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Despite losing Whitey Ford for more than a month of the season due to arm problems, the New York Yankees captured their eighth pennant in nine years under manager Casey Stengel in 1957, finishing the campaign with a record of 98-56, eight games ahead of the second-place Chicago White Sox.  

Although blessed with neither an overpowering lineup nor a dominant pitching staff, the Yankees proved to be the American League’s most well-balanced team over the course of the regular season, leading the circuit with a team batting average of .268, 723 runs scored, and a team ERA of 3.00.  

Bobby Shantz, Tom Sturdivant, and Bob Turley each picked up some of the slack in Ford’s absence, with each of them placing among the A.L. leaders in earned run average.  Shantz led the league with an ERA of 2.45, while Sturdivant finished second with a mark of 2.54.  Sturdivant also led New York’s staff with 16 victories.  Meanwhile, Bob Grim did an outstanding job coming out of the bullpen, winning 12 games, posting a 2.63 ERA, and leading the league with 19 saves.

On offense, the Yankees received significant contributions from Yogi Berra, Bill Skowron, Gil McDougald, and Tony Kubek.  Berra hit 24 home runs and knocked in 82 runs.  Skowron batted .304, hit 17 homers, and drove in 88 runs.  McDougald batted .289 and scored 87 runs.  Kubek batted .297, en route to earning A.L. Rookie of the Year honors.

Mickey Mantle was again the driving force behind New York’s successful run to the pennant.  Mantle won his second consecutive A.L. MVP Award by hitting 34 home runs, knocking in 94 runs, leading the league with 121 runs scored and 146 bases on balls, and finishing second in the circuit with 315 total bases, a .365 batting average, a .515 on-base percentage, and a .665 slugging percentage.  Mantle edged out Boston’s Ted Williams in the MVP balloting.     

The Yankees met the Milwaukee Braves in the World Series for the first of two consecutive times, beginning the Fall Classic on a positive note by defeating Warren Spahn in Game One by a score of 3-1.  White Ford threw a complete-game five-hitter.  However, Milwaukee took three out of the next four contests, with Ford losing a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Lew Burdette in Game Five.  After the Yankees won Game Six back in New York, Burdette posted his third victory of the Series in Game Seven, blanking the Yankees 5-0 on only two days’ rest.  The win gave the Braves their only world championship while playing in the city of Milwaukee.

Although the Chicago White Sox finished a distant second to New York, Minnie Minoso, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, and Billy Pierce all played huge roles in helping the team reach its highest place in the standings since 1920.  Minoso batted .310, knocked in 103 runs, and scored 96 others.  Aparicio led the league with 28 stolen bases.  Fox batted .317, scored 110 runs, and topped the circuit with 196 hits.  Pierce compiled a 3.26 ERA, tied for the league lead with 20 wins, and led all A.L. hurlers with 16 complete games.

Meanwhile, Ted Williams had a fabulous year for the third-place Boston Red Sox, who finished 16 games behind the Yankees in the standings.  Although limited to 420 official at-bats, the 38-year-old Williams smashed 38 home runs, drove in 87 runs, scored 96 others, and led the league with a .388 batting average, a .526 on-base percentage, and a .731 slugging percentage.

Roy Sievers also had a big year for the last-place Washington Senators, batting .301, scoring 99 runs, and leading the American League with 42 home runs, 114 runs batted in, and 331 total bases.

Other notable events from around the league and players who distinguished themselves over the course of the season included:

• May 7 - Two batters into the game at Cleveland Stadium, Indians pitcher Herb Score was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of New York’s Gil McDougald.  The blow broke several bones in Score's face, depriving him of his vision for quite some time.  Although Score eventually regained his 20/20 vision, he missed the remainder of the year and never regained his overpowering fastball.

• For the first time in major league history, no pitcher in either league completed as many as 20 games.

• The American League won the All-Star Game 6-5 at St. Louis.

• Ted Williams reached base a record 16 times in 16 consecutive plate appearances.

• Bob Keegan of the White Sox no-hit Washington on August 20.

• Roy Sievers’ 42 home runs and 331 total bases established new Washington Senators records.

• The Hall of Fame inducted Sam Crawford and Joe McCarthy.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BAL 2038 5264 597 1326 557 .178 191 39 87 57 35 1856 .319 .239 .600 126 54 110
BOS 1879 5267 721 1380 695 .225 231 32 153 29 21 2134 .387 .292 .717 154 38 41
CHA 1931 5265 707 1369 670 .211 208 41 106 109 51 1977 .399 .309 .730 121 42 75
CLE 1989 5171 682 1304 649 .196 199 26 140 40 47 1975 .298 .276 .600 109 53 78
DET 1914 5348 614 1376 574 .175 224 37 116 36 47 2022 .317 .246 .635 127 30 96
KC1 2022 5170 563 1262 536 .215 195 40 166 35 27 2035 .324 .302 .646 135 36 62
NYA 1882 5271 723 1412 680 .223 200 54 145 49 38 2155 .337 .317 .665 128 43 93
WS1 2012 5231 603 1274 572 .175 215 38 111 13 38 1898 .287 .257 .567 139 41 50

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BAL 349 76 76 1408 767 493 5863 1272 95 148.620 542 588 44 12 25 29 5
BOS 325 82 72 1375 692 498 5917 1391 116 65.300 593 668 55 8 23 25 2
CHA 355 90 64 1401 665 470 5852 1305 124 57.270 521 566 59 14 27 31 4
CLE 357 76 77 1380 807 618 6076 1381 130 74.450 622 722 46 6 23 39 3
DET 363 78 76 1417 756 505 6014 1330 147 80.880 560 614 52 7 21 19 3
KC1 404 59 94 1371 626 565 5875 1344 153 125.560 637 710 26 4 19 45 7
NYA 333 98 56 1395 810 580 5822 1198 110 35.620 465 534 41 11 42 26 4
WS1 388 55 99 1376 691 580 6093 1482 149 110.860 742 808 31 5 16 29 3

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BAL 2464 7100 5248 1724 128 .969 16898 40 57 2.00 14
BOS 2248 7156 5091 1898 167 .973 16523 32 31 1.00 9
CHA 2254 7160 5213 1822 125 .972 16823 38 32 1.00 11
CLE 2335 6958 5183 1595 180 .963 16569 61 36 1.00 21
DET 2285 7111 5382 1593 136 .961 17006 33 39 2.00 12
KC1 2383 7010 5104 1754 152 .963 16437 50 30 0 22
NYA 2296 7024 5101 1778 145 .970 16743 41 50 2.00 13
WS1 2281 7007 5116 1738 153 .948 16517 68 49 1.00 15

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1957 World Series, Al Kaline, American League, Bill Skowron, Billy Pierce, Bob Grim, Bob Keegan, Bob Turley, Bobby Shantz, Casey Stengel, Gil McDougald, Herb Score, Joe McCarthy, Lew Burdette, Luis Aparicio, Mickey Mantle, Minnie Minoso, Nellie Fox, New York Yankees, Roy Sievers, Sam Crawford, Ted Williams, Tom Sturdivant, Tony Kubek, Warren Spahn, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra

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