A NEW LOOK AT LAST SEASON

An original statistical report
April 13, 1959

A batting average doesn't always indicate the real value of a ballplayer to his team, nor do the figures given in official league statistics always show the reasons why this club or that finished where it did. Here Sports Illustrated presents its own statistical report on the 1958 season—an original interpretation that sheds fresh light on major league performances

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EXTRA-BASE POWER
Rooky Colavito, a solid .303 hitter, led all major league batters in extra-base percentage, but it was Walt Moryn, with a weak .264 average, who led the National League.

HITS

EXTRA-BASE HITS

PCT.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Colavito, Cleveland (.303)

148

70

47.30

Jensen, Boston (.286)

157

66

42.04

Cerv, Kansas City (.305)

157

65

41.40

Lemon, Washington (.246)

123

50

40.65

Mantle, New York (.304)

158

64

40.51

Gernert, Boston (.237)

102

40

39.22

Williams, Boston (.328)

135

51

37.78

Maris, Kansas City (.240)

140

51

36.43

Harris, Detroit (.273)

123

46

37.40

Sievers, Washington (.295)

162

58

35.80

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Moryn, Chicago (.264)

135

59

43.70

Banks, Chicago (.313)

193

81

41.97

Robinson, Cincinnati (.269)

149

62

41.61

Thomas, Pittsburgh (.281)

158

65

41.14

Anderson, Philadelphia (.301)

155

63

40.65

Long, Chicago (.271)

130

50

38.46

Mathews, Milwaukee (.251)

137

50

36.50

Cepeda, San Francisco (.312)

188

67

35.64

Mays, San Francisco (.347)

208

73

35.10

Aaron, Milwaukee (.326)

196

68

34.69

EFFECTIVE BATSMEN
The true value of a hitter is most accurately reflected in the number of times he gets on base—by any means. Thus, Gene Woodling's .276 BA doesn't show his real worth.

TIMES AT PLATE

REACHED BASE

ON BASE PCT.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Williams, Boston (.328)

517

237

45.84

Mantle, New York (.304)

654

289

44.19

Runnels, Boston (.322)

666

276

41.44

Colavito, Cleveland (.303)

578

234

40.48

Jensen, Boston (.286)

655

259

39.54

Siebern, New York (.300)

533

205

38.46

Minoso, Cleveland (.302)

638

242

37.93

Woodling, Baltimore (.276)

485

182

37.53

Kaline, Detroit (.313)

607

226

37.23

Kuenn, Detroit (.319)

619

230

37.16

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Ashburn, Philadelphia (.350)

725

316

43.59

Musial, St. Louis (.337)

549

232

42.26

Mays, San Francisco (.347)

685

287

41.90

Temple, Cincinnati (.306)

653

258

39.51

Skinner, Pittsburgh (.321)

596

230

38.59

Aaron, Milwaukee (.326)

664

256

38.55

Anderson, Philadelphia (.301)

585

217

37.09

Walls, Chicago (.304)

576

211

36.63

Banks, Chicago (.313)

682

249

36.51

Boyer, St. Louis (.307)

632

227

35.92

BASE STEALING
Although Mays and Ashburn stole the most bases, it was Don Zimmer who compiled the best base-stealing percentage (of those who stole 12 or more) in the National League.

ATTEMPTS

STEALS

PCT.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Rivera, Chicago

24

21

.875

Mantle, New York

21

18

.857

Harrell, Cleveland

14

12

.857

Piersall, Boston

14

12

.857

Aparicio, Chicago

35

29

.829

Landis, Chicago

26

19

.731

Minoso, Cleveland

28

14

.500

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Zimmer, Los Angeles

16

14

.875

Mays, San Francisco

37

31

.838

Blasingame, St. Louis

25

20

.800

T. Taylor, Chicago

27

21

.778

Skinner, Pittsburgh

16

12

.750

Ashburn, Philadelphia

42

30

.714

Fernandez, Philadelphia

18

12

.667

Temple, Cincinnati

23

15

.652

Gilliam, Los Angeles

29

18

.621

Cepeda, San Francisco

26

15

.577

TEAM RUN-SCORING ABILITY
The first-place Braves' low percentage of base runners scoring and the seventh-place Dodgers' high percentage prove it takes more than run production to win a pennant.

RUNNERS ON BASE

RUNNERS SCORED

PCT. SCORING

AMERICAN LEAGUE

New York

1,981

759

38.31

Cleveland

1,874

694

37.03

Kansas City

1,774

642

36.19

Detroit

1,869

659

35.26

Boston

2,000

697

34.85

Chicago

1,915

634

33.11

Washington

1,752

553

31.56

Baltimore

1,744

521

29.87

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Francisco

1,964

727

37.02

Los Angeles

1,817

668

36.76

Chicago

1,936

709

36.62

Pittsburgh

1,812

662

36.53

Cincinnati

1,953

695

35.59

Milwaukee

1,902

675

35.49

Philadelphia

2,035

664

32.63

St. Louis

1,925

619

32.16

EFFECTIVE TEAM PITCHING
The Phillies just missed leading the National League in batting (.266), but their pitchers allowed the opposition an even better batting average. Result: last place.

OPPONENTS' AT BATS

OPPONENTS' HITS

OPPONENTS' BA

AMERICAN LEAGUE

New York (.268)

5,112

1,201

.235

Cleveland (.258)

5,162

1,283

.249

Baltimore (.241)

5,128

1,277

.249

Chicago (.257)

5,191

1,296

.250

Detroit (.266)

5,130

1,294

.252

Kansas City (.247)

5,366

1,405

.262

Boston (.256)

5,281

1,396

.264

Washington (.240)

5,314

1,443

.272

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee (.2656)

5,172

1,261

.244

Chicago (.265)

5,196

1,322

.254

Pittsburgh (.264)

5,150

1,344

.261

San Francisco (.263)

5,325

1,400

.263

St. Louis (.261)

5,301

1,398

.264

Los Angeles (.251)

5,237

1,399

.267

Cincinnati (.258)

5,319

1,422

.267

Philadelphia (.2655)

5,443

1,480

.272

TEAM HOME RUNS
The tremendous home-run power of the Dodgers and Giants was nullified when their pitchers gave up just about as many homers to the opposition as their own batters hit.

HRS HIT

PER GAME AVERAGE

OPPONENTS' HRS

PER GAME AVERAGE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

New York

164

1.06

116

.75

Cleveland

161

1.05

123

.80

Boston

155

1.00

121

.78

Kansas City

138

.88

150

.96

Washington

121

.78

156

1.00

Detroit

109

.71

133

.86

Baltimore

108

.70

106

.69

Chicago

101

.65

152

.98

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chicago

182

1.18

142

.92

Los Angeles

172

1.12

173

1.12

San Francisco

170

1.10

166

1.08

Milwaukee

167

1.08

125

.81

Pittsburgh

134

.87

123

.80

Philadelphia

124

.81

148

.96

Cincinnati

123

.80

148

.96

St. Louis

111

.72

158

1.03

EFFECTIVE PITCHERS
Whitey Ford put few batters on base (an average of 10 per nine-inning game) and even fewer scored on him (roughly 25%) to make him the most effective pitcher in the majors.

AVG. BATTERS PUT ON BASE

PCT. SCORING

AVG. RUNS PER GAME

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Ford, New York

10.07

25.31

2.55

Turley, New York

11.53

26.11

3.01

Pierce, Chicago

9.96

30.63

3.05

Lary, Detroit

11.39

27.66

3.15

Donovan, Chicago

10.89

30.67

3.34

Pascual, Washington

11.64

28.82

3.36

O'Dell, Baltimore

10.43

32.42

3.38

Harshman, Baltimore

10.75

31.56

3.39

Bell, Cleveland

10.83

31.96

3.46

Portocarrero, Baltimore

10.23

34.76

3.56

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Miller, San Francisco

10.43

28.44

2.97

Spahn, Milwaukee

10.40

31.64

3.29

Burdette, Milwaukee

10.95

30.54

3.34

Jones, St. Louis

11.41

29.97

3.42

Brosnan, St. Louis

12.29

28.95

3.56

Kline, Pittsburgh

11.85

30.77

3.65

Roberts, Philadelphia

10.77

34.67

3.73

Antonelli, San Francisco

11.38

33.01

3.76

Purkey, Cincinnati

11.23

33.97

3.82

Mizell, St. Louis

12.84

28.89

3.84

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)