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LIFETIME RECORDS OF CURRENT PLAYERS AMERICAN LEAGUE

April 14, 1958
April 14, 1958

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April 14, 1958

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Baseball '58
  • East and West will clash in a season made exciting by new cities, fans, faces and champions. All this, and a whale of a pennant race—or two

  • The Braves have finally won their pennant and they should be even better this year. The pitching is superb and very deep, the power unmatched in either league, the catching solid and the defense is at least adequate. The Braves are both good and young—and they are going to be hard to catch

  • Here is a ball club with leadership and spirit, a great hitter, a tight infield, good run production—and the memory of how tough they made it on the Braves last year. There are weaknesses, but if the fine young pitching staff produces with real consistency, the Cardinals could go all the way

  • Here are your Dodgers, Los Angeles. Once they were magnificent, but now they are playing on a memory. They have lost the flash of Robinson on the base paths, the boom of Campanella's bat. Applaud them anyway and perhaps in time they will reward you with a pennant. But not for a while

  • Speed, power, catching and a sharp defense can carry a club a long way—or just as far as the pitching will allow. The Reds have made some trades and they have some new pitchers who should produce. With a little help from the old ones, this is a team that could win a pennant

  • Philadelphians have known dark days. Between the two wars, the Phillies finished in last place 16 times. Then in 1950, after 35 years of ridicule, the Phillies won a pennant. Happy days, it seemed, had come at last. But they have not come close since, and fans are wondering if they must wait another 35 years

  • The Giants arrive at the Pacific brimming with hope. A new era demands a new team, and with smart looking rookies augmenting the wonderful reality of Willie Mays, the Giants believe they might have that new team. The question marks are many, however, and time, as they say, will tell

  • People tend to mock the Cubs. In Chicago the newspapermen like to call them the Cubbies, to demonstrate how ineffectual they are. Possibly it's true. Possibly the Cubs this year are just as bad as ever. But do not forget that there are some very fine ballplayers on this otherwise weak team

  • The Pirates were supposed to start their climb last year—and didn't. Now, a year wiser, they realize that half a dozen fine young players can't do it alone. But if Kluszewski can only deliver those big hits and the pitching staff somehow comes around...well, 1958 could be different

  • It is a new year but the Yankees of '58 are an old story. As in the past, they have power, pride and the winning habit. Some critics may argue that this team is not to be compared with the great Yankee teams of '27 or '36, but what does it really matter? They are good enough to win...and easily

  • Without a home run hitter worthy of the name, the White Sox are all set to make their annual run at the Yankees—and the elusive pennant. If they succeed, it will be because they can pitch and run and field much better than anyone else. They still can't hit the baseball out of the park

  • No one has spent more money for more disappointment than the owner of the Red Sox, Tom Yawkey. Ten years ago he had the team everyone wanted: Williams, Doerr, Stephens, Pesky and DiMaggio. But it won no pennant. Now all that remains is Williams. But for some, that is enough

  • Everybody's glamour club last spring and a bitter disappointment in the summer, the Tigers don't intend to be either this year. They think they can win and, who knows, they might—if the Yankees were in another league. At least, they should be closer at the finish this season

  • People have just about forgotten that the Baltimore Orioles used to be the St. Louis Browns, so far up the ladder of respectability have the Orioles climbed. They finished within a half game of the first division last season, and they have hopes of reaching that promised land this year

  • Last season was disastrous for the Indians. Herb Score was hit in the eye, Bob Lemon hurt his arm, the pitching fell apart, and after 10 years in the first division they collapsed into sixth place. Now, with a new manager and a new general manager, the Indians start the long road back

  • Once Lou Boudreau left the scene last season and Harry Craft succeeded him, Kansas City started to play more spirited ball. But the final result was about the same since there isn't that much difference between last and seventh places. By now, Cowtown fans must be resigned to what they have

  • Summers are generally long in Washington. This year should prove no exception as far as the Senators are concerned. Charley Dressen tired of the team last year, and now it's up to Cookie Lavagetto to inspire it for another long summer. But inspiration is a weak substitute for talented young baseball players

  • Three baseball-loving artists put their palettes together and whipped up a brand-new baseball game. It's fun and as easy to play as choosing sides

  • By Robert Boyle

    Chicago's seldom-interviewed boss, Phil Wrigley, wants everybody to have a good time at Cubs Park. And everybody does—except the Cubs and Wrigley himself

LIFETIME RECORDS OF CURRENT PLAYERS AMERICAN LEAGUE

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BATTING

PITCHING

AVERAGE

PLAYER

SEASONS

PCT.

Williams, Bos

16

.350

Mantle, N Y

7

.316

Minoso, Clev

8

.3073

Kaline, Det

5

.3068

Kuenn, Det

6

.3060

Goodman, Chi

11

.3056

Slaughter, N Y

17

.302

Mueller, Chi

10

.298

Fox, Chi

11

.297

Berra, N Y

12

.290

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Ty Cobb

24

.367

HITS

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Vernon, Clev

17

2,370

Williams, Bos

16

2,352

Slaughter, N Y

17

2,321

Berra, N Y

12

1,598

Fox, Chi

11

1,524

Yost, Wash

13

1,430

Goodman, Chi

11

1,425

Doby, Clev

11

1,419

Wertz, Clev

11

1,363

Minoso, Clev

8

1,189

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Ty Cobb

24

4,191

HOME RUNS

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Williams, Bos

16

456

Berra, N Y

12

262

Doby, Clev

11

240

Zernial, Det

9

225

Wertz, Clev

11

218

Mantle, N Y

7

207

Vernon, Clev

17

161

Slaughter, N Y

17

159

Sievers, Wash

9

155

Bauer, N Y

10

137

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Babe Ruth

22

714

RUNS BATTED IN

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Williams, Bos

16

1,639

Slaughter, N Y

17

1,263

Vernon, Clev

17

1,241

Berra, N Y

12

1,085

Wertz, Clev

11

928

Doby, Clev

11

912

Zernial, Det

9

727

Mantle, N Y

7

669

Torgeson, Chi

11

655

Boone, Det

10

642

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Babe Ruth

22

2,209

STOLEN BASES

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Minoso, Clev

8

145

Vernon, Clev

17

137

Rivera, Chi

6

124

Torgeson, Chi

11

118

Jensen, Bos

8

105

Busby, Bait

8

87

Avila, Clev

9

70

Slaughter, N Y

17

68

Fox, Chi

11

61

Mantle, N Y

7

59

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Ty Cobb

24

892

STRIKEOUTS

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Doby, Clev

11

940

Vernon, Clev

17

793

Zernial, Det

9

703

Wertz, Clev

11

686

Hegan, Det

14

664

Yost, Wash

13

662

Mantle, N Y

7

653

Williams, Bos

16

592

Torgeson, Chi

11

553

Slaughter, N Y

17

500

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Babe Ruth

22

1,330

GAMES WON

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Wynn, Chi

17

235

Lemon, Clev

14

207

Trucks, K C

16

175

Dickson, K C

16

160

Garcia, Clev

10

138

Pierce, Chi

11

134

Maglie, N Y

9

116

Garver, K C

10

103

Kellner, K C

10

92

Ford, N Y

6

91

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Walter Johnson

21

414

STRIKEOUTS

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Wynn, Chi

17

1,634

Trucks, K C

16

1,493

Pierce, Chi

11

1,370

Lemon, Clev

14

1,269

Dickson, K C

16

1,190

Garcia, Clev

10

1,044

Maglie, N Y

9

834

McDermott, Det

10

739

Kellner, K C

10

733

Stobbs, Wash

11

710

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Walter Johnson

21

3,497

BASES ON BALLS

PLAYER

SEASONS

TOTAL

Wynn, Chi

17

1,322

Lemon, Clev

14

1,235

Trucks, K C

16

1,049

Dickson, K C

16

988

Pierce, Chi

11

885

McDermott, Det

10

811

Garver, K C

10

722

Kellner, K C

10

709

Garcia, Clev

10

658

Stobbs, Wash

11

628

AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD

Bob Feller

21

1,764