1955 Philadelphia Phillies season

1955 Philadelphia Phillies
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Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
General manager(s) Roy Hamey
Manager(s) Mayo Smith
Local television WPTZ
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Local radio WIP
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The 1955 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. It was the first season for Phillies' manager Mayo Smith. Prior to the season, the Phillies were seen to have strong pitching with ace Robin Roberts but did not have power hitters to match pennant favorites Brooklyn, New York, or Milwaukee,[1] behind whom the Phillies finished in fourth place with a record of 77 and 77.

Offseason

Prior to the 1955 season, the Phillies purchased the 50-foot-tall (15 m) Ballantine Beer electronic scoreboard from Yankee Stadium for $175,000 from the Yankees. It was placed in right-center field at Connie Mack Stadium. This scoreboard was used through the final year at the ballpark.[2]

Spring training

In March 1955, the Phillies began spring training play at Clearwater's Jack Russell Stadium. The stadium was dedicated on March 10, 1955.[3] Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, National League president Warren Giles, American League president Will Harridge, Clearwater mayor Herbert M. Brown, and other city dignitaries were in attendance.[4] The Phillies played their first game at the stadium on the day of the dedication. Robin Roberts started for the Phillies against the Detroit Tigers. The Phillies won 4–2 on a two-run double by Willie Jones before 4,209 attendees.

Notable transactions

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 9855 0.641 56–21 42–34
Milwaukee Braves 8569 0.552 13½ 46–31 39–38
New York Giants 8074 0.519 18½ 44–35 36–39
Philadelphia Phillies 7777 0.500 21½ 46–31 31–46
Cincinnati Redlegs 7579 0.487 23½ 46–31 29–48
Chicago Cubs 7281 0.471 26 43–33 29–48
St. Louis Cardinals 6886 0.442 30½ 41–36 27–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 6094 0.390 38½ 36–39 24–55

Record vs. opponents

1955 National League Records

Sources:
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 14–7–112–1015–713–916–614–814–8
Chicago7–14–111–117–1512–1010–1211–1114–8
Cincinnati10–1211–119–139–1311–1114–811–11
Milwaukee7–1515–713–914–814–811–1111–11
New York9–1310–1213–98–1410–1217–513–9
Philadelphia6–1612–1011–118–1412–1015–713–9
Pittsburgh8–1411–118–1411–115–177–1510–12
St. Louis8–148–1411–1111–119–139–1312–10

Notable transactions

Game log

Legend
 Phillies win
 Phillies loss
 Postponement
BoldPhillies team member
1955 Game Log[9]
Overall Record: 77–77
^[a] The second game on April 24 was suspended (Sunday curfew[29][30]) in the bottom of the eighth inning with the score 2–0 and was completed June 28, 1955.[31][32]
^[b] The second game on May 1 was suspended (Sunday curfew[33][34]) in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score 2–4 and was completed May 2, 1955.[35][36]
^[c] The second game on May 29 was suspended (Sunday curfew[37][38]) in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score 3–8 and was completed July 8, 1955.[39][40]
^[d] The second game on June 5 was suspended (Sunday curfew[41]) in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score 4–0[42] and was completed June 6, 1955.[43][44]
^[e] The second game on July 17 was suspended (Sunday curfew[45][46]) in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score 4–5 and was completed July 18, 1955.[47][48]

Roster

1955 Philadelphia Phillies
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
CAndy Seminick9328971.2461134
3BWillie Jones146516133.2581681
SSRoy Smalley9226051.196739
OFJim Greengrass9432388.2721237

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
Glen Gorbous9122453.237423
Peanuts Lowrey5410620.18908
Stan Palys155215.28818
Smoky Burgess7214.19011

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
Robin Roberts4030523143.28160
Murry Dickson3621612113.5092

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
Bob Kuzava1732.1107.2413
Dave Cole718.1036.386
Steve Ridzik311012.456

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
Jack Meyer50611163.4397
Bob Miller408412.4128
Thornton Kipper240104.9915
Ron Mrozinski220216.5518
Lynn Lovenguth140104.5014
Bob Greenwood100015.430

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Skeeter Newsome
A Schenectady Blue Jays Eastern League Don Osborn
B Reidsville Phillies Carolina League Charlie Gassaway
C Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League Don Sturgeon and Red Jessen
C Trois-Rivières Phillies Provincial League Al Barillari
D Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Eddie Murphy
D Mattoon Phillies Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Burl Storie
D Bradford Phillies PONY League Lew Krausse, Sr., and Patrick Colgan

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