1953 St. Louis Browns season

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1953 St. Louis Browns
Major League affiliations
Record 54–100 (.351)
League place 8th
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Veeck
Manager(s) Marty Marion
Local television none
Local radio KMOX
(Buddy Blattner, Bill Durney, Milo Hamilton)
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The 1953 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Browns finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 54 wins and 100 losses, 46½ games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees in their 52nd and final season in the Gateway City. After the season, the Browns moved to Baltimore, where they play today, and became the Baltimore Orioles.


Regular season[edit]

  • May 6, 1953: In his first major league start, the Browns' Bobo Holloman pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics. The twenty-seven-year-old Holloman struck out three, walked five, and helped himself offensively by batting in three of the Browns' runs with a pair of singles in the Browns' 6–0 victory. (Holloman finished the season with a 3–7 record and did not pitch in the major leagues after 1953.)
  • September 27, 1953: The Browns ended their 51-year residence in St. Louis, losing to the Chicago White Sox at home 2–1 in 11 innings[5] to complete a sweep by the White Sox, giving the Browns 100 losses for the year.[6] Official attendance on the unusually-warm day[7][8] was 3,174.[5]

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]


1953 St. Louis Browns
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats[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
SS Hunter, BillyBilly Hunter 154 567 124 .219 1 37

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
Edwards, HankHank Edwards 65 106 21 .198 0 9
Marion, MartyMarty Marion 3 7 0 .000 0 0
Miranda, WillyWilly Miranda 17 6 1 .167 0 0


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
Larsen, DonDon Larsen 38 192.2 7 12 4.16 96


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
Brecheen, HarryHarry Brecheen 26 117.1 5 13 3.07 44
Cain, BobBob Cain 32 99.2 4 10 6.23 36
Blyzka, MikeMike Blyzka 33 94.1 2 6 6.39 23
Holloman, BoboBobo Holloman 22 65.1 3 7 5.23 25


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

Awards and honors[edit]

1953 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Casey Stengel kept to his word and named Paige to the 1953 All-Star team despite Paige not having a very good year. He got in the game in the eighth inning. First Paige got Gil Hodges to line out, then after Roy Campanella singled up the middle, Eddie Mathews popped out. He then walked Duke Snider and Enos Slaughter lined a hit to center to score Campanella. National League pitcher Murry Dickson drove in Snider, but was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the hit into a double. Paige ended the year with a disappointing 3–9 record, but a respectable 3.53 ERA. Paige was released after the season when Veeck once again had to sell the team.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Jim Crandall and Bill Norman
A Wichita Indians Western League George Hausmann and Mark Christman
A Lewiston Broncs Western International League Bill Brenner
B York White Roses Piedmont League Mark Christman, Bill Enos and George Hausmann
B Anderson Rebels Tri-State League Hillis Layne
C Pine Bluff Judges Cotton States League Frank Lucchesi
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Barney Lutz
C Pocatello Bannocks Pioneer League Hersh Martin and Butch Moran
C Thetford Mines Mineurs Provincial League Bill Krueger
D Wytheville Statesmen Appalachian League John O'Donnell
D Valdosta Browns Georgia-Florida League Rollie Stuckney and Gil Torres
D Ada Herefords Sooner State League Louis Brower


  1. ^ Ray Coleman page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Joe DeMaestri page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Neil Berry page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jay Porter page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b "Sep 27, 1953, White Sox at Browns Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "1953 St. Louis Browns Schedule". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Weather For 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA". WeatherSpark. Retrieved October 23, 2014.  Note "Temperature" chart: temperature two days later would be 101°F; on September 27 it was climbing toward that peak with a high of about 85°F
  8. ^ "Average Weather On September 27 For St. Louis, Missouri, USA". WeatherSpark. Retrieved October 23, 2014. The temperature typically varies from 54°F to 74°F and is rarely... above 85°F. 
  9. ^ Bobo Holloman page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SLB/1953.shtml