1956 Major League Baseball Season
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1956 Major League Baseball Season

1956 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 17 - October 10, 1956
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Mickey Mantle (NYY)
NL: Don Newcombe (BKN)
Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upCleveland Indians
NL championsBrooklyn Dodgers
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Braves
World Series
ChampionsNew York Yankees
  Runners-upBrooklyn Dodgers
Finals MVPDon Larsen (NYY)
MLB seasons

The 1956 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 17 to October 10, 1956, featuring eight teams in the National League and eight teams in the American League. The 1956 World Series was a rematch of the previous year's series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The series is notable for Yankees pitcher Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5.

Regular season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 -- 49-28 48-29
Cleveland Indians 88 66 0.571 9 46-31 42-35
Chicago White Sox 85 69 0.552 12 46-31 39-38
Boston Red Sox 84 70 0.545 13 43-34 41-36
Detroit Tigers 82 72 0.532 15 37-40 45-32
Baltimore Orioles 69 85 0.448 28 41-36 28-49
Washington Senators 59 95 0.383 38 32-45 27-50
Kansas City Athletics 52 102 0.338 45 22-55 30-47
National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 93 61 0.604 -- 52-25 41-36
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 1 47-29 45-33
Cincinnati Redlegs 91 63 0.591 2 51-26 40-37
St. Louis Cardinals 76 78 0.494 17 43-34 33-44
Philadelphia Phillies 71 83 0.461 22 40-37 31-46
New York Giants 67 87 0.435 26 37-40 30-47
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 88 0.429 27 35-43 31-45
Chicago Cubs 60 94 0.390 33 39-38 21-56

World Series

1956 World Series
New York Yankees (4) vs. Brooklyn Dodgers (3)
MVP Award: Don Larsen, P, New York
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-BKN)
Location Attendance Time
1 October 3 Dodgers 6, Yankees 3 0-1 Ebbets Field 34,479 2:32
2 October 5 Dodgers 13, Yankees 8 0-2 Ebbets Field 36,217 3:26
3 October 6 Yankees 5, Dodgers 3 1-2 Yankee Stadium 73,977 2:17
4 October 7 Yankees 6, Dodgers 2 2-2 Yankee Stadium 69.705 2:43
5 October 8 Yankees 2, Dodgers 0 3-2 Yankee Stadium 64,519 2:06
6 October 9 Dodgers 1, Yankees 0
(10 innings)
3-3 Ebbets Field 33,224 2:37
7 October 10 Yankees 9, Dodgers 0 4-3 Ebbets Field 33,782 2:19

Awards and honors

1956 Award Winners
  American League National League
Award Player Position Team Player Position Team
Triple Crown Mickey Mantle CF NYY None
Most Valuable Player Mickey Mantle CF NYY Don Newcombe P BKN
Cy Young Award None Don Newcombe P BKN
Rookie of the Year Luis Aparicio SS CHW Frank Robinson LF CIN

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Mickey Mantle, NYY .353 Hank Aaron, MIL .328
HR Mickey Mantle, NYY 52 Duke Snider, BKN 43
RBI Mickey Mantle, NYY 130 Stan Musial, STL 109
SB Luis Aparicio, CHW 21 Willie Mays, NYG 40
Wins Frank Lary, DET 21 Don Newcombe, BKN 27
ERA Whitey Ford, NYY 2.47 Lew Burdette, MIL 2.70
SO Herb Score, CLE 263 Sam Jones, CHC 176

All-Star game

July 10, 1956
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 7 11 0
American League 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 11 0
Starting pitchers:
NL: Bob Friend
AL: Billy Pierce
WP: Bob Friend (1-0)   LP: Billy Pierce (0-1)
Home runs:
NL: Willie Mays (1), Stan Musial (1)
AL: Ted Williams (1), Mickey Mantle (1)

Feats

Triple Crown

Milestones

  • On April 18, 1956, umpire Ed Rommel was the first umpire to wear glasses in a Major League game. The game was played between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators.[1]

Notable events

July-September

October-December

  • December 6-8 - Major League owners meet in Chicago. Cleveland general manager and minority-owner Hank Greenberg proposed implementing limited Interleague play beginning in 1958. Under Greenberg's proposal, each team would continue to play 154-games in the season, 126 of which would be within the league, and 28 against the eight clubs. The interleague games would all be played during a period immediately following the All-Star Game. The proposal was not adopted.[3]

Managers

American League

National League

Notes

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.43, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ "Left on Base - Team Records in a Game". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Drebinger, John (December 6, 1956). "Player limit, Interleague Games Top Issues on Majors' Agenda". New York Times. Retrieved 2009.

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