1953 Baseball Season

More 1953 Baseball Season Highlights

Check out more 1953 baseball season highlights, including Roy Campanella's amazing homers and Mickey Mantle's astronomical power hit:

  • On May 25, Max Surkont of the Braves becomes first in this century to fan eight batters in a row in a game.
  • Cardinal Peanuts Lowrey ties the major league record with 22 pinch hits.
  • Roy Campanella's 41 homers set a major league record for catchers.
  • Pittsburgh's O'Brien twins, Johnny and Eddie, become the second brother keystone combo in the major leagues.
  • On April 17 in Washington, Mickey Mantle hits the longest measured home run in history at 565 feet.
  • Brooklyn's Jim Gilliam is the National League Rookie of the Year.
  • Harvey Kuenn is the American League ROTY.
  • Al Rosen tops the American League in SA (.613), runs (115), and runs produced (217).
  • Washington's Bob Porterfield leads the American League in wins (22), CGs (24), and shutouts (nine).
  • Yankee Ed Lopat paces the American League in win pct. (.800) and ERA (2.43).
  • Warren Spahn tops the National League in ERA (2.10) and ties Roberts for lead in wins (23).
  • Brooklyn's Duke Snider leads the National League in runs (132), total bases (370), SA (.627), and runs produced (216).
  • Stan Musial leads the National League in walks (105), on-base percentage (.437), and doubles (53).
  • The Phillies' Connie Ryan goes 6-for-6 on April 16.
  • Jimmy Piersall of the Red Sox goes 6-for-6 on June 10.
  • The Browns lose 20 straight at home.
  • The Pirates send Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola to Cubs for five players and $150,000.
  • The A's send Ferris Fain to the White Sox for Eddie Robinson and two others.
  • The Yanks trade Vic Power and five other players to the A's for Eddie Robinson and Harry Byrd.
  • Pittsburgh swaps Danny O'Connell to Milwaukee for Sid Gordon and five other players.
  • Washington ships Jackie Jensen to the Red Sox for Tommy Umphlett and Mickey McDermott.
  • The Tigers trade Art Houtteman and three others to Cleveland for Ray Boone, Steve Gromek, and two others.
  • The Braves, Dodgers, Phils, and Reds pull a complex four-player deal.

  • The Cards owner Fred Saigh is forced to sell the club to Augie Busch when he's handed a 15-month sentence for income tax evasion.
  • The Cards rookie Ray Jablonski totals 21 homers and 112 RBI.
  • Cards rookie Harvey Haddix wins 20 games.
  • Milwaukee's Eddie Mathews leads the National League with 47 homers.
  • Brooklyn rookie Jim Gilliam walks 100 times, becomes the first National League rookie to do so.

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