1954 New York Giants (MLB) season

1954 New York Giants
1954 World Series Champions
National League champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
General manager(s) Chub Feeney
Manager(s) Leo Durocher
Local television WPIX
(Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney)
Local radio WMCA
(Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney)
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The 1954 New York Giants season was the franchise's 72nd season. The Giants won the National League pennant with a record of 97 wins and 57 losses and then defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Offseason

Regular season

  • September 22, 1954: In a game against the New York Giants, Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers struck out 15 batters in his very first game, setting a Major League record.[6]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 9757 0.630 53–23 44–34
Brooklyn Dodgers 9262 0.597 5 45–32 47–30
Milwaukee Braves 8965 0.578 8 43–34 46–31
Philadelphia Phillies 7579 0.487 22 39–39 36–40
Cincinnati Redlegs 7480 0.481 23 41–36 33–44
St. Louis Cardinals 7282 0.468 25 33–44 39–38
Chicago Cubs 6490 0.416 33 40–37 24–53
Pittsburgh Pirates 53101 0.344 44 31–46 22–55

Record vs. opponents

1954 National League Records

Sources:
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 15–716–610–129–1313–915–714–8
Chicago 7–158–146–167–157–1515–714–8
Cincinnati 6–1614–810–127–1514–815–78–14
Milwaukee 12–1016–612–1010–1213–914–812–10
New York 13–915–715–712–1016–614–812–10
Philadelphia 9–1315–78–149–136–1616–612–10
Pittsburgh 7–157–157–158–148–146–1610–12
St. Louis 8–148–1414–810–1210–1210–1212–10

Notable transactions

Roster

1954 New York Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
CWes Westrum9824646.187827
1BWhitey Lockman148570143.2511660
2BDavey Williams142544121.222946
SSAl Dark154644189.2932070
3BHank Thompson136448118.2632686
LFMonte Irvin135432113.2621964
CFWillie Mays151565195.34541110
RFDon Mueller153619212.342471

Other batters

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
Ray Katt8620051.255933
Dusty Rhodes8216456.3411550
Bobby Hofman7112528.224830
Billy Gardner6210823.21317
Bill Taylor556512.185210
Ebba St. Claire204211.26226
Foster Castleman13123.25001
Joe Garagiola5113.27301
Hoot Evers12111.09113
Joey Amalfitano950.00000
Harvey Gentry541.25001

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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 Antonelli39258.22172.30152
Rubén Gómez37221.21792.88106
Sal Maglie34218.11463.26117

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Hearn29130884.1545
Don Liddle28126.2943.0644
Larry Jansen1340.2225.9815

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hoyt Wilhelm5712472.1064
Marv Grissom56107192.3564
Windy McCall332523.2538
Al Corwin201304.0214
Ramón Monzant60004.705
Paul Giel60008.314

1954 World Series

The New York Giants swept the Cleveland Indians in what would be their final World Series win in New York.

It was the first time the Cleveland Indians had been swept in a World Series. The only highlight for the Indians was that they kept the Yankees from winning their sixth straight series. The last time the Yankees had not won the series or pennant beforehand was 1948, when, again, the Indians kept them out (although that year, they won the Series). It was also the only World Series from 1949 to 1958 which did not feature the Yankees.

Game 1

September 29, 1954, at the Polo Grounds in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Cleveland (A) 200 000 000 0 280
New York (N) 002 000 000 3 593
W: Marv Grissom (1–0)   L: Bob Lemon (0–1)
HR: NYGDusty Rhodes (1)

Game 2

September 30, 1954, at the Polo Grounds in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland (A) 100 000 000 180
New York (N) 000 020 10x 340
W: Johnny Antonelli (1–0)   L: Early Wynn (0–1)
HR: CLEAl Smith (1)    NYGDusty Rhodes (2)

Game 3

October 1, 1954, at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (N) 103 011 000 6101
Cleveland (A) 000 000 110 242
W: Ruben Gomez (1–0)  L: Mike Garcia (0–1)   S: Hoyt Wilhelm (1)
HR: CLEVic Wertz (1)

Game 4

October 2, 1954, at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (N) 021 040 000 7103
Cleveland (A) 000 030 100 462
W: Don Liddle (1–0)  L: Bob Lemon (0–2)   S: Johnny Antonelli (1)
HR: CLEHank Majeski (1)

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Minneapolis Millers American Association Bill Rigney
AA Nashville Vols Southern Association Hugh Poland
A Sioux City Soos Western League Dave Garcia
B Danville Leafs Carolina League Andy Gilbert
C St. Cloud Rox Northern League Charlie Fox
C Muskogee Giants Western Association John Davenport
D Mayfield Clothiers KITTY League Red Davis
D Danville Dans Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Richie Klaus
D Olean Giants PONY League Austin Knickerbocker and Frank Genovese
D Shelby Clippers Tar Heel League Harold Kollar

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Danville (M-OV)

Tar Heel League disbanded, June 21, 1954[10]

Notes

  1. Chuck Diering at Baseball-Reference
  2. Lee Tate at Baseball-Reference
  3. 1 2 John Anderson at Baseball-Reference
  4. Joey Amalfitano at Baseball-Reference
  5. Ramón Conde at Baseball-Reference
  6. Seidel, Jeff (June 9, 2010). "K street: Strasburg racks up the strikeouts". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  7. Tony Taylor at Baseball-Reference
  8. Joe Garagiola at Baseball-Reference
  9. Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)
  10. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

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