The 1951 baseball season included dozens of highs and lows and numerous bittersweet moments. Stan Musial earned a batting title, Yogi Berra was named 1951 American League MVP, and an emotional Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement. Below, you will find more highlights like these from the 1951 baseball season:
- The Yankees take the third straight flag under Casey Stengel.
- The Giants edge the Dodgers by 1 game in the National League, beating them in a pennant playoff.
- The Giants win the National League playoff 5-4 on Bobby Thomson's ninth-inning three-run homer -- the "shot heard 'round the world."
- For the third time in six years, the Dodgers lose the pennant on the last day of the season.
- The Yanks win the 1951 World Series in six games.
- Yankee Ed Lopat is the pitching star of the Series with two CG wins.
- Giant Monte Irvin leads all hitters in the Series with 11 hits and a .458 average.
- Joe DiMaggio retires after the World Series.
Jackie Robinson was the
player in the majors.
- Yankee catcher Yogi Berra is named 1951 American League MVP.
- Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is named 1951 National League MVP.
- The Dodgers force a playoff on the final day of the regular season, as Jackie Robinson's 14th-inning homer beats the Phils.
- On August 12, the Giants begin a 16-game win streak and take 39 of last 47 games to overhaul the Dodgers at the wire.
- Giant teammates Sal Maglie and Larry Jansen tie for the major league lead in wins with 23.
- Stan Musial tops the National League in batting (.355).
- Ferris Fain of the A's leads the American League in batting (.344).
- Ralph Kiner wins his sixth consecutive National League homer crown (42).
- Ralph Kiner leads the National League in walks (137), SA (.627), and OBP (.452).
- Bill Veeck buys the Browns after having sold the Indians.
- Bill Veeck signs midget Eddie Gaedel; Gaedel appears in the game as pinch hitter on August 19 and draws a walk.
- Ford Frick is named new commissioner after Happy Chandler's contract is not renewed by Major League owners.
- Yankee Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland on July 12.
- Reynolds no-hits Boston on Sept. 28.
- On July 1, Bob Feller becomes the first in the 20th century to throw three career no-hitters, as he blanks Detroit.
- Cliff Chambers of Pittsburgh no-hits the Braves on May 6.
- Preacher Roe's .880 win pct. is the highest ever by a National League 20-game winner.
- Ralph Kiner leads National League in walks (137), SA (.627), and OBP (.452).
- Warren Spahn leads the National League in CGs (26), Ks (164), and shutouts (seven).
- On September 14, Bob Nieman of the Browns becomes the only player in major league history to homer in his first two major league at-bats.
- Paul Lehner ties the American League record when he plays for four teams in the same year.
Take a look at the next section for more highlights from the 1951 baseball season.
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