Although the Brooklyn Dodgers had a great team for the 1953 baseball season, it wasn't enough to stop the seemingly unstoppable New York Yankees. The Yankees beat the Dodgers in game six of the 1953 World Series, but the losing team (and team members) still managed to rake in several dozen notable victories of it's own.
Below, you will find the highlights from the 1953 baseball season:
- The Yanks win a Major League record fifth consecutive flag.
- Brooklyn repeats in the National League.
- Yankee Billy Martin hits .500 in the World Series, ties the Series record with 12 hits, and has eight RBI.
- Brooklyn's Carl Erskine fans the World Series record (since broken) 14 hitters in game three.
- The Dodgers win a club record 105 games.
- Roy Campanella wins his second National League MVP.
The New York Yankees
took the 1953 World
Series in six games.
- Cleveland's Al Rosen is named the 1953 American League MVP.
- Rosen misses the Triple Crown when he loses the bat title by failing to beat out a ground ball in final at-bat of season.
- Rosen hits .336 with 43 homers and 145 RBI.
- Brooklyn's Carl Furillo takes the National League bat crown at .344.
- The Braves move to Milwaukee - the first franchise shift in the Major League since 1903.
- The Braves set a new National League attendance record in their first year in Milwaukee.
- The Braves surpass their previous year's attendance in Boston by their 13th game.
- The Dodgers tie the Major League record with six men scoring 100 runs or more.
- The Dodgers homer in a record 24 straight games.
- Vic Janowicz of the Pirates becomes the first Heisman Trophy winner to play in majors.
- Phillie Robin Roberts again tops the Major League in CGs (33) and innings (347), and ties for the Major League lead in wins (23).
- Detroit rookie Harvey Kuenn tops the majors in hits with 209.
- Walter Alston is named the new Dodgers manager after another devastating Brooklyn World Series loss.
- On May 6, Brown Bobo Holloman becomes the only pitcher this century to toss a no-hitter in first Major League start, as he blanks Philly.
- Mickey Vernon wins his second American League bat title (.337).
- The National League wins All-Star Game 5-1 at Cincinnati.
- Paul Pettit, Pirates' $100,000 bonus baby, wins his only Major League game.
- Cleveland's $100,000 bonus baby, Billy Joe Davidson, never throws a pitch in a Major League game.
- On June 18, the Red Sox send a record 23 men to plate in the seventh inning, scoring a record 17 runs.
- On June 18, Red Sox Gene Stephens becomes the only player in modern Major League history to get three hits in an inning.
Take a look at the next section for more highlights from the 1953 baseball season.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1952 Baseball Season
- 1954 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth