Noren spent 11 years in the majors, playing for two World Series champions, in a career that spanned from 1950-1960. He came up with the Washington Senators in 1950 and played in the most games he would ever appear in during his rookie season. He saw action in 138 games that year for Washington, hitting .295 and setting career benchmarks in home runs (14) and RBI (98). He hit .279 the next year for the Senators while setting his career high in runs scored (82). He joined the Yankees in 1952 and had a nice run with them. He made the All-Star Team in 1954 when he hit .319 with 12 home runs. Noren earned MVP votes that year as well. He also received them in 1950 and 1951. The Yankees traded him to the Kansas City A’s in 1957 and he bounced around the league for the next three years, playing for St. Louis, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring.
Noren was a member of the World Champion Yankees in 1952 and 1953. He hit .300 in the 1952 World Series, but got just two at bats in 1953. He played in five games in the 1955 series, but hit just .063, as the Yankees lost to the Dodgers. Following his playing career, Noren was a minor league manager and a major league coach. Noren was also a professional basketball player. He played for the Chicago American Gears in the National Basketball League during the 1946-1947 season.
Irv Noren – career stats