1956 Baltimore Orioles season

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1956 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 69–85 (.448)
League place 6th
Other information
Owner(s) Jerold Hoffberger, Clarence Miles
Manager(s) Paul Richards
Local television WMAR-TV/WAAM/WBAL-TV
Local radio WCBM
(Ernie Harwell, Chuck Thompson, Bailey Goss)
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The 1956 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 6th in the American League with a record of 69 wins and 85 losses.

Offseason[edit]

  • October 10, 1955: Ed Lopat was released by the Orioles.[1]

Regular season[edit]

  • September 20, 1956: Catcher Tom Gastall was killed in a plane crash.[2]
  • September 30, 1956: Joe Frazier hit a home run in the last at bat of his career.[3]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 97 57 .630 --
Cleveland Indians 88 66 .571 9
Chicago White Sox 85 69 .552 12
Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 13
Detroit Tigers 82 72 .532 15
Baltimore Orioles 69 85 .448 28
Washington Senators 59 95 .383 38
Kansas City Athletics 52 102 .338 45

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1956 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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

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
Diering, ChuckChuck Diering 50 97 18 .186 1 4
Frazier, JoeJoe Frazier 45 74 19 .257 1 12
Gastall, TomTom Gastall 32 56 11 .196 0 4

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
Palica, ErvErv Palica 29 116.1 4 11 4.49 62
Besana, FredFred Besana 7 17.2 1 0 5.60 7
Beamon, CharlieCharlie Beamon 2 13 2 0 1.38 14
Moeller, RonRon Moeller 4 8.2 0 1 4.15 2

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

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
Open Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Lefty O'Doul
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Joe Schultz
A Columbus Foxes Sally League Skeeter Newsome
B Lubbock Hubbers/Texas City Texans Big State League Bill Krueger and Jay Haney
C Phoenix Stars Arizona-Mexico League Bill Capps
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League George Staller
D Thomson Orioles Georgia State League Barney Lutz and Enid Drake
D Paris Orioles Sooner State League Jimmy Adair and Barney Lutz

Lubbock franchise transferred to Texas City and renamed, July 8, 1956

Notes[edit]

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