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1958 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1958 Milwaukee Braves season was a season in American baseball. The Braves finished first in the National League with a 92-62 record and returned to the World Series for the second consecutive year, losing to the New York Yankees in seven games. The Braves set a Major League record which still stands for the fewest players caught stealing in a season, with 8.[1]

Offseason

Regular season

Season summary

The core of the Braves team was once again Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock, Warren Spahn, and Lew Burdette. Also, outfielder Bill Bruton came back from his season-ending injury in 1957 to play in 100 games. Aaron led the team with 196 hits, 109 runs scored, and 95 runs batted in, and Mathews led the team with 31 home runs.

However, in 1958 the Braves' third starting pitcher, Bob Buhl, was injured after pitching in just 11 games (winning five), which put even more pressure on Spahn, Burdette, and their manager Fred Haney to be able to win. Also, because of injuries, Adcock played in only 105 games, and Wes Covington played in just 90. Red Schoendienst played in just 106 games, including many as just a pinch hitter, and it was discovered the next year that he had tuberculosis. In this difficult situation, Spahn posted a 22-11 record in 290 innings pitched and 23 complete games, and Burdette had a 20-10 record in 275 innings.

The Braves repeated as the National League champions, this time by a margin of eight games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The New York Yankees again won the American League, hence the two teams faced off against each other again in the World Series. The Braves roared ahead by winning three of the first four games for a 3-1 in the series. However, the Yankees regrouped and won games five, six, and seven—the final two in Milwaukee County Stadium, the Braves' home stadium—to win the World Championship.

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 -- .597
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 8 .545
San Francisco Giants 80 74 12 .519
Cincinnati Redlegs 76 78 16 .494
Chicago Cubs 72 82 20 .468
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 20 .468
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 83 21 .461
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 23 .448

Opening Day lineup

Red Schoendienst 2B
Bob Hazle RF
Eddie Mathews 3B
Hank Aaron CF
Frank Torre 1B
Harry Hanebrink LF
Johnny Logan SS
Del Crandall C
Warren Spahn P

Notable transactions

Roster

1958 Milwaukee Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
3B Mathews, EddieEddie Mathews 149 536 137 .251 31 77
RF Aaron, HankHank Aaron 153 601 196 .326 30 95

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Adcock, JoeJoe Adcock 105 320 88 .275 19 54
Mantilla, FélixFélix Mantilla 85 226 50 .221 7 19
Sawatski, CarlCarl Sawatski 10 10 1 .100 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Burdette, LewLew Burdette 40 275.1 20 10 2.91 113
Buhl, BobBob Buhl 11 73 5 2 3.45 27

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

1958 World Series

Main article: 1958 World Series

Game 1

October 1, 1958 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Milwaukee (N) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 10 0
W: Warren Spahn (1-0)  L: Ryne Duren (0-1)
HR: NYYBill Skowron (1), Hank Bauer (1)

Game 2

October 2, 1958 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 7 0
Milwaukee (N) 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 x 13 15 1
W: Lew Burdette (1-0)  L: Bob Turley (0-1)
HR: NYYMickey Mantle (1, 2), Hank Bauer (2)    MILBill Bruton (1), Lew Burdette (1)

Game 3

October 4, 1958 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 x 4 4 0
W: Don Larsen (1-0)   L: Bob Rush (0-1)
HR: NYYHank Bauer (3)

Game 4

October 5, 1958 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee (N) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 9 0
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
W: Warren Spahn (2-0)   L: Whitey Ford (0-1)

Game 5

October 6, 1958 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
New York (A) 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 x 7 10 0
W: Bob Turley (1-1)   L: Lew Burdette (1-1)
HR: NYYGil McDougald (1)

Game 6

October 8, 1958 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York (A) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 10 1
Milwaukee (N) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 4
W: Ryne Duren (1-1)  L: Warren Spahn (2-1)   S: Bob Turley (1)
HR: NYYHank Bauer (4), Gil McDougald (2)

Game 7

October 9, 1958 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 0
Milwaukee (N) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 2
W: Bob Turley (2-1)  L: Lew Burdette (1-2)
HR: NYYBill Skowron (2)    MILDel Crandall (1)

Awards and honors

1958 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Starters: Hank Aaron, Del Crandall, and Warren Spahn
Reserves: Eddie Mathews, Don McMahon

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Wichita Braves American Association Ben Geraghty
AAA Sacramento Solons Pacific Coast League Sibby Sisti
AA Atlanta Crackers Southern Association Bud Bates
AA Austin Senators Texas League Peanuts Lowrey
A Jacksonville Braves Sally League Joe Just and Chuck Buheller
A Topeka Hawks Western League George McQuinn
B Cedar Rapids Braves Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Alex Monchak
B Yakima Bears Northwest League Hub Kittle
C Salinas Packers California League Vic Marasco and Al Forthmann
C Eau Claire Braves Northern League Gordon Maltzberger
C Boise Braves Pioneer League Billy Smith
D Waycross Braves Georgia-Florida League Everett Robinson
D McCook Braves Nebraska State League Bill Steinecke
D Wellsville Braves New York-Penn League Harry Minor
D Midland Braves Sophomore League Travis Jackson, Earle Halstead and Ernie White

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Cedar Rapids, Yakima, Boise, Midland

Notes

References

  • Milwaukee Braves team page at Baseball Reference
Preceded by
Milwaukee Braves
1957
National League Championship Season
1958
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1959
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