1959 Major League Baseball season

The 1959 Major League Baseball season was played from April 9 to October 9, 1959. It saw the Los Angeles Dodgers, free of the strife produced by their move from Brooklyn the previous season, rebound to win the National League pennant after a two-game playoff against the Milwaukee Braves, who themselves had moved from Boston in 1953. The Dodgers won the World Series against a Chicago White Sox team that had not played in the "Fall Classic" since 1919 and was interrupting a Yankees' dynasty that dominated the American League between 1949 and 1964.

1959 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 9 – October 9, 1959
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Nellie Fox (CHW)
NL: Ernie Banks (CHC)
AL championsChicago White Sox
  AL runners-upCleveland Indians
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Braves
World Series
ChampionsLos Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-upChicago White Sox
Finals MVPLarry Sherry (LA)

The season is notable as the only one between 1950 and 1981 where no pitcher pitched a no-hitter.[1][a]

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
AVGHarvey Kuenn DET.353Hank Aaron MIL.355
HRRocky Colavito CLE
Harmon Killebrew WSH
42Eddie Mathews MIL46
RBIJackie Jensen BOS112Ernie Banks CHC143
WinsEarly Wynn CHW22Lew Burdette MIL
Sam Jones SF
Warren Spahn MIL
ERAHoyt Wilhelm BAL2.19Sam Jones SF2.83
SOJim Bunning DET201Don Drysdale LA242
SVTurk Lown CHW15Lindy McDaniel STL
Don McMahon MIL
SBLuis Aparicio CHW56Willie Mays SF27

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Teams RankedWinsLossesWin %  GB
Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610
Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 5
New York Yankees 79 75 .513 15
Detroit Tigers 76 78 .494 18
Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 19
Baltimore Orioles 74 80 .481 20
Kansas City Athletics 66 88 .429 28
Washington Senators 63 91 .409 31
National League
Teams RankedWinsLossesWin %  GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 .564
Milwaukee Braves 86 70 .551 2
San Francisco Giants 83 71 .539 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 .506 9
Chicago Cubs 74 80 .481 13
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 .481 13
St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 .461 16
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 .416 23


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Pinky Higgins, Rudy York and Billy Jurges
Chicago White Sox Al Lopez
Cleveland Indians Joe Gordon
Detroit Tigers Bill Norman and Jimmy Dykes
Kansas City Athletics Harry Craft
New York Yankees Casey Stengel
Washington Senators Cookie Lavagetto

National League

Team Manager Comments
Chicago Cubs Bob Scheffing
Cincinnati Reds Mayo Smith and Fred Hutchinson
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston
Milwaukee Braves Fred Haney
Philadelphia Phillies Eddie Sawyer
Pittsburgh Pirates Danny Murtaugh
St. Louis Cardinals Solly Hemus
San Francisco Giants Bill Rigney


  • April 22 - In the course of a 20-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs in the seventh inning on ten walks, a hit batter, three errors and just one hit.[2]


See also


a Other Major League Baseball seasons since 1901 without a no-hitter pitched are 1909, 1913, 1921, 19271928, 19321933, 1936, 1939, 19421943, 1949, 1982, 1985, 1989, 2000 and 2005.


  1. No-Hitters in chronological Order by Retro Sheet
  2. Wancho, Joseph (2014). Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians. United States: University of Nebraska Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0803245877.
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