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1950 Home Run Leaders 1950 Home Run Leaders

Ralph Kiner, Al Rosen, Andy Pafko, Walt Dropo, Gil Hodges, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Sauer, Roy Campanella were a few of the leading baseball players of the day!

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Ralph Kiner, Pittsburgh Pirates 47... Andy Pafko, Chicago Cubs 36... Gil Hodges, Brooklyn Dodgers 32... Hank Sauer, Cubs 32... Roy Campanella, Brooklyn 31... Duke Snider, Brooklyn 31... Del Ennis, Philadelphia Phillies 31... Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals 28... Sid Gordon, Boston Braves 27... Ted Kluszewski, Cincinnati Reds 25... Bobby Thompson, New York Giants 25... Willie 'Puddin Head ' Jones, Phillies 25


Al Rosen, Cleveland Indians 37... Walt Dropo, Boston Red Sox 34... Joe DiMaggio, Yankees 32... Vern Stephens, Red Sox 30... Gus Zernial, Chicago White Sox 29... Yogi Berra, Yankees 28... Luke Easter, Indians 28... Ted Williams, Red Sox 28... Bobby Doerr, Red Sox 27... Vic Wertz, Detroit Tigers 27... Larry Doby, Indians 25... Johnny Mize 25


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The Famous "Green Box"

What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

Doby Blasts 500-ft Homer; Indians, Herb Score Top A's 4-2
May 30, 1955 Kansas City, News Story - Cleveland topped the Kansas City A's 4-2 Sunday as Herb Score won his 5th game of the season, striking out five and allowing only two runs in eight innings. The A's lined two singles leading off the ninth, but Ray Narleski and Don Mossi came on in relief and stopped the A's hitters providing the Tribe with its' victory.

Larry Doby hit a tremendous home run estimated at almost 500 feet. A's pitcher, Bobby Schantz lost his fifth game of the season against only three wins but was the victim of poor support in the third inning when center-fielder Bill Wilson misplayed a fly ball, allowing two Indians to score. Larry Doby also had two singles, Bobby Avila had two RBI's with a long triple and Al Smith hit two doubles to pace the winning Indians to their 4-2 victory. Time of Game: 2:32 archives - 1955 Cleveland Indians


Baseball Historian Biography

Edwin 'Duke' Snider was immortalized in the song 'Talkin' Baseball' by T. Cashman with it's chorus of "Willie, Mickey and the Duke"- referring to the All-Stars of the New York area - Center-fielders; Willie Mays, N.Y. Giants and Mickey Mantle, N.Y. Yankees and Snider of Brooklyn. Baseball Historian At age 5, 'Duke', was nicknamed by his father because of his regal-type of superior attitude.

In 1949, Duke Snider became the Dodgers regular center-fielder. He started by hitting 23 homers , scoring 100 runs and drove home 92. 'Duke' drove in the winning run, on the last day of the season, by singling to give the Brooklyn 'Bums' the pennant. In 1950, Snider hit 31 HR's, batted .321, and scored 109 runs with 107 RBI's. Duke Snider also stole 16 bases. In the 1950's, Snider hit more homers (326) and drove in more runs (1,031) than anyone else in baseball.

 In 1953, the 'Duke', blasted 38 doubles, hit 42 home runs, scored 132 runs, batted .336, and had 126 RBI's. This was Snider's first of five years in-a-row that he hit 40 or more home runs. 'Duke' was one of the top sports' hero during this decade and helped the Dodgers in their pennant battles and World Series games against the famed Yankees. When the Dodgers finally bested the Yankees in seven games in the 1955 World Series. 'Duke' Snider was the series hero with his .320 batting average, and became the first major leaguer to hit four homers in two different World Series. In 1958, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and Snider said, " When they tore down Ebbets Field, they tore down a little piece of me." This 'Hall of Famer' retired from active play in 1964. He then joined the Dodgers' broad- casting team . 'Duke' Snider played 2143 games, batted .295, had 2116 hits with 407 doubles. Baseball History

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Experiencing Baseball in the 1950s
Few decades before or after the 1950s has been so loaded with fans' heroes. There may have been many reasons that such pleasant memories stand out, but the nation becoming wired for television certainly brought a new way of experiencing baseball. No longer, could radio announcers' vivid imaginations be counted on to encourage local baseball fans to believe that their hometown teams with their poor losing records were playing good baseball. "After all, if you don't win, you're not the best."

Before TV, going to a game in the old Polo Grounds in New York, or a game in Crosley Field in Cincinnati, or Shibe Park in Philadelphia, or the needed-a-paint-job Busch Stadium in St. Louis or other Ballparks was the only way of experiencing firsthand the stars of the '50s.

In the 1950s, Americans were on the move and so were many of baseball's franchises. No team had moved to another city, since the early 1900s, when the AL's old Milwaukee Brewers moved, and became the St. Louis Browns in 1901, and the old Baltimore Orioles transferred to New York and were called the Highlanders, and later the Yankees.

For over 50 years, baseball was caught in a status-quo condition. Then 5 of the 16 major league teams relocated, with the Boston Braves being the first to pull up stakes in 1953 and go to Milwaukee. The following year, fans were saddened to see the St. Louis Browns become the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1955, Connie Mack's old team, the Philadelphia Athletics, began the march westward - first moving to Kansas City and then to Oakland in 1968.

But the most stunning, heart-breaking news was the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn and the Giants leaving New York at the start of 1958. The jet air plane brought about the demise of two-thirds of New York's baseball and made California the talk of-the-town in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In 1951 all three of the New York teams ended the regular season in first place - not before or after has this occurred. The Yankees won the AL title and the Dodgers and Giants ended tied for first. Bobby Thompson's home run in a special playoff game gave the Giants the NL pennant.

Additionally, the 1950s were the years when baseball's sluggers knew the strike zone. Cincinnati's first baseman Ted Kluszewski, 6'2", 225 lbs., hit 171 home runs in a four year period from 1953 through 1956 and struck out only 140 times total in those four years.

Regarding this fact, some modern day players strike out as many times in one season as "Big Klu" did in four years (140) while he was belting his 171 homers. Yogi Berra, George Kell, Ted Williams and Stan Musial all stand out because of their low strike out to at bats ratio.

The early 1950s brought the best to fans in Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. Both superstars were hailed as baseball's best all-around players ever and played winning ball for many years.

Stan Musial and Ted Williams, both stars of the 1940s were still going strong well into the late '50s. Musial of the Cardinals and Williams of the Red Sox retired with the highest lifetime batting averages of any player from 1940 to the present time (2000).

The decade included Willie Mays' over the shoulder catch for the New York Giants that broke the hearts of the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series and Don Larsen's only perfect (no-hitter) in a World Series. Larsen, of the Yankees, spun his masterpiece against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the fall of '56.

Day baseball, doubleheaders and peanuts-popcorn were the norm on lazy Sunday afternoons and every team arguably had the best players in the major leagues, but none could beat the three teams from New York. 14 of the 20 pennants won during the 1950s and 8 of the 10 World Series Crowns, and 11 of the 20 Most Valuable Player Awards were won by the three from New York.

None-the-less, the Phillies' fans had Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn and Del Ennis, the Cubs boasted of Bob Rush, Hank Sauer and Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks, who won two straight MVP Awards, 1958-1959, in which he hit a total of 92 home runs.

To go to a game in Milwaukee during the late '50s was pure delight for any youngster, they could cheer on pitchers Lew Burdette & Warren Spahn and watch sluggers Eddie Mathews and Joe Adcock. Superstar Hank Aaron joined the Braves in the mid-'50s and helped them win the World Series in 1957 and the NL pennant in '58.

The Tigers had George Kell and later Al Kaline to provide the thrills..... On and On .... the stars stayed because there was no free agency and teams did not trade their franchise players, so most fans thought their big name, hometown stars were going to play for their favorite team forever. Needless to say - they did not. The players are long gone but not our memories of baseball played during the 1950s. (Rotating Green Boxes) - Manager's Notes


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