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January 21 - the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean and former Philadelphia Athletics slugger Al Simmons.
April-June Edit April 13 - in Cincinnati over 30,000 see the Milwaukee Braves win their first game 2-0 behind the pitching of Max Surkont
April 17 - New York Yankees Mickey Mantle hit the longest home run in Griffith Stadium history, a 565-feet shot off of Washington Senators Chuck Stubbs. The Yankees win 7-3.
April 30 - the Little-Bigger League changes its name to the Babe Ruth League.
June 3 - Congress cites the research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving that Alexander Cartwright "founded" baseball and not Abner Doubleday. His 1947 book documents Cartwright's contributions to the origins of the game of the baseball.
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June 14 - the New York Yankees sweep the Cleveland Indians 6-2 and 3-0 before 74,708 at Cleveland Stadium to extend their wiining streak at 18 games.
July-September Edit July 14 - the National League wins its fourth All-Star Game in a row, 5-1 in Cincinnati's Crosley Field behind the stellar pitching of Robin Roberts and Warren Spahn. Cardinals OF Enos Slaughter gets 2 hits, scores twice and robs Harvey Kuenn of an extra-base hit.
September 12 - Carl Erskine defeats the Braves 5-2, as the Brooklyn Dodgers clinch the pennant earlier than any other team in history.
September 13 - Pitcher Bob Trice becomes the first black player in Philadelphia Athletics history.
September 14 - The New York Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant with an 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Second baseman Billy Martin has 4 RBIs.
October 5 - The Yankees end the World Series in 6 as Billy Martin's 12th World Series hit, a record breraking single to center field in the bottom of the 9th, gives the Yankees their 5th world championship in a row. Brooklyn's Carl Furillo had tied it up in the top of the 9th with a 2-run home run.
January 24 - Ben Taylor, 64, star first baseman of the Negro Leagues, later a manager, coach and umpire
March 28 - Jim Thorpe, 65, tremendous all-around athlete who, despite hitting only .252 in his career, saw his batting average improve in each of his six seasons, lastly hitting .327 in 1919
April 11 - Kid Nichols, 83, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 361 games, with 7 seasons of 30 victories
May 19 - Sam Leever, 81, 4-time 20-game winner who compiled a career record of 194-100, all with Pittsburgh
May 27 - Jesse Burkett, 84, Hall of Fame outfielder who batted .338 in a 16-year career
December 15 - Ed Barrow, 85, Hall of Fame executive who built the Yankees into a dynasty in the 1920s and 1930s
December 25 - Patsy Donovan, 88, outfielder who batted .301 and went on to manage 5 teams