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The 1956 season of the American League was the fifty-sixth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[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 Yankees 154 97 57 0 .630 -.- 857 (5.56) 631 (4.10) 0.270 0.346 0.434 3.63 0.977
2 Cleveland Indians 155 88 66 1 .568 9.0 712 (4.59) 581 (3.75) 0.244 0.332 0.381 3.32 0.978
3 Chicago White Sox 154 85 69 0 .552 12.0 776 (5.04) 634 (4.12) 0.267 0.344 0.397 3.73 0.979
4 Boston Red Sox 155 84 70 1 .542 13.0 780 (5.03) 751 (4.85) 0.275 0.362 0.419 4.17 0.972
5 Detroit Tigers 155 82 72 1 .529 15.0 789 (5.09) 699 (4.51) 0.279 0.356 0.420 4.06 0.976
6 Baltimore Orioles 154 69 85 0 .448 28.0 571 (3.71) 705 (4.58) 0.244 0.319 0.350 4.20 0.977
7 Washington Senators 155 59 95 1 .381 38.0 652 (4.21) 924 (5.96) 0.250 0.338 0.377 5.33 0.972
8 Kansas City Athletics 154 52 102 0 .338 45.0 619 (4.02) 831 (5.40) 0.252 0.315 0.370 4.86 0.973

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Jim Piersall Boston Red Sox 155
At Bats Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 649
Runs Scored Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 132
Hits Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers 196
Doubles Jim Piersall Boston Red Sox 40
Triples Jackie Jensen
Jim Lemon
Minnie Minoso
Harry Simpson
Boston Red Sox
Washington Senators
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Athletics
11
Home Runs Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 52
Total Bases Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 376
Runs Batted In Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 130
Stolen Bases Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox 21
Caught Stealing Jim Rivera Chicago White Sox 9
Walks Eddie Yost Washington Senators 151
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 11
Hit by Pitch Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox 23
Strikeouts Jim Lemon Washington Senators 138
Sacrifice Hits Luis Aparicio
George Kell
Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox/Baltimore Orioles
14
Sacrifice Flies Jim Piersall Boston Red Sox 12
Grounded into Double Plays Jackie Jensen Boston Red Sox 23
Batting Average Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 0.353
On-Base Percentage Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 0.479
Slugging Percentage Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 0.705
On-Base plus Slugging Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 1.169
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 210

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 21
Losses Art Ditmar Kansas City Athletics 22
Win-Loss Percentage Whitey Ford New York Yankees 0.760
Appearances George Zuverink Baltimore Orioles 62
Games Started Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 38
Complete Games Bob Lemon
Billy Pierce
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
21
Shutouts Herb Score Cleveland Indians 5
Games Finished George Zuverink Baltimore Orioles 40
Saves George Zuverink Baltimore Orioles 16
Innings Pitched Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 294.0
Batters Faced Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 1269
Hits Allowed Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 289
Home Runs Allowed Camilo Pascual Washington Senators 33
Base-on-Balls Allowed Paul Foytack Detroit Tigers 142
Intentional Base-on-Balls Billy Hoeft Detroit Tigers 12
Hit Batsmen Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 12
Strikeouts Herb Score Cleveland Indians 263
Wild Pitches Herb Score Cleveland Indians 11
Balks Paul Foytack Detroit Tigers 3
Runs Allowed Art Ditmar Kansas City Athletics 141
Earned Runs Allowed Art Ditmar Kansas City Athletics 125
Earned Run Average Whitey Ford New York Yankees 2.47
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Dick Donovan Chicago White Sox 1.155

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the twenty-third midsummer classic at Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 10, 1956 by a score of 7 to 3. The league's manager was Casey Stengel.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees defeated the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Mickey Mantle, an outfielder with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 336 out of a possible 336 points and 24 first place votes.

The winner of the Cy Young Award, given to the best pitcher in Major League Baseball irrespective of league, was Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers (NL). In the award's voting, he had 10 out of a possible 16 points and 10 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Luis Aparicio, a shortstop with the Chicago White Sox. In the award's voting, he had 22 out of a possible 24 points and 22 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifteenth 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 American League's Detroit Tigers lost to the New York Giants of the National League by a score of 11 to 10 in 12 innings.

[edit] Notable events

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