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The 1959 League Leaders

The 1959 League Leaders

Year
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NL Batting
G                             PA                            AB                            
155 Banks CHI                 706 Pinson CIN                648 Pinson CIN                
155 Hoak PIT                  696 Temple CIN                629 Aaron MIL                 
154 Aaron MIL                 693 Aaron MIL                 624 T. Taylor CHI             
154 Pinson CIN                691 Blasingame STL            616 Neal LA                   

R                             H                             2B                            
131 Pinson CIN                223 Aaron MIL                 47  Pinson CIN                
125 Mays SF                   205 Pinson CIN                46  Aaron MIL                 
118 Mathews MIL               192 Cepeda SF                 43  Mays SF                   
116 Aaron MIL                 186 Temple CIN                40  Cimoli STL                

3B                            HR                            RBI                           
11  Moon LA                   46  Mathews MIL               143 Banks CHI                 
11  Neal LA                   45  Banks CHI                 125 Robinson CIN              
9   Dark CHI                  39  Aaron MIL                 123 Aaron MIL                 
9   Pinson CIN                36  Robinson CIN              115 Bell CIN                  
9   White STL                                                                             

BB                            IBB                           SO                            
96  Gilliam LA                20  Banks CHI                 101 Post PHI                  
88  Cunningham STL            17  Aaron MIL                 100 Cepeda SF                 
81  Moon LA                   14  H. Anderson PHI           98  Pinson CIN                
80  Mathews MIL               13  Snider LA                 95  H. Anderson PHI           
                              13  S. Taylor CHI                                           

HBP                           SH                            SF                            
8   Robinson CIN              21  Neal LA                   13  Temple CIN                
7   Altman CHI                12  Friend PIT                9   Aaron MIL                 
7   Banks CHI                 11  S. Jones SF               9   Banks CHI                 
6   3 players                 11  McCormick SF              9   Robinson CIN              
                              11  Temple CIN                                              

SB                            CS                            GDP                           
27  Mays SF                   15  Blasingame STL            24  Crandall MIL              
23  Cepeda SF                 11  Ashburn PHI               22  Neal LA                   
23  Gilliam LA                10  Gilliam LA                21  Groat PIT                 
23  T. Taylor CHI             10  White STL                 19  Aaron MIL                 
                                                            19  Cimoli STL                

BAVG                          OBP                           SLG                           
.355 Aaron MIL                .453 Cunningham STL           .636 Aaron MIL                
.345 Cunningham STL           .401 Aaron MIL                .596 Banks CHI                
.317 Cepeda SF                .394 Moon LA                  .593 Mathews MIL              
.316 Pinson CIN               .391 Robinson CIN             .583 Robinson CIN             

Low BAVG                      Low OBP                       Low SLG                       
.218 S. Anderson PHI          .282 S. Anderson PHI          .249 S. Anderson PHI          
.240 H. Anderson PHI          .283 Mazeroski PIT            .307 Ashburn PHI              
.241 Mazeroski PIT            .301 Davenport SF             .339 Mazeroski PIT            
.254 Post PHI                 .304 H. Anderson PHI          .343 Davenport SF             

BFW                           
6.8 Aaron MIL                 
6.2 Banks CHI                 
6.0 Mathews MIL               
4.1 Mays SF                   

AL Batting
G                             PA                            AB                            
156 Fox CHI                   716 Fox CHI                   624 Fox CHI                   
154 Colavito CLE              686 Aparicio CHI              612 Aparicio CHI              
154 Malzone BOS               675 Yost DET                  604 Malzone BOS               
153 Killebrew WAS             664 Colavito CLE              595 Power CLE                 

R                             H                             2B                            
115 Yost DET                  198 Kuenn DET                 42  Kuenn DET                 
104 Mantle NY                 191 Fox CHI                   34  Fox CHI                   
102 Power CLE                 176 Runnels BOS               34  Malzone BOS               
101 Jensen BOS                172 Minoso CLE                33  Runnels BOS               
                              172 Power CLE                 33  Williams KC               

3B                            HR                            RBI                           
9   Allison WAS               42  Colavito CLE              112 Jensen BOS                
8   McDougald NY              42  Killebrew WAS             111 Colavito CLE              
7   4 players                 33  Lemon WAS                 105 Killebrew WAS             
                              31  Mantle NY                 100 Lemon WAS                 
                              31  Maxwell DET                                             

BB                            IBB                           SO                            
135 Yost DET                  12  Kaline DET                126 Mantle NY                 
95  Runnels BOS               9   Gardner BAL               118 Held CLE                  
93  Mantle NY                 8   Colavito CLE              116 Killebrew WAS             
92  Buddin BOS                8   DeMaestri KC              99  Buddin BOS                
                              8   Fox CHI                   99  Lemon WAS                 

HBP                           SH                            SF                            
17  Minoso CLE                13  Kubek NY                  12  Jensen BOS                
12  Yost DET                  13  Landis CHI                11  Cerv KC                   
9   Lollar CHI                13  Pilarcik BAL              10  Malzone BOS               
8   Landis CHI                12  Boyd BAL                  9   Landis CHI                

SB                            CS                            GDP                           
56  Aparicio CHI              13  Aparicio CHI              27  Lollar CHI                
21  Mantle NY                 13  Power CLE                 22  Allison WAS               
20  Jensen BOS                10  Minoso CLE                20  Jensen BOS                
20  Landis CHI                9   Landis CHI                19  Power CLE                 

BAVG                          OBP                           SLG                           
.353 Kuenn DET                .435 Yost DET                 .530 Kaline DET               
.363 Francona CLE *           .415 Runnels BOS              .566 Francona CLE *           
.327 Kaline DET               .410 Kaline DET               .516 Killebrew WAS            
.314 Runnels BOS              .402 Kuenn DET                .514 Mantle NY                

Low BAVG                      Low OBP                       Low SLG                       
.237 Smith CHI                .303 Tasby BAL                .302 Strickland CLE           
.238 Strickland CLE           .309 McDougald NY             .308 Lumpe NY-KC              
.241 Lumpe NY-KC              .309 Williams KC              .332 Aparicio CHI             
.241 Buddin BOS               .311 Smith CHI                .353 McDougald NY             

BFW                           
3.6 Mantle NY                 
3.6 Runnels BOS               
3.3 Kaline DET                
3.2 Francona CLE              

* - player did not have enough plate appearances to qualify.
    Standing is based upon his average computed with extra at-bats added.
NL Pitching
G                             GS                            CG                            
65  Elston CHI                39  Burdette MIL              21  Spahn MIL                 
65  Henry CHI                 38  Antonelli SF              20  Burdette MIL              
62  McDaniel STL              37  Jackson STL               20  Law PIT                   
60  McMahon MIL               36  3 players                 19  Roberts PHI               

SHO                           GF                            SV                            
4   7 players                 49  Elston CHI                15  McDaniel STL              
                              49  McMahon MIL               15  McMahon MIL               
                              47  Face PIT                  13  Elston CHI                
                              47  McDaniel STL              12  Henry CHI                 

W                             L                             IP                            
21  Burdette MIL              19  Friend PIT                292   Spahn MIL               
21  S. Jones SF               18  Purkey CIN                289.2 Burdette MIL            
21  Spahn MIL                 17  Roberts PHI               282   Antonelli SF            
19  Antonelli SF              16  McCormick SF              270.2 Drysdale LA             
                                                            270.2 S. Jones SF             

H                             HR                            R                             
312 Burdette MIL              38  Burdette MIL              144 Burdette MIL              
282 Spahn MIL                 34  Roberts PHI               137 Roberts PHI               
271 Jackson STL               29  Antonelli SF              129 Friend PIT                
267 Friend PIT                26  3 players                 118 Purkey CIN                
267 Roberts PHI                                                                           

ER                            BB                            IB                            
131 Burdette MIL              109 S. Jones SF               13  McCormick SF              
122 Roberts PHI               106 Hobbie CHI                13  Miller SF                 
108 Anderson CHI              93  Drysdale LA               12  Haddix PIT                
105 Friend PIT                92  Koufax LA                 11  Law PIT                   
                                                            11  Owens PHI                 

SO                            HBP                           WP                            
242 Drysdale LA               18  Drysdale LA               10  McDaniel STL              
209 S. Jones SF               14  McDevitt LA               9   Hobbie CHI                
173 Koufax LA                 9   Williams LA               9   Kline PIT                 
165 Antonelli SF              8   3 players                 9   McCormick SF              

BK                            ERA                              High ERA                         
3   Anderson CHI              2.83 S. Jones SF              4.72 Broglio STL              
2   Drysdale LA               2.84 Miller SF                4.27 Roberts PHI              
2   Roberts PHI               2.86 Buhl MIL                 4.26 Kline PIT                
2   Sanford SF                2.96 Spahn MIL                4.25 Purkey CIN               

PW                            
3.6 S. Jones SF               
3.6 Newcombe CIN              
3.4 Spahn MIL                 
3.1 Law PIT                   

AL Pitching
G                             GS                            CG                            
67  Staley CHI                37  Foytack DET               17  Pascual WAS               
60  Lown CHI                  37  Wynn CHI                  15  Mossi DET                 
50  Clevenger WAS             35  Bunning DET               15  Pappas BAL                
47  Shaw CHI                  35  Ramos WAS                 14  Bunning DET               
                                                            14  Wynn CHI                  

SHO                           GF                            SV                            
6   Pascual WAS               37  Lown CHI                  15  Lown CHI                  
5   Wynn CHI                  37  Staley CHI                14  Duren NY                  
4   Pappas BAL                31  Loes BAL                  14  Loes BAL                  
3   Many players              29  Duren NY                  14  Staley CHI                

W                             L                             IP                            
22  Wynn CHI                  19  Ramos WAS                 255.2 Wynn CHI                
19  McLish CLE                17  Kemmerer WAS              249.2 Bunning DET             
18  Shaw CHI                  15  Pierce CHI                240.1 Foytack DET             
17  4 players                 14  Foytack DET               238.2 Pascual WAS             

H                             HR                            R                             
253 McLish CLE                37  Bunning DET               137 Foytack DET               
239 Foytack DET               34  Foytack DET               127 Ramos WAS                 
233 Ramos WAS                 29  Ramos WAS                 116 Kemmerer WAS              
225 Lary DET                  28  Bell CLE                  111 Bunning DET               
                              28  Score CLE                                               

ER                            BB                            IB                            
124 Foytack DET               119 Wynn CHI                  9   Staley CHI                
108 Bunning DET               115 Score CLE                 9   Walker BAL                
108 Ramos WAS                 105 Bell CLE                  8   Woodeshick WAS            
105 Bell CLE                  89  Casale BOS                7   4 players                 
                              89  Ford NY                                                 

SO                            HBP                           WP                            
201 Bunning DET               12  Kucks NY-KC               14  Pappas BAL                
185 Pascual WAS               11  Bunning DET               14  Score CLE                 
179 Wynn CHI                  11  Daley KC                  11  Brewer BOS                
147 Score CLE                 11  Lary DET                  10  Kemmerer WAS              

BK                            ERA                              High ERA                         
3   Pascual WAS               2.19 Wilhelm BAL              4.85 Herbert KC               
2   Coates NY                 2.64 Pascual WAS              4.71 Score CLE                
2   Kemmerer WAS              2.69 Shaw CHI                 4.64 Foytack DET              
1   Many players              2.90 Ditmar NY                4.50 Kemmerer WAS             

PW                            
4.7 Pascual WAS               
3.7 Wilhelm BAL               
2.9 Daley KC                  
2.9 Shaw CHI                  

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References

Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia by John Thorn, et al.
2006 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia by Gary Gillette (Editor), Pete Palmer (Editor).

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