1952 Detroit Tigers season

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1952 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter Briggs, Sr., Walter Briggs, Jr.
Manager(s) Red Rolfe, Fred Hutchinson
Local television WWJ
(Van Patrick)
Local radio WJBK/WXYZ
(Van Patrick)
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The 1952 Detroit Tigers had a record of 50–104 (.325) — the worst record in Tigers' history until the 2003 Tigers lost 119 games. Virgil Trucks became the third pitcher in major league history to throw two no-hitters in one season.[1]

Regular season[edit]

The 1952 Tigers winning percentage ranks as the second worst in the Tigers' history, as shown in this chart. The club was managed by Red Rolfe (April 15 through July 4), who compiled a win-loss record of 23–49 (.319), then by pitcher-manager Fred Hutchinson, who had a record of 27–55 (.329) from July 5 through closing day, September 28.[2]

Worst Seasons in Detroit Tigers History
Rank Year Wins Losses Win %
1 2003 43 119 .265
2 1952 50 104 .325
3 1996 53 109 .327
4 2002 55 106 .342
5 1975 57 102 .358

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 95 59 .617 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 2
Chicago White Sox 81 73 .526 14
Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 .513 16
Washington Senators 78 76 .506 17
Boston Red Sox 76 78 .494 19
St. Louis Browns 64 90 .416 31
Detroit Tigers 50 104 .325 45

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1952 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Ginsberg, JoeJoe Ginsberg 113 307 68 .221 6 36
1B Dropo, WaltWalt Dropo 115 459 128 .279 23 70
2B Priddy, JerryJerry Priddy 75 279 79 .283 4 20
3B Hatfield, FredFred Hatfield 112 441 104 .236 2 25
SS Berry, NeilNeil Berry 73 189 43 .228 0 13
OF Groth, JohnnyJohnny Groth 141 524 149 .284 4 51
OF Wertz, VicVic Wertz 85 285 70 .246 17 51
OF Mullin, PatPat Mullin 97 255 64 .251 7 35

Other batters[edit]

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
Souchock, SteveSteve Souchock 92 265 66 .249 13 45
Federoff, AlAl Federoff 74 231 56 .242 0 14
Mapes, CliffCliff Mapes 86 193 26 .197 9 23
Pesky, JohnnyJohnny Pesky 69 177 45 .254 1 9
Batts, MattMatt Batts 56 173 41 .237 3 13
Kell, GeorgeGeorge Kell 39 152 45 .296 1 17
Lenhardt, DonDon Lenhardt 45 144 27 .188 3 13
Lipon, JohnnyJohnny Lipon 39 136 30 .221 0 12
Kuenn, HarveyHarvey Kuenn 19 80 26 .325 0 8
Taylor, BenBen Taylor 7 18 3 .167 0 0
Evers, HootHoot Evers 1 1 1 1.000 0 0

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gray, TedTed Gray 35 224 12 17 4.14 138
Houtteman, ArtArt Houtteman 35 221 8 20 4.36 109
Trucks, VirgilVirgil Trucks 35 197 5 19 3.97 129
Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser 25 154 9 9 3.74 57
Wight, BillBill Wight 23 143.7 5 9 3.88 57
Garver, NedNed Garver 1 9 1 0 2.00 3
Black, BudBud Black 2 8 0 1 10.13 0

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hoeft, BillyBilly Hoeft 34 125 2 7 4.32 65
Trout, DizzyDizzy Trout 10 27 1 5 5.33 20

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Littlefield, DickDick Littlefield 28 0 3 1 4.34 32
Hutchinson, FredFred Hutchinson 12 2 1 0 3.38 12

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Players ranking among top 100 of all time at position[edit]

The following members of the 1952 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their positions, as ranked by The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

  • Jerry Priddy: 73rd best second baseman of all time
  • Johnny Pesky: 20th best shortstop of all time (played 69 games for 1952 Tigers)
  • George Kell: 30th best third baseman of all time (played only 39 games for 1952 Tigers)
  • Vic Wertz: 61st best right fielder of all time
  • Harvey Kuenn: 62nd best right fielder of all time (played only 19 games for 1952 Tigers)
  • Hal Newhouser: 36th best pitcher of all time
  • Virgil Trucks: 61st best pitcher of all time

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Jack Tighe and Schoolboy Rowe
AA Little Rock Travelers Southern Association Willis Hudlin
A Williamsport Tigers Eastern League Paul Campbell
B Durham Bulls Carolina League Ace Parker
B Davenport Tigers Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Marv Olson
D Kinston Eagles Coastal Plain League Wayne Blackburn
D Jamestown Falcons PONY League Tony Lupien
D Wausau Lumberjacks Wisconsin State League Mike Tresh

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jamestown

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 139, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Retrosheet.org
  3. ^ Walt Dropo page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bud Black page at Baseball Reference

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