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1959 in Baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1959 throughout the world.

Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Winter Leagues

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Harvey Kuenn DET .353 Hank Aaron MIL .355
HR Rocky Colavito CLE
Harmon Killebrew WSH
42 Eddie Mathews MIL 46
RBI Jackie Jensen BOS 112 Ernie Banks CHC 143
Wins Early Wynn CHW 22 Lew Burdette MIL
Sam Jones SF
Warren Spahn MIL
21
ERA Hoyt Wilhelm BAL 2.19 Sam Jones SF 2.83

Major league baseball final standings

Events

January

February

March

April

  • April 11 - On Opening Day, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale hits a home run, becoming the only pitcher to hit more than one career homer in opening games. Drysdale's historic blast doesn't prevent the Dodgers from losing their game, 6-1, to the Chicago Cubs.
  • April 17 - Detroit Tigers' Al Kaline bats his 100th career home run.
  • April 22 - The Chicago White Sox defeat the Kansas City Athletics 20-6 at Municipal Stadium. The White Sox score 11 of those runs in a wild seventh inning in which they collect only one hit. Ray Boone and Al Smith lead off the inning by reaching on errors. Johnny Callison then collects the hit, a single that scores Boone; on the play, Smith scores and Callison reaches third on a Roger Maris error. Eight of the next nine runs score on ten bases on balls; Callison is hit by a pitch to force in the remaining run.

May

June

  • June 12 - The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Tokyo.
  • June 14 - Ernie Banks hits 200th career home run helping Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee Braves 6-0.
  • June 18 - At Memorial Stadium, Chico Carrasquel drives in two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to give the Baltimore Orioles win, 7-6, over the visiting Detroit Tigers.
  • June 21 - At Seals Stadium, Hank Aaron hits three home runs in the Milwaukee Braves' 13-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants. For Aaron, Major League Baseball's future home run king, it will be the only three-home run game of his career.
  • June 30 - The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are involved in a bizarre play at Wrigley Field in which two balls are in play at the same time. With one out in the fourth inning, Stan Musial is at the plate with a 3-1 count. The next pitch from the Cubs' Bob Anderson evades catcher Sammy Taylor and rolls to the backstop. Home plate umpire Vic Delmore calls ball four on Musial, much to the chagrin of Anderson and Taylor, both of whom argue that Musial had foul tipped the ball. With the ball still in play and Delmore arguing with both Anderson and Taylor, Musial attempts to run for second. Meanwhile, Cubs third baseman Alvin Dark runs to the backstop and retrieves the ball despite it having ended up in the hands of field announcer Pat Pieper. However, Delmore unknowingly pulls out a new ball and gives it to Taylor. Anderson sees Musial attempting to advance to second and throws the ball to second baseman Tony Taylor, only for it to sail into the outfield. At the same time, Dark throws the original ball to shortstop Ernie Banks. Musial sees Anderson's ball go over Tony Taylor's head and attempts to advance to third, unaware that Dark's throw has reached Banks, who tags Musial. After a delay, Musial is declared out. Both teams play the game under protest; the Cardinals drop theirs after defeating the Cubs 4-1.

July

August

September

October

November

December

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Sources

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  5. ^ Nap Lajoie. Article written by David Jones and Stephen Constantelos. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on July 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Howard Ehmke. Article written by Gregory H. Wolf. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on July 11, 2019.
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  12. ^ Gene Packard. Article written by Bill Lamb. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on July 12, 2019.
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  14. ^ a b Big Ed Walsh. Article written by Stuart Schimler. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on July 13, 2019.
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