1952 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1952 baseball season seemed to be the year of the east coast teams with the New York Yankees winning it's fourth title, Brooklyn making baseball history with pitcher Joe Black, and Philadelphia cranking out award winners left and right. Below, you will find some of the most memorable highlights from the 1952 baseball season:
- The New York Yankees take their fourth straight flag.
- Brooklyn wins the pennant in the National League.
- The Yanks win the 1952 World Series in seven games to claim their fourth straight title.
- The Dodgers lead the 1952 World Series three games to two with the final two games in Brooklyn, but the Yankees go to Ebbets and win both.
- Vic Raschi and Allie Reynolds both win two World Series games for New York -- Reynolds also gets a save in game six.
- New York's Mickey Mantle and Brooklyn's Pee Wee Reese tie for a Series hitting lead at .345, as each has ten hits.
- Brooklyn's Joe Black is the first black pitcher to win a World Series game (game one) after going 15-4 on the year.
- Johnny Mize plays in only five games for New York, but tops the Series in hitters with six RBI and three homers.
- Chicago Cub Hank Sauer is named 1952 National League MVP.
- Robin Roberts wins 28 games for the Phils, the most in the National League since 1934, but he doesn't get the 1952 MVP Award.
- Roberts leads the the National League in innings (330) and CGs (30).
- Philly's Bobby Shantz wins the 1952 American League MVP Award.
- Shantz tops the American League with 24 wins.
- Stan Musial tops the majors with a .336 average.
- Musial leads the National League in hits (194), doubles (42), total bases (311), and SA (.538), and ties in runs (105).
- Philly's Ferris Fain wins second consecutive American League bat crown (.327).
- Ralph Kiner ties Hank Sauer for the National League homer crown to give him the seventh consecutive National League title (37).
With 1,070, Hoyt Wilhelm
is third all-time in games
- Ted Williams is taken by the military to fight in Korean War; the Red Sox tumble to sixth place.
- On April 23, Giant Hoyt Wilhelm homers in the first major league at-bat; he never homers again.
- Wilhelm tops the National League in win pct. (.833) and ERA (2.43).
- The Pirates lose 112 games under new GM Branch Rickey, who was ousted by the Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley the previous year.
- Cleveland has three 20-game winners plus the American League's homer and RBI kings, but does not win the pennant.
- The Indians dominate individual leaders board in runs, slugging, triples, wins, innings, and CGs.
Take a look at the next section for more highlights from the 1952 baseball season.
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