1957 Milwaukee Braves season
|1957 Milwaukee Braves|
|1957 NL Champions
1957 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Louis R. Perini|
|General manager(s)||John J. Quinn|
(Earl Gillespie, Blaine Walsh)
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The 1957 Milwaukee Braves season was the year that the team won its first and only World Series championship while based in Milwaukee. The Braves won 95 games and lost 59 to win the National League pennant by eight games over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals.
The club went on to the 1957 World Series, where they faced the New York Yankees. Pitcher Lew Burdette was the star and Most Valuable Player, winning three games, including the crucial seventh game played in New York City.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 1957 World Series
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm system
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- October 15, 1956: Jack Daniels and cash were traded by the Braves to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Carl Sawatski.
- December 3, 1956: Roger McCardell was drafted from the Braves by the New York Giants in the 1956 minor league draft.
- Prior to 1957 season (exact date unknown)
The Braves finished the regular season with a 95–59 record, and they scored 772 runs while giving up 613. They played their home games in Milwaukee County Stadium, where they sold just over 2,220,000 tickets, tops in the National League.
The Braves were led on offense by right fielder Hank Aaron, who won the National League Most Valuable Player award in just his fourth year in the major leagues. Fielding well in 151 games in right field, Aaron also led the National League with 118 runs scored, 44 home runs, a career high of 132 runs batted in, and 369 total bases. He also struck out just 58 times. Aaron also finished high in the league standings with 198 hits, a .322 batting average, and a .600 slugging percentage.
Another offensive star was third baseman Eddie Mathews. On June 12, Mathews hit the 200th home run of his career. For the season, Matthews was second on the team with 167 hits, 109 runs scored, 32 home runs, 94 runs batted in, and 148 games played.
In addition, the Braves' new second baseman, Red Schoendienst, was acquired in a trade on June 15, and he played in 93 games. Given up in this trade were Bobby Thomson (who was batting just .236) and Danny O'Connell (who was batting just .235). Wes Covington was the main replacement for Thomson in left field. Covington played in 96 games, batted .284, and batted in 65 runs, third on the team.
Starting pitcher Warren Spahn was the Cy Young Award winner as the best pitcher in Major League Baseball, the first left-handed pitcher to win the award. Spahn finished with 35 games started with a 21–11 record. He also relieved in four games, saving three of those. Spahn led the National League with 21 wins and 18 complete games, and he had a 2.69 earned-run average in 271 innings pitched. Spahn was backed up by starters Bob Buhl (18–7) and Lew Burdette (17–9).
Fred Haney, coming off his good performance in 1956, managed the Braves for the entire season in 1957. Haney also led the Braves to the top of the regular-season standings in 1958 and 1959, including the 1958 World Series, but after 1959, he never managed another Major League team again, although he did become the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.
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The Braves overcame two serious injuries during the 1957 season that caused some players to miss large parts of the year. First baseman Joe Adcock was injured in mid-season, and only played in 65 games, in which he batted in 38 runs. Frank Torre filled in for him and batted .272 in 129 games. Center fielder Bill Bruton injured his knee after playing in just 79 games, missing the rest of the season. He was replaced by Andy Pafko, who played in 83 games.
Opening Day lineup
- June 15, 1957: Danny O'Connell, Ray Crone, and Bobby Thomson were traded by the Braves to the New York Giants for Red Schoendienst.
|St. Louis Cardinals||87||67||0.565||8||42–35||45–32|
|New York Giants||69||85||0.448||26||37–40||32–45|
Record vs. opponents
1957 National League Records
|1957 Milwaukee Braves|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Crandall, DelDel Crandall||118||383||97||.253||15||46|
|1B||Torre, FrankFrank Torre||129||364||99||.272||5||40|
|2B||Schoendienst, RedRed Schoendienst||93||394||122||.310||6||32|
|3B||Mathews, EddieEddie Mathews||148||572||167||.292||32||94|
|SS||Logan, JohnnyJohnny Logan||129||494||135||.273||10||49|
|LF||Covington, WesWes Covington||96||328||93||.284||21||65|
|CF||Bruton, BillBill Bruton||79||306||85||.278||5||30|
|RF||Aaron, HankHank Aaron||151||615||198||.322||44||132|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Pafko, AndyAndy Pafko||83||220||61||.277||8||27|
|Adcock, JoeJoe Adcock||65||209||60||.287||12||38|
|O'Connell, DannyDanny O'Connell||48||183||43||.235||1||8|
|Mantilla, FélixFélix Mantilla||71||182||43||.236||4||21|
|Thomson, BobbyBobby Thomson||41||148||35||.236||4||23|
|Rice, DelDel Rice||54||144||33||.229||9||20|
|Sawatski, CarlCarl Sawatski||58||105||25||.238||2||17|
|Jones, NippyNippy Jones||30||79||21||.266||2||8|
|Tanner, ChuckChuck Tanner||22||69||17||.246||2||6|
|Cole, DickDick Cole||15||14||1||.077||0||0|
|Taylor, HawkHawk Taylor||7||1||0||.000||0||0|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn||39||271||21||11||2.69||78|
|Burdette, LewLew Burdette||37||256.2||17||9||2.72||111|
|Buhl, BobBob Buhl||34||216.2||18||7||2.74||117|
|Conley, GeneGene Conley||35||148||9||9||3.16||61|
|Crone, RayRay Crone||11||42.1||3||1||4.46||15|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Johnson, ErnieErnie Johnson||30||7||3||4||3.88||44|
|Jolly, DaveDave Jolly||23||1||1||1||5.02||27|
|Paine, PhilPhil Paine||1||0||0||0||0.00||2|
|Jay, JoeyJoey Jay||1||0||0||0||0.00||0|
1957 World Series
This was the Braves' first World Championship since the "Miracle Braves" of 1914, and their only one while based in Milwaukee (out of two chances). To date, the Braves' only other World Championship came in the 1995 World Series, when the now-Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians.
NL Milwaukee Braves (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)
|1||Braves – 1, Yankees – 3||October 2||Yankee Stadium||69,476|
|2||Braves – 4, Yankees – 2||October 3||Yankee Stadium||65,202|
|3||Yankees – 12, Braves – 3||October 5||Milwaukee County Stadium||45,804|
|4||Yankees – 5, Braves – 7 (10 innings)||October 6||Milwaukee County Stadium||45,804|
|5||Yankees – 0, Braves – 1||October 7||Milwaukee County Stadium||45,811|
|6||Braves – 2, Yankees – 3||October 9||Yankee Stadium||61,408|
|7||Braves – 5, Yankees – 0||October 10||Yankee Stadium||61,207|
Composite line score
1957 World Series (4–3): Milwaukee Braves (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)
|New York Yankees||4||1||5||2||1||2||6||0||3||1||25||57||6|
|Total Attendance: 394,712 Average Attendance: 56,387|
|Winning Player's Share: – $8,924 Losing Player's Share – $5,606|
Awards and honors
- Hank Aaron, National League Most Valuable Player
- Warren Spahn, starting pitcher, the Major League Baseball Cy Young Award
World Series awards
- Hank Aaron, OF, starter
- Lew Burdette, P, reserve
- Johnny Logan, IF, reserve
- Eddie Mathews, IF, reserve
- Red Schoendienst, IF, reserve
- Warren Spahn, P, reserve
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Atlanta, Evansville, Salinas
- Carl Sawatski at Baseball-Reference
- Roger McCardell at Baseball-Reference
- Marshall Bridges at Baseball-Reference
- Merritt Ranew at Baseball-Reference
- Eddie Mathews at The Baseball Page
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 234, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Red Schoendienst at Baseball-Reference