1957 New York Giants (MLB) season

1957 New York Giants (MLB) season

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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Minneapolis Millers American Association Red Davis
AA Dallas Eagles Texas League Salty Parker
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Mike McCormick and Ray Murray
B Danville Leafs Carolina League Dave Garcia and Mike McCormick
C St. Cloud Rox Northern League Pete Pavlick
D Selma Cloverleafs Alabama-Florida League Buddy Kerr
D Michigan City White Caps Midwest League Richie Klaus
D Hastings Giants Nebraska State League Leo Schrall
D Muskogee Giants Sooner State League Andy Gilbert

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Notes

References

  • 1957 New York Giants team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1957 New York Giants team page at Baseball Almanac