1956 Milwaukee Braves season

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1956 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 92–62 (.597)
League place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Louis R. Perini
General manager(s) John J. Quinn
Manager(s) Charlie Grimm 24–22 (.522)
Fred Haney      68–40 (.630)
Local television none
Local radio WEMP
WTMJ
(Earl Gillespie, Blaine Walsh)
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The 1956 Milwaukee Braves season was the fourth in Milwaukee and the 86th overall season of the franchise. The Braves finished in second place in the National League, just one game behind the Brooklyn Dodgers in the league standings, and one game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds.[1] All three teams posted wins on the final day of the season; the Braves had entered the final three games with a game advantage, but dropped the first two at St. Louis while the Dodgers swept the Pirates.

The Braves' led the major leagues in home attendance with 2,046,331; next closest was the New York Yankees of the American League at under 1.5 million. The runner-up in NL attendance was champion Brooklyn at under 1.22 million.[2] The Braves averaged 30,093 for the 68 home dates.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Season summary[edit]

Under opening day manager Charlie Grimm, the Braves got off to a mediocre start at 24–22 (.522). After a loss on Saturday, June 16, the owners dismissed him and replaced him with Fred Haney,[4][5] who led the Braves to a 68–40 (.630) record for the rest of the season. Finishing at 92–62 (.597), the Braves nearly caught up with the Dodgers, who finished a game ahead at 93–61 (.604). Haney managed the Braves to the World Series in 1957 and 1958, and then to a tie atop the National League standings in 1959, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In individual performance statistics, outfielder Hank Aaron led the league in hits with 200, in batting average at .328, and in doubles with 34. His 106 runs scored led the Braves. First baseman Joe Adcock led the Braves with 38 home runs and 103 runs batted in. The Braves' other hitting star was their third baseman, Eddie Mathews, who played in 151 games, hit 37 home runs, scored 103 runs, and batted in 95 runs.

The pitching leaders for the Braves were their "big three" starting pitchers (listed with their won-loss records): Warren Spahn (20–11 (.645)), Lew Burdette (19–10 (.655)), and Bob Buhl (18–8 (.692)). Spahn also recorded three saves among the four games in which he was used as a relief pitcher.

Outfielder Bobby Thomson also had his best season, out of three, with the Braves, with 142 games played, 20 home runs, and 74 runs batted in, but just a .235 batting average. Then, the next season, Thomson was traded back to the New York Giants.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 93 61 0.604 52–25 41–36
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 1 47–29 45–33
Cincinnati Redlegs 91 63 0.591 2 51–26 40–37
St. Louis Cardinals 76 78 0.494 17 43–34 33–44
Philadelphia Phillies 71 83 0.461 22 40–37 31–46
New York Giants 67 87 0.435 26 37–40 30–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 88 0.429 27 35–43 31–45
Chicago Cubs 60 94 0.390 33 39–38 21–56


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1956 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 16–6 11–11 10–12 14–8 13–9 13–9 16–6
Chicago 6–16 6–16–1 9–13 7–15 13–9 10–12–1 9–13–1
Cincinnati 11–11 16–6–1 9–13 14–8 11–11 17–5 13–9
Milwaukee 12–10 13–9 13–9 17–5 10–12 14–8–1 13–9
New York 8–14 15–7 8–14 5–17 11–11 13–9 7–15
Philadelphia 9–13 9–13 11–11 12–10 11–11 7–15 12–10
Pittsburgh 9–13 12–10–1 5–17 8–14–1 9–13 15–7 8–14–1
St. Louis 6–16 13–9–1 9–13 9–13 15–7 10–12 14–8–1


Roster[edit]

1956 Milwaukee Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
1B Joe Adcock 137 454 76 132 .328 38 103
3B Eddie Mathews 151 552 103 150 .328 37 95
SS Johnny Logan 148 545 153 .281 15 46
LF Bobby Thomson 142 451 59 106 .235 20 74
CF Bill Bruton 147 525 73 143 .272 8 56
RF Hank Aaron 153 609 106 200 .328 26 92

Other batters[edit]

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
Félix Mantilla 35 53 15 .283 0 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Warren Spahn 39 281.1 20 11 2.78 111
Lew Burdette 39 256.1 19 10 2.70 110
Bob Buhl 38 216.2 18 8 3.32 86

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gene Conley 35 158.1 8 9 3.13 68
Taylor Phillips 23 87.2 5 3 2.26 36

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ernie Johnson 36 4 3 6 3.71 26
Dave Jolly 29 2 3 7 3.74 20
Chet Nichols 2 0 1 0 6.75 2
Phil Paine 1 0 0 0 0

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Wichita Braves American Association George Selkirk
AA Atlanta Crackers Southern Association Clyde King
AA Austin Senators Texas League Connie Ryan
A Jacksonville Braves Sally League Ben Geraghty
A Topeka Hawks Western League Bud Bates
B Corpus Christi Clippers Big State League Sibby Sisti
B Evansville Braves Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Bob Coleman
C Salinas Packers California League Eddie Lake
C Eau Claire Braves Northern League Joe Just
C Boise Braves Pioneer League Mickey Livingston and George McQuinn
D Leesburg Braves Florida State League Tommy Giordano
D Waycross Braves Georgia–Florida League Jim Deery
D McCook Braves Nebraska State League Bill Steinecke
D Wellsville Braves PONY League Alex Monchak
D Lawton Braves Sooner State League Travis Jackson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Evansville, Boise, Wellsville

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball standings (final)". Milwaukee Journal. October 1, 1956. p. , part 2. 
  2. ^ "Major league crowds are slightly decreased". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. October 1, 1956. p. 12, part 2. 
  3. ^ "Turnstile story". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 24, 1956. p. 2, part s. 
  4. ^ Wolf, Bob (June 17, 1956). "Grimm quits manager job; Haney to boss the Braves". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 1. 
  5. ^ Lynch, H.G. (June 17, 1956). "Grimm resigns, or is he pushed?". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 3.