1951 Leaders & Numbers

The two best hitters in baseball continued to be The Man and The Kid, as played by Stan Musial and Ted Williams, respectively. Yet honors for the two most valuable went to Roy Campanella and Yogi Berra, the first of three such awards for each. Although Willie Mays arrived and Bobby Thomson stole the headlines, Monte Irvin was the most dangerous of the Giants’ hitters for now. Gus Zernial gave the A’s a league-leading power boost in the franchise’s first year A.M. (After Mack). Minnie Minoso, the man traded for Zernial, was no less disappointing for the White Sox. With Joe DiMaggio fading with age and injuries, brother Dom DiMaggio was suddenly playing the best baseball in the family. The Phillies may have wilted a year after taking the NL flag, but Robin Roberts carried on strong. Bob Feller, once a shoo-in as a 20-game winner, reached 20 for the first time in four years after finally working enough magic out of an arm that no longer could rely on his lightning bolt fastball. And as if the Indians didn’t need more outstanding pitching, they got it anyway from Mike Garcia and Early Wynn—winning 20 each for the first time in their careers to join Feller. Sal Maglie, in his second year back after his “suspension” for jumping to the Mexican League, emerged as a major force with his aggressive attitude for shaving back opposing hitters—thus his nickname, The Barber. Ned Garver’s 20 victories were far more impressive, since he did it for the woebegone Browns—who without him were 32-90.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1951
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Stan Musial St. Louis 152 .355 578 124 205 30 12 32 108 81 17 1 4 5 6
2. Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh 151 .309 531 124 164 31 6 42 109 131 6 2 2 1 10
3. Jackie Robinson Brooklyn 153 .338 548 106 185 33 7 19 88 73 6 9 25 8 10
4. Monte Irvin New York 151 .312 558 94 174 19 11 24 121 84 5 9 12 2 15
5. Roy Campanella Brooklyn 143 .325 505 90 164 33 1 33 108 39 14 4 1 2 19
6. Gil Hodges Brooklyn 158 .268 582 118 156 25 3 40 103 78 15 5 9 7 13
7. Bobby Thomson New York 148 .293 518 89 152 27 8 32 101 66 7 4 5 5 14
8. Richie Ashburn Philadelphia 154 .344 643 92 221 31 5 4 63 49 1 2 29 6 4
9. Sid Gordon Boston 150 .287 550 96 158 28 1 29 109 79 1 5 2 0 28
10. Al Dark New York 156 .303 646 114 196 41 7 14 69 41 1 6 12 7 11
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1951
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS GD
1. Ted Williams Boston 148 .318 531 109 169 28 4 30 126 144 0 1 1 10
2. Minnie Minoso Cleveland-Chicago 146 .326 530 112 173 34 14 10 76 72 16 31 10 12
3. Gus Zernial Chicago-Philadelphia 143 .268 571 92 153 30 5 33 129 63 4 2 2 15
4. Eddie Joost Philadelphia 140 .289 553 107 160 28 5 19 78 106 6 10 8 6
5. Eddie Robinson Chicago 151 .282 564 85 159 23 5 29 117 77 3 2 5 11
6. Eddie Yost Washington 154 .283 568 109 161 36 4 12 65 126 11 6 4 7
7. Larry Doby Cleveland 134 .295 447 84 132 27 5 20 69 101 3 4 1 10
8. Vic Wertz Detroit 138 .285 501 86 143 24 4 27 94 78 1 0 3 13
9. Gil McDougald New York 131 .306 402 72 123 23 4 14 63 56 4 14 5 12
10. Dom DiMaggio Boston 146 .296 639 113 189 34 4 12 72 73 2 4 7 13
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1951
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Robin Roberts Philadelphia 3.30 21 15 .583 2 44 39 315 425 106 62 2 4 3 0 6 9 22
2. Sal Maglie New York 2.93 23 6 .793 4 42 37 298 387 97 81 5 4 6 2 9 5 36
3. Larry Jansen New York 3.04 23 11 .676 0 39 34 278.2 378 94 46 10 3 3 0 7 6 23
4. Warren Spahn Boston 2.98 22 14 .611 0 39 36 310.2 388 103 103 6 7 1 1 14 13 20
5. Chet Nichols Boston 2.88 11 8 .579 2 33 19 156 185 50 68 1 8 1 0 3 8 15
6. Preacher Roe Brooklyn 3.04 22 3 .880 0 34 33 257.2 388 87 58 6 2 0 0 2 11 34
7. Don Newcombe Brooklyn 3.28 20 9 .690 0 40 36 272 350 99 84 7 7 6 0 2 4 32
8. Vern Bickford Boston 3.12 11 9 .550 0 25 20 164.2 201 57 73 3 0 6 0 8 8 18
9. Murry Dickson Pittsburgh 4.02 20 16 .556 2 45 35 288.2 455 129 93 8 1 6 1 7 11 23
10. Ken Raffensberger Cincinnati 3.44 16 17 .485 5 42 33 248.2 377 95 31 7 3 6 0 8 3 17
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1951
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Ed Lopat New York 2.91 21 9 .700 0 31 31 234.2 288 76 70 1 0 3 0 4 8 24
2. Mike Garcia Cleveland 3.15 20 13 .606 6 47 30 254 313 89 72 10 6 3 0 9 10 25
3. Allie Reynolds New York 3.05 17 8 .680 7 40 26 221 239 75 99 1 4 5 1 5 4 20
4. Early Wynn Cleveland 3.02 20 13 .606 1 37 34 274.1 342 92 102 5 1 3 0 6 12 17
5. Vic Raschi New York 3.27 21 10 .677 0 35 34 258.1 323 94 103 0 8 5 1 6 13 27
6. Mel Parnell Boston 3.26 18 11 .621 2 36 29 221 305 80 76 1 2 0 0 2 6 37
7. Saul Rogovin Detroit-Chicago 2.78 12 8 .600 0 27 26 216.2 275 67 71 3 1 1 2 12 7 20
8. Bob Feller Cleveland 3.50 22 8 .733 0 33 32 249.2 349 97 92 3 2 7 0 8 4 25
9. Billy Pierce Chicago 3.03 15 14 .517 2 37 28 240.1 337 81 68 5 1 1 0 6 10 19
10. Ned Garver St. Louis 3.73 20 12 .625 0 33 30 246 326 102 92 4 6 5 0 5 10 31

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1951 Awards


NL MVP
Roy Campanella, Brooklyn

AL MVP
Yogi Berra, New York


NL Rookie of the Year
Willie Mays, New York

AL Rookie of the Year
Gil McDougald, New York