Baseball in the 1950s

Mickey Mantle & Al Kaline

Baseball was dominated by Yankees in the 1950s. Mickey Mantle had become a household name, much like Joe Dimaggio and Babe Ruth had done in decades past.

My favorite baseball card set was released in the 50s: the 1956 Topps set, which I am proud to say I own in its entirety. Took me four years of buying them one at a time on eBay, but it was a great time and I’m a little sad that it’s complete.

I love the 50s because it’s a decade where two amazing generations of baseball players converged. Stars from the 40s were winding down and stars from the 60s were just getting started.

Look at 1956 — you had old guys like Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson playing against youngsters like Hank Aaron, Ed Mathews, Al Kaline, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax and more.

Plus you had the whole, “Going to California” movement which completely changed everything about baseball. Can’t forget about that. Crazy times indeed!

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List of World Series winners in the 1950s

Year

Winning Team

Series

Losing Team

1950

New York Yankees (AL)

4–0

Philadelphia Phillies (NL)

1951

New York Yankees (AL)

4–2

New York Giants (NL)

1952

New York Yankees (AL)

4–3

Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)

1953

New York Yankees (AL)

4–2

Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)

1954

New York Giants (NL)

4–0

Cleveland Indians (AL)

1955

Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)

4–3

New York Yankees (AL)

1956

New York Yankees (AL)

4–3

Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)

1957

Milwaukee Braves (NL)

4–3

New York Yankees (AL)

1958

New York Yankees (AL)

4–3

Milwaukee Braves (NL)

1959

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)

4–2

Chicago White Sox (AL)

List of National League MVPs in the 1950s

1950Jim KonstantyPhiladelphiaPR
1951Roy CampanellaBrooklynCR
1952Hank SauerChicagoOFR
1953Roy CampanellaBrooklynCR
1954Willie MaysNew YorkOFR
1955Roy CampanellaBrooklynCR
1956Don NewcombeBrooklynPL
1957Hank AaronMilwaukeeOFR
1958Ernie BanksChicagoSSR
1959Ernie BanksChicagoSSR

List of American League MVPs in the 1950s

1950Phil RizzutoNew YorkSS
1951Yogi BerraNew YorkC
1952Bobby ShantzPhiladelphiaP
1953Al RosenCleveland3B
1954Yogi BerraNew YorkC
1955Yogi BerraNew YorkC
1956Mickey MantleNew YorkOF
1957Mickey MantleNew YorkOF
1958Jackie JensenBostonOF
1959Nellie FoxChicago2B

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1950 AL MVP Phil Rizzuto

Baseball in 1950 »

The Phillies won their first pennant in 35 years, but it wasn't enough to keep them from getting swept by the Yankees in the 1950 World Series.
Willie Mays "The Catch" (1954)

Baseball in 1954 »

The catch made by Willie Mays in Game 2 of the 1954 World Series is one of the most amazing defensive plays in baseball history. Giants sweep the series.
1957 Milwaukee Braves Team Photo

Baseball in 1957 »

The Milwaukee Braves took home the pennant in 1957, defeating the Yankees in 7 games. Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron were the game's MVPs that year.
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Last modified: Aug 09, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps