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Major League Baseball Season Recap 1954

Major League Baseball Season Recap 1954 World Series – New York Giants NL over Cleveland Indians AL 4 games to 0 World Series MVP – Babe Ruth Award – Dusty Rhodes Awards – </strong? Major League Cy...

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Wally Moon becomes the first Cardinal player to be selected by the BBWAA as the National League’s Rookie of the Year

Wally Moon (.304, 12, 106) becomes the first Cardinal player to be selected by the BBWAA as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. The 24 year-old center fielder, who replaced Enos Slaughter in the St. Louis outfield, gets 17 of the 24 writers’ votes, with runners-up including future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks (4) and Hank Aaron (1).

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December 17, 1954 – Milwaukee civic leader Fred Miller, credited with persuading Lou Perini to move the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee, died in a fiery plane crash shortly after takeoff from Mitchell Field. It was widely believed that Miller would have used his business connections to buy the Braves when Perini was ready to sell, thus keeping them in Milwaukee.

December 17, 1954 – Milwaukee civic leader Fred Miller, credited with persuading Lou Perini to...

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Willie Mays becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in his first full year in the majors

Willie Mays becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in his first full year in the majors when he easily outdistances Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski for the honor. The 23 year-old Giants center fielder made his big league debut at the end of May in 1951 but missed the last two seasons due to his military service in the U.S. Army.

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The Dodgers shed part of an era, sending P Preacher Roe and 3B Billy Cox to Baltimore for two unknowns and cash. The O’s will complete this deal next March by sending OF Frank Kellert to Brooklyn for P Erv Palica.

1954 – The Dodgers shed part of an era, sending P Preacher Roe and 3B Billy Cox to Baltimore for two unknowns and cash. The O’s will complete this deal next March by sending OF Frank Kellert to Brooklyn for P Erv Palica.

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1954 – Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente lead the North to victory in the Puerto Rican Winter League’s annual all-star fund-raiser. The Sporting News correspondent Pita Alvarez De La Vega gives the exuberant young duo’s exploits some national exposure: “The league took a break from its pennant battle to stage the annual ‘Three Kings’ all-star game at Mayaguez. All proceeds went into a YMCA fund to buy gifts for the island’s poor children in keeping with the old Latin tradition of the Three Kings bringing gifts on January 6… The All-Star North team, made up of players from the Santurce and Mayaguez clubs, won the game, 7 to 5. Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente hit home runs for the winners.”

1954 – Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente lead the North to victory in the Puerto Rican Winter League’s annual all-star fund-raiser. The Sporting News correspondent Pita Alvarez De La Vega gives the exuberant young duo’s exploits some national exposure: “The league took a break from its pennant battle to stage the annual ‘Three Kings’ all-star game at Mayaguez. All proceeds went into a YMCA fund to buy gifts for the island’s poor children in keeping with the old Latin tradition of the Three Kings bringing gifts on January 6… The All-Star North team, made up of players from the Santurce and Mayaguez clubs, won the game, 7 to 5. Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente hit home runs for the winners.”

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The Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium for $1,675,000 from Arnold Johnson, the A’s new owner who acquired the ballpark as part of his purchase of the American League team. The Phils, who had been paying a minimal amount of rent to share the park with their Junior Circuit rivals, are now the sole occupants with the relocation of the Athletics to Kansas City and will play in the aging downtown facility for another 15 years before they move to Veterans Stadium in 1971.

The Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium for $1,675,000 from Arnold Johnson, the A’s new owner who acquired the ballpark as part of his purchase of the American League team. The Phils, who had been paying a minimal amount of rent to share the park with their Junior Circuit rivals, are now the sole occupants with the relocation of the Athletics to Kansas City and will play in the aging downtown facility for another 15 years before they move to Veterans Stadium in 1971.

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1954 – The Cardinals send veteran pitcher Gerry Staley, who won 84 games for St. Louis in the past six seasons, along with 3B Ray Jablonski to the Redlegs for Frank Smith (8-1 in 1954). After a year in St. Louis the Cards will waive good-bye to Smith and Cincinnati will sign him back.

1954 – The Cardinals send veteran pitcher Gerry Staley, who won 84 games for St. Louis in the past six seasons, along with 3B Ray Jablonski to the Redlegs for Frank Smith (8-1 in 1954). After a year in St. Louis the Cards will waive good-bye to Smith and Cincinnati will sign him back.

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The Orioles conclude their second large trade in three weeks sending C Clint Courtney to White Sox in 7 player deal

The Orioles conclude their second large trade in three weeks sending C Clint Courtney‚ SS Jim Brideweser‚ and P Bob Chakales to the White Sox for C Matt Batts‚ IF Fred Marsh‚ and P Don Johnson and Don Ferrarese. Courtney batted .270 in 397 at bats‚ and struck out an American League-low 7 times‚ the league’s lowest since Joe Sewell hung up his spikes in 1933.

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1954 – The Yankees and Orioles complete the largest trade in major league history as 17 players, including Don Larsen, Gene Woodling, Bob Turley change teams. The first phase of the transaction began November 18th and will conclude today after the major league draft.

1954 – The Yankees and Orioles complete the largest trade in major league history as 17 players, including Don Larsen, Gene Woodling, Bob Turley change teams. The first phase of the transaction began November 18th and will conclude today after the major league draft.

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Former Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio’s and actress Marilyn Monroe’s well-publicized stormy marriage ends in divorce after the famous movie star files on the grounds of mental cruelty, just 274 days after the wedding. Joltin’ Joe will send roses to ex-wife’s grave three times per week for the next 20 years after she dies in 1962.

Former Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio’s and actress Marilyn Monroe’s well-publicized stormy marriage ends in divorce after the famous movie star files on the grounds of mental cruelty, just 274 days after the wedding. Joltin’ Joe will send roses to ex-wife’s grave three times per week for the next 20 years after she dies in 1962.

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Former Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio’s and actress Marilyn Monroe’s well-publicized stormy marriage ends in divorce after the famous movie star files on the grounds of mental cruelty, just 274 days after the wedding. Joltin’ Joe will send roses to ex-wife’s grave three times per week for the next 20 years after she dies in 1962.

Former Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio’s and actress Marilyn Monroe’s well-publicized stormy marriage ends in divorce after the famous movie star files on the grounds of mental cruelty, just 274 days after the wedding. Joltin’ Joe will send roses to ex-wife’s grave three times per week for the next 20 years after she dies in 1962.

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Although a group comes forward to keep the team in Philadelphia, the American League owners approve the sale of the A’s to Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman, who will shift the team to Kansas City next season. The last-minute deal to keep the franchise in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ includes Charlie Finley, who will eventually buy the team after it goes to KC, moving it to Oakland in 1968.

Although a group comes forward to keep the team in Philadelphia, the American League owners approve the sale of the A’s to Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman, who will shift the team to Kansas City next season. The last-minute deal to keep the franchise in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ includes Charlie Finley, who will eventually buy the team after it goes to KC, moving it to Oakland in 1968.

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1954 – With lefty Johnny Antonelli going the distance, the Giants defeat Early Wynn and the Indians 3 – 1 in Game 2 of the World Series. Dusty Rhodes drives in all the Giants runs with a pinch-hit single and a solo homer. The Indians’ only score is a first-pitch home run by leadoff hitter Al Smith.

1954 – With lefty Johnny Antonelli going the distance, the Giants defeat Early Wynn and the Indians 3 – 1 in Game 2 of the World Series. Dusty Rhodes drives in all the Giants runs with a pinch-hit single and a solo homer. The Indians’ only score is a first-pitch home run by leadoff hitter Al Smith.

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Willie Mays making a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab of a ball hit to deep to center field & Dusty Rhodes becomes the second player in World Series history to end a game with a homer

In a game which will be best remembered for Willie Mays making a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab of a ball hit to deep to center field, robbing Vic Wertz of an extra-base hit, Dusty Rhodes becomes the second player in World Series history to end a game with a homer. The Giants pinch-hitter’s walk-off three-run home run off Bob Lemon beats the Indians 5-2 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.

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The first episode of NBC’s Tonight Show, featuring Steve Allen as the host along with announcer Gene Rayburn and bandleader Skitch Henderson, airs nationally for the first time. Giants center fielder Willie Mays, the NL’s leader in batting and eventual MVP of the circuit, appears as one of the first guests on the 90-minute innovative broadcast that will become a staple of late-night television.

The first episode of NBC’s Tonight Show, featuring Steve Allen as the host along with announcer Gene Rayburn and bandleader Skitch Henderson, airs nationally for the first time. Giants center fielder Willie Mays, the NL’s leader in batting and eventual MVP of the circuit, appears as one of the first guests on the 90-minute innovative broadcast that will become a staple of late-night television.

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The first episode of NBC’s Tonight Show, featuring Steve Allen as the host along with announcer Gene Rayburn and bandleader Skitch Henderson, airs nationally for the first time. Giants center fielder Willie Mays, the NL’s leader in batting and eventual MVP of the circuit, appears as one of the first guests on the 90-minute innovative broadcast that will become a staple of late-night television.

The first episode of NBC’s Tonight Show, featuring Steve Allen as the host along with announcer Gene Rayburn and bandleader Skitch Henderson, airs nationally for the first time. Giants center fielder Willie Mays, the NL’s leader in batting and eventual MVP of the circuit, appears as one of the first guests on the 90-minute innovative broadcast that will become a staple of late-night television.

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Philadelphia A’s defeat the Bronx Bombers, 8-6, in the last game the franchise will play representing Philadelphia

At Yankee Stadium, the A’s defeat the Bronx Bombers, 8-6, in the last game the franchise will play representing Philadelphia. Connie Mack’s Athletics, after spending the first 54 years of existence in the City of Brotherly Love, will play in Kansas City next season, after much legal wrangling, under the new ownership of Arnold Johnson.

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Going into the last day of the National League season, Don Mueller leads in hitting with .3426; Duke Snider is 2nd at .3425, followed by Willie Mays at .3422. The Giants win in 11 innings over the Phillies’ Robin Roberts, as Mays garners a single, double, and triple in 4 at-bats. He finishes at .345 while Mueller slips to .341, the same as Snider.

Going into the last day of the National League season, Don Mueller leads in hitting with .3426; Duke Snider is 2nd at .3425, followed by Willie Mays at .3422. The Giants win in 11 innings over the Phillies’ Robin Roberts, as Mays garners a single, double, and triple in 4 at-bats. He finishes at .345 while Mueller slips to .341, the same as Snider.

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In his second start, rookie Brooklyn lefty Karl Spooner shuts out Pittsburgh, 1 – 0, on a Gil Hodges homer in the 8th. He fans 12 for a total of 27 strikeouts in his first two major league games, establishing a new record. Gil Hodges’s 8th-inning homer, his 25th at Ebbets Field (a new club record), gives him 42 for the season, tying him with Duke Snider for the most by a Dodger.

In his second start, rookie Brooklyn lefty Karl Spooner shuts out Pittsburgh, 1 – 0, on a Gil Hodges homer in the 8th. He fans 12 for a total of 27 strikeouts in his first two major league games, establishing a new record. Gil Hodges’s 8th-inning homer, his 25th at Ebbets Field (a new club record), gives him 42 for the season, tying him with Duke Snider for the most by a Dodger.

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On the last day of the season against the Giants, Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn plays in his 730th consecutive game to establish a franchise record. The streak, which began on June 7, 1950, ends on the Opening Day of 1955 due to an injury sustained in spring training.

On the last day of the season against the Giants, Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn plays in his 730th consecutive game to establish a franchise record. The streak, which began on June 7, 1950, ends on the Opening Day of 1955 due to an injury sustained in spring training.

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A crowd of 14,175 Fenway faithful fans pays tribute to retiring Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, who is playing his last game at home. The Splendid Splinter’s retirement lasts only until May when his divorce becomes finalized, keeping his contract from being part of the settlement.

A crowd of 14,175 Fenway faithful fans pays tribute to retiring Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, who is playing his last game at home. The Splendid Splinter’s retirement lasts only until May when his divorce becomes finalized, keeping his contract from being part of the settlement.

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A crowd of 14,175 Fenway faithful fans pays tribute to retiring Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams who is playing his last game at home. The Splendid Splinter’s retirement will only last until May when his divorce is finalized with his contract being excluded from the settlement.

A crowd of 14,175 Fenway faithful fans pays tribute to retiring Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams who is playing his last game at home. The Splendid Splinter’s retirement will only last until May when his divorce is finalized with his contract being excluded from the settlement.

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