1957 New York Giants (MLB) season

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1957 New York Giants
Final Season in New York
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Horace Stoneham
General manager(s)Chub Feeney
Manager(s)Bill Rigney
Local televisionWPIX
(Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney, Jim Woods)
Local radioWMCA
(Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney, Jim Woods)
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The 1957 New York Giants season involved the team finishing in sixth place in the National League with a 69–85 record, 26 games behind the NL and World Champion Milwaukee Braves. It was the team's 75th and final season in New York City before its relocation to San Francisco, California for the following season. The last game at their stadium, the Polo Grounds, was played on September 29 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Relocation to San Francisco[edit]

While seeking a new stadium to replace the crumbling Polo Grounds, the Giants began to contemplate a move from New York, initially considering Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis–St. Paul, which was home to their top farm team, the Minneapolis Millers. Under the rules of the time, the Giants' ownership of the Millers gave them priority rights to a major league team in the area.

At this time, the Giants were approached by San Francisco mayor George Christopher. Despite objections from shareholders such as Joan Whitney Payson (who later owned the expansion Mets), majority owner Horace Stoneham entered into negotiations with San Francisco officials around the same time that Dodgers' owner Walter O'Malley was courting the city of Los Angeles. O'Malley had been told that the Dodgers would not be allowed to move to Los Angeles unless a second team moved to California as well. He pushed Stoneham toward relocation. In the summer of 1957, both the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers announced their moves to California, and the golden age of baseball in the New York area ended.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 95 59 0.617 45–32 50–27
St. Louis Cardinals 87 67 0.565 8 42–35 45–32
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 0.545 11 43–34 41–36
Cincinnati Redlegs 80 74 0.519 15 45–32 35–42
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 0.500 18 38–39 39–38
New York Giants 69 85 0.448 26 37–40 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 0.403 33 36–41 26–51
Chicago Cubs 62 92 0.403 33 31–46 31–46

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1957 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 17–5 12–10 10–12 12–10 9–13 12–10 12–10
Chicago 5–17 7–15 9–13 9–13 8–14–1 12–10–1 12–10
Cincinnati 10–12 15–7 4–18 12–10 16–6 14–8 9–13
Milwaukee 12–10 13–9 18–4 13–9 12–10–1 16–6 11–11
New York 10–12 13–9 10–12 9–13 10–12 9–13 8–14
Philadelphia 13–9 14–8–1 6–16 10–12–1 12–10 13–9 9–13
Pittsburgh 10–12 10–12–1 8–14 6–16 13–9 9–13 6–16
St. Louis 10–12 10–12 13–9 11–11 14–8 13–9 16–6


Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1957 New York Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 Valmy Thomas 88 241 60 .249 6 31
1B Whitey Lockman 133 456 113 .248 7 30
2B Danny O'Connell 95 364 97 .266 7 28
SS Daryl Spencer 148 534 133 .249 11 50
3B Ray Jablonski 107 305 88 .289 9 57
LF Hank Sauer 127 378 98 .259 26 76
CF Willie Mays 152 585 195 .333 35 97
RF Don Mueller 135 450 116 .258 6 37

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
Red Schoendienst 57 254 78 .307 9 33
Gail Harris 90 225 54 .240 9 31
Ozzie Virgil Sr. 96 226 53 .235 4 24
Bobby Thomson 81 215 52 .242 8 38
Dusty Rhodes 92 190 39 .205 4 19
Ray Katt 72 165 38 .230 2 17
Eddie Bressoud 49 127 34 .268 5 10
Wes Westrum 63 91 15 .165 1 2
Andre Rodgers 32 86 21 .244 3 9
Foster Castleman 14 37 6 .162 1 1
Bill Taylor 11 9 0 .000 0 0
Bobby Hofman 2 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
Rubén Gómez 38 238.1 15 13 3.78 92
Johnny Antonelli 40 212.1 12 18 3.77 144
Curt Barclay 37 183 9 9 3.44 67
Ray Crone 25 120.2 4 8 4.33 56
Pete Burnside 10 30.2 1 4 8.80 18

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
Al Worthington 55 157.2 8 11 4.22 90
Stu Miller 38 124 7 9 3.63 60
Mike McCormick 24 74.2 3 1 4.10 50
Joe Margoneri 13 34.1 1 1 5.24 18

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
Marv Grissom 55 4 4 14 2.61 51
Ramón Monzant 24 3 2 0 3.99 37
Jim Constable 16 1 1 0 2.86 13
Steve Ridzik 15 0 2 0 4.73 13
Gordon Jones 10 0 1 0 6.17 5
Jim Davis 10 1 0 0 6.55 6
Max Surkont 5 0 1 0 9.95 8
Windy McCall 5 0 0 0 15.00 2
Sandy Consuegra 4 0 0 0 2.45 1

Awards and honors[edit]

League leaders[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Minneapolis Millers American Association Red Davis
AA Dallas Eagles Texas League Salty Parker
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Mike McCormick and Ray Murray
B Danville Leafs Carolina League Dave Garcia and Mike McCormick
C St. Cloud Rox Northern League Pete Pavlick
D Selma Cloverleafs Alabama–Florida League Buddy Kerr
D Michigan City White Caps Midwest League Richie Klaus
D Hastings Giants Nebraska State League Leo Schrall
D Muskogee Giants Sooner State League Andy Gilbert

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hank Sauer at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Manny Mota at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Hoyt Wilhelm at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Bill Sarni at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ John Orsino at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Ray Katt at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Red Schoendienst at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.95, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  9. ^ 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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