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1958 Baseball Season

1958 Baseball Season Headlines

In 1958, Ted Williams won the batting title at age 40, and Roy Campanella suffered a tragic accident that ended his baseball career. Here are some of the headlines from the 1958 baseball season:

Luis Aparicio Tops at DPs

Luis Aparicio and White Sox second sacker Nellie Fox took part in 207 twin killings between them in 1958, tops among keystone combinations in the American League.

Billy Bruton Hits .412 in the 1958 World Series

A knee injury shelved Billy Bruton for much of the 1957 and 1958 seasons. He was almost fully recovered, however, by the end of the latter campaign, hitting the Braves' first home run in the 1958 World Series. He went on to rack up a .412 batting average, the best among Series regulars. Two years later, Bruton had his finest season.

Ted Williams, 40, Cops 1958 BA Title

In 1958, Ted Williams became the oldest player ever to win a batting title, hitting .328 at 40 years of age. There were, however, subtle signs that he was slipping. He fanned 11.9 times per every 100 at-bats, the highest ratio of his career to that point, and collected fewer walks (98) than he had in any full season since 1940.

Orlando Cepeda Tops 1958 Rookie List

Orlando Cepeda was only one of the many brilliant rookies the Giants unveiled in the late 1950s. Arriving in 1958 along with Jim Davenport, Felipe Alou, Willie Kirkland, and Leon Wagner, Cepeda hit .312 and led the National League with 38 doubles as a recruit. It was only the beginning of what would for years be a steady flow of young talent running through San Francisco.

Car Wreck Paralyzes Roy Campanella

Injured in an auto accident in January of 1958, Campanella was pinned in the wreckage. He suffered two fractured vertebrae and was permanently paralyzed below the waist. His career was over before the Dodgers played their first game in Los Angeles.

Jim Bunning Throws a No-No

Jim Bunning won 20 games for the Tigers in 1957, his first full season in the majors, then pitched 14 more years without ever reaching that circle again. In 1958, Bunning finished with a 14-12 record and a 3.52 ERA-though he did manage a no-hitter on July 20. During the early to mid-1960s, he collected 19 victories, one short of the coveted figure, four times in five seasons.

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