By Glen Sparks
Look back at the 1959 MLB season.
- The White Sox’ Early Wynn leads the majors with 22 victories and is voted the Cy Young winner at the age of 39. He also leads the A.L. in innings pitched (255.2) and has a 3.17 ERA with 14 complete games.
- Nellie Fox, the White Sox’ second baseman, is voted the A.L. MVP. He hits .306 with two home runs and drives in 70. Fox, famous for keeping a chaw of tobacco tucked into his left cheek, also makes the All-Star team for the ninth straight year.
- The N.L. MVP goes to another Chicago player. Ernie Banks repeats as the award winner. Banks blasts 45 homers and drives in a league-leading 143 runs. He hits .304 with a .374 on-base percentage.
- Elroy Face completes an amazing season in relief for the Pirates. The right-hander wins 17 straight games and finishes 18-1 (.947 winning percentage) in just 93.1 innings.
- Hanks Aaron enjoys another great year in his Hall of Fame career. He tops the majors with a .355 batting average and also leads the N.L. slugging percentage (.636), hits (223), total bases (400) and several other categories.
- Rocky Colavito paces the A.L. with 42 homers. The Cleveland Indians superstar blasts four homers on June 10.
- Sandy Koufax shows the shades of things to come on Aug. 31. The 23-year-old lefty for the Los Angeles Dodgers strikes out 18 batters, the first pitcher in the 20th century to reach that figure.
- Dave Philey helps the Baltimore Orioles in a pinch. He sets an MLB record with nine straight pinch hits.
- MLB plays two All-Star games for two All-Star games for the first time. The NL wins the July 7 game 5-4 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh; the A.L. wins the Aug. 3 game 5-3 at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
- The White Sox win the A.L. pennant with a 94-60 record and finish five games ahead of the second-place Indians. The Dodgers, playing in just their second season in L.A., win the N.L. pennant with an 88-68 mark, two games in front of the runner-up Milwaukee Braves. The Dodgers win the Series in six games. Larry Sherry, a local boy, earns the World Series MVP. He wins two games, saves two more and records a 0.71 ERA over 12.2 innings.