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The 1956 season of the National League was the eighty-first 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 Brooklyn Dodgers 154 93 61 0 .604 -.- 720 (4.68) 601 (3.90) 0.258 0.342 0.419 3.57 0.981
2 Milwaukee Braves 155 92 62 1 .594 1.0 709 (4.57) 569 (3.67) 0.259 0.323 0.423 3.11 0.979
3 Cincinnati Redlegs 155 91 63 1 .587 2.0 775 (5.00) 658 (4.25) 0.266 0.332 0.441 3.85 0.981
4 St. Louis Cardinals 156 76 78 2 .487 17.0 678 (4.35) 698 (4.47) 0.268 0.331 0.399 3.97 0.978
5 Philadelphia Phillies 154 71 83 0 .461 22.0 668 (4.34) 738 (4.79) 0.252 0.328 0.381 4.20 0.975
6 New York Giants 154 67 87 0 .435 26.0 540 (3.51) 650 (4.22) 0.244 0.299 0.382 3.78 0.976
7 Pittsburgh Pirates 157 66 88 3 .420 27.0 588 (3.75) 653 (4.16) 0.257 0.307 0.380 3.74 0.973
8 Chicago Cubs 157 60 94 3 .382 33.0 597 (3.80) 708 (4.51) 0.244 0.303 0.382 3.96 0.976

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Frank Thomas
Bill Virdon
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Pirates
157
At Bats Johnny Temple Cincinnati Redlegs 632
Runs Scored Frank Robinson Cincinnati Redlegs 122
Hits Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves 200
Doubles Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves 34
Triples Bill Bruton Milwaukee Braves 15
Home Runs Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 43
Total Bases Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves 340
Runs Batted In Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 109
Stolen Bases Willie Mays New York Giants 40
Caught Stealing Willie Mays New York Giants 10
Walks Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 99
Intentional Base-on-Balls Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 26
Hit by Pitch Frank Robinson Cincinnati Redlegs 20
Strikeouts Wally Post Cincinnati Redlegs 124
Sacrifice Hits Johnny Logan Milwaukee Braves 31
Sacrifice Flies Dale Long Pittsburgh Pirates 11
Grounded into Double Plays Carl Furillo Brooklyn Dodgers 27
Batting Average Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves 0.328
On-Base Percentage Jim Gilliam
Duke Snider
Brooklyn Dodgers
Brooklyn Dodgers
0.399
Slugging Percentage Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 0.598
On-Base plus Slugging Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 0.997
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers 156

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers 27
Losses Ron Kline
Robin Roberts
Pittsburgh Pirates
Philadelphia Phillies
18
Win-Loss Percentage Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers 0.794
Appearances Roy Face Pittsburgh Pirates 68
Games Started Bob Friend Pittsburgh Pirates 42
Complete Games Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 22
Shutouts Lew Burdette Milwaukee Braves 6
Games Finished Hersh Freeman
Clem Labine
Turk Lown
Cincinnati Redlegs
Brooklyn Dodgers
Chicago Cubs
47
Saves Clem Labine Brooklyn Dodgers 19
Innings Pitched Bob Friend Pittsburgh Pirates 314.1
Batters Faced Bob Friend Pittsburgh Pirates 1315
Hits Allowed Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 328
Home Runs Allowed Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 46
Base-on-Balls Allowed Sam Jones Chicago Cubs 115
Intentional Base-on-Balls Bob Friend Pittsburgh Pirates 18
Hit Batsmen Johnny Klippstein Cincinnati Redlegs 10
Strikeouts Sam Jones Chicago Cubs 176
Wild Pitches Ron Kline
Ed Roebuck
Pittsburgh Pirates
Brooklyn Dodgers
10
Balks Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers 2
Runs Allowed Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 155
Earned Runs Allowed Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies 147
Earned Run Average Lew Burdette Milwaukee Braves 2.70
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers 0.989

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won 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 Walter Alston.

[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 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Don Newcombe, a pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 223 out of a possible 336 points and 8 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 Frank Robinson, an outfielder with the Cincinnati Redlegs. In the award's voting, he had 24 out of a possible 24 points and 24 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 National League's New York Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers of the American League by a score of 11 to 10 in 12 innings.

[edit] Notable events

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