More 1959 Baseball Season Headlines
Below are more headlines from the 1959 baseball season, including Early Wynn pitching for the White Sox and Harvey Kuenn winning a batting award.
Nellie Fox Hits .306; Joe Tipton, .236
The White Sox acquired Nellie Fox prior to the 1950 season from the A's in a swap for backup catcher Joe Tipton. It was one of the worst deals the A's ever made. Over the next 14 years, Fox averaged .291 and four times led the American League in hits. In 1959, he batted .306 and tallied 191 hits. Tipton played just 417 games in the majors and hit .236.
Elroy Face Wins 22 in a Row
The 18-1 mark Elroy Face posted in 1959 is the best single-season pitching record in history. He also won 22 consecutive games over two seasons-a record for relief pitchers. When Face retired after the 1969 season, he ranked behind just Hoyt Wilhelm in career saves.
Harvey Kuenn Wins 1959 BA Crown
Harvey Kuenn was one of the last right-handed batters to win an American League hitting title. His chief competition in 1959 came from Cleveland's Tito Francona, who hit .363 (ten points higher than Kuenn) only to fall a few plate appearances short of the requisite number. The two were teammates the following year.
Aging Early Wynn Wins 22
Despite frequent debilitating bouts with gout, Early Wynn pitched until he was age 43. His 22 triumphs in 1959 topped the American League (he pitched a circuit-high 256 innings). At the conclusion of the 1962 season, he was just one victory short of 300, Wynn was released by the White Sox. Signed by Cleveland on June 21, 1963, he lost 1-0 in his first start for the Tribe and took a month to join the 300-win circle. He finished with a career record of 300-244 with a hefty 3.54 ERA.
Larry Sherry Earns Series 1959 MVP
Dodgers pitcher Larry Sherry received the Babe Ruth Award for being the Most Valuable Player of the 1959 World Series. Los Angeles won all four of the games in which Sherry appeared in relief. The hurler won two of the four contests, saved the other two, and allowed just one earned run in 12-2/3 innings.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1959 baseball season.