Frank Malzone: Good as Gold
Although Frank Malzone began his pro career at age 18, he did not stick with the Red Sox until he was past 27. With such a lengthy maturation, many thought he would be, at best, a marginal big leaguer. They undersold him. For nearly a decade, Malzone was one of the finest third basemen in the game. In 1957, he won the Gold Glove Award.
Gil McDougald Bats .289
Gil McDougald showcases the odd batting stance that many teenage players tried to emulate during the 1950s, much to the horror of their coaches. Apart from McDougald, few hitters who cocked their bats below shoulder level have been successful at the major league level. McDougald hit .289 in 1957, collecting nine triples (tried for tops in the league) and 13 home runs.
Roy Sievers Adds Dimensions
Part of the reason the Senators (the slowest team in the majors) tinkered with Griffith Stadium, shortening its dimensions, was the acquisition of slugger Roy Sievers. In 1957, Sievers became the first Washington player to lead the American League in home runs, clubbing 42 round-trippers. He also led the loop in RBI that year with 114.
Minnie Minoso, Luis Aparicio Light Up Sox
Minnie Minoso and Luis Aparicio were instrumental in the rise of the White Sox to second place in 1957-their highest finish since 1920. Minoso hit .310 that year, with 36 doubles (tied for tops in the American League) and 103 RBI, while Aparicio stole 28 bases (the circuit-high) in his second season. The ballclub also got help from Nellie Fox, the first White Sox player to lead the loop in hits (196), and southpaw Billy Pierce (20 wins, 3.26 ERA).
Casey Stengel Mulls Over Loss
A master at assembling teams that were better than the sum of their parts, Casey Stengel saw his patchwork 1957 crew out-hit and out-pitch the Braves, yet falter because they could only score two runs in 27 innings against Lew Burdette.
Covington Nails Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra is nailed at the plate by Braves catcher Del Rice while trying to score on Jerry Lumpe's fly out to Wes Covington during the 1957 World Series. An injury to center fielder Bill Bruton forced the Braves to play Covington, who had been platooned during the regular season, in all seven games of the fall classic.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1957 baseball season.
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