1958 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1958 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
Manager(s) Mayo Smith, Eddie Sawyer
Local television WRCV
WVUE
Local radio WIP
(By Saam, Claude Haring, Gene Kelly)
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The 1958 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 76th in franchise history. The Phillies finished the season in last place in the National League. It was the Phillies third losing season in five seasons, and their fourth losing season during the 1950s.

Offseason[edit]

Spring training[edit]

Following their off-season move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, the Dodgers played their first game as the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Phillies at Miami Stadium in the 1958 spring training opener on March 8, 1958. The Phillies won 7 to 4.[2]

Regular season[edit]

With the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to California prior to the 1958 season, the Phillies became the closest National League club to New York City, and in response, contracted to broadcast 78 games into the New York metropolitan television market to fill the void in National League games on TV in New York.[3][4][5] Al Helfer and Rex Barney called the games for New York's WOR-TV.[6] However, due to competition with games at Yankee Stadium, Phillies games were not able to match the audience for Yankee broadcasts, and thus, they stopped broadcasting games in the New York television market in the 1959 season.[7]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 -- .597
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 8 .545
San Francisco Giants 80 74 12 .519
Cincinnati Redlegs 76 78 16 .494
Chicago Cubs 72 82 20 .468
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 20 .468
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 83 21 .461
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 23 .448

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1958 Philadelphia Phillies
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
2B Hemus, SollySolly Hemus 105 334 95 .284 8 36
SS Fernández, ChicoChico Fernández 146 522 120 .230 6 51

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
Philley, DaveDave Philley 91 207 64 .309 3 31
Sawatski, CarlCarl Sawatski 60 183 42 .230 5 12
Herrera, PanchoPancho Herrera 29 63 17 .270 1 6
Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 1 2 0 .000 0 0
Burk, MackMack Burk 1 1 0 .000 0 0

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
Roberts, RobinRobin Roberts 35 269.2 17 14 3.24 130
Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell 16 107.2 3 6 4.51 77
Conley, BobBob Conley 2 8.1 0 0 7.56 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
Meyer, JackJack Meyer 37 90.1 3 6 7.88 9
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson 5 16 0 0 7.88 9

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
Farrell, TurkTurk Farrell 54 8 9 11 3.35 73
Hearn, JimJim Hearn 39 5 3 0 4.17 33
Miller, BobBob Miller 17 1 1 0 11.69 9
Gray, JohnnyJohnny Gray 15 0 0 0 4.15 10
Hacker, WarrenWarren Hacker 9 0 1 0 7.41 4
Erickson, DonDon Erickson 9 0 1 1 4.63 9
LiPetri, AngeloAngelo LiPetri 4 0 0 0 11.25 1

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Miami Marlins International League Kerby Farrell
AA Tulsa Oilers Texas League Al Widmar and Jim Fanning
A Williamsport Grays Eastern League Dick Carter
B High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms Carolina League Frank Lucchesi
C Bakersfield Bears California League Paul Owens
D Johnson City Phillies Appalachian League Eddie Lyons
D Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Charlie Gassaway
D Brunswick Phillies Georgia-Florida League Cart Howerton
D Olean Oilers New York-Penn League Benny Zientara

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Johnson City[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Philley page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ White Jr., Gordon S. (March 9, 1958). "Phillies Triumph Over Dodgers, 7-4". New York Times. p. S1. 
  3. ^ "Phils Close Deal for New York TV". The New York Times. January 22, 1958. p. 31. 
  4. ^ Drebinger, John (April 10, 1958). "Yankees Bow to Phillies; Maglie pounded in 12–8 loss". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "78 Phillies Games on TV Here Due in 1958 Under WOR Deal". The New York Times. October 25, 1957. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Gould, Jack (April 24, 1958). "We Want the Bums!; Phillies Bow as Video Regulars Here, and Brooklyn Was Never Like This". The New York Times. p. 63. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (December 6, 1958). "Phils Won't Pipe Games Here in '59". The New York Times. p. 29. The Philadelphia Philles won't televise their National League games into New York City next season...The games were piped into New York, often in competition with the American League home games of the New York Yankees...The Phillies' contests were never able to match the audience attracted to Yankee telecasts. 
  8. ^ a b Ramón Conde page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Danny Cater page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Carl Sawatski page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ John Boozer page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Dwight Siebler page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Solly Hemus page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1958as.shtml
  15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles (2007) [1997]. The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd, 3rd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. 

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