1954 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1954 baseball season featured many notable moments such as Yogi Berra's second MVP award, Gil Hodges had his top season, and Real magazine named Stan Musial the greatest player for 1954. The events that took place during this baseball season didn't stop there. Below, you will find more memorable highlights from the 1954 baseball season:
- The Indians break the Yankees' choke-hold on the American League flag -- they win an American League record 111 games.
- The Giants return to top in the National League.
- The Giants sweep the 1954 World Series in a huge upset.
- Willie Mays makes the most famous catch in Series history in game one on long drive by Vic Wertz.
- Giant Dusty Rhodes hits two game-winning homers, drives in seven runs in only six Series at-bats.
- Vic Wertz leads all regular players in Series with .500 BA and eight hits.
- The Yankees win 103 games, most in any season under Casey Stengel, but finish a distant second.
- Mays wins the 1954 National League MVP.
- Berra takes the 1954 MVP Award in the American League.
- The American League wins the All-Star Game 11-9 in Cleveland, as hometown star Al Rosen hits two homers and knocks in five runs.
- Mays tops the National League in batting (.345) and slugging (.667) after spending the past two years in armed service.
- Early Wynn and Bob Lemon tie for the American League lead in wins with 23. On August 1, Milwaukee's Joe Adcock hits four homers and collects a major league record 18 total bases.
- Players are no longer allowed to leave their gloves on the playing field while their team is batting.
- Ted Williams returns from Korean War duty and hits .345.
- Cleveland's Bobby Avila is awarded the American League bat crown (.341) because Williams has fewer than 400 at-bats.
- Cleveland's Larry Doby tops the American League in homers (32) and RBI (126).
- The Tribe outscores its opponents by 242 runs.
- Giants newcomer Johnny Antonelli tops the National League in win pct. (.750) and ERA (2.29), and ties for second place in wins (21).
- Robin Roberts leads the National League in wins (23), Ks (185), CGs (29), and innings (337).
- St. Louis' Wally Moon is the National League Rookie of the Year.
- Yankee Bob Grim is the American League ROTY.
- Grim becomes the only pitcher in major league history to win 20 games while pitching fewer than 200 innings.
- The Browns are sold and move to Baltimore, becoming the first American League franchise to be moved since 1903.
- On August 8, in the eighth inning, the Dodgers score 12 runs with two out and the bases empty.
- Cards rookie Rip Repulski collects a major league record two-or-more hits in ten consecutive games.
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