More 1958 Baseball Season Highlights
Below are more highlights from the 1958 baseball season, including Mickey Mantle's amazing stats and a record low in errors by the Reds:
- Willie Mays leads National League in runs (121) and steals (31).
- Richie Ashburn tops majors in hits (215), triples (13), and BA (.350), and leads the National League in walks (97) and OBP (.441).
- Rookie Orlando Cepeda tops National League in doubles (38), and hits .312 with 25 homers and 96 RBI.
- Giant Stu Miller leads the National League in ERA (2.47).
- Mickey Mantle leads the American League in homers (42), runs (127), runs produced (182), total bases (307), and walks (129).
- Reds make just 100 errors to set a new major league record.
- Yankee Ryne Duren tops the American League with 20 saves and fans 87 in 75-2/3 innings.
- Turley leads the American League in wins (21) and win pct. (.750), and ties in CGs (19).
- Warren Spahn tops National League in CGs (23) and innings (290), and ties for lead in win pct. (.667).
- On August 14, Cleveland's Vic Power steals home twice in a game; he steals a total of three bases all season.
- Sam Jones of St. Louis becomes the first National League pitcher to fan 200 or more batters since 1941, as he Ks 225.
- The Braves set an major league record when they're caught stealing just eight times all year (in only 34 attempts.)
- The A's post their highest win pct. while in Kansas City-.474.
- Pittsburgh's Dick Stuart, "Dr. Strangeglove," leads the National League first basemen in errors despite playing only 64 games in the field.
- Lee MacPhail, son of Larry, becomes Baltimore's GM and president.
- Gwen Verdon and Tab Hunter star in Damn Yankees.
- Cards trade Wally Moon and Phil Paine to LA for Gino Cimoli.
- KC trades Woodie Held and Vic Power to Cleveland for Roger Maris, Dick Tomanek, and Preston Ward.
- Washington sends Pete Runnels to Boston for Norm Zauchin and Albie Pearson.
- Detroit ships Billy Martin and Al Cicotte to Cleveland for Don Mossi, Ray Narleski, and Ossie Alvarez.
- Washington sends Eddie Yost and two other players to Detroit for Reno Bertoia and two others.
- Pittsburgh's Elroy Face leads the National League in saves with 20.
- Milwaukee's Carlton Willey heads the National League in shutouts with just four.
- Cleveland's Rocky Colavito leads the majors in SA (.620) and is
second in homers (41) and RBI (113).
- Fox tops the American League in hits with 187.
- Detroit's Harvey Kuenn leads the majors in doubles with 39.
- Luis Aparicio again leads the American League in steals (29).
- Chicago's Early Wynn tops the American League in Ks with 179.
- Every team in the National League bats between .251 and .266.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1957 Baseball Season
- 1959 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth