1953 Cleveland Indians season

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1953 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Myron H. Wilson
Manager(s) Al Lopez
Local television WXEL
Local radio WERE (1300)
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The 1953 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 92-62, 8½ games behind the New York Yankees.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Al Rosen became the first third baseman in the history of the American League to win the MVP Award.[2]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 99 52 .656 --
Cleveland Indians 92 62 .604 8.5
Chicago White Sox 89 65 .578 11.5
Boston Red Sox 84 69 .549 16
Washington Senators 76 76 .500 23.5
Detroit Tigers 60 94 .325 40.5
Philadelphia Athletics 59 95 .383 41.5
St. Louis Browns 54 100 .351 46.5

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1953 Cleveland Indians
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
3B Rosen, AlAl Rosen 155 599 201 .336 43 145

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
Boone, RayRay Boone 34 112 27 .241 4 21

Pitching[edit]

Starting 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

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

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
Aber, AlAl Aber 6 1 1 0 7.50 4

Awards and records[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Birdie Tebbetts
A Reading Indians Eastern League Kerby Farrell
B Spartanburg Peaches Tri-State League Jimmy Bloodworth
C Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League Zeke Bonura and Santo Luberto
C Sherbrooke Indians Provincial League Pinky May
D Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League Ed Levy
D Green Bay Blue Jays Wisconsin State League Phil Seghi

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Fargo-Moorhead, Daytona Beach, Green Bay[5]

  • On May 6, 1953, the Fargo-Moorhead Twins defeated Sioux Falls in their Opening Day game by a score of 12-3. A record crowd of 10,123 fans came to Barnett Field. In the game, Roger Maris got his first professional baseball hit.[6] That season, Twins player Frank Gravino would hit 52 home runs.[7] The Twins would host the Northern League All-Star game and defeat the Northern League All-Stars by a score of 8-4.[8] The Twins finished with a record of 86-39 (improving from their record of 44-80 in 1952[8]) and bested Duluth to win the Northern League championship.[9] Roger Maris was selected as the 1953 Northern League Rookie of the Year.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Earl Averill, Jr. page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 152, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. ^ Brooks Lawrence page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ray Boone page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  6. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 54, Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, Touchstone Books, Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4165-8928-0
  7. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 55
  8. ^ a b Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 56
  9. ^ a b Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 58

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