1964 Cleveland Indians season

1964 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Gabe Paul
General manager(s) Gabe Paul
Manager(s) George Strickland (acting manager through July 2); Birdie Tebbetts
Local television WJW-TV
Local radio WERE (1300)
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The 1964 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in a tie for sixth place in the American League with the Minnesota Twins, while winning 79 and losing 83, 20 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.


  • Prior to 1964 season: Dave Nelson was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians.[1]

Regular season

In 1964, Vernon Stouffer became an investor in the Cleveland Indians due to the threat of the franchise relocating.[2]

Manager Birdie Tebbetts suffered a heart attack during the offseason. George Strickland served as the Indians' acting manager during his convalescence. Tebbetts returned to the team on July 3.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees9963.611--
Chicago White Sox9864.6051
Baltimore Orioles9765.5992
Detroit Tigers8577.52514
Los Angeles Angels8280.50617
Cleveland Indians7983.48820
Minnesota Twins7983.48820
Boston Red Sox7290.44427
Washington Senators62100.38337
Kansas City Athletics57105.35242

Record vs. opponents

1964 American League Records

Baltimore 11–710–88–1011–713–5–111–710–810–813–5
Boston 7–114–149–95–1312–69–95–139–912–6
Chicago 8–1014–412–611–716–210–89–96–1212–6
Cleveland 10–89–96–1211–710–89–910–8–13–15–111–7
Detroit 7–1113–57–117–1111–710–811–78–10–111–7
Kansas City 5–13–16–122–168–107–116–129–96–128–10
Los Angeles 7–119–98–109–98–1012–612–67–1110–8
Minnesota 8–1013–59–98–10–17–119–96–128–1011–7
New York 8–109–912–615–3–110–8–112–611–710–812–6
Washington 5–136–126–127–117–1110–88–107–116–12

Notable transactions

  • September 5, 1964: Pedro Ramos was traded by the Indians to the New York Yankees for players to be named later and $75,000. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Ralph Terry to the Indians on October 21 and Bud Daley to the Indians on November 27.[3]


1964 Cleveland Indians
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
CJohnny Romano10635285.2411947
1BBob Chance120390109.2791475
2BLarry Brown11533577.2301240
3BMax Alvis10738196.2521853
SSDick Howser162637163.256352
LFLeon Wagner163641162.25331100
CFVic Davalillo150577156.270651
RFTito Francona11127067.248824

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
Al Smith6113622.16249
Tony Martínez9143.21402


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
Dick Donovan30158.1794.5583

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
Pedro Ramos361337105.1498

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
Gary Bell568644.3389
Ted Abernathy5326114.3357

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Johnny Lipon
AA Charleston Indians Eastern League Bob Nieman
A Burlington Indians Carolina League Bill Herring
A Dubuque Packers Midwest League Walt Novick




  1. Dave Nelson page at Baseball Reference
  2. Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p.4, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0
  3. Pedro Ramos page at Baseball Reference
  4. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  5. Vic Davalillo at Baseball Reference

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