1955 St. Louis Cardinals season

1955 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Record 68–86 (.442)
League place 7th
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) Richard A. Meyer
Manager(s) Eddie Stanky, Harry Walker
Local television KTVI
Local radio KMOX
(Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Joe Garagiola)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 1955 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 74th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 64th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 68–86 during the season and finished seventh in the National League, 30½ games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Outfielder Bill Virdon won the Rookie of the Year Award this year, batting .281, with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs. This was the second consecutive year a Cardinal won the Rookie of the Year Award, with Wally Moon winning the previous season. The Cardinals would have this occur again in 1985 and 1986, with Vince Coleman and Todd Worrell, respectively.


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

Brooklyn 14–7–112–1015–713–916–614–814–8
New York9–1310–1213–98–1410–1217–513–9
St. Louis8–148–1411–1111–119–139–1312–10

Notable transactions


1955 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
CFBill Virdon144534150.2811768
RFWally Moon152593175.2951976

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
Harry Walker11145.35701
Dick Rand3103.30013


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
Luis Arroyo351591184.1968
Ben Flowers427.1103.6219

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

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
Frank Smith283113.2317
Al Gettel81009.007

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Cardinals American Association Johnny Keane
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Harry Walker, Lou Kahn and Dixie Walker
AA Houston Buffaloes Texas League Mike Ryba
A Allentown Cardinals Eastern League Harold Olt
A Columbus Cardinals Sally League Ferrell Anderson
B Peoria Chiefs Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Whitey Kurowski
B Lynchburg Cardinals Piedmont League George Kissell
C Mexicali Eagles Arizona–Texas League Art Lilly
C Fresno Cardinals California League Roland LeBlanc
C Winnipeg Goldeyes Northern League Al Kubski
D Dothan Cardinals Alabama–Florida League Chase Riddle
D Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Virgil Wallace
D Sanford Cardinals Florida State League Dan Keith and Mario Mauriello
D Hazlehurst-Baxley Cardinals Georgia State League Samuel Goodsoozian
D Albany Cardinals Georgia–Florida League J. C. Dunn
D Paducah Chiefs KITTY League Homer Ray Wilson
D Decatur Commodores Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Al Unser
D Hamilton Cardinals PONY League Ed Lyons
D Ardmore Cardinals Sooner State League Frank Mancuso

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester, Fresno, Paducah, Hamilton; LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Johnson City[8]


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  8. 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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