Below are more headlines from the 1955 baseball season, including the Dodgers' victory in the World Championship and the feats of the great players who helped them win.
Al Kaline Wins the 1955 American League Bat Title
As a teenager in Baltimore, Al Kaline rooted for the Washington Senators and hoped to sign with them. When the Nats showed little interest, he went with the Tigers instead. Kaline made his major league debut just a couple of weeks after he graduated from high school and never played a day in the minors. He hit for a career-high .340 in 1955, the best average in the majors.
The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Celebrate
Owner Walter O'Malley and manager Walter Alston celebrated in the Brooklyn dressing room after Johnny Podres brought an end to the Dodgers' long World Championship drought. Prior to 1955, the closest a Brooklyn team had come to winning a post-season affair was in 1890. This would be Brooklyn's only World Title. The Dodgers would win four crowns in LA.
Roy Campanella Belts 32 HRs
Congratulations became a common scene in the Brooklyn dugout in 1955. Four Dodgers hit 26 or more home runs, and the club topped the majors in four-baggers with 201. Roy Campanella -- who ripped 32 circuit clouts that season.
Carl Furillo Clinches Game Five of the 1955 World Series
Moments after Carl Furillo of the Dodgers slid safely back into second as a Yankees' pickoff attempt fails in the eighth inning of game five, Furillo scored the final run of the contest on a single by Jackie Robinson to give Brooklyn a 5-3 victory and a 3-2 lead in games.
Robin Roberts Wins 23
Robin Roberts was a 20-game winner for the sixth consecutive season in 1955, spearheading the National League with 23 victories and 305 innings pitched. Although only 29 years of age that year, Roberts never had another 20-victory campaign. For the remaining 11 seasons of his career, he was a sub-.500 pitcher and a loop leader in only one department-losses.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1955 baseball season.