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The 1953 season of the National League was the seventy-eighth season of the league.

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[edit] Season summary

The 1953 NL was a big-hitting season, the biggest in the league between 1930 and 1999 in terms of runs per game. The average slugging percentage was .411 and Gil Hodges' .550 slugging percentage placed him only seventh in the league.

The league ERA was 4.29, with Warren Spahn's 2.10 ERA much lower than # 2, which was Robin Roberts at 2.75. Only nine pitchers had ERA's under 3.50.

In spite of all the hitting, nobody had a batting average over .350, and nobody hit 50 home runs. Stan Musial did have 53 doubles, but it was far ahead of # 2 in the league, Alvin Dark with 41 doubles.

The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers ran away with the league, winning 105 games and beating the # 2 Milwaukee Braves by 13 games. The Braves were in their first season in Milwaukee after coming from Boston. The New York Giants, who were to win the 1954 World Series the following year, managed only a 70-84 season in 1953. And the 1953 Pittsburgh Pirates went 50-104, and continued to be the source of anecdotes for Joe Garagiola.

[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 Brooklyn Dodgers 155 105 49 1 .677 -.- 955 (6.16) 689 (4.45) 0.285 0.362 0.474 4.10 0.980
2 Milwaukee Braves 157 92 62 3 .586 13.0 738 (4.70) 589 (3.75) 0.266 0.322 0.415 3.30 0.976
3 St. Louis Cardinals 157 83 71 3 .529 22.0 768 (4.89) 713 (4.54) 0.273 0.343 0.424 4.23 0.977
4 Philadelphia Phillies 156 83 71 2 .532 22.0 716 (4.59) 666 (4.27) 0.265 0.332 0.396 3.80 0.975
5 New York Giants 155 70 84 1 .452 35.0 768 (4.95) 747 (4.82) 0.271 0.333 0.422 4.25 0.975
6 Cincinnati Reds 155 68 86 1 .439 37.0 714 (4.61) 788 (5.08) 0.261 0.323 0.403 4.64 0.978
7 Chicago Cubs 155 65 89 1 .419 40.0 633 (4.08) 835 (5.39) 0.260 0.326 0.399 4.79 0.967
8 Pittsburgh Pirates 154 50 104 0 .325 55.0 622 (4.04) 887 (5.76) 0.247 0.315 0.356 5.22 0.973

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates/Chicago Cubs 158
At Bats Alvin Dark New York Giants 647
Runs Scored Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 132
Hits Richie Ashburn Philadelphia Phillies 205
Doubles Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 53
Triples Jim Gilliam Brooklyn Dodgers 17
Home Runs Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves 47
Total Bases Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 370
Runs Batted In Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers 142
Stolen Bases Bill Bruton Milwaukee Braves 26
Caught Stealing Carlos Bernier
Jim Gilliam
Pittsburgh Pirates
Brooklyn Dodgers
14
Walks Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 105
Hit by Pitch Solly Hemus St. Louis Cardinals 12
Strikeouts Steve Bilko St. Louis Cardinals 125
Sacrifice Hits Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers 15
Grounded into Double Plays Joe Adcock Milwaukee Braves 22
Batting Average Carl Furillo Brooklyn Dodgers 0.344
On-Base Percentage Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 0.437
Slugging Percentage Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 0.627
On-Base plus Slugging Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 1.046
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves 171

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Robin Roberts
Warren Spahn
Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Braves
23
Losses Murry Dickson
Warren Hacker
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs
19
Win-Loss Percentage Preacher Roe Brooklyn Dodgers 0.786
Appearances Hoyt Wilhelm New York Giants 68
Games Started Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 41
Complete Games Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 33
Shutouts Harvey Haddix St. Louis Cardinals 6
Games Finished Hoyt Wilhelm New York Giants 39
Saves Al Brazle St. Louis Cardinals 18
Innings Pitched Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 346.2
Batters Faced Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 1412
Hits Allowed Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 324
Home Runs Allowed Warren Hacker Chicago Cubs 35
Base-on-Balls Allowed Johnny Lindell Pittsburgh Pirates/Philadelphia Phillies 139
Hit Batsmen Gerry Staley St. Louis Cardinals 17
Strikeouts Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 198
Wild Pitches Johnny Lindell Pittsburgh Pirates/Philadelphia Phillies 11
Balks Billy Loes Brooklyn Dodgers 3
Runs Allowed Warren Hacker Chicago Cubs 123
Earned Runs Allowed Warren Hacker Chicago Cubs 108
Earned Run Average Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves 2.10
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves 1.058

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won the twentieth midsummer classic at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, July 14, 1953 by a score of 5 to 1. The league's manager was Chuck Dressen.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers 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 297 out of a possible 336 points and 17 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Jim Gilliam, a second baseman with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 11 out of a possible 24 points and 11 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The twelfth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 27 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the National League's Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago White Sox of the American League by a score of 16 to 6.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • John Oelerich: The Off Season: National League 1953/54, Amika Press, Northfield, IL, 2011.


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