Year In Review : 1958 National League

Off the field...

The United States launched its first satellite "Explorer I" into orbit around the earth. The launch was in response to the Soviets who had successfully launched their first satellite "Sputnik" one year earlier.

U.S. Troops landed in Lebanon for the first time after President Eisenhower ordered approximately five-thousand .S. Marines deployed to help maintain order after a revolt in Iraq resulted in the ouster of the pro-Western Lebanese government.

Pan Am introduced the first 707 trans-Atlantic jet service on October 27, when its first 707 airliner, christened the "Clipper America", took off for Paris, France from New York.

In the American League...

Cleveland Indian Vic Power became the first American League player since 1927 to steal home twice in the same game. The crafty first baseman first stole home in the eighth inning, then again in the tenth giving the Indians a 10-9 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Two walks and a hit batsman are all that Jim Bunning allowed as he won his sixth game in seven decisions and tossed the only American League no hitter of the season on July 20.

Boston's Ted Williams hit the 17 th grand slam of his career (along with a three-run home run) during an 11-8 win over the Detroit Tigers on July 29 th . The bases-loaded-round-tripper tied the Red Sox slugger for 2 nd place with Babe Ruth and moved him within six of the all-time leader, Lou Gehrig.

In the National League...

Tragedy struck the Los Angeles Dodgers after catcher Roy Campanella was involved in a serious auto accident on Long Island. Although he survived suffering a broken neck, his spinal column was nearly severed and his legs were permanently paralyzed.

On May 11 th , the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by using ten pinch hitters during a regulation double-header. Despite walking fourteen batters in game one, The "Redbirds" managed to top the Chicago Cubs 8-7 and followed in game two with another 6-5 win. Despite the lengthy line-up, Stan Musial remained the Cardinals biggest threat at the plate and posted a home run and four singles to come within two hits of three-thousand. Amazingly, the Cards would tie their own record two months later against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 13 th .

Milwaukee Braves ace Warren Spahn became the first lefty to win twenty or more games, nine times, after beating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on September 13 th . (Eddie Plank and Lefty Grove, each won twenty games, eight times).

Around the League...

Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick announced that the players and coaches (rather than the fans) would elect their line-ups for the All-Star Game.

"Teddy Ballgame" aka Ted Williams, signed a whopping $135,000 contract extension with the Boston Red Sox making him the highest paid player (to date) in the history of Major League Baseball. Later that season he became only the 10 th player ever to get one-thousand extra-base hits.

Decades before the premiere of ESPN or the YES Network, the New York Yankees announced that they would televise an unprecedented one-hundred forty games during the 1958 season. The Philadelphia Phillies followed several days later agreeing to broadcast seventy-eight games in the New York City area.

Starting this season, all American League hitters were required to wear batting helmets.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Let's keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn, So send the Phils to Trenton, the Giants to St. Paul, but keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn, the greatest borough of all." - Phil Foster

1958 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Philadelphia
97
Batting Average
Philadelphia
.350
Doubles
San Francisco
38
Hits
Philadelphia
215
Home Runs
Chicago
47
On Base Percentage
Philadelphia
.440
RBI
Chicago
129
Runs
San Francisco
121
Slugging Average
Chicago
.614
Stolen Bases
San Francisco
31
Total Bases
Chicago
379
Triples
Philadelphia
13

1958 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Milwaukee
23
ERA
San Francisco
2.47
Games
Chicago
69
Saves
Pittsburgh
20
Shutouts
Milwaukee
4
Strikeouts
St. Louis
225
Winning Percentage
Milwaukee
.667
Milwaukee
Wins
Pittsburgh
22
Milwaukee

1958 National League

Team Standings

Milwaukee Braves 92 62 .597 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 .545 8
San Francisco Giants 80 74 .519 12
Cincinnati Redlegs 76 78 .494 16
Chicago Cubs 72 82 .468 20
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 .468 20
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 83 .461 21
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 .448 23

1958 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Philadelphia
573
Batting Average
Milwaukee
.266
Doubles
Pittsburgh
68
Hits
Philadelphia
1,424
Home Runs
Chicago
182
On Base Percentage
Philadelphia
.341
Runs
San Francisco
727
Slugging Average
Chicago
.426
Stolen Bases
Los Angeles
73
Triples
Pittsburgh
68

1958 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Milwaukee
72
ERA
Milwaukee
3.22
Fewest Hits Allowed
Milwaukee
1,261
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Pittsburgh
123
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cincinnati
419
Saves
Pittsburgh
41
Shutouts
Milwaukee
16
Strikeouts
Los Angeles
855
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The Baseball Writers Association did not select any players to the National Baseball Hall of Fame , but they did pick a Silver Anniversary team which included: 1B Lou Gehrig , 2B Rogers Hornsby , 3B Pie Traynor , SS Honus Wagner , C Bill Dickey , OF Ty Cobb , OF George Sisler , OF Babe Ruth , P Walter Johnson , P Lefty Grove , P Carl Hubbell , and managed by John McGraw .

On Opening Day, Major League baseball was played in front of 23,448 West Coast fans for the first time! The transplanted Giants (New York to San Francisco) defeated the transplanted Dodgers (Brooklyn to Los Angeles) 8-0 at Seals Stadium.

On September 13, 1958, Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves won his 20th game of the season - the 9th time he joined the 20 Wins Club during his career and a new Major League benchmark for left-handed pitchers.

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