1954 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1954 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Bobby Ávila CLE .341 Willie Mays NYG .345
HR Larry Doby CLE 32 Ted Kluszewski CIN 49
RBI Larry Doby CLE 126 Ted Kluszewski CIN 141
Wins Bob Lemon CLE &
Early Wynn CLE
23 Robin Roberts PHI 23
ERA Mike Garcia CLE 2.64 Johnny Antonelli SFG 2.30

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   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

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Giants 97 57 .630 --
Brooklyn Dodgers 92 62 .597 5
Milwaukee Braves 89 65 .578 8
Philadelphia Phillies 75 79 .487 22
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 .481 23
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 .468 25
Chicago Cubs 64 90 .416 33
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 101 .344 44

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

  • May 2 - At Sportsman's Park, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals hits five home runs in a doubleheader against the New York Giants. He hits three in the first game, won by the Cardinals 10-6, and adds two in the nightcap, won by the Giants 9-7. Nate Colbert of the San Diego Padres will tie Musial's record by hitting five home runs in a 1972 doubleheader; coincidentally, he had been in attendance to watch Musial's feat.

July–September[edit]

  • July 31 – Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves hits four home runs successfully in a game, becoming the seventh player to do so in Major League history. The Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 15–7.
  • September 29 – In Game One of the 1954 World Series, with the score tied 2–2 and two base runners in the 8th inning, New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays makes one of the greatest catches in series history, when he races back in the Polo Grounds to make an over-the-head catch of Vic Wertz' 462-foot drive. Wertz, who had driven in the Cleveland Indians' two runs in the first inning, would finish the day 4-for-5, including a double and a triple. The Giants went on to win the game in extra innings, 5–2, thanks to a pinch-hit three-run home run by Dusty Rhodes off Bob Lemon in the bottom of the 11th inning. Since then, The Catch is a term used to refer to the memorable defensive play executed by Mays.

October–December[edit]

  • October 2 - The New York Giants defeat the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, in Game 4 of the 1954 World Series to win their fifth World Championship, four games to none. Cleveland finished the season with an American League record 111 wins which they will hold for 44 years, but failed to win a Series game. This is the first title for the Giants in 21 years. They would not win another World Series until 2010, more than 50 years after they moved to San Francisco.

Births[edit]

January[edit]

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November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 5 - Rabbit Maranville, 62, rambunctious shortstop who set a career record with 2,153 games at the position and was MVP runner-up on the 1914 "Miracle Braves".
  • January 11 - Sumner Bowman, 86, pitcher for two seasons: 1890 with the Phillies and Alleghenys, 1891 with the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • January 20 - Bunny Madden, 71, catcher for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies between 1909 and 1911.
  • February 16 - Red Parnell, 48, All-Star left fielder in the Negro Leagues, most notably with the Philadelphia Stars.
  • March 12 - Bob Quinn, 84, executive who owned the Boston Red Sox from 1923 to 1933 and also ran three other franchises.
  • May 22 - Chief Bender, 70, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 212 games, starring for 3 Philadelphia Athletics world champion teams.
  • July 15 - Chris Mahoney, 69, pitcher/outfielder for the 1910 Boston Red Sox.
  • October 14 - Bill Swanson, 66, backup infielder for the 1914 Boston Red Sox.
  • October 19 - Hugh Duffy, 87, Hall of Fame center fielder who batted a record .438 in 1894.
  • November 27 - Nick Maddox, 68, pitcher who posted a 43-20 record and a 2.29 from 1907-1910, and the youngest pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter in major league history at the age of 20 years and ten months.
  • December 9 - Bill McGowan, 58, Hall of Fame American League umpire who worked in eight World Series, and who did not miss a single inning between the 1925 and 1942 seasons.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book W. C. Madden. McFarland, 2000. Softcover, 294pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-3747-4
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.42, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0