1951 Baseball Season

More 1951 Baseball Season Highlights

Check out more 1951 baseball season highlights including Gil McDougald and Willie Mays being named Rookies of the Year and the first player showing up on the field with eyeglasses on:

  • On September 13, due to rainouts, the Cards play the Giants at home in the afternoon and the Braves at home at night.
  • Stan Musial tops the National League in runs (124), triples (12), total bases (355), and runs produced (200).
  • Yankee Gil McDougald is named the American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Willie Mays is the 1951 National League Rookie of the Year after beginning year in minors.
  • The National League wins the All-Star Game 8-3 at Detroit.
  • Ned Garver wins 20 games for the last-place Browns, who win just 52 times.
  • Chicago's Go-Go Sox lead the majors with 99 steals a year after setting the American League record for fewest steals.
  • Yankee Clint Courtney is the first major league catcher to wear eyeglasses.
  • Roy Smalley of the Cubs is the last player to make 50 errors in a season.
  • A rule is put in that says a pitcher must work at least one inning per every scheduled game to qualify for the ERA title.
  • Gus Zernial is traded by the White Sox to the A's in a three-team deal involving the Indians, who give up Minnie Minoso and get Lou Brissie.
  • Zernial, in A's garb, tops the American League in homers with 33 and RBI with 129.
  • Minnie Minoso, in Sox garb, leads the American League in triples (14) and steals (31).
  • The Cubs send Smoky Burgess and Bob Borkowski to the Reds for Johnny Pramesa and Bob Usher.
  • Smoky Burgess and two other players are shipped to the Phils for Andy Seminick, Dick Sisler, and two others.
  • The Browns trade Sherm Lollar, Al Widmar, and Tom Upton to the White Sox for Jim Rivera and four others.
  • The Cubs trade Andy Pafko, Johnny Schmitz, Rube Walker, and Wayne Terwilliger to the Dodgers for four players.
  • The Yankees send minor leaguer Lew Burdette and $50,000 to the Braves for Johnny Sain.
  • On August 22, Yankee Tommy Byrne yields 16 walks in a 13-inning game.
  • Brave rookie Chet Nichols tops the National League in ERA (2.88).
  • Detroit's George Kell tops the American League in hits (191) and ties in doubles (36).
  • Ted Williams paces the American League in total bases (295), SA (.556), OBP (.464), walks (144), and runs produced (205).
  • Boston's Dom DiMaggio again leads the American League in runs (113).
  • White Sox Saul Rogovin leads the American League in ERA (2.78).
  • Yankee rookie Mickey Mantle hits .267, and suffers knee injury when he steps on a sprinkler unit in the outfield during the World Series.

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