1951 New York Yankees season

The 1951 New York Yankees season was the 49th season for the team. The team finished with a record of 98–56, winning their 18th pennant, finishing five games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the New York Giants in 6 games.

1951 New York Yankees
Mickey Mantle's Yankee debut
1951 American League Champions
1951 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Dan Topping
Del Webb
General manager(s)George Weiss
Manager(s)Casey Stengel
Local televisionWABD/WPIX
Local radioWINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Bill Crowley, Dizzy Dean, Art Gleeson)
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The 1951 Yankees celebrate their victory in the previous season's World Series.
Casey Stengel lecturing Yankee players in 1951.

This year was noted for a "changing of the guard" for the Yankees, as it was Joe DiMaggio's final season[1] and Mickey Mantle's first. The 1951 season also marked the first year of Bob Sheppard's long tenure as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer.


  • Prior to 1951 season (exact date unknown)
    • Jerry Lumpe was signed as an amateur free agent by the Yankees.[2]
    • Don Taussig was acquired from the Yankees by the New York Giants.[3]

Regular season

  • April 17, 1951: Mickey Mantle makes his big league debut for the New York Yankees. The Yankees opponent is the Boston Red Sox.
  • May 1, 1951: Mickey Mantle hits his first major league home run. The game was played against the Chicago White Sox and the pitcher who gave up the home run was Randy Gumpert. The home run was in the sixth inning and was measured at 450 feet.
  • September 18, 1951: Allie Reynolds threw a no-hitter to clinch the American League pennant. It was the first time that a pitcher threw a no-hitter to clinch a pennant.[4]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 9856 0.636 56–22 42–34
Cleveland Indians 9361 0.604 5 53–24 40–37
Boston Red Sox 8767 0.565 11 50–25 37–42
Chicago White Sox 8173 0.526 17 39–38 42–35
Detroit Tigers 7381 0.474 25 36–41 37–40
Philadelphia Athletics 7084 0.455 28 38–41 32–43
Washington Senators 6292 0.403 36 32–44 30–48
St. Louis Browns 52102 0.338 46 24–53 28–49

Record vs. opponents

Boston 11–118–1412–1011–1115–715–715–7
Chicago 11–1112–10–112–108–149–1315–714–8
Cleveland 14–810–12–117–57–1516–616–613–9
Detroit 10–1210–125–1710–1213–912–1013–9
New York 11–1114–815–712–1013–917–516–6
Philadelphia 7–1513–96–169–139–1314–812–10
St. Louis 7–157–156–1610–125–178–149–13
Washington 7–158–149–139–136–1610–1213–9

Notable transactions

  • May 14, 1951: Billy Johnson was traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Cardinals for Don Bollweg and $15,000.[5]


1951 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CYogi Berra141547161.2942788
1BJoe Collins12526275.286948
2BJerry Coleman12136290.249343
3BBobby Brown10331384.268651
SSPhil Rizzuto144540148.274243
OFGene Woodling120420118.2811571
OFJoe DiMaggio116415109.2631271
OFHank Bauer118348103.2961054

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gil McDougald131402123.3061463
Mickey Mantle9634191.2671365
Johnny Mize11333286.2591049
Jackie Jensen5616850.298825
Johnny Hopp466313.20624
Billy Martin515815.25902
Cliff Mapes455111.21628
Charlie Silvera185114.27517
Billy Johnson154012.30004
Bob Cerv12286.21402
Jim Brideweser283.37500
Ralph Houk351.20002
Archie Wilson440.00000
Clint Courtney120.00000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vic Raschi35258.121103.27164
Ed Lopat31234.22192.9193
Allie Reynolds40221.01783.05126
Bob Wiesler49.10213.503

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tom Morgan27124.2933.6857
Spec Shea2595.2554.3338
Bob Kuzava2382.1842.4050
Art Schallock1146.1313.8819
Stubby Overmire1544.2114.6314
Jack Kramer1940.2134.6515
Johnny Sain737.0214.1421
Fred Sanford1126.2033.7110
Tommy Byrne921.0216.8614

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Joe Ostrowski346453.4930
Tom Ferrick91117.503
Bobby Hogue71000.002
Bob Muncrief20009.002
Ernie Nevel10010.001
Bob Porterfield200015.002

1951 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL New York Giants (2)

1Giants – 5, Yankees – 1October 4Yankee Stadium65,673
2Giants – 1, Yankees – 3October 5Yankee Stadium66,018
3Yankees – 2, Giants – 6October 6Polo Grounds52,035
4Yankees – 6, Giants – 2October 8Polo Grounds49,010
5Yankees – 13, Giants – 1October 9Polo Grounds47,530
6Giants – 3, Yankees – 4October 10Yankee Stadium61,711

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Kansas City Blues American Association George Selkirk
AAA San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League Lefty O'Doul
AA Beaumont Roughnecks Texas League Harry Craft
A Muskegon Clippers Central League Jim Gleeson
A Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Bill Skiff
B Quincy Gems Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Dutch Zwilling
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Mayo Smith
C Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian–American League Frank Novosel
C Twin Falls Cowboys Pioneer League Don Trower
C Joplin Miners Western Association Billy Holm
D LaGrange Troupers Georgia–Alabama League Carl Cooper
D Newark Yankees Ohio–Indiana League Bunny Mick
D McAlester Rockets Sooner State League Vern Hoscheit
D Fond du Lac Panthers Wisconsin State League James Adlam

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Quincy, Norfolk, LaGrange, McAlester

Newark club folded, July 17, 1951[6]


  1. John Drebinger (December 12, 1951). "DiMaggio Retires as Player but Expects to Remain in Yankee Organization". New York Times. p. 63.
  2. Jerry Lumpe at Baseball-Reference
  3. Don Taussig at Baseball-Reference
  4. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 142, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  5. Billy Johnson at Baseball-Reference
  6. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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