Check out more 1954 baseball season highlights, including Karl Spooner's major league record and Ted Kluszewski's many hits:
- The sacrifice fly rule is reinstated once again.
- Cincy's Ted Kluszewski breaks Johnny Mize's National League record when he scores at least one run in 17 straight games.
- Karl Spooner of the Dodgers hurls shutouts in his first two major league starts.
- Spooner sets a major league record by fanning 15 batters in his big league debut.
- Jim Wilson of Milwaukee no-hits the Phils on June 12.
Duke Snider made his
debut in the big leagues
in 1947 -- at age 20.
- After the 1954 baseball season, the Yankees and Baltimore make a record 18-player swap.
- On May 2, Stan Musial becomes the first player to hit five homers in a doubleheader.
- Bobby Thomson's injury frees a spot in the Braves outfield for rookie second baseman Hank Aaron, who hits .280.
- Duke Snider leads the National League in runs (120) and total bases (378).
- Ted Kluszewski tops the National League in homers (49) and RBI (141).
- Musial leads the National League in doubles (41) and ties in runs (120).
- Ray Jablonski of the Cards becomes the second player in major league history to drive in 100 runs in first two seasons.
- After the season, St. Louis trades Ray Jablonski and Gerry Staley to Cincinnati for Frank Smith.
- Baltimore trades Roy Sievers to Washington for Gil Coan.
- The Cards deal Enos Slaughter to the Yankees for Bill Virdon, Mel Wright, and Emil Tellinger.
- The Orioles ship Vic Wertz to Cleveland for Bob Chakales.
- In August, the Yanks buy Jim Konstanty from the Phils.
- Prior to the season, the Braves trade Johnny Antonelli, Don Liddle, and two other players to the Giants for Bobby Thomson and Sam Calderon.
- Cass Michaels of the White Sox is beaned and his skull is fractured; he's forced to retire at age 28.
- Gil Hodges of the Dodgers sets a major league record with 19 sacrifice flies.
- Only three American League teams win more than 69 games -- Cleveland, New York, and Chicago (94).
- Cleveland is only 22-22 against New York and Chicago, but goes 89-21 against the rest of the American League.
- The Yankees' 103 wins are the most ever by an American League -- also ran.
- The Red Sox finish fourth in the American League with a .448 win pet.
- The Pirates lose 100 or more games for the third year in a row.
- The 1954 World Series winner's share tops $10,000 per player for the first time.
- Joe Bauman of Roswell in the Longhorn League hits an OB record 72 home runs.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1953 Baseball Season
- 1955 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth