Wednesday, November 16, 2011
96 days till pitchers and catchers report...
In case you were wondering as well, in 1956 the New York Yankees won the American League and the Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League. It was the Dodgers' penultimate year in Brooklyn, and Sandy Koufax's sophomore season. Brooklyn's Don Newcombe was the NL MVP, going 27-7 in 268 IP with a .989 WHIP, 18 complete games, and 5 shutouts. New York's Mickey Mantle won the AL MVP, going .353/.464/.705 with 52 HR and 130 RBI.
The 1956 World Series was a rematch of the previous year, and the sixth time the two teams faced each other in the previous ten World Series matchups. The Dodgers were unable claim a second consecutive championship, as the Yankees won in seven games. The two teams had a combined twelve hall of fame players and managers. Yankee starters pitched five consecutive complete games in Games 3 through 7, including Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5.