1953 Season News

Boston Red Sox slugger turned combat ace Ted Williams safely crash-landed his damaged Panther fighter plane after being hit by enemy fire while flying a combat mission in Korea on February 19th. He later returned home from active-duty in August and finished the season with thirteen home runs and an incredible .407 batting average.

New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hit the longest home run in Griffith Stadium history with a five-hundred sixty-five foot "tape-measure" blast off pitcher Chuck Stobbs for a 7-3 victory over the Washington Senators on April 17th

Roy Campanella set the Major League record for most runs batted in by a catcher after smacking a three run home run in a 6-3 Brooklyn Dodgers win over the Philadelphia Phillies on September 7th. Campanella's total of one-hundred twenty-five runs batted in topped New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's mark of one-hundred twenty-four set in 1950. The perennial All-Star had also set the National League mark for most home runs by a catcher the previous day after topping the Chicago Cubs' Gabby Hartnett who hit thirty-seven in 1930.

After seventy-seven years, the Boston Braves became the Milwaukee Braves in the first franchise shift in baseball since 1903 when Baltimore moved to New York (Yankees). As a result, Milwaukee assumed Pittsburgh's place in the Western Division for scheduling purposes and the Brewers were moved to Toledo.
1953 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 99-52 -
Cleveland Indians 92-62 8.5
Chicago White Sox 89-65 11.5
Boston Red Sox 84-69 16.0
Washington Senators 76-76 23.5
Detroit Tigers 60-94 40.5
Philadelphia Athletics 59-95 41.5
St. Louis Browns 54-100 46.5
1953 National League
Team Record GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 105-49 -
Milwaukee Braves 92-62 13.0
Philadelphia Phillies 83-71 22.0
St. Louis Cardinals 83-71 22.0
New York Giants 70-84 35.0
Cincinnati Reds 68-86 37.0
Chicago Cubs 65-89 40.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 50-104 55.0
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 99 52 0.656 801 5.30 547 3.62 139 94 0.273 0.355 0.417 3.20 500 604 0.979 182
Cleveland Indians 92 62 0.597 770 5.00 627 4.07 160 92 0.270 0.345 0.410 3.64 519 586 0.979 197
Chicago White Sox 89 65 0.578 716 4.65 592 3.84 74 113 0.258 0.335 0.364 3.41 583 714 0.980 144
Boston Red Sox 84 69 0.549 656 4.29 632 4.13 101 92 0.264 0.328 0.384 3.58 584 642 0.976 173
Washington Senators 76 76 0.500 687 4.52 614 4.04 69 112 0.263 0.339 0.368 3.66 478 515 0.979 173
Detroit Tigers 60 94 0.390 695 4.51 923 5.99 108 154 0.266 0.328 0.387 5.25 585 645 0.979 149
Philadelphia Athletics 59 95 0.383 632 4.10 799 5.19 116 121 0.256 0.318 0.372 4.67 594 566 0.978 161
St. Louis Browns 54 100 0.351 555 3.60 778 5.05 112 101 0.249 0.315 0.363 4.48 626 639 0.974 165
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 105 49 0.682 955 6.20 689 4.47 208 169 0.285 0.362 0.474 4.10 509 817 0.980 161
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 738 4.79 589 3.82 156 107 0.266 0.322 0.415 3.30 539 738 0.976 169
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 0.539 716 4.65 666 4.32 115 138 0.265 0.332 0.396 3.80 410 637 0.975 161
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 0.539 768 4.99 713 4.63 140 139 0.273 0.343 0.424 4.23 533 732 0.977 161
New York Giants 70 84 0.455 768 4.99 747 4.85 176 146 0.271 0.333 0.422 4.25 610 647 0.975 151
Cincinnati Reds 68 86 0.442 714 4.64 788 5.12 166 179 0.261 0.323 0.403 4.64 488 506 0.978 176
Chicago Cubs 65 89 0.422 633 4.11 835 5.42 137 151 0.260 0.326 0.399 4.79 554 623 0.967 141
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 0.325 622 4.04 887 5.76 99 168 0.247 0.315 0.356 5.22 577 607 0.973 139