Hank Hammers 44; Nine Players Get Gold

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Look back at the 1957 MLB season.

By Glen Sparks

  • Hank Aaron leads the National League in home runs for the first time, with 44. The Milwaukee Braves outfielder also finishes first in RBI (132), runs scored (118) and total bases (369). Not surprisingly, the writers vote Aaron as the league MVP.
  • The Giants’ Willie Mays, playing in his final season in New York, leads the NL in triples (20) and stolen bases (38).
  • The slow-moving Washington Senators steal just 13 bases, the lowest season total ever for a team.
  • Roy Sievers belts 318 home runs over a 17-year career. He has his best year in 1957, leading the A.L. in homers (42) and RBI (114), while batting .301 for the Washington Senators. Sievers finishes third in the MVP race. He steals one base.
  • The Cardinals’ Stan Musial hits .351 and wins the last of his seven career batting titles.
  • Ted Williams turns 39 years old and tops the American League with a .388 batting average, the best mark in the major leagues since Williams hit .406 in 1941. The Boston Red Sox superstar will retire after the 1960 season with a .344 lifetime batting average.
  • The Giants and Dodgers play their final games in New York. Following the season, the Giants leave for San Francisco and the Dodgers head to Los Angeles.
  • Warren Spahn goes 21-11 with a 2.69 ERA. He is the majors’ Cy Young Award winner. Spahn goes on to win 363 games in a 21-year career and reaches the 20-win mark 13 times.
  • Baseball gives out Gold Gloves to top defenders for the first time. Only one Gold Glove is given for each position (three in the outfield). First-year winners are: the Yankees’ Bobby Shantz (pitcher), the White Sox’ Sherm Lollar (catcher), the Dodgers’ Gil Hodges (first base), the White Sox’ Nellie Fox (second base), the Red Sox’ Frank Malzone (third base), the Reds’ Roy McMillan (shortstop), the Giants’ Willie Mays (outfield), the Tigers’ Al Kaline (outfield) and the White Sox’ Minnie Minoso (outfield).
  • Lew Burdette throws three complete-game wins for the Braves in the World Series. Milwaukee beats the New York Yankees in seven games.
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