1957 Leaders & Numbers

Willie Mays helped make the Giants’ New York coda a memorable one as he was the third National Leaguer to total 20 doubles, triples and home runs each. Mickey Mantle added to his fast-growing Hall-of-Fame résumé with the highest batting average ever by a switch-hitter. Over the hill was a wonderful place to be in 1957, as shown by Ted Williams (age 39), Stan Musial (36) and Warren Spahn (36). With the help of Griffith Stadium’s ever-shrinking outfield real estate, Roy Sievers became the only Senator to pace the AL in homers before the team’s move to Minnesota. No one was going to miss Ebbets Field more than Duke Snider, who reached 40 homers for the fifth straight year. As Snider’s streak ended, Ernie Banks began a similar run lasting four years. Jim Bunning reduced a lot of future frustration by winning 20 games in his first full season as a starter; he would get to 19 four times in the future, but never more. Don Drysdale will always be associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but for one solid year he gave the folks at Flatbush something to remember. The White Sox’ offense must have been coming around; the typically unsupported Billy Pierce won 20 games for the second straight year. Give thanks to a stubborn Pale Hose roster led by Minnie Minoso and Nellie Fox. Jack Sanford and Ed Bouchee finished 1-2 in NL Rookie of the Year voting, but all the Phillies got for it was an even .500 finish. After a year in the Navy, Johnny Podres returned and led the NL in ERA and shutouts. Soon to be transformed into a full-time reliever, Bobby Shantz grabbed the AL ERA title in his last year pitching enough innings to qualify.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1957
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Willie Mays New York 152 .333 585 112 195 26 20 35 97 61 14 1 38 19 14
2. Hank Aaron Milwaukee 151 .322 615 118 198 27 6 44 132 42 15 0 1 1 13
3. Stan Musial St. Louis 134 .351 502 82 176 38 3 29 102 48 19 2 1 1 13
4. Ernie Banks Chicago 156 .285 594 113 169 34 6 43 102 59 11 3 8 4 12
5. Eddie Mathews Milwaukee 148 .292 572 109 167 28 9 32 94 85 5 0 3 1 6
6. Gil Hodges Brooklyn 150 .299 579 94 173 28 7 27 98 57 6 2 5 3 11
7. Frank Robinson Cincinnati 150 .322 611 97 197 29 5 29 75 39 5 12 10 2 13
8. Duke Snider Brooklyn 139 .274 508 91 139 25 7 40 92 65 12 1 3 4 17
9. Ed Bouchee Philadelphia 154 .293 574 78 168 35 8 17 76 78 6 14 1 0 15
10. Wally Moon St. Louis 142 .295 516 86 152 28 5 24 73 50 12 1 5 6 14
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1957
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mickey Mantle New York 144 .365 474 121 173 28 6 34 94 123 23 0 16 3 5
2. Ted Williams Boston 132 .388 420 96 163 28 1 38 87 86 33 5 0 1 11
3. Roy Sievers Washington 152 .301 572 99 172 23 5 42 114 65 11 7 1 1 9
4. Minnie Minoso Chicago 153 .310 568 96 176 36 5 12 103 74 5 21 18 15 19
5. Vic Wertz Cleveland 144 .282 515 84 145 21 0 28 105 72 6 2 2 3 9
6. Gene Woodling Cleveland 133 .321 430 74 138 25 2 19 78 62 2 3 0 5 6
7. Nellie Fox Chicago 155 .317 619 110 196 27 8 6 61 73 2 16 5 6 7
8. Jackie Jensen Boston 145 .281 544 82 153 29 2 23 103 72 3 2 8 5 22
9. Al Kaline Detroit 149 .295 577 83 170 29 4 23 90 36 7 3 11 9 10
10. Charlie Maxwell Detroit 138 .276 492 75 136 23 3 24 82 69 7 5 3 2 6
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1957
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Warren Spahn Milwaukee 2.69 21 11 .656 3 39 35 271 353 81 74 4 2 2 0 5 5 24
2. Bob Buhl Milwaukee 2.74 18 7 .720 0 34 31 216.2 265 66 117 4 3 0 0 4 11 33
3. Don Drysdale Brooklyn 2.69 17 9 .654 0 34 29 221 301 66 58 3 3 7 1 6 3 19
4. Johnny Podres Brooklyn 2.66 12 9 .571 3 31 27 196 259 58 43 1 3 1 0 6 4 18
5. Lew Burdette Milwaukee 3.72 17 9 .654 0 37 33 256.2 382 106 51 8 2 2 0 6 7 30
6. Bob Friend Pittsburgh 3.38 14 18 .438 0 40 38 277 407 104 60 8 3 1 1 3 3 24
7. Jack Sanford Philadelphia 3.08 19 8 .704 0 33 33 236.2 303 81 92 2 12 3 1 12 3 13
8. Larry Jackson St. Louis 3.47 15 9 .625 1 41 22 210.1 296 81 49 8 4 4 0 5 5 26
9. Curt Simmons Philadelphia 3.44 12 11 .522 0 32 29 212 307 81 39 11 2 2 0 4 4 20
10. Vern Law Pittsburgh 2.87 10 8 .556 1 31 25 172.2 261 55 24 8 2 2 0 2 1 12
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1957
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Frank Sullivan Boston 2.73 14 11 .560 0 35 30 242 302 86 65 1 6 3 0 1 12 12
2. Tom Sturdivant New York 2.54 16 6 .727 0 28 28 201.2 241 57 78 2 3 4 0 5 15 19
3. Dick Donovan Chicago 2.77 16 6 .727 0 28 28 220.2 286 68 37 8 1 8 2 13 6 24
4. Billy Pierce Chicago 3.26 20 12 .625 2 37 34 257 338 93 62 9 3 1 1 3 6 12
5. Bobby Shantz New York 2.45 11 5 .688 5 30 21 173 232 47 39 1 3 6 1 3 4 22
6. Connie Johnson Baltimore 3.20 14 11 .560 0 35 30 242 302 86 65 1 6 3 0 1 12 12
7. Jim Bunning Detroit 2.69 20 8 .714 1 45 30 267.1 353 80 67 5 4 11 2 8 9 11
8. Bob Turley New York 2.71 13 6 .684 3 32 23 176.1 199 53 84 1 2 9 0 4 8 10
9. Billy Loes Baltimore 3.24 12 7 .632 4 31 18 155.1 201 56 34 3 3 4 0 4 6 17
10. Ray Narleski Cleveland 3.09 11 5 .688 16 46 15 154.1 200 53 65 6 2 4 0 3 2 9

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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1957 Awards


NL MVP
Hank Aaron, Milwaukee

AL MVP
Mickey Mantle, New York


Cy Young Award
Warren Spahn, Milwaukee


NL Rookie of the Year
Jack Sanford, Philadelphia

AL Rookie of the Year
Tony Kubek, New York


Gold Glove Awards
P Bobby Shantz, New York (A)
C Sherm Lollar, Chicago (A)
1B Gil Hodges, Brooklyn
2B Nellie Fox, Chicago (A)
3B Frank Malzone, Boston
SS Roy McMillan, Cincinnati
OF Minnie Minoso, Chicago (A)
OF Willie Mays, New York (N)
OF Al Kaline, Detroit