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1951 In Baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1951 throughout the world.

Headline Event of the Year

Baseball's Shot Heard 'Round the World gives the New York Giants the National League Pennant in the third game of a best-of-three-games tiebreaker series over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Although the Negro American League would last until 1960, 1951 was, notably, the last season in which the Negro American League was considered major-league caliber, which was itself the last major Negro league baseball organization.


Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ferris Fain PHA .344 Stan Musial STL .355
HR Gus Zernial PHA 33 Ralph Kiner PIT 42
RBI Gus Zernial PHA 129 Monte Irvin NYG 121
Wins Bob Feller CLE 22 Larry Jansen NYG
& Sal Maglie NYG
ERA Saul Rogovin CHW 2.78 Chet Nichols BSB 2.88
Ks Vic Raschi NYY 164 Don Newcombe BRK &
Warren Spahn BSB

Major league baseball final standings




  • May 2 - A Special Pinch Hit Home Run: The Batter, Pitcher, and Catcher Were Jewish

On May 2, 1951, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Philadelphia A's pinch hitter Lou Limmer stepped into the batters box to face the Tigers' Saul Rogovin. The 6'2" right-hander peered in to get the signal from catcher Joe Ginsberg, nodded assent, and went into the windup. Around came the arm, in came the pitch and Limmer swung, sending a drive to deep right that cleared the fence for a home run. Now, pinch hit home runs are not unique, but what is unique is that the pitcher, the catcher, and the hitter were all Jewish. It is the only known time in major league baseball that has occurred.


















  • January 26 - Bill Barrett, 50, outfielder for the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators between 1921 and 1930.
  • February 2 - Bill Sowders, 86, pitcher for three seasons from 1888 to 1890.
  • February 6 - Gabby Street, 68, manager of the Cardinals' 1931 World Series champions, previously a catcher for Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.
  • February 20 - Marty Shay, 54, infielder who played for the Chicago Cubs (1916) and the Boston Braves (1924).
  • February 25 - Smokey Joe Williams, 64, fireballing Negro Leagues pitcher.
  • March 20 - Roscoe Coughlin, 83, pitcher for two seasons in the NL, 1890-1891.
  • March 25 - Eddie Collins, 63, Hall of Fame second baseman and a career .333 hitter for the Athletics and White Sox, the 1914 AL MVP, the sixth player to make 3000 hits, and second to Ty Cobb in career stolen bases.
  • May 26 - George Winter, 73, pitcher who won 82 games for the Boston Americans/Red Sox from 1901 to 1908, and the only member both of the original 1901 and 1908 teams.
  • July 9 - Harry Heilmann, 56, right fielder and four-time American League batting champion who hit .342 in his career, primarily with the Detroit Tigers.
  • August 1 - Harry Curtis, 68, catcher for the 1907 New York Giants.
  • August 2 - Guy Cooper, 68, pitcher for the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the 1910s.
  • August 4 - Tony Tonneman, 69, catcher who played briefly for the 1911 Boston Red Sox.
  • August 10 - Win Kellum, 75, who in 1901 became the first Opening Day starting pitcher in Boston American League franchise's history.
  • September 16 - Bill Klem, 77, named "father of baseball umpires", who worked in a record 18 World Series during a 37-year career, and introduced the inside chest protector.
  • October 27 - John Brock, 55, backup catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1917 and 1918 seasons.
  • November 18 - Wally Mayer, 61, catcher who played from 1911 through 1919 for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns.
  • November 19 - Marty Griffin, 50, pitcher for the 1928 Boston Red Sox.
  • November 26 - Pete Hill, 71, baseball's first great African American outfielder.
  • December 5 - Shoeless Joe Jackson, 63, a career .356 hitter who was the most prominent of the eight players banned from baseball after the Black Sox scandal. He is the first of those eight to die.
  • December 8 - Bobby Lowe, 86, second baseman for multiple Boston champions in the 1890s.
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