1957 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1957 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Winter Leagues

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
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 184 Jack Sanford PHI 188

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   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
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Milwaukee Braves 95 59 .617 --
St. Louis Cardinals 87 67 .565 8
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 .545 11
Cincinnati Reds 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

Events

April

  • 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

  • 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

  • June 9 – Ernie Banks hit his 100th career home run, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3.

July

August

September

October

November

  • 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

Movies

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

January

  • 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.

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

External links

1957 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1957 followed a system established after the 1956 election.

The baseball writers would vote on recent players only in even-number years (until 1967).

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

It selected outfielder Sam Crawford, who had 2961 hits from 1899 to 1917, and Joe McCarthy, who managed the New York Yankees to eight pennants in sixteen seasons with consecutive World Series championships 1936 to 1939.

1957 Caribbean Series

The ninth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1957. It was held from February 9 through February 14, featuring the champion baseball teams of Cuba, Tigres de Marianao; Panama, Cerveza Balboa; Puerto Rico, Indios de Mayagüez, and Venezuela, Leones del Caracas. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice. The games were played at Estadio del Cerro in Havana, the Cuban capital. The first pitch was thrown by Ford Frick, by then the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

1957 Claxton Shield

The 1957 Claxton Shield was the 18th annual Claxton Shield, it was held in Perth, Western Australia. The participants were South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. The winners were the South Australian team, who won their first title since the 1936 Claxton Shield. The year marked the centenary celebrations for baseball in Victoria.

1957 European Baseball Championship

The 1957 European Baseball Championship was held in Germany and was won by the Netherlands for two years running. Germany finished as runner-up.

1957 Little League World Series

The 1957 Little League World Series took place during August 21 through 23 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, defeated Northern La Mesa Little League of La Mesa, California, in the championship game of the 11th Little League World Series. Ángel Macías threw the first and, to date, only perfect game in an LLWS championship.This was the first LLWS to invite teams from qualifying regions: North, South, East, and West. Monterrey, representing the South region, became the first team from outside the United States or Canada to participate in a LLWS, and the first non-U.S. team to win a championship.

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