1956 Major League Baseball season

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.

1956 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 17 – October 10, 1956
Number of games154
Number of teams16
TV partner(s)NBC, CBS
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Mickey Mantle (NYY)
NL: Don Newcombe (BKN)
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upCleveland Indians
NL championsBrooklyn Dodgers
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Braves
World Series
ChampionsNew York Yankees
  Runners-upBrooklyn Dodgers
World Series MVPDon Larsen (NYY)
MLB seasons

StandingsEdit

PostseasonEdit

BracketEdit

  World Series
       
  AL New York Yankees 4
  NL Brooklyn Dodgers 3

Awards and honorsEdit

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 leadersEdit

  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
RBIs 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

FeatsEdit

Triple CrownEdit

MilestonesEdit

  • 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]

ManagersEdit

American LeagueEdit

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Pinky Higgins
Chicago White Sox Marty Marion
Cleveland Indians Al López
Detroit Tigers Bucky Harris
Kansas City Athletics Lou Boudreau
New York Yankees Casey Stengel
Washington Senators Chuck Dressen

National LeagueEdit

Team Manager Comments
Brooklyn Dodgers Walter Alston
Chicago Cubs Stan Hack
Cincinnati Reds Birdie Tebbetts
Milwaukee Braves Charlie Grimm and Fred Haney
New York Giants Bill Rigney
Philadelphia Phillies Mayo Smith
Pittsburgh Pirates Bobby Bragan
St. Louis Cardinals Fred Hutchinson

Home Field AttendanceEdit

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game
Milwaukee Braves[2] 92 8.2% 2,046,331 2.0% 26,576
New York Yankees[3] 97 1.0% 1,491,784 0.1% 19,374
Brooklyn Dodgers[4] 93 -5.1% 1,213,562 17.4% 15,761
Boston Red Sox[5] 84 0.0% 1,137,158 -5.5% 14,579
Cincinnati Redlegs[6] 91 21.3% 1,125,928 62.3% 14,622
Detroit Tigers[7] 82 3.8% 1,051,182 -11.1% 13,477
St. Louis Cardinals[8] 76 11.8% 1,029,773 21.3% 13,202
Kansas City Athletics[9] 52 -17.5% 1,015,154 -27.1% 13,184
Chicago White Sox[10] 85 -6.6% 1,000,090 -14.9% 12,988
Pittsburgh Pirates[11] 66 10.0% 949,878 102.4% 12,178
Philadelphia Phillies[12] 71 -7.8% 934,798 1.3% 12,140
Baltimore Orioles[13] 69 21.1% 901,201 5.8% 11,704
Cleveland Indians[14] 88 -5.4% 865,467 -29.2% 11,240
Chicago Cubs[15] 60 -16.7% 720,118 -17.8% 9,001
New York Giants[16] 67 -16.3% 629,179 -23.7% 8,171
Washington Senators[17] 59 11.3% 431,647 1.5% 5,606

Notable eventsEdit

July–SeptemberEdit

October–DecemberEdit

  • 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.[19]

NotesEdit

  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. ^ "Atlanta Braves Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "New York Yankees Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Boston Red Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Cincinnati Reds Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Detroit Tigers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "Chicago White Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  13. ^ "Baltimore Orioles Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cleveland Indians Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "Chicago Cubs Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  16. ^ "San Francisco Giants Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "Minnesota Twins Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "Left on Base – Team Records in a Game". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  19. ^ Drebinger, John (December 6, 1956). "Player limit, Interleague Games Top Issues on Majors' Agenda". New York Times. Retrieved October 2, 2009.

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