1952 Season News

On April 30th, renamed "Ted Williams Day" at Boston's Fenway Park, "Teddy Baseball" played in his final game of the season before going overseas to serve in the Korean War as a Marine fighter pilot. Fittingly, in his last at-bat, the Red Sox slugger hit a game-winning, two-run home run off Detroit's Dizzy Trout for a 5-3 victory over the Tigers.

Boston Braves ace Warren Spahn tied a National League record (set by Jim Whitney) after posting eighteen strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs in a ffiteen inning, 3-1 loss. Spahn also added a home run as the only score in support of his own efforts. June 14th has also been remembered as a winning day in Braves history after team scout Dewey Griggs signed an up and coming rookie named Henry Aaron to his first Major League contract.

On September 29th, Stan Musial shocked the Cubs by making his first (and only) Major League pitching appearance. After beating Chicago's Frank Baumholtz for his sixth batting title, the St. Louis Cardinal's slugger decided to face his adversary from the mound. Baumholtz responded to the challenge with a clutch hit and managed to reach base on a fielding error en route to a 3-0 victory.

The Brooklyn Dodgers set a National League mark after completing double plays in twenty-three consecutive games.
1952 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 95-59 -
Cleveland Indians 93-61 2.0
Chicago White Sox 81-73 14.0
Philadelphia Athletics 79-75 16.0
Washington Senators 78-76 17.0
Boston Red Sox 76-78 19.0
St. Louis Browns 64-90 31.0
Detroit Tigers 50-104 45.0
1952 National League
Team Record GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 96-57 -
New York Giants 92-62 4.5
St. Louis Cardinals 88-66 8.5
Philadelphia Phillies 87-67 9.5
Chicago Cubs 77-77 19.5
Cincinnati Reds 69-85 27.5
Boston Braves 64-89 32.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 42-112 54.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 95 59 0.617 727 4.72 557 3.62 129 94 0.267 0.337 0.403 3.14 581 666 0.979 199
Cleveland Indians 93 61 0.604 763 4.95 606 3.94 148 94 0.262 0.340 0.404 3.32 556 671 0.975 141
Chicago White Sox 81 73 0.526 610 3.96 568 3.69 80 86 0.252 0.321 0.348 3.25 578 774 0.980 158
Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 0.513 664 4.31 723 4.69 89 113 0.253 0.340 0.359 4.15 526 562 0.977 148
Washington Senators 78 76 0.506 598 3.88 608 3.95 50 78 0.239 0.314 0.326 3.37 577 574 0.978 152
Boston Red Sox 76 78 0.494 668 4.34 658 4.27 113 107 0.255 0.325 0.377 3.80 623 624 0.976 181
St. Louis Browns 64 90 0.416 604 3.92 733 4.76 82 111 0.250 0.319 0.356 4.12 598 581 0.974 176
Detroit Tigers 50 104 0.325 557 3.62 738 4.79 103 111 0.243 0.315 0.352 4.25 591 702 0.975 145
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Brooklyn Dodgers 96 57 0.627 775 5.07 603 3.94 153 121 0.262 0.345 0.399 3.53 544 773 0.982 169
New York Giants 92 62 0.597 722 4.69 639 4.15 151 121 0.256 0.325 0.399 3.59 538 655 0.974 175
St. Louis Cardinals 88 66 0.571 677 4.40 630 4.09 97 119 0.267 0.335 0.391 3.66 501 712 0.977 159
Philadelphia Phillies 87 67 0.565 657 4.27 552 3.58 93 95 0.260 0.330 0.376 3.07 373 609 0.975 145
Chicago Cubs 77 77 0.500 628 4.08 631 4.10 107 101 0.264 0.318 0.383 3.58 534 661 0.976 123
Cincinnati Reds 69 85 0.448 615 3.99 659 4.28 104 111 0.249 0.312 0.366 4.01 517 579 0.982 145
Boston Braves 64 89 0.418 569 3.72 651 4.25 110 106 0.233 0.298 0.343 3.78 525 687 0.975 143
Pittsburgh Pirates 42 112 0.273 515 3.34 793 5.15 92 133 0.231 0.297 0.331 4.65 615 564 0.970 167