1959 Cleveland Indians season

1959 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) William R. Daley
General manager(s) Frank Lane
Manager(s) Joe Gordon
Local television WEWS-TV
Local radio WERE (1300)
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The 1959 Cleveland Indians season was the 59th in franchise history. The Indians finished in second place in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 65 losses, five games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

Offseason

Regular season

On June 10, right fielder Rocky Colavito hit four home runs in one game against the Baltimore Orioles.[5]

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

Roster

1959 Cleveland Indians
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
2BBilly Martin7324263.260924
CFJimmy Piersall10031778.246430
RFRocky Colavito154588151.25742111

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
Jim Bolger870.00000
Norm Cash10125.240416

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
Gary Bell4423416114.04136

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
Mudcat Grant38165.11074.1485
Bobby Locke2477.2015.2217
Mike Garcia2972364.0049
Don Ferrarese1576533.2045
Bob Smith1229.1015.2217
John Briggs412.2015.2217

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
Dick Brodowski182251.809
Al Cicotte263115.3223
Humberto Robinson51004.156

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League Catfish Metkovich
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Mel McGaha
A Reading Indians Eastern League Al Hollingsworth
B Burlington Indians Carolina League Pinky May
C Minot Mallards Northern League Ken Landenberger
D Selma Cloverleafs Alabama–Florida League Johnny Lipon
D North Platte Indians Nebraska State League Mark Wylie
D Batavia Indians New York–Penn League Paul O'Dea

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Selma[9]

Notes

  1. Jay Porter page at Baseball Reference
  2. Billy Martin page at Baseball Reference
  3. Jim Piersall page at Baseball Reference
  4. 1 2 Jim Bolger page at Baseball Reference
  5. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 258, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  6. Mickey Vernon page at Baseball Reference
  7. Bob Smith page at Baseball Reference
  8. Chuck Tanner Trades and Transactions by Baseball Almanac
  9. 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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