1957 in baseball
Major League Baseball
- College World Series: California
- Japan Series: Nishitetsu Lions over Yomiuri Giants (4-0-1)
- Little League World Series: Monterrey Industrial, Monterrey, Mexico
Awards and honors
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- MLB Most Valuable Player Award
- MLB Rookie of the Year Award
- Cy Young Award
- The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
- Gold Glove Award
MLB statistical leaders
|American League||National League|
|AVG||Ted Williams BOS||.388||Stan Musial STL||.351|
|HR||Roy Sievers WSH||42||Hank Aaron MIL||44|
|RBI||Roy Sievers WSH||114||Hank Aaron MIL||132|
|Wins||Jim Bunning DET & |
Billy Pierce CHW
|20||Warren Spahn MIL||21|
|ERA||Bobby Shantz NYY||2.45||Johnny Podres BKN||2.66|
|Ks||Early Wynn CLE||2.42||Jack Sanford PHI||188|
Major league baseball final standings
American League final standings
National League final standings
- April 18 – New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Aaron 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 – In the first inning of a 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Milwaukee County Stadium, the Cincinnati Redlegs are involved in a bizarre play. 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 a 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.
- The Chicago Cubs are involved in an absurd play in their 9–5 loss to the Cincinnati Redlegs at Crosley Field. In the fourth inning, Cubs pitcher Moe Drabowsky claims to be hit on the foot by a Joe Nuxhall pitch. Afterwards, teammate Dick Drott borrows a wheelchair from a crippled fan and wheels Drabowsky to first base, and immediately is ejected by home plate umpire Stan Landes. Drabowsky is eventually called out on strikes.
- May 7 – Two batters into the game at Cleveland Stadium, 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. With Bob Lemon pitching the rest of the way, the Indians defeat the Yankees 2-1.
- May 10 – Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco confers with Horace Stoneham on a possible shift 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 – Walter O'Malley rejects an offer from a Queens group to buy the Dodgers.
- June 9 – Ernie Banks hit his 100th career home run, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3.
- July 9 – At Sportsman's Park, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, the American League defeats the National League, 6-5, in the All-Star Game. Seven Cincinnati Redlegs—Ed Bailey, Gus Bell, Don Hoak, Roy McMillan, Wally Post, Frank Robinson and Johnny Temple—had been "voted" as starters for the National League, the result of a ballot stuffing campaign by Redlegs fans. First baseman George Crowe was the only Redleg not voted in as a starter; he was beaten out in the final vote tally by hometown favorite Stan Musial. Commissioner Ford Frick removed Bell and Post from the starting lineup and replaced them with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays; Bell remained on the team as a reserve, while Post was injured and would have been unable to play.
- July 18 – Stoneham says the Giants will quit New York after the season. He says he has not heard anything more from San Francisco and that his move is not contingent on that of the Dodgers. He sees a new stadium or joint occupancy with the New York Yankees as the only reason for the Giants to stay in New York.
- July 26 – Mickey Mantle hits 200th career home run.
- August 19 – As Stoneham cites poor attendance as the reason for the Giants' move, the team's board of directors votes 8-1 to move to California in 1958, as San Francisco promises a new stadium in the Bayview area. The only dissenting vote is by M. Donald Grant, who would go on to be one of the founders of the New York Mets.
- August 20 – Bob Keegan of the Chicago White Sox no-hits the Washington Senators 6-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park. The no-hitter is the first by a White Sox pitcher since Bill Dietrich in 1937.
- September 2 – In the first game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field, Frank Torre of the Milwaukee Braves ties a National League record by scoring six runs in the Braves' 23-10 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
- September 14 – Ernie Banks hits 3 home runs helping Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3.
- September 23 – The Milwaukee Braves clinch the National League pennant at Milwaukee County Stadium after Braves slugger (and eventual 1957 National League MVP) Hank Aaron clubs a two-run walk-off home run off of Billy Muffett in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Milwaukee a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
- September 24 – In the last game at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field in a night game, 6,702 fans watch Dodgers lefty Danny McDevitt prevail over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0. Brooklyn's Gil Hodges has the last RBI.
- September 29 – With 1895 Giants manager Jack Doyle among the 11,606 looking on, the Giants lose their last game at the Polo Grounds 9-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates pitcher Bob Friend defeats Johnny Antonelli in the historic contest, and fans storm the field for souvenirs as soon as Dusty Rhodes grounds to Pittsburgh shortstop Dick Groat for the final out.
- October 7 – The Los Angeles City Council approves the Chavez Ravine site for Dodger Stadium by a vote of 10 to 4. It would not be until 1962 that a New York team will again represent the National League.
- October 8 – Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley announces that the Dodgers will be moving to Los Angeles for the 1958 season.
- October 10 – The Milwaukee Braves defeat the New York Yankees, 5-0, in Game 7 the World Series to win the franchise's second World Series, and only title in the city of Milwaukee, four games to three. This was the Braves' first pennant since moving to Milwaukee and the organization's first World Series since the Miracle Braves of 1914. Milwaukee became the first team to win a title after relocating. Braves pitcher Lew Burdette was named World Series Most Valuable Player with three complete games, including two shutouts. He was the first pitcher to pitch two shutouts in the World Series since Christy Mathewson in the 1905 World Series.
- November 12 – Frank Lane resigns as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and is replaced by Bing Devine.
- November 20 – Shigeo Nagashima, a slugger star at Rikkyo University, signs with the Yomiuri Giants for a record bonus of $69,000. He will go on to have one of the great careers in Nippon Pro Baseball.
- November 22:
- Mickey Mantle barely edges Ted Williams, 233 to 209, to win the American League MVP Award. Mantle batted .365 with 34 home runs for the first-place New York Yankees, while Williams, of the third-place Boston Red Sox, led the AL with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging percentage. Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey fumes at the news, noting that two Chicago writers listed Williams in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.
- After 22 seasons of work, Larry Goetz is unwillingly 'retired' as a National League umpire by league's president Warren Giles. The discharged arbitrator had been critical of the Senior Circuit because of the league's refusal to include umpires in the players' pension fund.
- November 26 – Yoshio Tanaka, an American citizen of Japanese descent, is named manager of the Hanshin Tigers. Tanaka is the first American to manage a Japanese ML team.
- November 28 – Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn, who posted a 21-11 record with 111 strikeouts and a 3.49 ERA, wins the MLB Cy Young Award almost unanimously. His only competition for the title is Dick Donovan of the Chicago White Sox (16-6, 88, 3.35), who receives one vote. Only one pitcher is selected each season for this prestigious pitching award until 1967, when each league will name a winner.
- November 29 – New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. forms a four-member committee to find a replacement team for the Dodgers and Giants in NYC.
- December 2 – Three Pacific Coast League franchises are forced to relocate when the Brooklyn Dodgers confirmed their long-rumored move to Los Angeles for the 1958 season and the New York Giants announced their move to San Francisco. The Hollywood Stars move from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City; the Los Angeles Angels transfer to Spokane, Washington, and the San Francisco Seals move to Phoenix, Arizona.
- February 1 – Tom Wieghaus
- February 2 – Craig Chamberlain
- February 3 – Larry Poncino
- February 3 – Don Welchel
- February 4 – Randy Gomez
- February 7 – Dámaso García
- February 7 – Carney Lansford
- February 9 – Pat Underwood
- February 10 – Jeff Cornell
- February 12 – Steve Brown
- February 14 – Jaime Cocanower
- February 19 – Dave Stewart
- February 20 – Jesús Figueroa
- February 23 – Jim Anderson
- March 1 – Johnny Ray
- March 3 – Skeeter Barnes
- March 5 – Jerry Ujdur
- March 8 – John Butcher
- March 8 – Bob Stoddard
- March 12 – Mike Quade
- March 13 – Duane Walker
- March 14 – Steve Lake
- March 14 – Ty Waller
- March 15 – Freddie Martinez
- March 18 – Rickey Keeton
- March 18 – Al Olmsted
- March 21 – Luis Leal
- March 27 – Dave Van Gorder
- June 4 – Tony Peña
- June 6 – Steve Fireovid
- June 6 – Max Venable
- June 7 – Marty Decker
- June 8 – Don Robinson
- June 14 – Greg Brock
- June 14 – Tony Castillo
- June 15 – Brett Butler
- June 16 – Salomé Barojas
- June 19 – Bob Gibson
- June 21 – Jay Pettibone
- June 24 – Doug Jones
- June 26 – Jose Barrios
- June 26 – Mike Griffin
- June 29 – Eddie Miller
- June 30 – Bud Black
- August 1 – Myron White
- August 4 – Ben Hayes
- August 6 – Bob Horner
- August 8 – Ray Fontenot
- August 9 – John Moses
- August 17 – Bill Landrum
- August 19 – Scott Meyer
- August 19 – David Palmer
- August 20 – DeWayne Buice
- August 21 – Steve Eddy
- August 21 – Frank Pastore
- August 23 – Mike Boddicker
- August 23 – Tim Welke
- August 24 – Butch Benton
- August 26 – Alex Treviño
- August 30 – Dave Smith
- August 31 – Tom Candiotti
- September 1 – Dave Rucker
- September 4 – Kelly Heath
- September 10 – Len Whitehouse
- September 12 – Mario Ramírez
- September 14 – Jerry Don Gleaton
- September 14 – Tim Wallach
- September 18 – Roger Mason
- September 23 – Tony Fossas
- September 25 – Glenn Hubbard
- September 26 – Kelvin Moore
- September 26 – Doug Sisk
- September 29 – Tim Flannery
- September 29 – Craig Lefferts
- September 30 – Ed Rapuano
- October 2 – Andre Robertson
- October 5 – Onix Concepción
- October 6 – Alfredo Griffin
- October 8 – Mike Chris
- October 8 – Bob Skube
- October 17 – Kelly Paris
- October 18 – Mike Walters
- October 20 – Rick Ownbey
- October 22 – Jeff Jones
- October 23 – Dwight Lowry
- October 24 – Ron Gardenhire
- October 24 – Bill Hayes
- October 24 – Ed Jurak
- October 26 – Harry Chappas
- October 29 – Terry Felton
- October 29 – George Stablein
- October 30 – Houston Jiménez
- December 4 – Mike Couchee
- December 4 – Pat Sheridan
- December 4 – Lee Smith
- December 6 – Steve Bedrosian
- December 9 – Steve Christmas
- December 9 – Ed Romero
- December 16 – Tom Gorman
- December 17 – Mark Dempsey
- December 17 – Bob Ojeda
- December 20 – Bill Laskey
- December 21 – Tom Henke
- December 24 – Víctor Cruz
- January 6 – Ed Abbaticchio, 79, middle infielder who played with four teams in three different leagues over nine seasons between 1897 and 1910, most prominently for the 1909 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.
- January 6 – Gil Gallagher, 60, shortstop for the 1922 Boston Braves.
- January 7 – Ches Crist, 74, backup catcher who played in 1906 for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- January 9 – Billy Gleason, 62, second baseman who played with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1916 to 1917 and for the St. Louis Browns in 1921.
- January 17 – Carl Sawyer, 66, middle infielder and third baseman who played from 1915 to 1916 for the Washington Senators.
- January 17 – Tom Stanton, 82, catcher for the 1904 Chicago Cubs.
- January 19 – Larry Strands, 71, outfielder who played for the Newark Pepper of the outlaw Federal League in 1915, and later spent six seasons in the Minor Leagues from 1911 through 1916.
- January 22 – Petie Behan, 69, pitcher who spent time with the Guelph Maple Leafs of the Ontario-based Intercounty Baseball League in the early 1910s, before joining the Philadelphia Phillies from 1921 to 1923.
- January 31 – Chick Maynard, 60, shortstop for the 1922 Boston Red Sox.