1955 Baseball Season Highlights
The Brooklyn Dodgers took the 1955 World Series after fighting through seven games, Ernie Banks set a HR record, and Yogi Berra earned his third MVP plaque during the 1955 baseball season. The 1955 season consistently created one amazing moment after the next. Below, you will find dozens of highlights from the 1955 baseball season:
- The New York Yankees return to the top in the 1955 American League.
- The Dodgers return to the top in the 1955 National League.
- The Dodgers win their first World Series in seven games.
- Johnny Podres is the Brooklyn hero with two CG wins and a shutout in game seven.
- Yogi Berra is the leading hitter in the 1955 World Series with ten hits and .417 BA.
- The Dodgers rally from a two-game Series deficit, as they drop the first two games in Yankee Stadium.
- Berra is named American League MVP for the third time in five years.
- Roy Campanella is the National League MVP for the second time in three years.
- Detroit's Al Kaline wins the American League bat title at age 20 -- the youngest bat crown winner in major league history.
- Cleveland rookie Herb Score tops the American League in Ks with 245, setting the major league rookie record for Ks.
- Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe cracks 42 hits.
- Rookie pitcher Toothpick Sam Jones of the Cubs sets the National League record with 185 walks.
- Sam Jones also tops the National League in strikeouts with 198.
- Jones no-hits Pirates on May 12 after walking the bases full in the ninth and then fanning the side.
- Phillie Richie Ashburn leads the National League in batting (.338).
- Robin Roberts again tops the National League in wins, as he earns 23.
- Roberts leads the National League in CGs (26) and innings (305).
- Roberts leads the National League in starts a record sixth straight year.
- Yankee Mickey Mantle wins the American League homer crown (37), his first of four such titles.
- Mantle leads the American League in OBP (.433), walks (113), and SA (.611), and ties in triples (11).
- Willie Mays hits 51 homers to pace the National League.
- Duke Snider leads the majors in runs (126), RBI (136), and runs produced (220).
- Elston Howard is the first black American to play for the Yankees, one of last teams to break the color line.
- Down 5-0 at one point, the National League rallies to win the All-Star Game 6-5 in 12 innings at Milwaukee.
- Herb Score is the American League Rookie of the Year.
- Bill Virdon of the Cards is the National League ROTY.
- Cincinnati's Ted Kluszewski slams 47 home runs, giving him 136 homers and only 109 strikeouts from 1953 through 1955.
- Ted Kluszewski leads the National League in hits with 192.
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