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Even though the New York Yankees began to show signs of vulnerability in 1958, they had little difficulty capturing their fourth consecutive American League pennant, and their ninth in 10 seasons under manager Casey Stengel.  New York finished the regular season with a record of 92-62, 10 full games ahead of the second-place Chicago White Sox.  Yet, the Yankees’ 92 victories represented their lowest win-total under Stengel.  Furthermore, no one on the club knocked in more than 100 runs, and only one player on the squad scored more than 80 times.

Still, New York remained the American League’s most well-balanced ball club, finishing first in the junior circuit with 164 home runs, 759 runs scored, a .268 team batting average, and a 3.22 team ERA.  Whitey Ford continued to anchor New York’s pitching staff, compiling a record of 14-7, along with a league-leading 2.01 ERA and seven shutouts.  Bob Turley earned Cy Young honors and a second-place finish in the A.L. MVP voting by topping the circuit with 21 victories and 19 complete games, while posting a 2.97 ERA.  Ryne Duren excelled out of the bullpen, leading the league with 20 saves, compiling a 2.02 ERA, and allowing only 40 hits in 76 innings of work, while striking out 87 batters.

Yogi Berra contributed to the New York offense by hitting 22 home runs and driving in 90 runs.  Norm Siebern batted .300 and scored 79 runs.  Elston Howard led the team with a .314 batting average.  Mickey Mantle had another outstanding year, batting .304, placing among the league leaders with 97 runs batted in, a .443 on-base percentage, and a .592 slugging percentage, and topping the circuit with 42 home runs, 127 runs scored, 129 bases on balls, and 307 total bases.  He finished fifth in the league MVP voting.

The Yankees entered the World Series against the Milwaukee Braves seeking to exact a measure of revenge for the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Braves in the previous year’s Fall Classic.  However, New York’s situation appeared bleak after the first four contests, when Milwaukee jumped out to a three-games-to-one lead.  After losing the first two contests by scores of 4-3 and 13-5, the Yankees rode a strong pitching performance by Don Larsen to a 4-0 victory in Game Three.  Warren Spahn then put the Yankees on the brink of elimination by shutting them out 3-0 in Game Four.

The Yankees, though, finally broke through against their nemesis Lew Burdette in Game Five, knocking him out of the box in the sixth inning, en route to posting a 7-0 victory.  Bob Turley threw a complete-game five-hitter for New York.  After winning Game Six in Milwaukee in the 10th inning, the Yankees defeated Burdette again in Game Seven by a score of 6-2.  Bill Skowron delivered the big blow by hitting a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning.  Turley, who earned Series MVP honors by posting two of New York’s final three victories, worked the final 6 2/3 innings in relief.  Hank Bauer starred at the plate for New York throughout the Fall Classic, batting .323, hitting four homers, knocking in eight runs, and scoring six others.  The triumph gave the Yankees their 18th world championship and also established them as the first team since 1925 to win a World Series after being down three-games-to-one.

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

• February 4 - The Baseball Hall of Fame failed to elect any new members for the first time since 1950.

• February 6 - Ted Williams signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox that made him the highest paid player in major league history.  Reports on the worth of the contract varied from $135,000 to $150,000.

• July 8 - At Memorial Stadium, home of the Baltimore Orioles, the American League defeated the National League, 4-3, in the All-Star Game. This was the first All-Star Game without an extra-base hit.

• July 20 - In the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Jim Bunning of the Detroit Tigers no-hit the Boston Red Sox 3-0.

• September 20 - Hoyt Wilhelm of the Baltimore Orioles struck out eight Yankees en route to throwing a 1-0 no-hitter.  

• November 28 - The Boston Red Sox signed teenage sensation Carl Yastrzemski to a reported bonus of $100,000.

• Washington's Albie Pearson captured A.L. Rookie of the Year honors, making him the first winner from a last-place team.

• Chicago’s Billy Pierce lost a perfect game when Washington's Ed Fitzgerald doubled with two men out in the ninth inning.

• Chicago’s Nellie Fox played a major league record 98 consecutive games without striking out.

• Ted Williams won the American League batting title at age 40 with a mark of .328.

• The members of the BBWAA named Boston outfielder Jackie Jensen A.L. MVP.  Jensen hit 35 homers, batted .286, scored 83 runs, and led the league with 122 runs batted in.

• Cleveland’s Rocky Colavito batted .303, finished second in the league with 41 home runs and 113 runs batted in, and topped the circuit with a .620 slugging percentage.  He finished third in the MVP voting.

• Gold Glove selections were made for first time in both leagues.

• Chicago’s Luis Aparicio again led the American League in steals (29).

• Nellie Fox batted .300 and led the league with 187 hits.

• Billy Pierce won 17 games, compiled a 2.68 ERA, and tied for the league lead with 19 complete games.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BAL 2080 5111 521 1233 492 .175 195 19 108 33 35 1790 .281 .261 .574 134 36 62
BOS 1929 5218 697 1335 667 .216 229 30 155 29 22 2089 .330 .299 .661 149 29 60
CHA 1984 5249 634 1348 594 .204 191 42 101 101 33 1926 .415 .330 .775 120 47 72
CLE 2034 5201 694 1340 653 .210 210 31 161 50 49 2095 .325 .296 .653 112 36 69
DET 1944 5194 659 1384 612 .228 229 41 109 48 32 2022 .371 .377 .780 127 51 75
KC1 1968 5261 642 1297 605 .174 196 50 138 22 36 2007 .290 .256 .584 133 43 64
NYA 1823 5294 759 1418 717 .213 212 39 164 48 32 2200 .320 .311 .654 107 42 72
WS1 2009 5156 553 1240 526 .181 161 38 121 22 41 1840 .292 .243 .564 133 38 57

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BAL 337 74 79 1369 749 403 5687 1277 106 60.940 517 575 55 12 28 32 6
BOS 356 79 75 1378 695 521 5949 1396 121 83.070 601 691 44 5 28 28 6
CHA 359 82 72 1391 751 515 5841 1296 152 77.340 557 615 55 15 25 28 3
CLE 374 77 76 1375 766 604 5904 1283 123 88.340 569 635 51 2 20 33 5
DET 374 77 77 1360 797 437 5715 1294 133 81.040 542 606 59 8 19 27 4
KC1 393 73 81 1399 720 467 5947 1405 150 109.200 645 713 42 9 25 31 1
NYA 339 92 62 1378 796 557 5794 1201 116 52.490 493 577 53 18 33 24 2
WS1 378 61 93 1376 762 558 6014 1443 156 95.510 693 747 28 6 28 43 5

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BAL 2593 6828 5147 1547 134 .965 16436 30 30 1.00 14
BOS 2277 7077 5080 1829 168 .970 16570 34 37 2.00 9
CHA 2350 6983 5149 1702 132 .987 16678 37 41 1.00 11
CLE 2371 6937 5146 1617 174 .962 16483 48 35 1.00 35
DET 2291 6828 5111 1596 121 .965 16288 40 37 2.00 16
KC1 2356 7135 5221 1769 145 .975 16777 39 39 1.00 34
NYA 2225 6940 5085 1704 151 .963 16547 42 48 2.00 9
WS1 2289 6924 5116 1674 134 .979 16517 80 41 0 15

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1958 World Series, Albie Pearson, American League, Bill Skowron, Billy Pierce, Bob Turley, Carl Yastrzemski, Casey Stengel, Chicago White Sox, Don Larsen, Ed Fitz Gerald, Elston Howard, Hank Bauer, Hoyt Wilhelm, Jackie Jensen, Jim Bunning, Lew Burdette, Luis Aparicio, Mickey Mantle, Nellie Fox, New York Yankees, Norm Siebern, Rocky Colavito, Roy Sievers, Ryne Duren, Ted Williams, Warren Spahn, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra

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