511), leading league 6 times
  • November 27 – Harry G. Salsinger, 71, sportswriter for the Detroit News for over 50 years
  • December 8 – Tris Speaker, 70, Hall of Fame center fielder known for spectacular defense as well as superlative batting, becoming the second player to compile over 3,500 hits and posting a .345 career average
  • December 31 – Jack Doyle, 89, 17 year playing career includes a one time stint as manager of the New York Giants.