Year In Review : 1957 National League

Off the field...

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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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