1959 Boston Red Sox season

1959 Boston Red Sox
Pumpsie Green becomes the Red Sox first black player
Earl Wilson becomes the Red Sox first black pitcher
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Bucky Harris
Manager(s) Pinky Higgins, Rudy York, and Billy Jurges
Local television WHDH-TV
Local radio WHDH-AM 850
(Curt Gowdy, Bob Murphy, Bill Crowley)
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The 1959 Boston Red Sox season was the 59th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League (AL) with a record of 75 wins and 79 losses, nineteen games behind the AL champion Chicago White Sox.

Offseason

1958 turned out to be Jimmy Piersall's final season with the Red Sox. On December 2, 1958, Piersall was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Gary Geiger and Vic Wertz.[1]

Notable transactions

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Chicago White Sox9460.610--
Cleveland Indians8965.5785
New York Yankees7975.51315
Detroit Tigers7678.49418
Boston Red Sox7579.48719
Baltimore Orioles7480.48120
Kansas City Athletics6688.42928
Washington Senators6391.40931

Record vs. opponents

1959 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC NYY WSH
Baltimore 8–1411–11–110–1213–98–1412–1012–10
Boston 14–88–148–1411–1111–1113–910–12
Chicago 11–11–114–815–713–912–1013–9–116–6
Cleveland 12–1014–87–1514–815–711–1116–6
Detroit 9–1311–119–138–1415–714–810–12
Kansas City 14–811–1110–127–157–155–1712–10
New York 10–129–139–13–111–118–1417–515–7
Washington 10–1212–106–166–1612–1010–127–15

Notable transactions

Opening day lineup

24Don BuddinSS
  3Pete Runnels2B
10Gene Stephens   CF
  6Vic Wertz1B
  4Jackie JensenRF
11Frank Malzone3B
37Gary GeigerRF
22Sammy WhiteC
23Tom BrewerP

Roster

1959 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
LFTed Williams10327269.2541043

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
Gary Geiger12033582.2451148
Vic Wertz9424768.275749
Pumpsie Green5017240.233110

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
Tom Brewer36215.110123.76121
Jerry Casale31179.21384.3193

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
Frank Baumann2695.2644.0548
Earl Wilson923.2116.0817
Ted Bowsfield590115.004

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

See also

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Minneapolis Millers American Association Gene Mauch
A Allentown Red Sox Eastern League Sheriff Robinson
B Raleigh Capitals Carolina League Ken Deal
D Waterloo Hawks Midwest League Elmer Yoter
D Corning Cor-Sox New York–Penn League Len Okrie
D Alpine Cowboys Sophomore League Eddie Popowski

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Minneapolis, Waterloo, Alpine[7]

Notes

  1. 1 2 The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 32, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  2. Mike Page at Baseball-Reference
  3. 1 2 Chuck Tanner Trades and Transactions by Baseball Almanac
  4. The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 33
  5. The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 31
  6. Billy Muffett at Baseball-Reference
  7. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References

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