Albert (Red) Schoendienst of the St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record for second basemen. when he played 57 consecutive games and handled 320 successive chances without an error. Schoendienst’s streak surpassed his own record of 44 games and 268 chances set in 1949.
Jim Konstanty of the Phillies broke the major league standard for games appeared in by a pitcher in one season when he took part in 74 contests, all in relief, eclipsing the mark of 65 games established by Ace Adams of the Giants in 1945.
Phil Rizzuto, Yankee shortstop. set two American league records when he played 58 games and handled 288 chances without a bobble, outmoding the marks of 42 games and 226 chances set by Eddie Joost of the Athletics in 1949.
The Boston Red Sox set six major league records in their 29 to-4 victory over St. Louis. June 8. The new marks included most runs in a game by one club, 29; most total bases by one club, game, 6o; most extra-base hits, one club, game, 17; most extra bases on long hits by one club, game, 32; total runs for two games, one club, 49 (following 20-to-4 win the previous day) and most hits, two consecutive games, one club, 51 (23 and 28).
Cleveland broke the major league record for runs scored in the first inning of a game, tallying 14 times in the opening frame of a 21-to-2 conquest of the Athletics, June 18. Brooklyn and Pittsburgh set a major mark, Aug. 23, when they played the longest night game on record, going 17 innings before the Dodgers won, 7 to 5.
Vic Raschi of the Yankees set a major mark on May 3, when he committed four balks in beating Chicago, 4 to 3. On Aug. 31, Gil Hodges. Brooklyn first sacker, belted four homers against the Braves, tying a record set in 1894 by Bobby Lowe of the Braves and equalled by Ed Delahanty of the Phillies (1896), Lou Gehrig of the Yankees (1932), Chuck Klein of the Phillies (193) and Pat Seerey of the White Sox (1948).
The major leagues’ only no-hit game of the season was registered on Aug. 11 by Vern Bickford, Boston Braves’ right-hander, who set down the Dodgers, 7 to 0.
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After a 35-year lapse, the Phillies captured the second National League pennant in their history with a dramatic, last-day victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Paced by their bonus hurlers, righthander Robin Roberts and lefthander Curt Simmons, and relief specialist Jim Konstanty, the Whiz Kids moved into first place on July 25 and remained there until the finish, despite a near collapse in the waning days of the season.
Entering the final day of the season, the Phils held a one-game margin and were faced with the prospects of a three-game play-off for the title if the Dodgers should win the concluding game, thereby throwing the race into a tie. With Roberts hurling a five-hitter, however, and Dick Sisler providing the pay-off blow with a three-run homer, the Phillies posted a ten-inning, 4-to-1 triumph to annex their first pennant since 1915.
The Yankees nailed down their 17th American league championship on Sept. 29, back into the title when the runner-up Tigers lost to Cleveland, thereby erasing their last mathematical chance for the flag.
Billy Goodman, who received his opportunity to play regularly with the Red Sox after Ted Williams suffered an elbow fracture in the All-Star game, ousted George Kell of Detroit as the American League batting champion with an average of .354. Stan Musial of St. Louis captured the National league honors with .346.
Five hurlers reached the 20-win circle. Bob Lemon notched 23 victories for Cleveland, Vic Raschi 21 for the Yankees. ‘Warren Spahn 21 and Johnny Sain 20 for the Braves and Robin Roberts 20 for the Phillies.
Ralph Kiner retained his major league home-run crown, clouting 47 round trippers for the Pirates. Al Rosen, rookie Cleveland third baseman. led the American League with 37 homers. Vern Stephens and Walt Dropo of the Red Sox shared the American league runs-batted-in diadem with 144 apiece while Del Ennis of the Phils paced the National League with 125.
Albert (Red)Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinal second baseman, clouted a home run in the 14th inning to enable the National league stars to defeat the American league representatives, 4 to 3, in the midsummer classic at Comiskey Park in Chicago, July 11. The victory was the 5th for the senior circuit in 17 All-Star battles.
Burt Shotton of Brooklyn piloted the winning club while Casey Stengel of New York was at the helm of the losers.
The extravaganza was witnessed by 46,127, who contributed a record $126,179.51 to the Major League Central fund. It is from this fund that premiums on the players’ annuities are paid. Previously the top receipts were $105,314.91 for the 1947 game at Wrigley field in Chicago.
The game was marred by an injury to Ted Williams, Red Sox slugger, who fractured his left elbow in a collision with the fence in the first inning.
In the lowest scoring series in history, the Yankees defeated the Phillies in four straight games to register their 13th world championship and mark the sixth time they had accomplished the feat in the minimum number of contests. By totaling only 16 runs, the two clubs lowered the record of 18 tallies set by the Giants and Athletics in 1905.
Vic Raschi held the Whiz Kids to two hits in chalking up the opening game victory. Singles by Willie Jones and Andy Seminick in the fifth inning were the only safeties allowed by the big righthander, although he permitted Eddie Waitkus to get on base on a walk in the sixth inning.
Manager Eddie Sawyer of the Phillies surprised the critics by starting Jim Konstanty, his relief artist, on the hill, and the bespectacled righthander held the New Yorkers to four hits before bowing out for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. One of the blows off Konstanty was a fourth-inning double by Bobby Brown, who subsequently scored the game’s only run on a pair of outfield flies. The final score was 1 to 0.
Allie Reynolds and Robin Roberts dueled for ten innings in the second tilt before Joe DiMaggio, who had been hitless previously in the series, clouted his seventh homer in classic competition to give the Yankees a 2-to-1 triumph.
The Phillies staged their biggest offensive of the series in the third game, outhitting their rivals, 10 to 7, but they lost 3 to 2. Ken Heintzelman held the Bombers to four hits in seven and two-thirds frames, but he was replaced by Konstanty after issuing three walks in the eighth inning. Shortstop Gran Hamner’s error then permitted the Yanks to tie the score and they produced the deciding run in the ninth inning on singles by Gene Woodling, Phil Rizzuto and Gerry Coleman against Russ Meyer.
Edward (Whitey) Ford registered the victory in the deciding game, 5 to 2. Ford held the Phils scoreless until the ninth inning when Woodling’s error led. to the losers’ two runs. With two runners on base, Manager Casey Stengel withdrew Ford in favor of Reynolds, who fanned pinch-hitter Stan Lopata for the final out.
The four games attracted 196.009 spectators, with receipts, exclusive of $175,000 for radio rights and $800,000 for television privileges, totaling $953,669.03. The winners’ shares amounted to $5737.96 apiece while the losers’ portions came to $4,081.34.
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