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1957 Baseball News and Highlights

Professional

Two National League franchises moved in 1957 -- the Giants moved from New York to San Francisco and the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score was struck in the eye by a line drive off the bat of New York Yankee Gil McDougald on May 7. Score was sidelined for the rest of the season.

Brooklyn Dodger and Milwaukee Braves players engage in a free-for-all battle during a game in Brooklyn on June 13.
batttle in Brooklyn

Left: "Dizzy" Dean interviews Von (center) and Lindy McDaniel, brother pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals. Dean and his brother Paul were a pitching combination for the Cardinals in the 1930's, with 49 wins between them. In 1957 the McDaniel brothers (one a rookie, the other in his second year) won 22 games between them.
Dizzy Dean interviews Von and Lindy McDaniel

Hall of Fame Inductees
(ceremony held July 22)

Sam "Wahoo" Crawford, outfielder for Cincinnati and Detroit
Joe MCarthy, manager of the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox

All-Star Game

The American League defeated the National League 6-5 in the 24th annual All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 9, 1957. Detroit pitcher Jim Bunning was credited with the win, while Philadelphia pitcher Curt Simmons got the loss.

Mid-Season Manager Changes

In May, Washigton replaced Charley Dressen with Cookie Lavagetto. In August, Pittsburgh fired Bobby Bragan in favor of Danny Murtaugh, and Kansas City replaced Lou Boudreau with Harry Craft.

In-Season Player Trades

In February, the New York Yankees traded pitchers Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan, and Rip Coleman, outfielder Irv Noren, and infielders Billy Hunter and Milt Graff (and others) to Kansas City in exchange for pitchers Bobby Shantz and Art Ditmar (among others).

In June, the Yankees traded second baseman Billy Martin, pitcher Ralph Terry, and outfielders Bob Martyn and Woody Held to Kansas City in exchange for first baseman-outfielder Harry Simpson, outfielder Jim Pisoni, and pitcher Ryne Duren.

On June 15, Milwaukee traded infielder Danny O'Connell, outfielder Bobby Thompson, and pitcher Ray Crone to the New York Giants in exchange for second baseman Red Schoendienst.

Final Major League Standings

The Milwaukee Braves went on a ten-game winning sreak in August, and finished the season with an eight-game lead over the St, Louis Cardinals to win their first National League pennant. Prior to the streak, the Braves had been in a five-team battle for the championship with St. Louis, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. The race for the American League pennant was between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox remained within striking distance all season, but the Yankees ended up with their 23rd pennant.

National League   American League
  Won Lost     Won Lost
Milwaukee 95 59   New York 98 56
St. Louis 87 67   Chicago 90 64
Brooklyn 84 70   Boston 82 72
Cincinnati 80 74   Detroit 78 76
Philadelphia 77 77   Baltimore 76 76
New York 69 85   Cleveland 76 77
Pittsburgh 62 92   Kansas City 59 94
Chicago 62 92   Washington 55 99

World Series

Lew Burdette pitched Milwaukee to the World Championship by beating New York in three complete games, including two shutouts and 24 consecutive scoreless innings. He became the tenth man in Major League history to win three times in a World Series and the first to do it against the Yankees. The Series, played October 2-10, went the full seven games for the third straight year. Total attendance for the series was 394,712, and gate receipts totaled $24,475,978.94; both numbers were records.

* denotes home team for each game

  Game
1
Game
2
Game
3
Game
4
Game
5
Game
6
Game
7
Milwaukee 1 4 *3 *7 *1 2 5
New York *3 *2 12 5 0 *3 *0

The Braves' Eddie Mathews (top right) runs out a game-winning homer in game 4 of the World Series.
game-winning home run

Yankee Gerry Coleman tumbles over Brave Bob Hazle sliding into 2nd base during game 7 of the Series. Kubek's throw to Coleman from 3rd base was wild.
key World Series Play

Milwaukee Braves pitchers Lew Burdette (left) and Warren Spahn acknowledge cheering fans upon return from their World Series victory.
Braves celebrate victory

Individual Honors and Performance Leaders

  American League National League
Managers of the Year Al Lopez (White Sox) Fred Haney (Braves)
Most Valuable Players Mickey Mantle (Yankees) Hank Aaron (Braves)
Rookies of the Year Tony Kubek (Yankees) Jack Sanford (Phillies)
Come-Back Players of the Year Bobby Shantz (Yankees) Hank Sauer (Giants)
Batting Championships Ted Williams (RedSox), .388 Stan Musial (Cardinals), .351
Home Run Leaders Roy Sievers (Senators), 42 Hank Aaron, 44
RBI Leaders Roy Sievers, 114 Hank Aaron, 132
Lowest ERA's Bobby Shantz (New York), 2.45 Johnny Podres (Brooklyn), 2.66

College

The University of California won the NCAA Championship with a 1-0 victory over Penn State in the final game at Omaha, Nebraska, on June 12.

Conference Champions

Ivy League Yale
Middle Atlantic Lafayette
Yankee Massachusetts
Mason-Dixon Hampden-Sydney
Southeast Georgia Tech
Southern George Washington
Atlantic Coast Duke
Big Ten Northwestern
Interstate (tie) Western Illinois State and Central Michigan
Mid-American Western Michigan
Missouri Valley Bradley
Illinois Illinois Wesleyan
Rocky Mountain Colorado State
Cemtral I. A. C. Maryland State
Midwest Carleton
Ohio Valley Morehead State
Mountain States Denver
Border Arizona
Big Seven Iowa State
Pacific Coast California
Southwest Texas

SEE ALSO
In the Year 1957
Mickey Mantle
Hank Aaron

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