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1957 New York Giants (MLB) season

1957 New York Giants
Final Season in New York
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Polo Grounds (since 1911)
  • New York, New York (since 1883)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
    Manager(s) Bill Rigney
    Local television WPIX
    (Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney, Jim Woods)
    Local radio WMCA
    (Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney, Jim Woods)
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    The 1957 New York Giants season involved the team finishing in sixth place in the National League with a 69–85 record, 26 games behind the NL and World Champion Milwaukee Braves. It was the team's 75th and final season in New York City before its relocation to San Francisco, California for the following season. The last game at their stadium, the Polo Grounds, was played on September 29 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Relocation to San Francisco

    While seeking a new stadium to replace the crumbling Polo Grounds, the Giants began to contemplate a move from New York, initially considering Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis-St. Paul, which was home to their top farm team, the Minneapolis Millers. Under the rules of the time, the Giants' ownership of the Millers gave them priority rights to a major league team in the area.

    At this time, the Giants were approached by San Francisco mayor George Christopher. Despite objections from shareholders such as Joan Whitney Payson (who later owned the expansion Mets), majority owner Horace Stoneham entered into negotiations with San Francisco officials around the same time that Dodgers' owner Walter O'Malley was courting the city of Los Angeles. O'Malley had been told that the Dodgers would not be allowed to move to Los Angeles unless a second team moved to California as well. He pushed Stoneham toward relocation. In the summer of 1957, both the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers announced their moves to California, and the golden age of baseball in the New York area ended.

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Milwaukee Braves 95 59 -- .617
    St. Louis Cardinals 87 67 8 .565
    Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 11 .545
    Cincinnati Redlegs 80 74 15 .519
    Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 18 .500
    New York Giants 69 85 26 .448
    Chicago Cubs 62 92 33 .403
    Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 33 .403

    Opening Day lineup

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1957 New York Giants
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

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

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    1B Lockman, WhiteyWhitey Lockman 133 456 113 .248 7 30
    3B Jablonski, RayRay Jablonski 107 305 88 .289 9 57
    LF Sauer, HankHank Sauer 127 378 98 .259 26 76

    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
    Schoendienst, RedRed Schoendienst 57 254 78 .307 9 33
    Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 92 190 39 .205 4 19
    Katt, RayRay Katt 72 165 38 .230 2 17
    Castleman, FosterFoster Castleman 14 37 6 .162 1 1

    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
    Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli 40 212.1 12 18 3.77 144
    Barclay, CurtCurt Barclay 37 183 9 9 3.44 67
    Burnside, PetePete Burnside 10 31.2 1 4 8.80 18

    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

    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
    Constable, JimJim Constable 16 1 1 0 2.86 13

    Awards and honors

    League leaders

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ Hank Sauer page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Manny Mota page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Hoyt Wilhelm page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Bill Sarni page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ John Orsino page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Ray Katt page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Red Schoendienst page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.95, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

    References