1954 Baltimore Orioles season

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1954 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 54–100 (.351)
League place 7th
Other information
Owner(s) Jerold Hoffberger, Clarence Miles
General manager(s) Arthur Ehlers
Manager(s) Jimmy Dykes
Local television WMAR-TV/WAAM
Local radio WCBM
(Ernie Harwell, Howard Williams, Bailey Goss)
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The 1954 Baltimore Orioles season was the franchise's 54th season (it was founded as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901, then played as the St. Louis Browns from 1902–53) but its first season as the Baltimore Orioles. The season involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 54 wins and 100 losses, 57 games behind the AL champion Cleveland Indians in their first season in Baltimore. The team was managed by Jimmy Dykes, and played its home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

  • April 13, 1954: The Orioles opened their first season as the reborn Browns on the road, on April 13, 1954, at Briggs Stadium against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers won, 3–0, on three solo home runs (from Ray Boone, Walt Dropo and Frank Bolling). Steve Gromek hurled the complete game shutout and Don Larsen (who would lose 21 of 24 decisions that year) was the hard-luck loser.[5]
  • April 15: Thousands of Baltimoreans jammed city streets as the new Orioles paraded from downtown to their new home at Memorial Stadium. During the 90-minute parade, the new birds signed autographs, handed out pictures and threw styrofoam balls to crowd as the throng marched down 33rd Street West. Inside, more than 46,000 watched the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 3–1, to win their home opener and move into first place in the American League.[6] Ironically, the Orioles lost their last home game of the season, 11–0, to the same White Sox, finishing with 100 losses and 57½ games out of first place.[7]
  • September 12: At Memorial Stadium, Joe Durham hit a solo home run off Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Al Sima in the sixth inning, to become the first African-American position player to belt a homer in Baltimore Orioles history.[8][9]

Opening day lineup, April 13, 1954

  5 Bobby Young 2B
  3 Eddie Waitkus    1B
16 Gil Coan CF
20 Vic Wertz RF
15 Sam Mele LF
  4 Vern Stephens 3B
  6 Billy Hunter SS
11 Clint Courtney    C
27 Don Larsen P[5]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 111 43 .721 --
New York Yankees 103 51 .669 8
Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610 17
Boston Red Sox 69 85 .448 42
Detroit Tigers 68 86 .442 43
Washington Senators 66 88 .429 45
Baltimore Orioles 54 100 .351 57
Philadelphia Athletics 51 103 .331 60

Record vs. opponents

1954 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI WSH
Baltimore 11–11 7–15 3–19 8–14 5–17 10–12 10–12
Boston 11–11 5–17 2–20–2 14–8 9–13 15–7 13–9
Chicago 15–7 17–5 11–11 12–10–1 7–15 17–5 15–7
Cleveland 19–3 20–2–2 11–11 14–8 11–11 18–4 18–4
Detroit 14–8 8–14 10–12–1 8–14 6–16 13–9 9–13
New York 17–5 13–9 15–7 11–11 16–6 18–4–1 13–9
Philadelphia 12–10 7–15 5–17 4–18 9–13 4–18–1 10–12–1
Washington 12–10 9–13 7–15 4–18 13–9 9–13 12–10–1


Notable transactions

Roster

1954 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Clint Courtney 122 397 107 .270 4 37
1B Eddie Waitkus 95 311 88 .283 2 33
2B Bobby Young 130 432 106 .245 4 24
3B Vern Stephens 101 365 104 .285 8 46
SS Billy Hunter 125 411 100 .243 2 27
LF Jim Fridley 85 240 59 .246 4 36
CF Chuck Diering 128 418 108 .258 2 29
RF Cal Abrams 115 423 124 .293 6 25

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bob Kennedy 106 323 81 .251 6 45
Dick Kryhoski 100 300 78 .260 1 34
Gil Coan 94 265 74 .279 2 20
Jim Brideweser 73 204 54 .265 0 12
Sam Mele 72 230 55 .239 5 32
Les Moss 50 126 31 .246 0 5
Chico García 39 62 7 .113 0 5
Vic Wertz 29 94 19 .202 1 13
Ray Murray 22 61 15 .246 0 2
Don Lenhardt 13 33 5 .152 0 1
Dick Kokos 11 10 2 .200 1 1
Joe Durham 10 40 9 .225 1 3
Frank Kellert 10 34 7 .206 0 1
Neil Berry 5 9 1 .111 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Turley 35 247.1 14 15 3.46 185
Joe Coleman 33 221.1 13 17 3.50 103
Don Larsen 29 201.2 3 21 4.37 80
Duane Pillette 25 179 10 14 3.12 66
Bob Kuzava 4 23.2 1 3 4.18 15
Vern Bickford 1 4 0 1 9.00 0

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lou Kretlow 32 166.2 6 11 4.37 82
Billy O'Dell 7 16.1 1 1 2.76 6
Dave Koslo 3 14.1 0 1 3.14 3

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bob Chakales 38 3 7 3 3.73 44
Howie Fox 38 1 2 2 3.67 27
Mike Blyzka 37 1 5 1 4.69 35
Marlin Stuart 22 1 2 2 4.46 13
Dick Littlefield 3 0 0 0 10.50 5
Jay Heard 2 0 0 0 13.50 2
Ryne Duren 1 0 0 0 9.00 2

Awards and honors

1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Don Heffner
A Wichita Indians Western League Herb Brett and Les Layton
A Lewiston Broncs Western International League Larry Barton, Sr.
B York White Roses Piedmont League George Staller
B Anderson Rebels Tri-State League Virgil Stallcup, Fred Boiko and Bob Knoke
C Pine Bluff Judges Cotton States League Frank Lucchesi and Bill Enos
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Barney Lutz
C Thetford Mines Mineurs Provincial League Bill Krueger
D Wytheville Statesmen Appalachian League Joe Murray, Bill Enos and Jim Cisternelli
D Americus-Cordele Orioles Georgia–Florida League Cliff Melton and Jack Landis
D Ada Herefords/Cementers Sooner State League Louis Brower and John Densmore
D Marion Marauders Tar Heel League Bob Knoke

Tar Heel League disbanded, June 21, 1954

Notes

  1. ^ Chuck Diering at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Satchel Paige at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Johnny Groth at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Dave Koslo transactions at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b Retrosheet box score: 1954-04-13
  6. ^ Baseball Library Chronology, April 1954 Archived December 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ 1954 Orioles at Baseball Library
  8. ^ Joe Durham, first African-American player to homer for Orioles, dies at 84. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Philadelphia Athletics 5, Baltimore Orioles 4 (2). Game Played on Sunday, September 12, 1954 (D) at Memorial Stadium. Box Score and Play by Play. Retrosheet. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Neil Berry at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Don Lenhardt transactions at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ Dick Littlefield transactions at Baseball-Reference
  13. ^ Bob Chakales at Baseball-Reference
  14. ^ Marlin Stuart transactions at Baseball-Reference
  15. ^ Bob Kuzava transactions at Baseball-Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
  • 1954 Baltimore Orioles team at Baseball-Reference
  • 1954 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
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