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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
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Nellie Fox (CHW)
NL: Ernie Banks (CHC)
Postseason
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
Finals MVPLarry Sherry (LA)
MLB seasons

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

Contents

Awards and honorsEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

  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
SO Jim Bunning DET 201 Don Drysdale LA 242
SV Turk Lown CHW 15 Lindy McDaniel STL
Don McMahon MIL
15
SB Luis Aparicio CHW 56 Willie Mays SF 27

Major league baseball final standingsEdit

American League
Teams Ranked Wins Losses Win %   GB
Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610
Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 5
New York Yankees 79 75 .513 15
Detroit Tigers 76 78 .494 18
Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 19
Baltimore Orioles 74 80 .481 20
Kansas City Athletics 66 88 .429 28
Washington Senators 63 91 .409 31
National League
Teams Ranked Wins Losses Win %   GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 .564
Milwaukee Braves 86 70 .551 2
San Francisco Giants 83 71 .539 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 .506 9
Chicago Cubs 74 80 .481 13
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 .481 13
St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 .461 16
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 .416 23

ManagersEdit

HighlightsEdit

  • April 22 - In the course of a 20-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs in the seventh inning on ten walks, a hit batter, three errors and just one hit.[2]

EventsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ No-Hitters in chronological Order by Retro Sheet
  2. ^ Wancho, Joseph (2014). Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians. United States: University of Nebraska Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0803245877.