1959 Major League Baseball season

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1959 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 9 – October 9, 1959
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Nellie Fox (CHI)
NL: Ernie Banks (CUB)
AL champions Chicago White Sox
  AL runners-up Cleveland Indians
NL champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-up Milwaukee Braves
World Series
Champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-up Chicago White Sox
Finals MVP Larry Sherry (LOS)
MLB seasons

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.

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

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Harvey Kuenn DET .353 Hank Aaron MLN .355
HR Rocky Colavito CLE
Harmon Killebrew WSH
42 Eddie Mathews MLN 46
RBI Jackie Jensen BOS 112 Ernie Banks CHC 143
Wins Early Wynn CHW 22 Lew Burdette MLN
Sam Jones SFG
Warren Spahn MLN
ERA Hoyt Wilhelm BAL 2.19 Sam Jones SFG 2.83
SO Jim Bunning DET 201 Don Drysdale LAD 242
SV Turk Lown CHW 15 Lindy McDaniel STL
Don McMahon MLN
SB Luis Aparicio CHW 56 Willie Mays SFG 27

Major league baseball final standings

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


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Pinky Higgins, Rudy York and Billy Jurges
Chicago White Sox Al Lopez
Cleveland Indians Joe Gordon
Detroit Tigers Bill Norman and Jimmy Dykes
Kansas City Athletics Harry Craft
New York Yankees Casey Stengel
Washington Senators Cookie Lavagetto

National League

Team Manager Comments
Chicago Cubs Bob Scheffing
Cincinnati Reds Mayo Smith and Fred Hutchinson
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston
Milwaukee Braves Fred Haney
Philadelphia Phillies Eddie Sawyer
Pittsburgh Pirates Danny Murtaugh
St. Louis Cardinals Solly Hemus
San Francisco Giants Bill Rigney


See also


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 links

  • 1959 Major League Baseball season schedule


  1. ^ No-Hitters in chronological Order by Retro Sheet
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