1951 Major League Baseball season
|1951 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 16 – October 12, 1951|
AL: Yogi Berra (NYY)|
NL: Roy Campanella (BRO)
|AL champions||New York Yankees|
|AL runners-up||Cleveland Indians|
|NL champions||New York Giants|
|NL runners-up||Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Champions||New York Yankees|
|Runners-up||New York Giants|
|Finals MVP||Phil Rizzuto (NYY)|
The 1951 Major League Baseball season opened on April 16 and finished on October 12, 1951. Teams from both leagues played a 154-game regular season schedule. At the end of the regular season, the National League pennant was still undecided resulting in a three game playoff between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. After splitting the first two games, the stage was set for a decisive third game, won in dramatic fashion on a walk-off homerun from the bat of Giant Bobby Thompson, one of the most famous moments in the history of baseball, commemorated as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" and "The Miracle at Coogan's Bluff". The Giants lost the 1951 World Series to defending champion New York Yankees, who were in the midst of a 5-year World Series winning streak.
Awards and honors
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- MLB Most Valuable Player Award
- MLB Rookie of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
Major league baseball final standings
American League final standings
National League final standings
- May 1 – Umpire Frank Dascoli banishes all 11 players on the Chicago Cubs bench during the fourth inning of the game against the New York Giants, after the Cubs players allegedly call Dascoli "Rabbit Ears". Bill Serena and Smoky Burgess are later allowed to return to the game to pinch hit for the Cubs.
- July 7 - The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 - every scoring half-inning featured two runs.
- September 13 – The St. Louis Cardinals become the first team in Major League history to play two different teams on the same day. Due to a rained out game, the Cardinals are forced to play the New York Giants in an afternoon game prior to their scheduled night game against the Boston Braves.
- September 14 – Bob Nieman of the St. Louis Browns becomes the first player to hit two home runs in their first two at bats.
- October 1-3 – The Giants and Dodgers meet in a special three-game playoff to decide the National League pennant. Bobby Thompson's walk-off homerun at the bottom of the ninth in the third game becomes known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World"
- 1951 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season
- 1951 Nippon Professional Baseball season
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