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The 1951 season of the National League was the seventy-sixth season of the league.

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[edit] Season summary

Patch worn on the sleeve of National League players commemorating the league's 75th anniversary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 New York Giants 157 98 59 0 .624 -.- 781 (4.97) 641 (4.08) 0.260 0.343 0.418 3.48 0.972
2 Brooklyn Dodgers 158 97 60 1 .614 1.0 855 (5.41) 672 (4.25) 0.275 0.347 0.434 3.88 0.979
3 St. Louis Cardinals 155 81 73 1 .523 15.5 683 (4.41) 671 (4.33) 0.264 0.335 0.382 3.95 0.980
4 Boston Braves 155 76 78 1 .490 20.5 723 (4.66) 662 (4.27) 0.262 0.333 0.394 3.75 0.976
5 Philadelphia Phillies 154 73 81 0 .474 23.5 648 (4.21) 644 (4.18) 0.260 0.324 0.375 3.81 0.977
6 Cincinnati Reds 155 68 86 1 .439 28.5 559 (3.61) 667 (4.30) 0.248 0.302 0.351 3.70 0.977
7 Pittsburgh Pirates 155 64 90 1 .413 32.5 689 (4.45) 845 (5.45) 0.258 0.328 0.397 4.79 0.972
8 Chicago Cubs 155 62 92 1 .400 34.5 614 (3.96) 750 (4.84) 0.250 0.312 0.364 4.34 0.971

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Carl Furillo
Gil Hodges
Brooklyn Dodgers
Brooklyn Dodgers
158
At Bats Carl Furillo Brooklyn Dodgers 667
Runs Scored Ralph Kiner
Stan Musial
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals
124
Hits Richie Ashburn Philadelphia Phillies 221
Doubles Alvin Dark New York Giants 41
Triples Gus Bell
Stan Musial
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals
12
Home Runs Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 42
Total Bases Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 355
Runs Batted In Monte Irvin New York Giants 121
Stolen Bases Sam Jethroe Boston Braves 35
Caught Stealing Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers 14
Walks Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 137
Hit by Pitch Andy Pafko Chicago Cubs/Brooklyn Dodgers 12
Strikeouts Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers 99
Sacrifice Hits Willie Jones Philadelphia Phillies 19
Grounded into Double Plays Sid Gordon Boston Braves 28
Batting Average Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 0.355
On-Base Percentage Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 0.452
Slugging Percentage Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 0.627
On-Base plus Slugging Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 1.079
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates 184

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Larry Jansen
Sal Maglie
New York Giants
New York Giants
23
Losses Paul Minner
Ken Raffensberger
Willie Ramsdell
Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
17
Win-Loss Percentage Preacher Roe Brooklyn Dodgers 0.880
Appearances Ted Wilks St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Pirates 65
Games Started Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 39
Complete Games Warren Spahn Boston Braves 26
Shutouts Warren Spahn Boston Braves 7
Games Finished Jim Konstanty Philadelphia Phillies 45
Saves Ted Wilks St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Pirates 13
Innings Pitched Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 315.0
Batters Faced Warren Spahn Boston Braves 1289
Hits Allowed Murry Dickson Pittsburgh Pirates 294
Home Runs Allowed Murry Dickson Pittsburgh Pirates 32
Base-on-Balls Allowed Warren Spahn Boston Braves 109
Hit Batsmen Ewell Blackwell
Frank Hiller
Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs
9
Strikeouts Don Newcombe
Warren Spahn
Brooklyn Dodgers
Boston Braves
164
Wild Pitches Russ Meyer
Willie Ramsdell
Philadelphia Phillies
Cincinnati Reds
9
Balks Bill Werle Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Runs Allowed Murry Dickson Pittsburgh Pirates 151
Earned Runs Allowed Murry Dickson Pittsburgh Pirates 129
Earned Run Average Chet Nichols Boston Braves 2.88
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Ken Raffensberger Cincinnati Reds 1.086

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won the eighteenth midsummer classic at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, MI on Tuesday, July 10, 1951 by a score of 8 to 3. The league's manager was Eddie Sawyer.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the National League champion New York Giants were defeated by the American League's New York Yankees, 4 games to 2.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Roy Campanella, a catcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 243 out of a possible 336 points and 11 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Willie Mays, an outfielder with the New York Giants. In the award's voting, he had 18 out of a possible 24 points and 18 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The tenth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 23 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Athletics of the American League by a score of 9 to 4.

[edit] Notable events

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