Year In Review : 1957 National 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 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

94

Cincinnati

Batting Average

St. Louis

.351

Doubles

Cincinnati

39

Hits

New York

200

Milwaukee

Home Runs

Milwaukee

44

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.428

RBI

Milwaukee

132

Runs

Milwaukee

118

Slugging Average

New York

.626

Stolen Bases

New York

38

Total Bases

Milwaukee

369

Triples

New York

20

1957 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Milwaukee

18

ERA

Brooklyn

2.66

Games

Chicago

67

Saves

Brooklyn

17

Shutouts

Brooklyn

6

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

188

Winning Percentage

Milwaukee

.720

Wins

Milwaukee

21

1957 National League

Team Standings

Milwaukee Braves

95 59 .617 0

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

Pittsburgh Pirates

62 92 .403 33

Chicago Cubs

62 92 .403 33

1957 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Brooklyn

550

Batting Average

St. Louis

.274

Doubles

Cincinnati

251

Hits

St. Louis

1,497

Home Runs

Milwaukee

199

On Base Percentage

Cincinnati

.341

Runs

Milwaukee

772

Slugging Average

Milwaukee

.442

Stolen Bases

New York

64

Triples

Milwaukee

62

1957 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Milwaukee

60

ERA

Brooklyn

3.35

Fewest Hits Allowed

Brooklyn

1,285

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Milwaukee

124

Fewest Walks Allowed

Philadelphia

412

Saves

Brooklyn

29

Cincinnati

St. Louis

Shutouts

Brooklyn

18

Strikeouts

Brooklyn

891



On May 27, 1957, the National League approved the territorial rights change of the Brooklyn franchise to Los Angeles . On September 24, 1957, the Dodgers played their final game at Ebbets Field and defeated the Pirates 2-0.

News of the weird: On April 27, 1957, Moe Drabowsky of the Chicago Cubs was hit by a pitch on the foot. Teammate Dick Drott obtained a wheelchair and pushed Drabowsky to first base. Drott was ejected. On July 31, 1957, Pirates ' manager Bobby Bragan was ejected for argueing balls & strikes. He left the dugout then returned moments later to offer the umpire some orange drink.

On August 19, 1957, the New York Giants board of directors voted 8-1 to move the team to San Francisco . On September 29, 1957, the Giants played their final game at the Polo Grounds and lost to the Pirates 9-1.

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