Tag: 1959

1959 – Bill Gullickson is born in Marshall, MN. The righthander goes 10-14 as a Houston starter in 1990, part of his 14 big league seasons but he is gone to Detroit the next year as the Astros tighten their belts.

1959 – Bill Gullickson is born in Marshall, MN. The righthander goes 10-14 as a Houston starter in 1990, part of his 14 big league seasons but he is gone to Detroit the next year as the Astros tighten their belts.

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1959 – Houston becomes major league – sort of. The same Houston group that would one day join the National League becomes one of eight franchises in the Continental League, a third league to rival the two established circuits. Although the league never plays a game, it offers a direct threat to the sport’s leaders that expansion is inevitable, opening the door for big league baseball in Texas.

1959 – Houston becomes major league – sort of. The same Houston group that would one day join the National League becomes one of eight franchises in the Continental League, a third league to rival the two established circuits. Although the league never plays a game, it offers a direct threat to the sport’s leaders that expansion is inevitable, opening the door for big league baseball in Texas.

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Major League Baseball Season Recap 1959

Major League Baseball Season Recap 1959 World Series – Los Angeles Dodgers NL over Chicago White Sox AL 4 games to 2 World Series MVP – Larry Sherry Babe Ruth Award – Larry Sherry Awards – Major League Cy...

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After Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh rejects the A’s offer to deal Roger Maris for shortstop Dick Groat, Pittsburgh obtains Gino Cimoli along with Tom Cheney from the Cardinals for right-hander Ron Kline. Maris, who goes to the Yankees, will enjoy the first of his two consecutive MVP years in New York, but Groat will play a key role for the World Champion Bucs next season, and he will also be named the most valuable player of his league.

After Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh rejects the A’s offer to deal Roger Maris for shortstop Dick Groat, Pittsburgh obtains Gino Cimoli along with Tom Cheney from the Cardinals for right-hander Ron Kline. Maris, who goes to the Yankees, will enjoy the first of his two consecutive MVP years in New York, but Groat will play a key role for the World Champion Bucs next season, and he will also be named the most valuable player of his league.

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Frank Lane replaces Hank Greenberg as the Indians’ general manager. ‘Trader Lane,’ who has made 60 separate deals since December 2, 1957, lives up to his well-deserved nickname when, just prior to Opening Day, he sends the Tribe’s very popular Rocky Colavito to Detroit for batting AL champ Harvey Kuenn.

Frank Lane replaces Hank Greenberg as the Indians’ general manager. ‘Trader Lane,’ who has made 60 separate deals since December 2, 1957, lives up to his well-deserved nickname when, just prior to Opening Day, he sends the Tribe’s very popular Rocky Colavito to Detroit for batting AL champ Harvey Kuenn.

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The A’s Arnold Johnson gives the New York Yankees an early Christmas present when he gift wraps Roger Maris in pinstripes. The Yankees acquire the slugger in a seven-player deal that sends P Don Larsen, RF Hank Bauer, 1B Marv Throneberry, and LF Norm Siebern to the Athletics.

The A’s Arnold Johnson gives the New York Yankees an early Christmas present when he gift wraps Roger Maris in pinstripes. The Yankees acquire the slugger in a seven-player deal that sends P Don Larsen, RF Hank Bauer, 1B Marv Throneberry, and LF Norm Siebern to the Athletics.

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When the Pirates reject their offer to exchange Dick Groat for Roger Maris, the A’s, prohibited from trading the slugging outfielder to the Yankees for 18 months after obtaining him from the Indians on June 15, 1958, send the right fielder and two other players to New York in exchange for Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern, and Marv Throneberry. The year-and-a-half moratorium on the potential trade was put in place to alleviate the perception that Kansas City was serving as a ‘big league’ farm club for the Bronx Bombers.

When the Pirates reject their offer to exchange Dick Groat for Roger Maris, the A’s, prohibited from trading the slugging outfielder to the Yankees for 18 months after obtaining him from the Indians on June 15, 1958, send the right fielder and two other players to New York in exchange for Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern, and Marv Throneberry. The year-and-a-half moratorium on the potential trade was put in place to alleviate the perception that Kansas City was serving as a ‘big league’ farm club for the Bronx Bombers.

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The White Sox deal right fielder Johnny Callison to the Phillies in exchange for infielder Gene Freese

The White Sox deal right fielder Johnny Callison to the Phillies in exchange for infielder Gene Freese, who will play in Chicago for one year after the trade before returning to the Southside team in 1965. Philadelphia’s new outfielder will become the mainstay in the City of Brotherly Love, compiling a .271 average, 185 home runs (5th best in franchise history, at the time) while providing rock solid defense during his decade with the team.

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The Phils ship Chico Fernandez and Ray Semproch to Detroit for Ken Walters, Ted Lepcio, and minor leaguer Alex Cosmidis. The Cuban-born Fernandez was the first ethnic minority to play for the Phils, and will be the second ethnic minority to play for Detroit.

The Phils ship Chico Fernandez and Ray Semproch to Detroit for Ken Walters, Ted Lepcio, and minor leaguer Alex Cosmidis. The Cuban-born Fernandez was the first ethnic minority to play for the Phils, and will be the second ethnic minority to play for Detroit.

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Harry Craft is replaced by Bob Elliott as the A’s manager. During his three-year stint in Kansas City, ‘Wildfire’ will compile a 162-196 (.453) record, finishing in seventh place each season in eight-team circuit.

Harry Craft is replaced by Bob Elliott as the A’s manager. During his three-year stint in Kansas City, ‘Wildfire’ will compile a 162-196 (.453) record, finishing in seventh place each season in eight-team circuit.

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Washington Senators outfielder Bob Allison is voted the American League Rookie of the Year. Allison led all major league rookies with 30 home runs and 85 RBI. Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Perry, who posted a 12-10 record with a 2.65 ERA, is a distant second.

Washington Senators outfielder Bob Allison is voted the American League Rookie of the Year. Allison led all major league rookies with 30 home runs and 85 RBI. Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Perry, who posted a 12-10 record with a 2.65 ERA, is a distant second.

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Harry Craft is replaced by Bob Elliott as the A’s manager. During his three-year stint in Kansas City, ‘Wildfire’ will compile a 162-196 (.453) record, finishing in seventh place each season in eight-team circuit.

Harry Craft is replaced by Bob Elliott as the A’s manager. During his three-year stint in Kansas City, ‘Wildfire’ will compile a 162-196 (.453) record, finishing in seventh place each season in eight-team circuit.

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San Francisco Giants slugger Willie McCovey is selected as the National League Rookie of the Year, after hitting .354 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in just 52 games. McCovey gets all 24 votes to make him the second Giants player in a row to win the award unanimously. Teammate Orlando Cepeda ran away with the award in 1958.

1959 – San Francisco Giants slugger Willie McCovey is selected as the National League Rookie of the Year, after hitting .354 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in just 52 games. McCovey gets all 24 votes to make him the second Giants player in a row to win the award unanimously. Teammate Orlando Cepeda ran away with the award in 1958.

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White Sox right-hander Early Wynn, who posted the most victories in either league, wins the Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in the majors. The 39 year-old veteran, who led Chicago to an AL pennant with a 22-10 record, is named on 13 of the 16 votes cast by the BBWAA, with the Giants’ Sam Jones and teammate Bob Shaw also receiving consideration from the writers.

White Sox right-hander Early Wynn, who posted the most victories in either league, wins the Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in the majors. The 39 year-old veteran, who led Chicago to an AL pennant with a 22-10 record, is named on 13 of the 16 votes cast by the BBWAA, with the Giants’ Sam Jones and teammate Bob Shaw also receiving consideration from the writers.

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Branch Rickey launches another effort to form a third major league, the Continental League. Rickey says that Buffalo, Montreal, Atlanta and Dallas-Ft. Worth are still in the running for the remaining two franchises.

Branch Rickey launches another effort to form a third major league, the Continental League. Rickey says that Buffalo, Montreal, Atlanta and Dallas-Ft. Worth are still in the running for the remaining two franchises.

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The Players Association approves two All-Star Games in 1960, to be held at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium and New York’s Yankee Stadium. The players would like to have them played within four days of each other.

The Players Association approves two All-Star Games in 1960, to be held at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium and New York’s Yankee Stadium. The players would like to have them played within four days of each other.

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1959 – The Milwaukee Braves release long-time veterans Enos Slaughter and Mickey Vernon, ending their major league careers. A future Hall of Famer, Slaughter hit only .171 in the season and Vernon batted just .220.

1959 – The Milwaukee Braves release long-time veterans Enos Slaughter and Mickey Vernon, ending their major league careers. A future Hall of Famer, Slaughter hit only .171 in the season and Vernon batted just .220.

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At Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, middleweight champion Carmen Basilio umpires an exhibition game between Mickey Mantle’s AL All-Stars and Willie Mays’ NL All-Star barnstorming squads. The contest, which costs only $2.50 to attend, features a home run hitting contest between Braves slugger Hank Aaron and Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito, who led the American League in home runs this season.

At Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, middleweight champion Carmen Basilio umpires an exhibition game between Mickey Mantle’s AL All-Stars and Willie Mays’ NL All-Star barnstorming squads. The contest, which costs only $2.50 to attend, features a home run hitting contest between Braves slugger Hank Aaron and Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito, who led the American League in home runs this season.

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At Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, middleweight champion Carmen Basilio umpires an exhibition game between Mickey Mantle’s AL All-Stars and Willie Mays’ NL All-Star barnstorming squads. The contest, which costs only $2.50 to attend, features a home run hitting contest between Braves slugger Hank Aaron and Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito, who led the American League in home runs this season.

At Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, middleweight champion Carmen Basilio umpires an exhibition game between Mickey Mantle’s AL All-Stars and Willie Mays’ NL All-Star barnstorming squads. The contest, which costs only $2.50 to attend, features a home run hitting contest between Braves slugger Hank Aaron and Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito, who led the American League in home runs this season.

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Fred Haney, stating he wants to spend more time with his family, resigns as the Braves manager and will be replaced by Chuck Dressen. During his three-and-a-half year tenure in the Milwaukee dugout, the 64 year-old embattled skipper compiled a 341-231 (.596) record, resulting into two second-place finishes, two pennants, and a World Championship.

Fred Haney, stating he wants to spend more time with his family, resigns as the Braves manager and will be replaced by Chuck Dressen. During his three-and-a-half year tenure in the Milwaukee dugout, the 64 year-old embattled skipper compiled a 341-231 (.596) record, resulting into two second-place finishes, two pennants, and a World Championship.

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At home, Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox, 3 – 1, behind the pitching of Don Drysdale and Larry Sherry in Game 2 of the World Series. Carl Furillo’s pinch-hit two-run single in the 7th inning is the difference. The attendance of 92,234 sets a new World Series mark.

At home, Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox, 3 – 1, behind the pitching of Don Drysdale and Larry Sherry in Game 2 of the World Series. Carl Furillo’s pinch-hit two-run single in the 7th inning is the difference. The attendance of 92,234 sets a new World Series mark.

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Los Angeles Dodgers capture the NL Pennant with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves

At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batters make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.

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