1959 Season News

The Boston Red Sox remained as the only Major League team not to include minority players in its line-up. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed a grievance against the franchise charging them with racial discrimination and calling for an official investigation into the team's signing policies.

Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox managed five hits in seven at bats on Opening Day (including a two-run home run off pitcher Don Mossi to win the game) during a fourteen-inning, 9-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers. His five hits in a season opener tied a Major League record that would not be matched for forty years.

Cleveland's Rocky Colavito hit four consecutive home runs at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium en route to an 11-8 victory over the home team Orioles. The Indian slugger joined Lou Gehrig and Bobby Lowe as the only Major League players ever to hit four consecutive round-trippers.

On May 26th, Pirates ace Harvey Haddix pitched a perfect game against Milwaukee for twelve innings, only to lose in the 13th. After Felix Mantilla managed to reach base on a fielding error, Hank Aaron was intentionally walked. Pittsburgh's strategy proved meaningless though as Joe Adcock maintained the Braves newfound momentum with a three-run blast for the comeback win. The following day National League President Warren Giles ruled that the final score should be amended to 1-0, since both runners Henry Aaron and Joe Adcock were both ruled out. (Aaron had been called for leaving the field during play, and Adcock had passed him in the base path.)

The Rules Committee finally permitted inter-league trading for a limited, three-and-a-half-week period during Major League Baseball's winter meetings.
1959 American League
Team Record GB
Chicago White Sox 94-60 -
Cleveland Indians 89-65 5.0
New York Yankees 79-75 15.0
Detroit Tigers 76-78 18.0
Boston Red Sox 75-79 19.0
Baltimore Orioles 74-80 20.0
Kansas City Athletics 66-88 28.0
Washington Senators 63-91 31.0
1959 National League
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 88-68 -
Milwaukee Braves 86-70 2.0
San Francisco Giants 83-71 4.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 78-76 9.0
Chicago Cubs 74-80 13.0
Cincinnati Redlegs 74-80 13.0
St. Louis Cardinals 71-83 16.0
Philadelphia Phillies 64-90 23.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago White Sox 94 60 0.610 669 4.34 588 3.82 97 129 0.250 0.324 0.364 3.29 525 761 0.979 141
Cleveland Indians 89 65 0.578 745 4.84 646 4.19 167 148 0.263 0.319 0.408 3.75 635 799 0.978 138
New York Yankees 79 75 0.513 687 4.46 647 4.20 153 120 0.260 0.318 0.402 3.60 594 836 0.978 160
Detroit Tigers 76 78 0.494 713 4.63 732 4.75 160 177 0.258 0.333 0.400 4.2 432 829 0.978 131
Boston Red Sox 75 79 0.487 726 4.71 696 4.52 125 135 0.256 0.335 0.385 4.17 589 724 0.978 167
Baltimore Orioles 74 80 0.481 551 3.58 621 4.03 109 111 0.238 0.309 0.345 3.56 476 735 0.976 163
Kansas City Athletics 66 88 0.429 681 4.42 760 4.94 117 148 0.263 0.324 0.390 4.35 492 703 0.973 156
Washington Senators 63 91 0.409 619 4.02 701 4.55 163 123 0.237 0.307 0.379 4.01 467 694 0.973 140
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 0.564 705 4.52 670 4.29 148 157 0.257 0.332 0.396 3.79 614 1077 0.981 154
Milwaukee Braves 86 70 0.551 724 4.64 623 3.99 177 128 0.265 0.326 0.417 3.51 429 775 0.979 138
San Francisco Giants 83 71 0.539 705 4.58 613 3.98 167 139 0.261 0.322 0.414 3.47 500 873 0.974 118
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 0.506 651 4.23 680 4.42 112 134 0.263 0.319 0.384 3.90 418 730 0.975 165
Chicago Cubs 74 80 0.481 673 4.37 688 4.47 163 152 0.349 0.314 0.398 4.01 519 765 0.977 142
Cincinnati Redlegs 74 80 0.481 764 4.96 738 4.79 161 162 0.274 0.336 0.427 4.31 456 690 0.978 157
St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 0.461 641 4.16 725 4.71 118 137 0.269 0.330 0.400 4.34 564 846 0.975 158
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 0.416 599 3.89 725 4.71 113 150 0.242 0.309 0.362 4.27 474 769 0.973 132