Joe Garagiola and Ralph Kiner Are Dealt to the 1953 Chicago Cubs
Both Joe Garagiola and Ralph Kiner were traded by the Pirates to the Cubs in a blockbuster deal early in the season that helped neither team in 1953. The Cubs dropped from fifth place to seventh and the Pirates finished last for the second year in a row.
Blue Carl Furillo Hits .344
Carl Furillo never played a game at any position other than outfield or in any uniform other than that of the Dodgers. On seven pennant-winners in his first 14 years with the club, he was released at the beginning of his 15th season and remained bitter toward the organization until his death in 1988. In 1953, he claimed the National League batting title with a .344 average.
Roy Campanella: 41 HRs as a Catcher
Roy Campanella had possibly the greatest offensive season ever by a catcher in 1953. In addition to setting a new backstopper record for home runs (41) and pacing in the National League in RBI (142), he tallied 103 runs and stroked .556 as a pinch hitter.
Whitey Ford Back to Bolster the 1953 New York Yankees
Whitey Ford returned from a two-year military hitch in 1953 to top the Yankees in wins (18) and innings pitched (207). With Vic Raschi, Ed Lopat, and Allie Reynolds all aging rapidly, Ford and National League castoff Johnny Sain, who both relieved and started, were key figures in New York’s fifth straight flag drive.
Rookie Bobo Holloman Tosses No-No
Bobo Holloman tossed a no-hitter for the Browns on May 6, 1953. It was his first major league start and the only complete game he ever pitched. A few weeks later, he was back in the minors, posting a 5.07 ERA at Toronto of the International League.
Walter Alston Takes Over the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
Walter Alston, who replaced Charlie Dressen at the conclusion of the 1953 season as the team manager, brought the Dodgers home second in 1954. The following year, Brooklyn won the World Series.
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