1958 Leaders & Numbers

With the Dodgers and Giants departed, Mickey Mantle finally claimed, without argument, that he was the best center fielder in New York. While San Franciscans strangely welcomed Willie Mays as if he was the black sheep—even as he hit a career-high .347—they embraced rookie Orlando Cepeda as their native son. Jackie Jensen added the AL MVP to a résumé that also included appearances in the Rose Bowl and World Series. Ernie Banks became the first NL MVP recipient to play for a sub-.500 team. The Yankees looked at Bob Cerv’s output and perhaps thought twice about “demoting” him to Kansas City. Shades of 1930: The last-place Phillies led the NL in batting average and hits, thanks mainly to Richie Ashburn. Warren Spahn became the first seven-time 20-game winner among southpaws. Bob Turley, who for the fourth time in five years allowed the AL’s lowest opposing batting average, finally got support from his teammates and recognition from voters who gave him the Cy Young Award. The Pirates finally began to see the light at the end of a long, tortuous tunnel thanks to the pitching efforts of Bob Friend and Ron Kline, who had suffered with them all along. Whitey Ford cut down on the walks that plagued him early in his career, resulting in a career-low ERA. Frank Lary: 7-0 against the Yankees, 9-15 against the rest of the AL. Dick Hyde was Dr. Jekyll compared to the otherwise hideous Senator pitching staff. Sad Sam Jones became the first NL pitcher in 17 years to strike out over 200 batters.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1958
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Willie Mays San Francisco 152 .347 600 121 208 33 11 29 96 66 12 1 31 6 11
2. Ernie Banks Chicago 154 .313 617 119 193 23 11 47 129 40 12 4 4 4 14
3. Hank Aaron Milwaukee 153 .326 601 109 196 34 4 30 95 43 16 1 4 1 21
4. Ken Boyer St. Louis 150 .307 570 101 175 21 9 23 90 41 8 3 11 6 15
5. Harry Anderson Philadelphia 140 .301 515 80 155 34 6 23 97 49 10 3 0 2 12
6. Bob Skinner Pittsburgh 144 .321 529 93 170 33 9 13 70 51 7 2 12 4 11
7. Frank Thomas Pittsburgh 149 .281 562 89 158 26 4 35 109 40 2 7 0 1 19
8. Richie Ashburn Philadelphia 152 .350 615 98 215 24 13 2 33 90 7 4 30 12 8
9. Orlando Cepeda San Francisco 148 .312 603 88 188 38 4 25 96 22 7 3 15 11 18
10. Frank Robinson Cincinnati 148 .269 554 90 149 25 6 31 83 57 5 7 10 1 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1958
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mickey Mantle New York 150 .304 519 127 158 21 1 42 97 116 13 2 18 3 11
2. Rocky Colavito Cleveland 143 .303 489 80 148 26 3 41 113 78 6 2 0 2 16
3. Jackie Jensen Boston 154 .286 548 83 157 31 0 35 122 92 7 3 9 4 13
4. Bob Cerv Kansas City 141 .305 515 93 157 20 7 38 104 40 10 5 3 3 19
5. Ted Williams Boston 129 .328 411 81 135 23 2 26 85 86 12 4 1 0 19
6. Roy Sievers Washington 148 .295 550 85 162 18 1 39 108 51 2 4 3 1 13
7. Pete Runnels Boston 147 .322 568 103 183 32 5 8 59 87 0 6 1 2 15
8. Minnie Minoso Cleveland 149 .302 556 94 168 25 2 24 80 56 3 15 14 14 13
9. Al Kaline Detroit 146 .313 543 84 170 34 7 16 85 48 6 2 7 4 18
10. Yogi Berra New York 122 .266 433 60 115 17 3 22 90 30 5 2 3 0 6
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1958
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Lew Burdette Milwaukee 2.91 20 10 .667 0 40 36 275.1 379 89 42 8 1 5 0 5 6 37
2. Warren Spahn Milwaukee 3.07 22 11 .667 1 38 36 290 402 99 69 7 1 2 1 1 6 27
3. Bob Friend Pittsburgh 3.65 22 14 .611 0 38 38 274 427 112 50 11 4 4 1 8 2 36
4. Sad Sam Jones St. Louis 2.88 14 13 .519 0 35 35 250 321 80 102 5 7 6 0 12 7 15
5. Stu Miller San Francisco 2.47 6 9 .400 0 41 20 182 241 50 46 3 2 2 1 7 3 18
6. Robin Roberts Philadelphia 3.24 17 14 .548 0 35 34 269.2 427 97 46 5 2 2 0 8 3 15
7. Bob Purkey Cincinnati 3.60 17 11 .607 0 37 34 250 391 100 46 3 1 4 0 5 1 18
8. Jim Brosnan Chicago-St. Louis 3.35 11 8 .579 7 41 20 166.2 229 62 73 6 1 1 0 5 2 18
9. Ron Kline Pittsburgh 3.53 13 16 .448 0 32 32 237.1 339 93 78 14 3 0 0 3 4 22
10. Johnny Antonelli San Francisco 3.28 16 13 .552 3 41 34 241.2 354 88 81 6 4 3 0 6 4 21
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1958
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Whitey Ford New York 2.01 14 7 .667 1 30 29 219.1 247 49 58 4 5 3 1 0 13 26
2. Billy Pierce Chicago 2.68 17 11 .607 2 35 32 245 335 73 64 2 1 1 0 1 6 21
3. Billy O'Dell Baltimore 2.97 14 11 .560 8 41 25 221.1 291 73 43 7 2 4 1 4 4 16
4. Frank Lary Detroit 2.90 16 15 .516 1 39 34 260.1 352 84 64 4 4 12 0 5 5 29
5. Bob Turley New York 2.97 21 7 .750 1 33 31 245.1 293 81 126 2 6 8 0 9 14 22
6. Arnie Portocarrero Baltimore 3.25 15 11 .577 2 32 27 204.2 266 74 54 3 0 3 1 3 7 17
7. Dick Donovan Chicago 3.01 15 14 .517 0 34 34 248 347 83 48 5 2 7 0 9 3 20
8. Jack Harshman Baltimore 2.89 12 15 .444 4 34 29 236.1 303 76 74 1 8 3 0 7 3 24
9. Dick Hyde Washington 1.75 10 3 .769 18 53 0 103 102 20 28 7 2 2 0 1 7 9
10. Cal McLish Cleveland 2.99 16 8 .667 1 39 30 225.2 318 75 66 4 4 1 0 9 6 18

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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1958 Awards


NL MVP
Ernie Banks, Chicago

AL MVP
Jackie Jensen, Boston


Cy Young Award
Bob Turley, New York (A)


NL Rookie of the Year
Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco

AL Rookie of the Year
Albie Pearson, Washington


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Harvey Haddix, Cincinnati
C Del Crandall, Milwaukee
1B Gil Hodges, Los Angeles
2B Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh
3B Ken Boyer, St. Louis
SS Roy McMillan, Cincinnati
OF Frank Robinson, Cincinnati
OF Willie Mays, San Francisco
OF Hank Aaron, Milwaukee


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Bobby Shantz, New York
C Sherm Lollar, Chicago
1B Vic Power, Kansas City-Cleveland
2B Frank Bolling, Detroit
3B Frank Malzone, Boston
SS Luis Aparicio, Chicago
OF Norm Siebern, New York
OF Jimmy Piersall, Boston
OF Al Kaline, Detroit