1959 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1959 baseball season featured many highs and lows. Ted Williams and Stan Musial had terribly low averages at the height of their careers while the Dodgers win the 1959 World Series. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1959 baseball season:
- The White Sox win their first flag in 40 years.
- The Dodgers take their first West Coast flag.
- The Dodgers beat Braves in playoff to capture pennant.
- LA wins the 1959 World Series in six games.
- The Hall of Fame inducts Zach Wheat.
- Chicago's Ted Kluszewski is a 1959 World Series hitting star with three homers, ten RBI, and .391 BA.
- Charlie Neal leads the Dodgers in the 1959 World Series with .370 BA and six RBI.
- Larry Sherry of the Dodgers is 1959 World Series MVP, winning two games and saving two others.
- Chuck Essegian of LA hits two pinch homers in Series.
- In game five, the Dodgers set a World Series attendance record of 92,706.
- White Sox Nellie Fox is American League MVP.
- Ernie Banks again voted National League MVP -- only player from second -- division team to win twice.
- Banks tops majors in RBI (143), loses National League homer crown by one to Eddie Mathews (46-45).
- Hank Aaron tops the majors in BA at .355.
- Detroit's Harvey Kuenn hits .353 to lead the American League.
- White Sox Early Wynn leads majors with 22 wins, takes Cy Young Award.
- Pumpsie Green is the first black player to join the Red Sox, the last major league team to break the color line.
- Banks sets National League shortstop records with 143 RBI and .985 FA.
- On August 31, Dodger Sandy Koufax becomes first National League hurler in this century to fan 18 in a game.
- Pirate Harvey Haddix pitches record 12 perfect innings vs. Milwaukee on May 26, but loses 1-0 in 13 innings.
- Washington's Bob Allison is the American League ROTY.
- Willie McCovey hits .354 with 38 RBI in just 192 at-bats.
- McCovey goes 4-for-4 in his major league debut on July 30.
- Reds rookie Vada Pinson hits .316 with 20 homers and a league-leading 131 runs scored, but is not ROTY.
- San Francisco's McCovey is named National League ROTY.
- Boston's Jackie Jensen repeats as American League RBI champ (112), but hits no triples for second year in row.
- Jensen quits baseball at age 32 because he refuses to fly to games.
- For the first time, there are two All-Star Games; National League wins the first game 5-4 at Pittsburgh, and the American League takes second 5-3 at LA.
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