1955 New York Yankees season

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1955 New York Yankees
1955 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Dan Topping and Del Webb
General manager(s)George Weiss
Manager(s)Casey Stengel
Local televisionWPIX
Local radioWINS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Jim Woods, Red Barber)
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The 1955 New York Yankees season was the team's 53rd season in New York, and its 55th season overall. The team finished with a record of 96–58, winning their 21st pennant, finishing 3 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they were defeated by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 7 games.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 96 58 .623 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 3
Chicago White Sox 91 63 .591 5
Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 12
Detroit Tigers 79 75 .513 17
Kansas City Athletics 63 91 .409 33
Baltimore Orioles 57 97 .370 39
Washington Senators 53 101 .344 43

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1955 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC NYY WSH
Baltimore 8–14 10–12–1 3–19 9–13 10–12–1 3–19 14–8
Boston 14–8 9–13 11–11 13–9 14–8 8–14 15–7
Chicago 12–10–1 13–9 10–12 14–8 14–8 11–11 17–5
Cleveland 19–3 11–11 12–10 12–10 17–5 13–9 9–13
Detroit 13–9 9–13 8–14 10–12 12–10 10–12 17–5
Kansas City 12–10–1 8–14 8–14 5–17 10–12 7–15 13–9
New York 19–3 14–8 11–11 9–13 12–10 15–7 16–6
Washington 8–14 7–15 5–17 13–9 5–17 9–13 6–16


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1955 New York Yankees roster
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
C Yogi Berra 147 542 147 .272 27 108
1B Bill Skowron 108 288 92 .319 12 61
2B Gil McDougald 141 533 152 .285 13 53
3B Andy Carey 135 510 131 .257 7 47
SS Billy Hunter 98 255 58 .227 3 20
LF Irv Noren 132 371 94 .253 8 59
CF Mickey Mantle 147 517 158 .306 37 99
RF Hank Bauer 139 492 137 .278 20 53

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
Elston Howard 97 279 81 .290 10 43
Joe Collins 105 278 65 .234 13 45
Eddie Robinson 88 173 26 .208 16 42
Phil Rizzuto 81 143 37 .259 1 9
Jerry Coleman 43 96 22 .229 0 8
Bob Cerv 55 85 29 .341 3 22
Billy Martin 20 70 21 .300 1 9
Bobby Richardson 11 26 4 .154 0 3
Charlie Silvera 14 26 5 .192 0 1
Enos Slaughter 10 9 1 .111 0 1
Tom Carroll 14 6 2 .333 0 0
Dick Tettelbach 2 5 0 .000 0 0
Lou Berberet 2 5 2 .400 0 2
Johnny Blanchard 1 3 0 .000 0 0
Marv Throneberry 1 2 2 1.000 0 3
Frank Leja 7 2 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
Whitey Ford 39 253.2 18 7 2.63 137
Bob Turley 36 246.2 17 13 3.06 210
Tommy Byrne 27 160 16 5 3.15 76
Don Larsen 19 97 9 2 3.06 44
Ed Lopat 16 86.2 4 8 3.74 24
Ted Gray 1 3 0 0 3.00 1

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
Johnny Kucks 29 126.2 8 7 3.41 49
Bob Grim 26 92.1 7 5 4.19 63
Bob Wiesler 16 53 0 2 3.91 22
Rip Coleman 10 29 1 1 5.28 15

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
Jim Konstanty 45 7 2 11 2.32 19
Tom Morgan 40 7 3 10 3.25 17
Tom Sturdivant 33 1 3 0 3.16 48
Johnny Sain 3 0 0 0 6.75 5
Art Schallock 2 0 0 0 6.00 2
Gerry Staley 2 0 0 0 13.50 0

1955 World Series[edit]

In game one on September 28, Elston Howard became the sixth player in the history of the World Series to hit a home run in his first World Series at bat.

NL Brooklyn Dodgers (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Dodgers – 5, Yankees – 6 September 28 Yankee Stadium 63,869
2 Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 4 September 29 Yankee Stadium 64,707
3 Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 8 September 30 Ebbets Field 34,209
4 Yankees – 5, Dodgers – 8 October 1 Ebbets Field 36,242
5 Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 5 October 2 Ebbets Field 36,796
6 Dodgers – 1, Yankees – 5 October 3 Yankee Stadium 64,022
7 Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 0 October 4 Yankee Stadium 62,465

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

League leaders[edit]

  • Whitey Ford, league leader, complete games (Ford was the first player to lead the American League in complete games with fewer than 20)[5]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears American Association Ralph Houk
AA Birmingham Barons Southern Association Phil Page
A Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Snuffy Stirnweiss
B Winston-Salem Twins Carolina League Ken Silvestri and Aaron Robinson
B Quincy Gems Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Vern Hoscheit
B Norfolk Tars Piedmont League Al Evans, Alton Brown and Bill Herring
C Modesto Reds California League Jerry Crosby
C Monroe Sports Cotton States League Ed Head
D Bristol Twins Appalachian League Dave Madison
D Owensboro Oilers KITTY League Walter Lance and Ken Silvestri
D McAlester Rockets Sooner State League Marvin Crater

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Monroe

Norfolk club folded, July 14, 1955[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Don Larsen at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Enos Slaughter at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ed Lopat at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jerry Staley at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.106, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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