1957 New York Giants (MLB) season

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 television WPIX
(Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney, Jim Woods)
Local radio WMCA
(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

Regular season

Relocation to San Francisco

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

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 9559 0.617 45–32 50–27
St. Louis Cardinals 8767 0.565 8 42–35 45–32
Brooklyn Dodgers 8470 0.545 11 43–34 41–36
Cincinnati Redlegs 8074 0.519 15 45–32 35–42
Philadelphia Phillies 7777 0.500 18 38–39 39–38
New York Giants 6985 0.448 26 37–40 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 6292 0.403 33 36–41 26–51
Chicago Cubs 6292 0.403 33 31–46 31–46

Record vs. opponents

1957 National League Records

Sources:
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 17–512–1010–1212–109–1312–1012–10
Chicago 5–177–159–139–138–14–112–10–112–10
Cincinnati 10–1215–74–1812–1016–614–89–13
Milwaukee 12–1013–918–413–912–10–116–611–11
New York 10–1213–910–129–1310–129–138–14
Philadelphia 13–914–8–16–1610–12–112–1013–99–13
Pittsburgh 10–1210–12–18–146–1613–99–136–16
St. Louis 10–1210–1213–911–1114–813–916–6

Notable transactions

Roster

1957 New York Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
1BWhitey Lockman133456113.248730
3BRay Jablonski10730588.289957
LFHank Sauer12737898.2592676

Other batters

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 Schoendienst5725478.307933
Dusty Rhodes9219039.205419
Ray Katt7216538.230217
Foster Castleman14376.16211

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Johnny Antonelli40212.112183.77144
Curt Barclay37183993.4467
Pete Burnside1031.2148.8018

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jim Constable161102.8613

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

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

  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

References

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