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1950s All-Decade Team

The 1950s was the beginning of some legendary baseball careers. Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays all began their careers. Franchises were on the move as the Braves moved to Milwaukee, the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore and changed their nickname to the Orioles, the Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City, and the biggest of all the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers moved to San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively. The only individual statistical milestone reached was when Stan Musial joined the 3,000 hit club.

  • Catcher, Yogi Berra

    • Age: 25 – 34
    • Years: 1950 – 1959
    • Teams: New York Yankees
    • MVP: 1951,
      1954, 1955
    • All-Star: 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959

    Yogi Berra Batting Statistics
    47.2 1,396 5,214 848 1,499 222 33 256 997 20 19 531 263 .287 .356 .490 .846


  1. Nice job on the 1950’s Best Team and Honorable Mentions.

    Ted Williams and Stan Musial are on the 1940s best team. I have a slightly different opinion of Honorable mentions:
    SS Harvey Kuenn
    CF Richie Ashburn (with Mantle, Mays and Snider starting)

    1B is not obvious. Both Hodges’ and Kluszewski’s production fell off after 1956.


  2. C Roy Campanella, Yogi Berra

    1B Stan Musial, Gil Hodges, Ted Kluzewski
    2B Nellie Fox, Red Schoendienst
    3B Eddie Mathews, Eddie Yost
    SS Roy McMillan, Johnny Logan, Ernie Banks, Harvey Kuenn

    LF Ted Williams, Del Ennis
    CF Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Whitey Ashburn, Gus Bell
    RF Carl Furillo, Jackie Jenson

    SUB Jim Gilliam, Granny Hamner

    SP Warren Spahn
    SP Robin Roberts
    SP Early Wynn
    SP Whitey Ford
    SP Billy Pierce

    RP Clem Labine
    RP Ellis Kinder
    RP Hoyt Wilhelm
    RP Fritz Dorish
    RP Ray Narleski


  3. All Time 50’s Team

    2B Jackie Robinson
    1B Stan Musial
    CF Mickey Mantle
    RF Hank Aaron
    LF Ted Williams
    SS Ernie Banks
    3B Eddie Matthews
    C Yogi Berra

    P Warren Spann, White Ford & Robin Roberts

    Hard team to beat with that offense!! Honestly, you could put Ted Williams & Musial on the 40’s decade team also. Robinson led in WAR in 49, 51, & 52, he finished 2nd in 50 among position players, and was 4th in 53 in WAR. Mantle had the best decade of any player in the 50’s. Roy Campanella misses the last two years because of the car accident, so Berra takes it, but they were each others equal, both winning 3 MVPs in the decade (so put him in and take Nellie Foxx out who wasn’t even a catcher). Aaron plays six seasons in the decade, wins an MVP and places third place or higher in MVP votes in 4 of his 6 seasons in this decade. No DH, none is needed. For all are HoFers, therefore please take Ted Kluszewski (not a Hofer) out and put Musial at 1B.

    This one fits like a puzzle, by the way they showed clips of the 55 All Star Game!! Amazing, this probably the best team offensively.


  4. Great decade for baseball and as a kid I got to see it for real!!
    Ashburn has to be mentioned as not only was he the optimal lead off hitter but, I believe, fourth all time in chances by an outfielder, behind only Ty Cobb, Willie Mays and Tris Speaker!
    Ashburn had 500 or more put outs in seven seasons while it’s only been accomplished once, by two other outfielders, all time!
    Finally enshrined, long overdue, he could have been enshrined for his broadcasting as well!
    I recommend the book “We Played the Game,” for an interesting look at what many have called The Golden Age of Badeball!”


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