1951 New York Yankees season

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1951 New York Yankees
Mickey Mantle's Yankee Debut
1951 American League Champions
1951 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Dan Topping
Del Webb
General manager(s) George Weiss
Manager(s) Casey Stengel
Local television WABD/WPIX
Local radio WINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Bill Crowley, Dizzy Dean, Art Gleeson)
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The 1951 Yankees celebrate their victory in the previous season's World Series.
Casey Stengel lecturing Yankee players in 1951.

The 1951 New York Yankees season was the 49th season for the team in New York, and its 51st season overall. The team finished with a record of 98–56, winning their 18th pennant, finishing five games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the New York Giants in 6 games.

This year was noted for a "changing of the guard" for the Yankees, as it was Joe DiMaggio's final season[1] and Mickey Mantle's first. The 1951 season also marked the first year of Bob Sheppard's long tenure as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • April 17, 1951: Mickey Mantle makes his big league debut for the New York Yankees. The Yankees opponent is the Boston Red Sox.
  • May 1, 1951: Mickey Mantle hits his first major league home run. The game was played against the Chicago White Sox and the pitcher who gave up the home run was Randy Gumpert. The home run was in the sixth inning and was measured at 450 feet.
  • September 18, 1951: Allie Reynolds threw a no-hitter to clinch the American League pennant. It was the first time that a pitcher threw a no-hitter to clinch a pennant.[4]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 5
Boston Red Sox 87 67 .565 11
Chicago White Sox 81 73 .526 17
Detroit Tigers 73 81 .474 25
Philadelphia Athletics 70 84 .455 28
Washington Senators 62 92 .403 36
St. Louis Browns 52 102 .338 46

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1951 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 11–11 8–14 12–10 11–11 15–7 15–7 15–7
Chicago 11–11 12–10–1 12–10 8–14 9–13 15–7 14–8
Cleveland 14–8 10–12–1 17–5 7–15 16–6 16–6 13–9
Detroit 10–12 10–12 5–17 10–12 13–9 12–10 13–9
New York 11–11 14–8 15–7 12–10 13–9 17–5 16–6
Philadelphia 7–15 13–9 6–16 9–13 9–13 14–8 12–10
St. Louis 7–15 7–15 6–16 10–12 5–17 8–14 9–13
Washington 7–15 8–14 9–13 9–13 6–16 10–12 13–9


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1951 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Yogi Berra 141 547 161 .294 27 88
1B Joe Collins 125 262 75 .286 9 48
2B Jerry Coleman 121 362 90 .249 3 43
3B Bobby Brown 103 313 84 .268 6 51
SS Phil Rizzuto 144 540 148 .274 2 43
OF Gene Woodling 120 420 118 .281 15 71
OF Joe DiMaggio 116 415 109 .263 12 71
OF Hank Bauer 118 348 103 .296 10 54

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gil McDougald 131 402 123 .306 14 63
Mickey Mantle 96 341 91 .267 13 65
Johnny Mize 113 332 86 .259 10 49
Jackie Jensen 56 168 50 .298 8 25
Johnny Hopp 46 63 13 .206 2 4
Billy Martin 51 58 15 .259 0 2
Cliff Mapes 45 51 11 .216 2 8
Charlie Silvera 18 51 14 .275 1 7
Billy Johnson 15 40 12 .300 0 4
Bob Cerv 12 28 6 .214 0 2
Jim Brideweser 2 8 3 .375 0 0
Ralph Houk 3 5 1 .200 0 2
Archie Wilson 4 4 0 .000 0 0
Clint Courtney 1 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vic Raschi 35 258.1 21 10 3.27 164
Ed Lopat 31 234.2 21 9 2.91 93
Allie Reynolds 40 221 17 8 3.05 126
Bob Wiesler 4 9.1 0 2 13.50 3

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tom Morgan 27 124.2 9 3 3.68 57
Spec Shea 25 95.2 5 5 4.33 38
Bob Kuzava 23 82.1 8 4 2.40 50
Art Schallock 11 46.1 3 1 3.88 19
Stubby Overmire 15 44.2 1 1 4.63 14
Jack Kramer 19 40.2 1 3 4.65 15
Johnny Sain 7 37 2 1 4.14 21
Fred Sanford 11 26.2 0 3 3.71 10
Tommy Byrne 9 21 2 1 6.86 14

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Joe Ostrowski 34 6 4 5 3.49 30
Tom Ferrick 9 1 1 1 7.50 3
Bobby Hogue 7 1 0 0 0.00 2
Bob Muncrief 2 0 0 0 9.00 2
Ernie Nevel 1 0 0 1 0.00 1
Bob Porterfield 2 0 0 0 15.00 2

1951 World Series[edit]

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL New York Giants (2)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Giants – 5, Yankees – 1 October 4 Yankee Stadium 65,673
2 Giants – 1, Yankees – 3 October 5 Yankee Stadium 66,018
3 Yankees – 2, Giants – 6 October 6 Polo Grounds 52,035
4 Yankees – 6, Giants – 2 October 8 Polo Grounds 49,010
5 Yankees – 13, Giants – 1 October 9 Polo Grounds 47,530
6 Giants – 3, Yankees – 4 October 10 Yankee Stadium 61,711

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Kansas City Blues American Association George Selkirk
AAA San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League Lefty O'Doul
AA Beaumont Roughnecks Texas League Harry Craft
A Muskegon Clippers Central League Jim Gleeson
A Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Bill Skiff
B Quincy Gems Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Dutch Zwilling
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Mayo Smith
C Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian–American League Frank Novosel
C Twin Falls Cowboys Pioneer League Don Trower
C Joplin Miners Western Association Billy Holm
D LaGrange Troupers Georgia–Alabama League Carl Cooper
D Newark Yankees Ohio–Indiana League Bunny Mick
D McAlester Rockets Sooner State League Vern Hoscheit
D Fond du Lac Panthers Wisconsin State League James Adlam

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Quincy, Norfolk, LaGrange, McAlester

Newark club folded, July 17, 1951[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Drebinger (December 12, 1951). "DiMaggio Retires as Player but Expects to Remain in Yankee Organization". New York Times. p. 63.
  2. ^ Jerry Lumpe at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Don Taussig at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 142, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  5. ^ Billy Johnson at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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