Year In Review : 1957 American League

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower deployed Federal troops to uphold the integration of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas after local authorities refused to implement court-ordered desegregation. Little Rock Mayor Woodrow Mann had sent the President a telegram asking for assistance in maintaining order and completing the integration process. The President responded by sending 1,000 members of the 101 st Airborne Division and federalizing the 10,000-man Arkansas National Guard. On September 25 th , nine black students finally entered Central High School under Army escort.

I n the American League

Ted Williams set an American League record after being intentionally walked thirty-three times during the regular season. It was the highest American League total since the league had started compiling the statistic in 1955.

On June 2 nd , New York Yankees ace Whitey Ford fanned six batters in a row to tie an American League record as he shut out the Chicago White Sox 3-0.

Bob Keegan of the Chicago White Sox tossed the only no-no of the season (in either league) on August 20th, shutting down the Washington Senators who were going to lose 99 games and finish forty-three games out of first.

I n the National League

On August 17 th , Richie Ashburn of the Phillies proved that lightning could strike twice after hitting spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at bat. The first foul struck the wife of Earl Roth, sports editor at the Philadelphia Bulletin in the face and the second hit her body while she was being removed from her seat on a stretcher. Mrs. Roth went on to the hospital to be treated for a broken nose and Philadelphia went on beat the New York Giants 3-1.

The Brooklyn Dodgers tied a National League record on August 24 th after using eight pitchers during a single game. The expanded rotation failed miserably as the first-place Milwaukee Braves dominated the entire bullpen for a 13-7 massacre. The Dodgers' Johnny Podres surrendered three home runs in the fourth and Hammerin' Hank Aaron added insult to injury with the first grand slam of his career. The St. Louis Cardinals also tied the record on September 21 st while losing 9-8 (in ten innings) against the Cincinnati Reds.

Milwaukee Braves' ace Warren Spahn hurled the forty-first shutout of his career during an 8-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on September 3rd setting a new National League record for left-handed pitchers.

A round the league

The Dodgers became the first Major League baseball team to own their own plane after they purchased a forty-four passenger, twin-engine airliner for $775,000 to transport the club during the season.

The Associated Press named Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jack Sanford as its National League Rookie of the Year and the Milwaukee Braves' Henry Aaron as the 1957 National League Most Valuable Player with two-hundred thirty-nine votes. Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals was a close second with two-hundred thirty. On the American League side, Tony Kubek of the Yankees was elected the American League Rookie of the Year and teammate Mickey Mantle edged out Red Sox rival Ted Williams two-hundred thirty-three to two-hundred nine votes to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

After the Minor Leagues threatened to sue Major League Baseball if Sunday games were televised in their territory, the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) announced that it would not broadcast any big league match-ups at the time a Minor League game was scheduled.

New York City Mayor Robert Wagner formed an exclusive four-member committee to find a National League "replacement team" for the vacating Dodgers and Giants.

"If thirteen major league teams can come up with colored players, why can't the other three?" - Jackie Robinson (1957 retirement comment about Philadelphia, Boston & Detroit)
1957 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

146

Batting Average

Boston

.388

Doubles

Baltimore

36

Chicago

Hits

Chicago

196

Home Runs

Washington

42

On Base Percentage

Boston

.528

RBI

Washington

114

Runs

New York

121

Slugging Average

Boston

.731

Stolen Bases

Chicago

28

Total Bases

Washington

331

Triples

New York

9

New York

Kansas City

New York

1957 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

16

Chicago

ERA

New York

2.45

Games

Baltimore

56

Saves

New York

19

Shutouts

Chicago

5

Strikeouts

Cleveland

184

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.727

New York

Wins

Detroit

20

Chicago

1957 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

98 56 .636 0

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 21½

Kansas City Athletics

59 94 .386 38½

Washington Senators

55 99 .357 43

1957 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

633

Batting Average

New York

.268

Doubles

Boston

231

Hits

New York

1,412

Home Runs

Kansas City

166

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.347

Runs

New York

723

Slugging Average

New York

.409

Stolen Bases

Chicago

109

Triples

New York

54

1957 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

59

ERA

New York

3.00

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,198

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Baltimore

95

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

470

Saves

New York

42

Shutouts

Chicago

16

Strikeouts

New York

810



On April 18, 1957, rookie Roger Maris of the Cleveland Indians hit his first Major League home run - a grand slam in the eleventh inning that propelled his club over the Tigers in Detroit 8-3.

On June 13, 1957, Ted Williams hit three home runs during a game for the second time during the same season (the first came on May 8, 1957). Did you know that he was the first American League player to accomplish this slugging feat?

On August 10, 1957, Mickey Mantle displayed his power in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium by becoming the first player to hit a ball, which traveled an estimated distance of four-hundred sixty feet, over the center field hedge.

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