1959 Major League Baseball season

The 1959 Major League Baseball season was played from April 9 to October 9, 1959. It saw the Los Angeles Dodgers, free of the strife produced by their move from Brooklyn the previous season, rebound to win the National League pennant after a two-game playoff against the Milwaukee Braves, who themselves had moved from Boston in 1953. The Dodgers won the World Series against a Chicago White Sox team that had not played in the "Fall Classic" since 1919 and was interrupting a Yankees' dynasty that dominated the American League between 1949 and 1964.

1959 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 9 – October 9, 1959
Number of games154
Number of teams16
TV partner(s)NBC, CBS
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Nellie Fox (CHW)
NL: Ernie Banks (CHC)
AL championsChicago White Sox
  AL runners-upCleveland Indians
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Braves
World Series
ChampionsLos Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-upChicago White Sox
World Series MVPLarry Sherry (LA)

The season is notable as the only one between 1950 and 1981 where no pitcher pitched a no-hitter.[1][a]

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
TypeNameStatNameStat
AVGHarvey Kuenn DET.353Hank Aaron MIL.355
HRRocky Colavito CLE
Harmon Killebrew WSH
42Eddie Mathews MIL46
RBIJackie Jensen BOS112Ernie Banks CHC143
WinsEarly Wynn CHW22Lew Burdette MIL
Sam Jones SF
Warren Spahn MIL
21
ERAHoyt Wilhelm BAL2.19Sam Jones SF2.83
SOJim Bunning DET201Don Drysdale LA242
SVTurk Lown CHW15Lindy McDaniel STL
Don McMahon MIL
15
SBLuis Aparicio CHW56Willie Mays SF27

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

World Series
   
AL Chicago White Sox 2
NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4

Managers

American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Pinky Higgins, Rudy York and Billy Jurges
Chicago White Sox Al Lopez Won first pennant since 1919
Cleveland Indians Joe Gordon Finished 2nd
Detroit Tigers Bill Norman and Jimmy Dykes
Kansas City Athletics Harry Craft
New York Yankees Casey Stengel Finished 3rd
Washington Senators Cookie Lavagetto

National League

Team Manager Comments
Chicago Cubs Bob Scheffing
Cincinnati Reds Mayo Smith and Fred Hutchinson
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston Won World Series in second year in LA
Milwaukee Braves Fred Haney Finished second, lost playoff to Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies Eddie Sawyer
Pittsburgh Pirates Danny Murtaugh
St. Louis Cardinals Solly Hemus
San Francisco Giants Bill Rigney Finished 3rd

Home Field Attendance

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game
Los Angeles Dodgers[2] 88 23.9% 2,071,045 12.2% 26,552
Milwaukee Braves[3] 86 -6.5% 1,749,112 -11.3% 22,141
New York Yankees[4] 79 -14.1% 1,552,030 8.7% 20,156
Cleveland Indians[5] 89 15.6% 1,497,976 125.7% 19,454
Chicago White Sox[6] 94 14.6% 1,423,144 78.5% 18,245
San Francisco Giants[7] 83 3.8% 1,422,130 11.7% 18,469
Pittsburgh Pirates[8] 78 -7.1% 1,359,917 3.7% 17,661
Detroit Tigers[9] 76 -1.3% 1,221,221 11.1% 15,860
Boston Red Sox[10] 75 -5.1% 984,102 -8.6% 12,781
Kansas City Athletics[11] 66 -9.6% 963,683 4.2% 12,515
St. Louis Cardinals[12] 71 -1.4% 929,953 -12.6% 12,077
Baltimore Orioles[13] 74 0.0% 891,926 7.5% 11,435
Chicago Cubs[14] 74 2.8% 858,255 -12.4% 11,146
Philadelphia Phillies[15] 64 -7.2% 802,815 -13.8% 10,293
Cincinnati Reds[16] 74 -2.6% 801,298 1.6% 10,406
Washington Senators[17] 63 3.3% 615,372 29.5% 7,992

Highlights

Events

See also

  • 1959 Nippon Professional Baseball season

Notes

a Other Major League Baseball seasons since 1901 without a no-hitter pitched are 1909, 1913, 1921, 19271928, 19321933, 1936, 1939, 19421943, 1949, 1982, 1985, 1989, 2000 and 2005.

References

  1. No-Hitters in chronological Order by Retro Sheet
  2. "Los Angeles Dodgers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  3. "Atlanta Braves Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  4. "New York Yankees Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  5. "Cleveland Indians Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  6. "Chicago White Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  7. "San Francisco Giants Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  8. "Pittsburgh Pirates Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  9. "Detroit Tigers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  10. "Boston Red Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  11. "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  12. "St. Louis Cardinals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  13. "Baltimore Orioles Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  14. "Chicago Cubs Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  15. "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  16. "Cincinnati Reds Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  17. "Minnesota Twins Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  18. Wancho, Joseph (2014). Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians. United States: University of Nebraska Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0803245877.


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