1957 Major League Baseball season

1957 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 15 – October 10, 1957
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Mickey Mantle (NYY)
NL: Hank Aaron (MIL)
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Chicago White Sox
NL champions Milwaukee Braves
  NL runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series
Champions Milwaukee Braves
  Runners-up New York Yankees
Finals MVP Lew Burdette (MIL)

The 1957 Major League Baseball season was played from April 15 to October 10, 1957. The National League's Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants played their final seasons as New York City-based franchises before their moves to California for the 1958 season, leaving New York without a National League team until the birth of the Mets in 1962.

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
AVGTed Williams BOS.388Stan Musial STL.351
HRRoy Sievers WSH42Hank Aaron MLN44
RBIRoy Sievers WSH114Hank Aaron MLN132
WinsJim Bunning DET
Billy Pierce CHW
20Warren Spahn MLN21
ERABobby Shantz NYY2.45Johnny Podres BRO2.66
SOEarly Wynn CLE184Jack Sanford PHI188
SVBob Grim NYY19Clem Labine BRO17
SBLuis Aparicio CHW28Willie Mays NYG38

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636
Chicago White Sox 90 64 .584 8
Boston Red Sox 82 72 .532 16
Detroit Tigers 78 76 .506 20
Baltimore Orioles 76 76 .500 21
Cleveland Indians 76 77 .497 21.5
Kansas City Athletics 59 94 .386 38.5
Washington Senators 55 99 .357 43

National League final standings

National League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
Milwaukee Braves 95 59 .617
St. Louis Cardinals 87 67 .565 8
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 .545 11
Cincinnati Redlegs 80 74 .519 15
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 .500 18
New York Giants 69 85 .448 26
Chicago Cubs 62 92 .403 33
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 .403 33



  • April 18 – New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses proposes a new 78-acre (320,000 m2) tract in Flushing Meadows as a site for a new National League baseball stadium. The plan, submitted to mayor Robert Wagner, includes a 50,000-seat stadium with a plastic dome to be built by the Parks Department.
  • April 21 – The Cincinnati Redlegs are involved in a bizarre play in a game against the host Milwaukee Braves. With Don Hoak on second and Gus Bell on first, Wally Post hits a ground ball to Milwaukee shortstop Johnny Logan. Hoak breaks up a potential double play by fielding the ball himself and flipping it to Logan. Hoak is called out for interference (contact with batted ball before a fielder touched it), but Post is given a single on the play. The day before, Johnny Temple let Bell's ground ball hit him with the same result, Temple being called out for interference and Bell being awarded a single. The two incidents prompt league presidents Warren Giles and Will Harridge to jointly announce a rule change that declared both the runner and batter out if the runner intentionally interfered with a batted ball, with no runners allowed to advance.
  • April 22 – John Irvin Kennedy becomes the first black player in Philadelphia Phillies history, entering the game in the top of the 8th inning as a pinch runner for Solly Hemus.
  • April 24 – The New York City Board Of Estimates fails to act on the Moses plan as outlined by Mayor Wagner.
  • May 7 – Cleveland Indian pitcher Herb Score is hit in the face by a line drive by New York Yankee Gil McDougald, the ball breaking numerous bones in Score's face and leaving him quite bloodied. McDougald vows to quit if Score is blinded as a result. Score regains his 20/20 vision, but will miss the remainder of the 1957 season.
  • May 10 – San Francisco mayor George Christopher confers with Giants owner Horace Stoneham on a possible move of the New York Giants franchise to the West Coast.
  • May 28 – The National League approves the proposed moves of the Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to the West Coast, provided both clubs make their request before October 1 and move at the same time.
  • May 29 – New York City mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants and Dodgers about the proposed move, but that the city will not be "blackjacked" into anything.
  • May 30 – Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley rejects an offer from a Queens group to buy the team.
  • June 9 – Ernie Banks hits 100th career home run helping Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 7–3.




American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Pinky Higgins
Chicago White Sox Marty Marion
Cleveland Indians Kerby Farrell
Detroit Tigers Jack Tighe
Kansas City Athletics Lou Boudreau and Harry Craft
New York Yankees Casey Stengel
Washington Senators Chuck Dressen and Cookie Lavagetto

National League

Team Manager Comments
Brooklyn Dodgers Walter Alston
Chicago Cubs Bob Scheffing
Cincinnati Reds Birdie Tebbetts
Milwaukee Braves Charlie Grimm and Fred Haney
New York Giants Bill Rigney
Philadelphia Phillies Mayo Smith
Pittsburgh Pirates Bobby Bragan and Danny Murtaugh
St. Louis Cardinals Fred Hutchinson

Records and notable events

  • The 1957 season marked the first time that both the American and National League leader in Complete Games had less than 20 Complete Games to lead their league.[2]

See also


  1. Calcaterra, Craig. "Friday, June 08, 2012 And That Happened". TheHardballTimes.com.
  2. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.106, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
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