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Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB Statistical Leaders

American League National League
AVG Al Kaline DET .340 Richie Ashburn PHI .338
HR Mickey Mantle NYY 37 Willie Mays NYG 51
RBI Ray Boone DET &
Jackie Jensen BOS
116 Duke Snider BRO 136
Wins Whitey Ford NYY,
Bob Lemon CLE
& Frank Sullivan BOS

18 Robin Roberts PHI 23
ERA Billy Pierce CHW 1.97   Bob Friend PIT 2.83  
Ks Herb Score CLE 245 Sam Jones CHC 198

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 96 58 .623 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 3
Chicago White Sox 91 63 .591 5
Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 12
Detroit Tigers 79 75 .513 17
Kansas City Athletics 63 91 .409 33
Baltimore Orioles 57 97 .370 39
Washington Senators 53 101 .344 43

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 .641 --
Milwaukee Braves 85 69 .552 13.5
New York Giants 80 74 .519 18.5
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 .500 21.5
Cincinnati Reds 75 79 .487 23.5
Chicago Cubs 72 81 .471 26
St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 .442 30.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 .390 38.5


Before the Athletics arrive in town, the Kansas City Monarchs move their base of operations to Grand Rapids, Michiganmarker. They retain the name "Kansas City Monarchs" and continue in the Negro American League as a barnstorming team.




  • September 8 - The Brooklyn Dodgers clinches the National League pennant by beating the Milwaukee Braves, 10–2, for their 8th straight NL title. The Dodgers also break their own Major League Baseball record for the earliest clinching, set in .

  • September 16 - The Kansas City Athletics scores seven runs in the first inning and rolls to a 13–7 win over the faltering Chicago White Sox. The third place Sox lose their 10th in 17 games. Héctor López hits a three-run home run in the first to start the scoring and later in the game Joe Astroth adds another three-run homer. George Kell and Chico Carrasquel hits solo homers for Chicago. In the 8th‚ 16-year-old shortstop Alex George debuts for Kansas City‚ handling two chances in the field flawlessly and making out in his one at bat. George will go 1-for-10 in this his only Major League season.


  • November 21 - In an obvious power struggle for control, Carl Stotz, principal founding father of the Little League, sues the organization for breach of contract. The suit will be settled out of court.







  • January 13 - Bill Dinneen, 78, pitching star of the 1903 World Series who went on to have a 29-year career as an American League umpire

  • February 6 - Hank Thormahlen, 58, pitcher for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Brooklyn Robins between 1917 and 1925

  • June 6 - Mike Kelley, 79, first baseman for the 1899 Louisville Colonels, later became a long time minor league baseball owner and manager.

  • June 27 - Harry Agganis, 26, Red Sox first baseman from Lynn, Massachusettsmarker who gave up being a football star to play for the BoSox, closer to his home and mother. On June 2, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. He rejoined the Sox 10 days later, fell ill again on June 27 and was flown back to Cambridge, Ma. where he died of a pulmonary embolism.

  • August 26 - Sol White, 87, player, manager and executive with various Negro leagues and teams from 1887 to 1926

  • November 4 - Cy Young, 88, Hall of Fame pitcher who won a record 511 games over a 22-year career and pitched three no-hitters, including a perfect game

  • November 30 - John Stone, 50, outfielder for the Tigers and Senators from 1928-38, who collected seven .300 seasons, with a career-high .341 in 1936

  • December 6 - Honus Wagner, 81, legendary Hall of Fame shortstop who won eight National League batting crowns and led the league in RBI, stolen bases, doubles and slugging percentage at least five times each

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