In 1956, key players like Clem Labine, Duke Snider, and Mickey Mantle competed fiercely for their teams. Here are some of the headlines from the 1956 baseball season:
Clem Labine: 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers MVP
Clem Labine was quite probably Brooklyn's most valuable pitcher during the mid-1950s. In 1956, Labine led the majors with 19 saves. His 1-0 shutout of the Yankees in game six of the 1956 World Series was eclipsed by Don Larsen's perfect game the day before and by the blowout of the Dodgers in game seven.
It was his last complete game in the majors. Labine had some rather notable accomplishments in his career: He shut out the Giants in the second game of the 1951 National League playoff; he retired Stan Musial 49 straight times; and he collected three hits in 1951-all home runs.
Duke Snider: The Last Brooklyn Dodger HR King
In 1956, Duke Snider became the sixth Dodgers player since 1900 -- and the last to date -- to win the National League home run crown, hitting 43 dingers that season. In 1957, he became the first player ever to hit 40 or more round-trippers and net less than 100 RBI.
Mickey Mantle: 52 HRs, 130 RBI
By racking up a .353 average, 52 home runs, and 130-RB1 in 1956, Mickey Mantle became the first switch-hitter in modern history to win a batting crown and the only one ever to win a Triple Crown. He also set all-time switch-hitter records for slugging average (.705) and total bases (376), and the modern RBI mark for switch-hitters.
The 1956 World Series Fails to Sell Out
Luis Aparicio Brings Back the Steal
Luis Aparicio served notice in his rookie season that a dimension that had been missing from the game for some 30 years was about to return. Though he stole only 21 bases in 1956, he was caught swiping just four times. Aparicio's high rate of success induced him to increase his attempts with each passing season.
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