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1956 Milwaukee Braves season

1956 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Milwaukee County Stadium (since 1953)
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (since 1953)
  • Results
    Record 92–62 (.597)
    League place 2nd
    Other information
    Owner(s) Louis R. Perini
    Manager(s) Charlie Grimm, Fred Haney
    Local television none
    Local radio WEMP
    WTMJ
    (Earl Gillespie, Blaine Walsh)
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    The 1956 Milwaukee Braves season was a season in American baseball. The Braves finished in second place in the National League, just one game behind the Brooklyn Dodgers in the league standings, and one game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds.

    Regular season

    Season summary

    For the 1956 baseball season, the Braves' first manager was Charlie Grimm but the team got off to a mediocre start with a 24–22 record. At that point, the owners of the Braves dismissed Haney and replaced him with Fred Haney, who led the Braves to a 68–40 record for the rest of the baseball season. Finishing with an overall 92–62 record, the Braves nearly caught up with the Dodgers, who finished the season at 93–61. Haney went on to manage the Braves to the World Series in 1957 and 1958, and then to a tie atop the National League standings in 1959, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    In individual performance statistics, outfielder Hank Aaron led the league in hits with 200, in batting average at .328, and in doubles with 34. His 106 runs scored led the Braves. First baseman Joe Adcock led the Braves with 38 home runs and 103 runs batted in. The Braves' other hitting star was their third baseman, Eddie Mathews, who played in 151 games, hit 37 home runs, scored 103 runs, and batted in 95 runs.

    The pitching leaders for the Braves were their "big three" starting pitchers (listed with their won-loss records): Warren Spahn (20–11), Lew Burdette (19–10), and Bob Buhl (18–8). Spahn also recorded three saves among the four games in which he was used as a relief pitcher.

    Outfielder Bobby Thomson also had his best season, out of three, with the Braves, with 142 games played, 20 home runs, and 74 runs batted in, but just a .235 batting average. Then, the next season, Thomson was traded back to the New York Giants.

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Brooklyn Dodgers 93 61 -- .604
    Milwaukee Braves 92 62 1 .597
    Cincinnati Redlegs 91 63 2 .591
    St. Louis Cardinals 76 78 17 .494
    Philadelphia Phillies 71 83 22 .461
    New York Giants 67 87 26 .435
    Pittsburgh Pirates 66 88 27 .429
    Chicago Cubs 60 94 33 .390

    Roster

    1956 Milwaukee Braves
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; R = Runs; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
    1B Adcock, JoeJoe Adcock 137 454 76 132 .328 38 103
    3B Mathews, EddieEddie Mathews 151 552 103 150 .328 37 95
    SS Logan, JohnnyJohnny Logan 148 545 153 .281 15 46
    LF Thomson, BobbyBobby Thomson 142 451 59 106 .235 20 74
    CF Bruton, BillBill Bruton 147 525 73 143 .272 8 56
    RF Aaron, HankHank Aaron 153 609 106 200 .328 26 92

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Mantilla, FélixFélix Mantilla 35 53 15 .283 0 3

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn 39 281.1 20 11 2.78 111
    Burdette, LewLew Burdette 39 256.1 19 10 2.70 110
    Buhl, BobBob Buhl 38 216.2 18 8 3.32 86

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Conley, GeneGene Conley 35 158.1 8 9 3.13 68
    Phillips, TaylorTaylor Phillips 23 87.2 5 3 2.26 36

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Johnson, ErnieErnie Johnson 36 4 3 6 3.71 26
    Jolly, DaveDave Jolly 29 2 3 7 3.74 20
    Nichols, ChetChet Nichols 2 0 1 0 6.75 2
    Paine, PhilPhil Paine 1 0 0 0 0

    Farm system

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