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1957 Major League Baseball season

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1957 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 15 – October 10, 1957
Number of games154
Number of teams16
TV partner(s)NBC, CBS
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Mickey Mantle (NYY)
NL: Hank Aaron (MIL)
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upChicago White Sox
NL championsMilwaukee Braves
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsMilwaukee Braves
  Runners-upNew York Yankees
World Series MVPLew Burdette (MIL)
 MLB seasons

The 1957 Major League Baseball season was played from April 15 to October 10, 1957. The National League's Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants played their final seasons as New York City-based franchises before their moves to California for the 1958 season, leaving New York City without a National League team until the birth of the Mets in 1962.

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Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ted Williams BOS .388 Stan Musial STL .351
HR Roy Sievers WSH 42 Hank Aaron MIL 44
RBI Roy Sievers WSH 114 Hank Aaron MIL 132
Wins Jim Bunning DET
Billy Pierce CWS
20 Warren Spahn MIL 21
ERA Bobby Shantz NYY 2.45 Johnny Podres BKN 2.66
SO Early Wynn CLE 184 Jack Sanford PHI 188
SV Bob Grim NYY 19 Clem Labine BKN 17
SB Luis Aparicio CWS 28 Willie Mays NYG 38




World Series
AL New York Yankees 3
NL Milwaukee Braves 4


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Pinky Higgins Finished 3rd
Chicago White Sox Marty Marion Finished 2nd
Cleveland Indians Kerby Farrell
Detroit Tigers Jack Tighe
Kansas City Athletics Lou Boudreau and Harry Craft
New York Yankees Casey Stengel Won Pennant
Washington Senators Chuck Dressen and Cookie Lavagetto

National League

Team Manager Comments
Brooklyn Dodgers Walter Alston Finished 3rd in last season in Brooklyn
Chicago Cubs Bob Scheffing
Cincinnati Reds Birdie Tebbetts
Milwaukee Braves Charlie Grimm and Fred Haney Won World Series
New York Giants Bill Rigney
Philadelphia Phillies Mayo Smith
Pittsburgh Pirates Bobby Bragan and Danny Murtaugh
St. Louis Cardinals Fred Hutchinson Finished 2nd

Records and notable events

  • The 1957 season marked the first time that both the American and National League leader in Complete Games had less than 20 Complete Games to lead their league.[1]

Home field attendance

Team name Wins Home attendance Per game
Milwaukee Braves[2] 95 3.3% 2,215,404 8.3% 28,403
New York Yankees[3] 98 1.0% 1,497,134 0.4% 19,443
Detroit Tigers[4] 78 -4.9% 1,272,346 21.0% 16,524
St. Louis Cardinals[5] 87 14.5% 1,183,575 14.9% 15,371
Boston Red Sox[6] 82 -2.4% 1,181,087 3.9% 15,339
Philadelphia Phillies[7] 77 8.5% 1,146,230 22.6% 14,695
Chicago White Sox[8] 90 5.9% 1,135,668 13.6% 14,749
Cincinnati Redlegs[9] 80 -12.1% 1,070,850 -4.9% 13,907
Baltimore Orioles[10] 76 10.1% 1,029,581 14.2% 13,371
Brooklyn Dodgers[11] 84 -9.7% 1,028,258 -15.3% 13,354
Kansas City Athletics[12] 59 13.5% 901,067 -11.2% 11,702
Pittsburgh Pirates[13] 62 -6.1% 850,732 -10.4% 11,048
Cleveland Indians[14] 76 -13.6% 722,256 -16.5% 9,380
Chicago Cubs[15] 62 3.3% 670,629 -6.9% 8,598
New York Giants[16] 69 3.0% 653,923 3.9% 8,493
Washington Senators[17] 55 -6.8% 457,079 5.9% 5,936




  • April 18 – New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses proposes a new 78-acre (320,000 m2) tract in Flushing Meadows as a site for a new National League baseball stadium. The plan, submitted to mayor Robert Wagner, includes a 50,000-seat stadium with a plastic dome to be built by the Parks Department.
  • April 21 – The Cincinnati Redlegs are involved in a bizarre play in a game against the host Milwaukee Braves. With Don Hoak on second and Gus Bell on first, Wally Post hits a ground ball to Milwaukee shortstop Johnny Logan. Hoak breaks up a potential double play by fielding the ball himself and flipping it to Logan. Hoak is called out for interference (contact with batted ball before a fielder touched it), but Post is given a single on the play. The day before, Johnny Temple let Bell's ground ball hit him with the same result, Temple being called out for interference and Bell being awarded a single. The two incidents prompt league presidents Warren Giles and Will Harridge to jointly announce a rule change that declared both the runner and batter out if the runner intentionally interfered with a batted ball, with no runners allowed to advance.
  • April 22 – John Irvin Kennedy becomes the first black player in Philadelphia Phillies history, entering the game in the top of the 8th inning as a pinch runner for Solly Hemus.
  • April 24 – The New York City Board Of Estimates fails to act on the Moses plan as outlined by Mayor Wagner.
  • May 7 – Cleveland Indian pitcher Herb Score is hit in the face by a line drive by New York Yankee Gil McDougald, the ball breaking numerous bones in Score's face and leaving him quite bloodied. McDougald vows to quit if Score is blinded as a result. Score regains his 20/20 vision, but will miss the remainder of the 1957 season.
  • May 10 – San Francisco mayor George Christopher confers with Giants owner Horace Stoneham on a possible move of the New York Giants franchise to the West Coast.
  • May 28 – The National League approves the proposed moves of the Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to the West Coast, provided both clubs make their request before October 1 and move at the same time.
  • May 29 – New York City mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants and Dodgers about the proposed move, but that the city will not be "blackjacked" into anything.
  • May 30 – Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley rejects an offer from a Queens group to buy the team.
  • June 9 – Ernie Banks hits 100th career home run helping Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 7–3.



Television coverage

CBS aired the Game of the Week for the third consecutive year, and began to air games on Sunday as well as Saturday.[19][20][21]

NBC also started to air weekend games, purchasing the rights to broadcast 11 Milwaukee Braves games, 11 Pittsburgh Pirates games, two Washington Senators games, and two Chicago Cubs games. The All-Star Game and World Series also aired on NBC.

See also


  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.106, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ "Atlanta Braves Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "New York Yankees Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Detroit Tigers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Boston Red Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Chicago White Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Cincinnati Reds Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "Baltimore Orioles Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  13. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cleveland Indians Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "Chicago Cubs Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  16. ^ "San Francisco Giants Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "Minnesota Twins Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "Friday, June 08, 2012 And That Happened".
  19. ^ "Sunday Baseball TV Plan Proceeds Despite Minors' Pleas". The New York Times. December 17, 1957. p. 61.
  20. ^ "Major League Sunday Game of the Week TV Problems Rages". Hartford Courant. December 22, 1957.
  21. ^ "Minor Prexy Raps CBS for Sunday TV Plans". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. December 26, 1957. p. C5.

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