1951 Major League Baseball season

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1951 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 16 – October 12, 1951
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Yogi Berra (NYY)
NL: Roy Campanella (BKN)
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upCleveland Indians
NL championsNew York Giants
  NL runners-upBrooklyn Dodgers
World Series
ChampionsNew York Yankees
  Runners-upNew York Giants
Finals MVPPhil Rizzuto (NYY)
MLB seasons

The 1951 Major League Baseball season opened on April 16 and finished on October 12, 1951. Teams from both leagues played a 154-game regular season schedule. At the end of the regular season, the National League pennant was still undecided resulting in a three game playoff between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. After splitting the first two games, the stage was set for a decisive third game, won in dramatic fashion on a walk-off homerun from the bat of Giant Bobby Thompson, one of the most famous moments in the history of baseball, commemorated as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" and "The Miracle at Coogan's Bluff". The Giants lost the World Series to defending champion New York Yankees, who were in the midst of a 5-year World Series winning streak.

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ferris Fain PHA .344 Stan Musial SLC .355
HR Gus Zernial CHW/PHA 33 Ralph Kiner PIT 42
RBI Gus Zernial CHW/PHA 129 Monte Irvin NYG 121
Wins Bob Feller CLE 22 Larry Jansen NYG
Sal Maglie NYG
ERA Saul Rogovin CHW 2.78 Chet Nichols BSB 2.88
SO Vic Raschi NYY 164 Don Newcombe BRO
Warren Spahn BSB
SV Ellis Kinder BSR 14 Ted Wilks SLC/PIT 13
SB Minnie Miñoso CLE/CHW 31 Sam Jethroe BSB 35

Major league baseball final standings[edit]



American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Steve O'Neill
Chicago White Sox Paul Richards
Cleveland Indians Al López
Detroit Tigers Red Rolfe
New York Yankees Casey Stengel
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Zack Taylor
Washington Senators Bucky Harris

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves Billy Southworth and Tommy Holmes
Brooklyn Dodgers Chuck Dressen
Chicago Cubs Frankie Frisch and Phil Cavarretta
Cincinnati Reds Luke Sewell
New York Giants Leo Durocher
Philadelphia Phillies Eddie Sawyer
Pittsburgh Pirates Billy Meyer
St. Louis Cardinals Marty Marion

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c May 15 in Baseball History. Know More About Baseball]. Retrieved on May 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Fenway Park Timeline. MLB.com. Retrieved on May 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox Box Score, May 15, 1951. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on May 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Firstman, Diane. "And all the Runs were Scored 2 by 2". valueoverreplacementgrit.com. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Strange and Unusual Plays". www.retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386.

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