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A NEW LOOK AT LAST SEASON
April 13, 1959
An original statistical report
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April 13, 1959

A New Look At Last Season

An original statistical report

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EXTRA-BASE POWER
Rooky Colavito, a solid .303 hitter, led all major league batters in extra-base percentage, but it was Walt Moryn, with a weak .264 average, who led the National League.

 

HITS

EXTRA-BASE HITS

PCT.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Colavito, Cleveland (.303)

148

70

47.30

Jensen, Boston (.286)

157

66

42.04

Cerv, Kansas City (.305)

157

65

41.40

Lemon, Washington (.246)

123

50

40.65

Mantle, New York (.304)

158

64

40.51

Gernert, Boston (.237)

102

40

39.22

Williams, Boston (.328)

135

51

37.78

Maris, Kansas City (.240)

140

51

36.43

Harris, Detroit (.273)

123

46

37.40

Sievers, Washington (.295)

162

58

35.80

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Moryn, Chicago (.264)

135

59

43.70

Banks, Chicago (.313)

193

81

41.97

Robinson, Cincinnati (.269)

149

62

41.61

Thomas, Pittsburgh (.281)

158

65

41.14

Anderson, Philadelphia (.301)

155

63

40.65

Long, Chicago (.271)

130

50

38.46

Mathews, Milwaukee (.251)

137

50

36.50

Cepeda, San Francisco (.312)

188

67

35.64

Mays, San Francisco (.347)

208

73

35.10

Aaron, Milwaukee (.326)

196

68

34.69

A batting average doesn't always indicate the real value of a ballplayer to his team, nor do the figures given in official league statistics always show the reasons why this club or that finished where it did. Here Sports Illustrated presents its own statistical report on the 1958 season—an original interpretation that sheds fresh light on major league performances

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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