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1958 Baseball Season

1958 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1958 baseball season saw the arrival of the Giants and the Dodgers in California. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (the new home of the Dodgers) saw a record 78,672 attendees on Opening Day. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1958 baseball season:
  • The Yanks reel off their fourth straight American League championship.

  • The Braves repeat as pennant-winners in the National League.

  • The Yanks take the 1958 World Series in seven games and are first team since 1925 Pirates to win after trailing three games to one.

  • Whitey Ford tops the American League in ERA (2.01) and shutouts (seven).

    Whitey Ford
    Whitey Ford leads the
    American League in ERA
    in 1958.

  • In the 1958 World Series, Bob Turley wins two of last three Yankees victories and saves the third, all in the space of four days.

  • Yankee Hank Bauer leads all 1958 World Series hitters with ten hits, four homers, and eight RBI.

  • Milwaukee's Billy Bruton has top BA among Series regulars (.412).

  • Warren Spahn wins two of three starts for Braves in the 1958 World Series, losing game six 4-3 in ten innings.

  • The Dodgers and Giants move to LA and San Francisco, respectively.

  • Ernie Banks is the 1958 National League MVP.

  • Boston's Jackie Jensen is the 1958 American League MVP.

  • Turley wins Cy Young Award and is second in American League MVP vote.

  • San Francisco's Orlando Cepeda is unanimous choice as the 1958 National League's top rookie.

  • Washington's Albie Pearson wins the 1958 American League ROTY and is the first winner from a last-place team.

  • Roy Campanella's career ends when he's left paralyzed by a car crash.

  • Phillie Richie Ashburn is the second player on a last-place team to win the National League bat title (.350).

  • Banks tops National League in homers (47), RBI (129), total bases (379), runs produced (201), and SA (.614).

  • Banks sets major league records for most homers and highest SA by a shortstop.

  • Spahn and Pittsburgh's Bob Friend tie for major league lead with 22 wins.

  • Ashburn ties the National League record by leading outfielders in chances for ninth time.

  • White Sox Billy Pierce loses perfect game when Washington's Ed Fitzgerald doubles with two out in the ninth.

  • Nellie Fox plays a major league record 98 consecutive games without fanning.

  • Ted Williams wins an American League bat crown (.328) at age 40.

  • American League wins All-Star Game 4-3 in Baltimore; game features no extra-base hits.

  • Gold Glove selections made for first time in both leagues.

  • On April 15, the Giants defeat the Dodgers in the first West Coast game in major league history.

  • On Sept. 20, Oriole Hoyt Wilhelm wins first game as a starting pitcher when he no-hits the Yankees.

  • On June 15, 18-year-old Von McDaniel of the Cards debuts with two-hit shutout of Dodgers.

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