young-donald-knuth-ibm-650-1958FINALLY, SOME FINAL STATS

Sorry for the delay, pals. Real life will occasionally intervene with my fantasy one, and it did.

First, the awards…

MVP AMERICAN LEAGUE: Mickey Mantle, a clutch madman virtually the entire year, finished second in homers (46), knocked in 123, walked 112 times, had a 1.036 OPS, and the Yankees won. What more do you need? (RUNNER-UP: Roy Sievers and his triple crown for the last-place Nats)

MVP NATIONAL LEAGUE: Frank Robinson. His Reds did NOT win, but Robby played out of his gord and far better than he was supposed to, tied for the league lead in homers, drove in 143 and led both leagues with 18 game-winning RBIs. (RUNNER-UP: Hank Aaron)

CY YOUNG AMERICAN LEAGUE: Whitey Ford in a no-brainer. 23-8, 2.56.

CY YOUNG NATIONAL LEAGUE: Very tough call. Nobody stood out, so I’m going with Don Cardwell of the surprisingly tough Phillies. Cardwell went 15-6, sported a decent (for this league) 3.01 ERA, and pitched beautifully nearly every time out.

BATTING LEADERS

National League

AVG: Mays-SF .352, Cunningham-STL .338, Aaron-MIL .336, Musial-STL .329, Groat-PIT .328, Lynch-CIN .326, Covington-MIL .323, Robinson-CIN .319, Ashburn-PHL .318

OPS: Covington-MIL 1.041, Cunningham-STL 1.019, Mays-SF 1.010, Aaron-MIL 1.007, Robinson-CIN .990

HRS: Robinson-CIN 41, Banks-CHC 41, Aaron-MIL 40, Covington- MIL 36, Mays-SF 36

RBI: Robinson-CIN 143, Aaron-MIL 120, Banks-CHC 119, Mays-SF 118, Musial-STL 111, Lynch-CIN 110, Cepeda-SF 106,

WALKS: Cunningham-STL 120, Temple-CIN 93, Mathews-MIL 90

American League

AVG: Williams-BOS .413*, Zernial-DET .360*, Sievers-WAS .338, Wilson-DET .333, Cerv-KC .331, Kaline-DET .330, Minoso-CLE .327

*not enough at bats to officially qualify

OPS: Williams-BOS 1.315, Colavito-CLE 1.084, Sievers-WAS 1.038, Mantle-NY 1.036, Zernial-DET 1.018, Cerv-KC .985, Jensen-BOS .955

HRS: Sievers-WAS 52, Mantle-NY 46, Jensen-BOS 45, Colavito-CLE 44, Triandos-BAL 38, Cerv-KC 36, Berra-NYY 36

RBI: Sievers-WAS 140, Jensen-BOS 128, Colavito-CLE 123, Mantle-NY 123, Cerv-KC 109, Zernial-DET 106

WALKS: Torgeson-CHX 127, Runnels-BOS 117, Mantle-NYY 112, Colavito-CLE 97, Jensen-BOS 94

PITCHING LEADERS

National League

E.R.A.: Witt-PIT 2.78, Porterfield-PIT 2.99, Rush-MIL 2.75, Willey-MIL 2.86, Cardwell-PHL 3.01

STRIKEOUTS: Jones-STL 234, Drysdale-LA 175, Podres-LA 172, Drott-CHC 170, Cardwell-PHL 148

WINS: Mizell-STL 18-12, Miller-SF 17-7, Roberts, PHL 17-10, Spahn 17-13, Gomez-SF 16-11, Cardwell, PHL 15-6, Willey-MIL 14-7

SAVES: Face-PIT 19, Elston-CHC 18, Robinson-MIL 16, Paine-STL 13, Craig-LA 12

American League

E.R.A.: Portocarrera-BAL 2.44, Ford-NY 2.56,Latman-CHX 2.63, Ditmar-NY 2.73, Harshman-BAL 3.05

STRIKEOUTS: Bunning-DET 206, Turley-NY 194, Wynn-CHX 186, Ford-NY 171

WINS: Ford-NY 23-8, Pierce-CHX 21-10, McLish-CLE 20-11, Portocarrero-BAL 17-9, Bell-CLE 17-10, Latman-CHX 14-3, Larsen-NY 14-6, Ditmar-NY 13-6

SAVES: Wilhelm-BAL 16, Staley-CHX 15, Hyde-WAS 14

EXTRA ADDENDUMS!

Yours truly appeared on YouTube last week to demonstrate speedy Strat-O-Matic dice rolling. How else could I have played 1,237 games in a little over a year without the aid of a newfangled computer machine? My column for Strat that linked to it is HERE. Or you could just be lazy and watch the thing HERE.

I also played a best-of-5 Chicago City Series to settle 1958 second place bragging rights between the White Sox and Cubs. My report will first appear in the e-zine pages of the Outsider Baseball Bulletin next week (I think). It’s a great little publication, and you can subscribe HERE.

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