Major League Baseball
- World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers (4–2)
- All-Star Game, July 14 at Crosley Field: National League, 5–1
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Grand Rapids Chicks
- College World Series: Michigan
- Japan Series: Yomiuri Giants over Nankai Hawks (4–2)
- Little League World Series: Southside, Birmingham, Alabama
- 1953 Caribbean Series: Cangrejeros de Santurce
- Cuban League: Leones del Habana
- Dominican Republic League: Águilas Cibaeñas
- Mexican Pacific League: Venados de Mazatlán
- Panamanian League: Chesterfield Smokers
- Puerto Rican League: Cangrejeros de Santurce
- Venezuelan League: Leones del Caracas
Awards and honors
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- MLB Most Valuable Player Award
- MLB Rookie of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
|American League||National League|
|AVG||Mickey Vernon WSH||.337||Carl Furillo BKN||.344|
|HR||Al Rosen CLE||43||Eddie Mathews MIL||49|
|RBI||Al Rosen CLE||145||Roy Campanella BKN||143|
|Wins||Bob Porterfield WSH||22||Robin Roberts PHP &
Warren Spahn MIL
|ERA||Ed Lopat NYY||2.42||Warren Spahn MIL||2.10|
|Ks||Billy Pierce CHW||186||Robin Roberts PHP||198|
Major league baseball final standings
American League final standings
National League final standings
- January 21 – The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean and former Philadelphia Athletics slugger Al Simmons.
- February – Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch purchases the St. Louis Cardinals franchise, an ownership that would last until the start of 1996, when William DeWitt, Jr. took over. Sportsman's Park is renamed Busch Stadium.
- March 13 – Boston Braves owner, Lou Perini, announced he was moving the team to Milwaukee, where the Braves had their top farm club, in time for the 1953 season.
- March 28 – Jim Thorpe, famed American Indian athlete considered by many as the greatest athlete in recorded history, died in Lomita, California at the age of 64. A native of Prague, Oklahoma, Thorpe played six seasons of Major League Baseball between 1913 and 1919, mostly for the New York Giants, in addition to his Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon competition, while playing and coaching for a long time in the National Football League.
- April 13 – In Cincinnati over 30,000 see the Milwaukee Braves win their first game, 2–0, behind the pitching of Max Surkont
- April 17 – New York Yankees Mickey Mantle hit the longest home run in Griffith Stadium history, a 565-feet shot off Washington Senators Chuck Stobbs. The Yankees win, 7–3.
- April 29 – Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves hits the first home run ever hit over the center field wall of the Polo Grounds. The shot, measured 475 feet, comes off Jim Hearn in the third inning of the Braves' 3–1 victory over the New York Giants.
- April 30 – The Little-Bigger League changes its name to the Babe Ruth League.
- May 6 – At Sportsman's Park, Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns no-hits the Philadelphia Athletics, 6–0, in his very first Major League start. Holloman will only post two more victories in his Major League career, in which his final appearance was on July 19 of this season.
- June 3 – Congress cites the research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving that Alexander Cartwright "founded" baseball and not Abner Doubleday. His 1947 book Bat, Ball and Bishop documents Cartwright's contributions to the origins of the game of the baseball.
- June 14 – The New York Yankees sweep the Cleveland Indians, 6–2 and 3–0, before 74,708 at Cleveland Stadium to extend their winning streak at 18 games.
- June 18 – In a 23–3 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox set a still-standing Major League record by scoring 17 runs in one inning. After scoring twice in the sixth to break a 3–3 tie, the Red Sox go on their record-breaking run-scoring output in the seventh. Eleven Boston players score in the inning, with Sammy White scoring three times and Gene Stephens (who also collects three hits in the inning, becoming the first Major Leaguer in modern history to do so), Tom Umphlett, Dick Gernert and winning pitcher Ellis Kinder scoring twice.
- June 25 – Ted Kazanski collects three hits and four runs batted in in his MLB debut to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 13–2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. As a result, Kazanski becomes the first player in Major League history to drive in at least four runs as a shortstop in his major league debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
- July 14 – The National League wins its fourth consecutive All-Star Game, 5–1, at Cincinnati's Crosley Field behind the stellar pitching of Robin Roberts and Warren Spahn. National League outfielder Enos Slaughter gets two hits, scores twice and robs Harvey Kuenn of an extra-base hit.
- August 30 – In game one of a doubleheader, Jim Pendleton hit three home runs, as the Milwaukee Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field, 19–4, while tying a major league record for the most home runs in a single game with eight, held by the New York Yankees since 1939. Besides, Pendleton became only the second rookie in history to hit three home runs in one game, joining his teammate Eddie Mathews, who dit it just a year earlier. In the second of the twin bill, the Braves hit four more long balls and crushed again Pittsburgh, 11–5. Moreover, the 12 homers in a doubleheader shattered the previous mark of nine. This time, Mathews belted four dingers for the day, which gave him a National League-leading 43. Matthews would finish the season with 47 home runs, 30 of them on the road, setting also a major league record. Previously, only the New York Yankees had ever hit more home runs in consecutive games, or in a doubleheader. The Yankees hit eight home runs in a 23–2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader, and five homers in a 10–0 win in the second game, played on June 28, 1939 against the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park.
- September 2 – The St. Louis Cardinals overcome a three-run inside-the-park home run by shortstop Ted Kazanski to beat the Philadelphia Phillies‚ 10–7. Rip Repulski hits his 20th home run of the season for St. Louis‚ breaking the team's rookie record set by Johnny Mize in 1936. The Cardinals hammer 10 hits off Phillies starter Robin Roberts to hand him his 12th loss.
- September 12 – Carl Erskine defeats the Braves 5–2, as the Brooklyn Dodgers clinch the pennant earlier than any other team in history.
- September 13 – Pitcher Bob Trice becomes the first black player in Philadelphia Athletics history.
- September 14 – The New York Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant with an 8–5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Second baseman Billy Martin has 4 RBIs.
- October 5 – The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4–3, in Game 6 of the World Series, to win their record-setting fifth consecutive World Championship and sixteenth overall, four games to two. Billy Martin was the star of the Series with a record-setting 12 hits, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th of Game 6 to clinch the title.
- October 7 – Bill Veeck, facing dwindling attendance and revenue, is forced to sell the St. Louis Browns to a Baltimore-based group led by attorney Clarence Miles and brewer Jerry Hoffberger. The Browns would move to Baltimore and be known as the Baltimore Orioles starting in the 1954 season.
- October 28- After a dispute with Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley, Dodgers announcer Red Barber resigns from his position and takes a job doing radio broadcast for the rival New York Yankees. Barber was upset that he could not get a higher fee from Gillette, who sponsored the T.V. broadcast of the 1953 World Series, and that O'Malley refused to support him.
- November 9 – Reaffirming its earlier position, the United States Supreme Court rules, 7–2, that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving New York Yankees minor league player George Toolson, who refused to move from Triple-A to Double-A.
- November 10 – The New York Giants end their tour of Japan. It is reported that each Giants player received just $331 of the $3,000 they were promised.
- November 24 – The Brooklyn Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a one-year pact as their manager for 1954. Alston will manage the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers over the next 23 seasons, winning 2,040 games and four World Championships.
- December 1 – The Boston Red Sox trade for slugger Jackie Jensen, sending P Mickey McDermott and OF Tom Umphlett to the Washington Senators. Jensen will average 25 home runs a year for his seven seasons for Boston, lead the American League in RBI three times, and win the Most Valuable Player Award in 1958. A fear of flying will end his career prematurely.
- December 9 – The U.S. Supreme Court upholds Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption and the reserve clause in Toolson v. New York Yankees, Inc.
- January 1 – Lynn Jones
- January 1 – Joe Pittman
- January 5 – Jim Gantner
- January 8 – Bruce Sutter
- January 9 – Iván DeJesús
- January 9 – Phil Mankowski
- January 12 – Terry Whitfield
- January 13 – Odell Jones
- January 16 – Dennis DeBarr
- January 17 – Mark Littell
- January 24 – Tim Stoddard
- January 25 – Junior Moore
- January 26 – Tom Bruno
- January 31 – Mike Rowland
- February 4 – Rob Picciolo
- February 7 – Dan Quisenberry
- February 11 – Tom Veryzer
- February 12 – Dave Revering
- February 17 – Jamie Easterly
- February 17 – Jim Umbarger
- February 21 – Rick Lysander
- February 22 – Gerry Davis
- February 23 – Fred Kuhaulua
- February 24 – Mike Sember
- February 24 – Frank Riccelli
- February 27 – Ron Hassey
- March 1 – Jeff Holly
- March 2 – Dave Tobik
- March 2 – Larry Wolfe
- March 6 – Gerry Hannahs
- March 7 – Randy Stein
- March 8 – Jim Rice
- March 8 – Don Werner
- March 14 – Tim Ireland
- March 16 – Jay Franklin
- March 16 – Rich Puig
- March 18 – Randy Miller
- March 19 – Tim Corcoran
- March 22 – Dan Boitano
- March 23 – Bo Díaz
- March 27 – Gary Alexander
- March 29 – Tom Hume
- March 30 – Mike Miley
- March 31 – Tom Hausman
- April 1 – Larry Murray
- April 2 – Héctor Cruz
- April 5 – Kim Allen
- April 14 – Mark Bomback
- April 16 – Don Reynolds
- April 16 – Bruce Taylor
- April 21 – Joe Keener
- April 26 – Arturo DeFreites
- May 3 – Keith Smith
- May 5 – Gary Christenson
- May 6 – Larry Andersen
- May 9 – Ron Jackson
- May 12 – Taylor Duncan
- May 15 – George Brett
- May 16 – Rick Rhoden
- May 28 – Rafael Landestoy
- May 29 – Mike Dupree
- June 1 – Rick Baldwin
- June 3 – Ed Glynn
- June 4 – Larry Demery
- June 5 – Paul Siebert
- June 6 – Dave Bergman
- June 8 – Jack Kucek
- June 10 – Francisco Barrios
- June 10 – Rick Camp
- June 14 – Luis Aponte
- June 14 – Mark Lee
- June 20 – Tony Chévez
- June 21 – Charlie Moore
- June 21 – Gene Pentz
- June 22 – Roy Thomas
- June 27 – Joe Zdeb
- July 2 – Tony Armas
- July 3 – Frank Tanana
- July 11 – Sam Hinds
- July 12 – Roy Branch
- July 13 – Joe Cannon
- July 14 – Billy Smith
- July 16 – Sheldon Mallory
- July 20 – Gary Woods
- July 21 – Steve Smith
- July 22 – Kevin Pasley
- July 25 – Biff Pocoroba
- July 28 – Jerry Maddox
- July 28 – Mark Williams
- July 31 – Hank Small
- August 4 – Masataka Nashida
- August 5 – Rick Bosetti
- August 5 – John Hale
- August 5 – Jesús de la Rosa
- August 5 – Rick Mahler
- August 8 – Alvis Woods
- August 10 – Tom Brookens
- August 11 – Rex Hudson
- August 11 – Dennis Lewallyn
- August 15 – Nino Espinosa
- August 16 – Nick Leyva
- August 20 – Dan Dumoulin
- August 24 – Luis Sánchez
- August 25 – Bob Lacey
- August 29 – Marv Foley
- August 31 – Juan Bernhardt
- August 31 – Bill Nahorodny
- September 1 – Rob Wilfong
- September 2 – Danny Goodwin
- September 3 – Mike Paxton
- September 7 – La Rue Washington
- September 9 – Steve Ratzer
- September 11 – Mike Gordon
- September 12 – Greg Keatley
- September 15 – Oswaldo Olivares
- September 16 – Chris Knapp
- September 18 – Mark DeJohn
- September 23 – Brian Asselstine
- September 25 – Dick Davis
- September 25 – Ed Putman
- September 26 – Jim Gideon
- September 29 – Warren Cromartie
- September 29 – Gene Richards
- September 29 – Carlos Tosca
- September 30 – Dan Gonzales
- October 1 – Pete Falcone
- October 2 – Kevin Kobel
- October 4 – Dave Schuler
- October 6 – Victor Bernal
- October 7 – Andy Replogle
- October 14 – Kiko Garcia
- October 16 – Rodney Scott
- October 20 – Keith Hernandez
- October 21 – Juan Eichelberger
- October 22 – Rich Wortham
- October 23 – Bo McLaughlin
- October 27 – Barry Bonnell
- October 27 – U L Washington
- October 29 – Randy McGilberry
- November 2 – Paul Hartzell
- November 3 – Larry Herndon
- November 3 – Bobby Thompson
- November 4 – Roger Slagle
- November 6 – John Candelaria
- November 6 – Brock Pemberton
- November 10 – Larry Christenson
- November 10 – Larry Parrish
- November 10 – Paul Thormodsgard
- November 14 – Kim Andrew
- November 18 – Gilberto Rondón
- November 20 – Duane Theiss
- November 22 – Rick Matula
- November 29 – Sixto Lezcano
- December 3 – Bob Pate
- December 3 – Pat Putnam
- December 4 – Charlie Beamon Jr.
- December 6 – Gary Ward
- December 9 – Hiromitsu Ochiai
- December 18 – Roy Howell
- December 20 – Paul Moskau
- December 22 – Tom Underwood
- December 23 – Jerry Manuel
- December 25 – Rick Anderson
- December 30 – Steve Davis
- December 31 – José Báez
- January 1 – Doug McWeeny, 56, pitcher who played for the Chicago White Sox, Brooklyn Robins and Cincinnati Reds over seven seasons between 1921 and 1930.
- January 2 – Harry Atkinson, 78, left fielder for the 1895 St. Louis Browns.
- January 3 – Joe Houser, 61, pitcher who played for the Buffalo Buffeds of the outlaw Federal League in 1914.
- January 3 – Chuck Workman, 37, right fielder and third baseman who played for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates in parts of four seasons spanning 1938–1946.
- January 5 – Mike Cantwell, 58, pitcher who played with the New York Yankees in 1916 and for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1919 to 1920.
- January 5 – Pete Lapan, 61, backup catcher for the Washington Senators in 1922 and 1923.
- January 9 – Pat Carney, 76, pitcher who played from 1901 through 1904 for the Boston Beaneaters of the National League.
- January 11 – Doc Moskiman, 73, first baseman and right fielder for the Boston Red Sox in its 1910 season, who also spent parts of 13 seasons playing minor-league and independent-league ball, pitching more often than not and obtaining considerably good results.
- January 14 – Charlie Small, 47, center fielder who played in 25 games for the Boston Red Sox during their 1930 season.
- January 15 – Carl East, 58, outfielder and pitcher who played with the St. Louis Browns in 1915 and for the Washington Senators in 1924.
- January 21 – Lorenza Cobb, 64, Negro league baseball catcher who played for the Indianapolis ABCs, West Baden Sprudels, St. Louis Giants and Lincoln Giants over seven seasons spanning 1914–1920.
- January 21 – José Rodríguez, 58, Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame infielder whose 18-year career in professional baseball included a stint with the New York Giants of the National League from 1917 to 1918.
- January 24 – Ben Taylor, 64, National Baseball Hall of Fame player, manager, coach and umpire, who played for 24 different teams in Negro League Baseball between 1908 and 1941, being considered the best first baseman in black baseball prior to the arrival of Buck Leonard and one of the most productive players offensively, while collecting a .334 lifetime batting average and hitting over .300 in fifteen of his first sixteen years in baseball.
- January 27 – Merv Shea, 52, catcher who played for seven teams in a span of eleven seasons from 1927–1944, before becoming a long-time scout for the Chicago Cubs.
- January 28 – Howie Haworth, 59, catcher who made seven game appearances for the Cleveland Indians in its 1915 season.
- January 31 – Mike Handiboe, 65, backup outfielder for the 1911 New York Highlanders.
- February 13 – Happy Foreman, 53, relief pitcher who played with the Chicago White Sox in 1924 and for the Boston Red Sox in 1926.
- February 2 – Mike Dejan, 38, outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds in its 1940 season.
- February 3 – Frank Donnelly, 83, pitcher who played for the Chicago Colts in part of two seasons from 1893–1894.
- February 6 – Ed Haigh, 86, backup outfielder for the St. Louis Browns of the National League in 1892.
- February 6 – Tex Pruiett, 69, pitcher who played from 1907 through 1908 for the Boston Americans and Red Sox.
- February 21 – Buck Freeman, 56. pitcher who played for the Chicago Cubs in the 1921 and 1922 seasons.
- February 24 – Lenny Metz, 53, shortstop who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in a span of three seasons from 1923–1925.
- February 27 – Barney Wolfe, 77, pitcher who played four seasons from 1903–1906 for the New York Highlanders and the Washington Senators.
- March 3 – Clyde Milan, 65, speedy outfielder and solid line drive hitter who batted .285 for the Washington Senators over the course of 16 seasons from 1907–1922, collecting 2,100 hits, 1,004 runs and 495 stolen bases, and leading the American League by stealing 88 bases in 1912 and 75 in 1913, while setting a modern-rules MLB season record for steals in 1912, a mark surpassed three years later by Ty Cobb; player-manager of 1922 Senators and member of Washington coaching staff for 17 seasons (1928–1929 and 1938 until his death).
- March 6 – Tex Pruiett, 69, pitcher who played from 1907 through 1908 for the Boston Americans and Red Sox.
- March 7 – Tom Wilson, 62, backup catcher who played for the Washington Senators in its 1914 season.
- March 11 – Jock Menefee, 85, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels, New York Giants, Chicago Orphans and Chicago Cubs in a span of nine seasons from 1892–1903, who gained notoriety with the Cubs on July 15, 1902, when he became the first pitcher in National League history to pull off a successful steal of home, a feat which he accomplished against the Brooklyn Superbas on July 15, 1902, and later on August 8, 1903 for start and win both games of a doubleheader against Brooklyn, as he finished his career starting both games of a doubleheader for the third time of the season, against Pittsburgh on September 7, but did not get a decision in either contest.
- March 11 – Fred Toney, 64, trustworthy pitcher whose 11-season major league career included stints with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals between 1911 and 1923, being a member of the Giants that won World Series titles in 1921 and 1922, while pitching a 10-inning no-hitter with Cincinnati against the Cubs on May 2, 1917, and ending his career with a 139–102 record and 2.69 earned run average in 336 appearances, including 158 complete games and 28 shutouts in 2,206 innings of work.
- March 16 – Oscar Jones, 76, pitcher who played from 1903 through 1905 for the Brooklyn Superbas.
- March 20 – John Brackenridge, 72, pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in its 1904 season.
- March 21 – Harry Truby, 82, 19th century second baseman who played from 1895 to 1896 with the Chicago Colts and Pittsburgh Pirates.
- March 22 – Michael Driscoll, 60, pitcher for the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics.
- March 25 – Tim Griesenbeck, 55, backup catcher for the 1920 St. Louis Cardinals.
- March 28 – Jim Thorpe, 65, Native American and one of the greatest all-around athlete in the first half of the 20th Century, who in addition to playing in MLB for six seasons between 1913 and 1919, won gold medals in the 1912 Summer Olympics in pentathlon and decathlon, played in the NFL for eight seasons between 1920 and 1928, barnstormed as a basketball player with a team composed entirely of American Indians, playing professional sports before retiring in 1928 at age 41, and later appeared in several films as an actor while being portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the 1951 biopic Jim Thorpe – All-American.
- April 3 – Larry Benton, 55, pitcher who played for the Boston Braves, New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds over parts of thirteen seasons from 1923–1935, leading the National League with 25 wins and 28 complete games in 1928, and twice in W-L record from 1927 to 1928.
- April 5 – Tex Erwin, 67, catcher who played with the Detroit Tigers in 1907, and for the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Superbas, Robins and Dodgers clubs in a span of five seasons from 1910–1914.
- April 5 – Connie Walsh, 70, pitcher who appeared in one game for the Pittsburgh Pirates in its 1907 season.
- April 5 – Herb Gorman, 28, first baseman who made a pinch-hit appearance for the 1952 St. Louis Cardinals; suffered a fatal heart attack while playing in a Pacific Coast League game.
- April 11 – Kid Nichols, Hall of Fame pitcher who posted 361 victories for the seventh most wins in Major League Baseball history, died in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 79. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Nichols anchored the pitching staff of the Boston Beaneaters between 1890 and 1901, guiding Boston to five National League championships in his first nine seasons with the club. He surpassed the 30-victory plateau seven times from 1891–1894 and 1896–1898, as his career record shows that he hurled 20 or more wins in ten consecutive seasons from 1891–1994 and in 1904. In addition, he remains as the youngest pitcher to reach the illustrious 300-win milestone, getting there months before his 31st birthday. His most productive season came in 1892, when he had a 35–16 record and won two games in the league's Championship Series as the Beaneaters defeated Cy Young and the Cleveland Spiders. Nichols remained with Boston through 1901, when the team let him go in an effort to save money. After a two-year lapse, he returned to the majors as manager and pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1904 to 1905 and ended his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1905. Overall, Nichols posted a 2.96 ERA, led the National league in wins for three straight years from 1896 to 1898, pitched more than 300 innings in every season but three and more than 400 five times while pitching 532 complete games and 48 shutouts in 562 starts, and was never removed from a game for a relief hurler. Besides, his record of seven seasons with 30 or more victories is a mark that is likely to stand forever, since the implementation of five-man rotations, pitch count and inning limits in modern baseball.
- April 14 – Roy Patterson, 77, Chicago White Sox pitcher best remembered for throwing the first pitch and recording the first win in the first official American League game on April 24, 1901, defeating the Cleveland Blues at Chicago's South Side Park, 8–2, while collecting an 81-72 career record and 2.75 ERA for Chicago in seven seasons from 1901–1907, including AL pennants in 1901 and 1906, though he did not pitch for the 1906 World Series champion White Sox team.
- April 16 – Sam Gray, 55, pitcher in 379 games for the Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns over ten seasons from 1924 to 1933; won 20 games for 1928 Browns, then lost 24 for them three years later; led American League in shutouts in 1929.
- April 18 – Harry Niles, 72, outfielder and second baseman who played from 1906 through 1910 for the St. Louis Browns, New York Highlanders, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Naps.
- April 18 – Cotton Tierney, 59, second baseman and third baseman who played from 1920 to 1925 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers, being honored by his great-great-nephew Jeff Euston, who created in 2005 a website named Cot's Baseball Contracts, which track all salaries of MLB players, contracts, bonuses, service time and franchise values.
- April 26 – Don Brennan, 49, who played for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants in a span of five seasons from 1933–1937.
- April 29 – Gene McAuliffe, 81, backup catcher for the 1904 Boston Beaneaters
- May 2 – Fred Miller, 66, pitcher who made six appearances for the 1910 Brooklyn Superbas.
- May 3 – Kewpie Pennington, 56, pitcher for the 1917 St. Louis Browns.
- May 3 – Pete Scott, 55, backup outfielder who played from 1926 through 1928 for the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.
- May 6 – Jim Jones, 76, outfielder who played for the Louisville Colonels and New York Giants in part of three seasons spanning 1897–1901.
- May 11 – Ed Hug, 68, backup catcher who played for the Brooklyn Superbas in its 1903 season.
- May 12 – Ed Summers, 68, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers over five seasons from 1908 to 1912, who posted a 24–12 record and 1.64 ERA in 301 innings of work in his rookie season, including two complete game victories over the Philadelphia Athletics in a doubleheader, finishing with a two-hit, 1–0 shutout in ten innings in the second game, becoming the only pitcher in major league history to throw two complete game victories and more than eighteen innings in both games of a doubleheader, a record that remain intact.
- May 13 – Jim Field, 90, 19th-century first baseman who played most of his career with five American Association clubs during four seasons between 1883 and 1890, but also played in the National League for the 1898 Washington Senators season
- May 13 – Jim Field, 90, 19th-century first baseman who played most of his career with five American Association clubs during four seasons between 1883 and 1890, but also played in the National League for the 1898 Washington Senators.
- May 16 – Jim Wallace, 71, backup outfielder for the 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates.
- May 19 – Sam Leever, 81, pitcher who spent his 13-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1898 to 1910, compiling a 194–100 record for a .660 W–L percentage, the ninth highest in MLB baseball history, leading the National League with a 2.06 ERA and seven shutouts in 1903 and in W-L% three times, while amassing 20 or more wins in four seasons.
- May 25 – Ray Grimes, 69, first baseman for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies in a span of six seasons from 1921–1926, who posted a .329/.413/.480 line in 433 games and established a Major League season record with at least one run batted in over 17 consecutive games in 1922, a mark which still stands.
- May 27 – Jesse Burkett, Hall of Fame left fielder and three-time batting champion, died in Worcester, Massachusetts, at the age of 84. Born on December 4, 1868, in Wheeling, West Virginia, Burkett made his professional baseball debut in 1888 as a pitcher, winning 27 games for a minor league team in Pennsylvania. The next year, he posted a 39–6 record for a team in his native Worcester before surfacing in the National League in 1890 with the New York Giants, where he was turned into an outfielder. Afterwards, he joined the Cleveland Spiders from 1891–1898. In 1899, Burkette was assigned to the St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals. He won three National League batting titles from 1895 to 1901, surpassing the .400 mark twice, hitting for the Spiders .405 and .410 in 1895 and 1896, respectively. In 1901, Burkett captured his third batting title with a .376 mark for the Cardinals, before finishing his 16-year career in the American League. Burkett jumped to the St. Louis Browns in 1902, playing for them three years before ending his career with the 1905 Boston Americans, who later became the Red Sox. Overall, Burkett compiled a lifetime batting average of .338 on the strength of 2,850 hits in 2,607 games, including a .415 on-base percentage, 320 doubles and 1,720 runs scored, while sharing with Rogers Hornsby and Ty Cobb the record of hitting .400 or better the most times. He also earned a 1916 World Series ring as a coach for his former Giants team.
- June 7 – Bill Burns, 73, left handed pitcher for five Major League Baseball teams in five seasons from 1908 to 1912, who infamously returned to the majors as one of the conspirators in the famous Black Sox Scandal.
- June 11 – Tex Vache, 64, fourth outfielder for the 1925 Boston Red Sox.
- June 22 – Charlie Hemphill, 77, outfielder who played for six teams over 11 seasons from 1899–1911, being also the first Opening Day right fielder in Boston Americans/Red Sox franchise history in its 1901 season.
- July 5 – Frank McCue, 54, third baseman who made two games appearances for the 1922 Philadelphia Athletics.
- July 11 – Lew Wendell, 61, catcher for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies over five seasons spanning 1915–1926.
- July 21 – Al Kellogg, 66, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics during their 1908 season.
- July 25 – Pat Hilly, 66, right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies in its 1914 season.
- July 30 – Leon Chagnon, 50, pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants in a span of six seasons between 1929 and 1935.
- August 6 – Bill Phyle, 78, two-way player who pitched over twelve seasons from 1898 through 1999 with the Chicago Orphans and for the New York Giants in 1901, before performing as a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1906, working later as an umpire in the Pacific Coast League.
- August 7 – Abner Powell, 98, 19th century pitcher who played in the Union Association for the Washington Nationals in 1884, playing later in the American Association for the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Red Stockings during the 1886 season.
- August 9 – Joe Evans, 56, third baseman and outfielder whose career included stints with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns in eleven seasons spanning 1911–1925, being also a member of the 1920 World Series Cleveland champion team.
- August 16 – Ty Tyson, 61, outfielder who played from 1926 through 1928 for the New York Giants and Brooklyn Robins.
- August 22 – Jim Tabor, 36, slugging third baseman for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies over nine seasons from 1938–1947, who led the American League in assists in 1939 and putouts in 1942, while collecting four home runs, 11 runs batted in and 19 total bases in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics 1n 1939, as three of his homers came in the second game, including a record-tying two grand slams in consecutive innings, while his eleven RBI is an American League record that remain intact.
- August 25 – Charlie Maisel, 63, catcher who played in 1915 for the Baltimore Terrapins of the outlaw Federal League.
- August 27 – Charlie Shields, 73, pitcher who played in 1902 with the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Browns and for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1907.
- September 3 – Jack Pfiester, 75, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs over eight seasons between 1903 and 1911, who won two World Series with the Cubs in 1907–1908, led the National League with a 1.15 earned run average in 1907, winning 20 games in 1906 and posting a career record of 71-44, whose lifetime 2.02 ERA is the third best of all-time for MLB pitchers with at least 1,000 innings of work.
- September 4 – Buck Herzog, 53, versatile infielder who played from 1908 through 1920 with four National League teams and also managed the Cincinnati Reds from 1914–1916, winning four NL pennants, while collecting 12 hits in the 1912 World Series to set a series record since then tied and broken.
- September 11 – Bob Coulson, 66, outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers and Pittsburgh Rebels in part of three seasons spanning 1908–1914.
- September 13 – Wese Callahan, 6s, shortstop for the 1913 St. Louis Cardinals.
- September 15 – Seth Sigsby, 79, 19th century pitcher who played in 1893 for the New York Giants.
- September 18 – Chub Aubrey, 72, shortstop who played for the Boston Beaneaters in its 1903 season.
- September 26 – Bill Cunningham, 59, outfielder who played from 1821 through 1924 for the Boston Braves and New York Giants, whose two-run single in the decisive game of the 1922 World Series sparked the Giants to a 5–3 victory over the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds en route to the championship title.
- September 29 – Lefty Tyler, 63, pitcher who played with the Boston Doves/Rustlers/Braves clubs from 1910–1917 and for the Chicago Cubs from 1918–1921, being also a member of the famous Miracle Braves who swept the highly favored Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series.
- October 5 – Rags Faircloth, 61, pitcher who made two appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1919.
- October 17 – Jim Delahanty, 74, one of five Delahanty brothers to play in the majors, a fine defensive second baseman who had a 13-year career with eight teams spanning 1901–1915, while batting a solid .283/.357/.373/.730 line and 1,159 hits in 1,186 career games.
- November 3 – John Chapman, 54, shortstop for the 1924 Philadelphia Athletics.
- November 6 – Tom Dougherty, 72, pitcher who made one-game relief appearance for the Chicago White Sox in 1904, who is probably unique in Major League Baseball history for his perfect 1-0 winning record in a game where he faced the minimum six batters over two innings, without giving up a run, hit or walk in his immaculate work.
- November 18 – Mike McCormick, 71, third baseman for the 1904 Brooklyn Superbas.
- November 19 – Guy Lacy, 56, second baseman who played for the Cleveland Indians in its 1926 season.
- November 19 – Dutch Schesler, 53, German pitcher who appeared in 17 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1931.
- November 20 – Billy Maharg, 72, professional boxer that achieved three distinct historical connections with Major League Baseball, 1) as a replacement player in the 1912 Detroit Tigers' players strike, 2) for a one-game stint with the 1916 Philadelphia Phillies, and 3) because of his role in the 1919 Chicago Black Sox Scandal.
- December 7 – Slats Jordan, 75, utility man for the 1951-52 Baltimore Orioles.
- December 10 – Harry Armbruster, 71, backup outfielder for the Philadelphia Athletics in its 1906 season.
- December 13 – Klondike Douglass, 81, 19th century first baseman and catcher who played in the National League for the St. Louis Browns and Philadelphia Phillies in a span of nine seasons from 1896–1904.
- December 15 – Ed Barrow, 85, Hall of Fame executive and notable judge of talent, who discovered Honus Wagner 1896 and later converted Babe Ruth from pitcher to outfielder, also signing contracts with Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri and Red Ruffing, before converting the New York Yankees dynasty whose clubs captured 14 American League pennants and 10 World Series championships from 1920 to 1945, including five Series sweeps.
- December 17 – Walt Devoy, 68, multi-sport athlete who played right field for the 1903 St. Louis Browns, playing also in the St. Louis Soccer League, where he later was an executive for the Ben Millers
- December 17 – Walt Devoy, 68, multi-sport athlete who played right field for the 1903 St. Louis Browns, playing also in the St. Louis Soccer League, where he later was an executive for the Ben Millers FC.
- December 17 – Lou McEvoy, 51, who made 34 pitching appearances for the New York Yankees from 1931-32.
- December 24 – Pinch Thomas, 65, backup catcher whose nickname reflects his pinch-hitting abilities, as he posted a batting average of .419 (13-for-31) for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians from 1912 to 1921, while earning four World Series titles with Boston (1912; 1915–16) and Cleveland (1920).
- December 25 – Patsy Donovan, 88, Irish-American right fielder and manager who played for several teams over 17 years spanning 1890–1907, while managing five teams in 11 seasons from 1897–1911, collecting a .301 batting career average of .301 with 2,253 hits and 518 stolen bases, and a managerial record of 684–879 (.438).
- Jim Thorpe Is Dead On West Coast at 64. Article published at The New York Times on March 29, 1953. Retrieved on February 25, 2018.
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- August 30, 1953: Milwaukee Braves set National League home run record. Article and box scores published by SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on February 24, 2018.
- New York Yankees 10, Philadelphia Athletics 0 (2). Game Played on Wednesday, June 28, 1939 (D) at Shibe Park. Retrosheet box score. Retrieved on February 24, 2018.
- Doc Moskiman. Article written by Bill Nowlin. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 18, 2019.
- Ben Taylor. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Retrieved on June 18, 2019.
- Ben Taylor. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved on June 18, 2019.
- Clyde Milan. Article written by Tom Simon. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.
- Pitchers Stealing Home. Article written by Leonard Gettelson.SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.
- A thorough account of pitchers who have started both games of a doubleheader in the major leagues. Article written by J.G. Preston. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.
- May 2, 1917: Fred Toney and Reds prevail 1–0 in double no-hitter against Cubs' Hippo Vaughn. Article written by Mike Lynch. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.
- Fred Toney statistics and history. Retrosheet. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.
- Jim Thorpe Biography. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.
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- Kid Nichols Statistics and History. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on February 24, 2018.
- 1892 Championship Series Boston Beaneaters over Cleveland Spiders (5–0–1). Baseball Reference. Retrieved on February 24, 2018.
- Kid Nichols Biography. Baseball Hall of Fame Official Website. Retrieved on February 24, 2018.
- Kid Nichols Obituary[permanent dead link]. The New York Times, Sunday, April 12th, 1953. Retrieved from The Deadball Era on February 24, 2018.
- Roy Patterson. Article written by Terry Bohn. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 21, 2019.
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- A thorough account of pitchers who have started both games of a doubleheader in the major leagues. Article by J.G. Preston. PrestonJG website. Retrieved on June 25, 2019.
- Sam Leever. Article written by Mark Armour. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 25, 2019.
- Ray Grimes. Article written by Bill Nowlin. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 25, 2019.
- Jesse Burkette batting and fielding statistics. Retrosheet. Retrieved on June 20, 2019.
- Jesse Burkett. Article written by David Jones. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on February 25, 2018.
- Year by Year Leaders for Batting Average / Batting Champions. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on February 25, 2018.
- Arnold Rothstein and Baseball's 1919 Black Sox Scandal Archived 2007-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Article written by David Pietrusza. Retrieved on June 25, 2019.
- Jim Tabor. Article written by Maurice Bouchard. Retrieved on June 25, 2019.
- Jack Pfiester. Article written by Stuart Schimler. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 26, 2019.
- Buck Herzog. Article written by Gabriel Schechter. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 26, 2019.
- Tom Dougherty. Batting and pitching statistics. Baseball Reference Retrieved on June 13, 2019.
- Billy Maharg. Article written by Bill Lamb. SABR BiographyProject. Retrieved on June 26, 2019.
- Ed Barrow. Article written by Daniel R. Levitt. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 27, 2019.
- Pinch Thomas. Article written by Joanne Hulbert. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 27, 2019.
- Patsy Donovan. Article written by David Jones. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 27, 2019.
- Baseball Reference – 1953 MLB season summary
- Baseball Reference – MLB Players born in 1953
- Baseball Reference – MLB Players died in 1953
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