external image 33-46730-F.jpgBASEBALL IN 1955

Cleveland Indians ace Bob Feller threw a one hitter against the Boston Red Sox for a 2-0 victory on May 1 setting a Major League record with 12 career 1 hitters. A little later that season team mate Herb Score broke Grover Cleveland Alexander's rookie strikeout record after fanning 235 that year.

On June 21, Mickey Mantle became the first New York Yankee ever to hit a home run to straight away center field at Yankee Stadium. The amazing blast traveled into the ninth row of bleachers for a total of 486 feet.

Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe became the only National League pitcher of the 50s to steal home, after hitting a triple, in the ninth inning to win 6-2 win over a struggling Pittsburgh Pirates team on May 26. Later that season he would win 20 games and set another National League record with 7 home runs the most by a pitcher ever.

New York Giant Willie Mays became only the 7 player ever to hit 50 home runs in a season. Mays joined sluggers Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Hack Wilson and Johnny Mize as a member of the "50 Club".