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The following are the baseball events of the year 1953 throughout the world.  


Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 99 52 .656 --
Cleveland Indians 92 62 .597 8.5
Chicago White Sox 89 65 .578 11.5
Boston Red Sox 84 69 .549 16
Washington Senators 76 76 .500 23.5
Detroit Tigers 60 94 .390 40.5
Philadelphia Athletics 59 95 .383 41.5
St. Louis Browns 54 100 .351 .46.5

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 .682 --
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 .597 13
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 .539 22
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 .539 22
New York Giants 70 84 .455 35
Cincinnati Reds 68 86 .442 37
Chicago Cubs 65 89 .422 40
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 .325 55

Events

January–March

January 21 - the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean and former Philadelphia Athletics slugger Al Simmons.

April–June

April 13 - in Cincinnati over 30,000 see the Milwaukee Braves win their first game 2-0 behind the pitching of Max Surkont

April 17 - New York Yankees Mickey Mantle hit the longest home run in Griffith Stadium history, a 565-feet shot off of Washington Senators Chuck Stubbs. The Yankees win 7-3.

April 30 - the Little-Bigger League changes its name to the Babe Ruth League.

June 3 - Congress cites the research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving that Alexander Cartwright "founded" baseball and not Abner Doubleday. His 1947 book Bat, Ball and Bishop documents Cartwright's contributions to the origins of the game of the baseball.

June 14 - the New York Yankees sweep the Cleveland Indians 6-2 and 3-0 before 74,708 at Cleveland Stadium to extend their wiining streak at 18 games.

July–September

July 14 - the National League wins its fourth All-Star Game in a row, 5-1 in Cincinnati's Crosley Field behind the stellar pitching of Robin Roberts and Warren Spahn. Cardinals OF Enos Slaughter gets 2 hits, scores twice and robs Harvey Kuenn of an extra-base hit.

September 12 - Carl Erskine defeats the Braves 5-2, as the Brooklyn Dodgers clinch the pennant earlier than any other team in history.

September 14 - The New York Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant with an 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Second baseman Billy Martin has 4 RBIs.

October–December

October 5 - The Yankees end the World Series in 6 as Billy Martin's 12th World Series hit, a record breraking single to center field in the bottom of the 9th, gives the Yankees their 5th world championship in a row. Brooklyn's Carl Furillo had tied it up in the top of the 9th with a 2-run home run.

Movies

Births

Deaths

  • January 24 - Ben Taylor, 64, star first baseman of the Negro Leagues, later a manager, coach and umpire
  • March 28 - Jim Thorpe, 65, tremendous all-around athlete who, despite hitting only .252 in his career, saw his batting average improve in each of his six seasons, lastly hitting .327 in 1919
  • April 11 - Kid Nichols, 83, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 361 games, with 7 seasons of 30 victories
  • May 19 - Sam Leever, 81, 4-time 20-game winner who compiled a career record of 194-100, all with Pittsburgh
  • May 27 - Jesse Burkett, 84, Hall of Fame outfielder who batted .338 in a 16-year career
  • December 15 - Ed Barrow, 85, Hall of Fame executive who built the Yankees into a dynasty in the 1920s and 1930s
  • December 25 - Patsy Donovan, 88, outfielder who batted .301 and went on to manage 5 teams

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