1958 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1958 throughout the world.


Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ted Williams BOS .328 Richie Ashburn PHI .350
HR Mickey Mantle NYY 42 Ernie Banks CHC 47
RBI Jackie Jensen BOS 122 Ernie Banks CHC 129
Wins Bob Turley NYY 21 Bob Friend PIT
Warren Spahn MLN
ERA Whitey Ford NYY 2.01 Stu Miller SFG 2.47

Major league baseball final standings



  • January 28 – Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella suffers a broken neck in an early morning auto accident on Long Island. His spinal column is nearly severed and his legs are permanently paralyzed. Campanella will never play for the Dodgers after their move to Los Angeles, although a newspaper story (showing a picture of him wearing a Brooklyn cap) describes him as being of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • February 4 – The Baseball Hall of Fame fails to elect any new members for the first time since 1950.
  • February 6 – Ted Williams signs a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. Reports on the worth of the contract estimate from $135,000 to $150,000. Either way, Williams becomes the highest paid player in major league history.













  • January 23 – Walter Lonergan, 72, shortstop for the 1911 Boston Red Sox
  • March 28 – Chuck Klein, 53, slugging right fielder, primarily with the Philadelphia Phillies, who was named the NL's MVP in 1932 and won the Triple Crown one year later; the 7th player to hit 300 home runs, winning four league titles
  • April 14 – John Freeman, 57, outfielder for the 1927 Boston Red Sox
  • April 20 – Chet Nourse, 70, pitcher for the 1909 Boston Red Sox
  • June 9 – John Fick, 37, pitcher for the 1944 Philadelphia Blue Jays
  • August 1 – Ike Boone, 61, an outfielder for the New York Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and Brooklyn Dodgers between 1922 and 1932, who posted an ML career average of .321, compiled a .370 BA for the highest minor league all-time, and set a professional baseball record in 1929 collecting 553 total bases while playing in the Pacific Coast League
  • September 6 – Tommy de la Cruz, 46, Cuban pitcher for the 1944 Cincinnati Reds, and one of many players who only appeared in the majors during World War II
  • November 21 – Mel Ott, 49, Hall of Fame outfielder and 12-time All-Star for the New York Giants who held National League career record for home runs (511), leading league 6 times
  • November 27 – Harry G. Salsinger, 71, sportswriter for the Detroit News for over 50 years
  • December 8 – Tris Speaker, 70, Hall of Fame center fielder known for spectacular defense as well as superlative batting, becoming the second player to compile over 3,500 hits and posting a .345 career average
  • December 31 – Jack Doyle, 89, 17 year playing career includes a one time stint as manager of the New York Giants.