1958 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1958 throughout the world.  


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 .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
ERA Whitey Ford NYY 2.01 Stu Miller SFG 2.47

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 .532 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



  • January 28 - 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.
  • February 6 - Ted Williams signs a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. Reports on the worth of the contract estimate from $135,000 to $150,000. Either way, Williams becomes the highest paid player in major league history.


  • May 12 - Willie Mays hits the first grand slam in San Francisco Giants history. Mays also belts another home run in a 12–3 victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • May 23 - Willie Mays hits 200th career home run, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Braves, 5–3.


  • July 28 - For the sixth time in his career, Mickey Mantle hits home runs from both sides of the plate. New York beats the Athletics, 14-7.
  • September 14 - The New York Yankees sweep a doubleheader against the Kansas City Athletics, 5-3 and 12-7 (14 innings), clinching their fourth straight American League pennant.
  • September 20 - Hoyt Wilhelm of the Baltimore Orioles strikes out eight while throwing a no-hitter

against the New York Yankees, in a 1-0 win. It is the first no-hitter since the franchise's move to Baltimore.

  • September 21 - The Milwaukee Braves clinch their second consecutive National League pennant with a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, thus ensuring a Yankees-Braves World Series for the second straight year.


  • November 28:
    • The American League announces that its Opening Day will be April 9 making it earliest date ever to open the junior circuit's regular season.
    • The Boston Red Sox sign teenage sensation Carl Yastrzemski to a reported bonus of $100,000. The future Hall of Famer will make his major league debut with Boston in the 1961 season.
  • November 30 - Italian baseball commissioner Prince Borghese visits the United States to seek aid in organizing Italian teams.
  • December 4 - The American Association expands to 10 teams by admitting the Houston Buffs, Dallas Rangers, and Fort Worth Cats from the Texas League. This effectively denudes the Texas League, leaving it with five teams and a vacancy.










  • 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
  • April 20 - Chet Nourse, 70, pitcher for the 1909 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
  • September 6 - Tommy de la Cruz, 46, Cuban pitcher for the 1944 Cincinnati Reds, and one of many players who only appeared in the majors during World War II
  • 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.