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1953 Cleveland Indians season

1953 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Cleveland Municipal Stadium (since 1932)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Myron H. Wilson
    Manager(s) Al Lopez
    Local television WXEL
    Local radio WERE (1300)
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    The 1953 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 92–62, 8½ games behind the New York Yankees.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Al Rosen became the first third baseman in the history of the American League to win the MVP Award.[2]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 99 52 .656 --
    Cleveland Indians 92 62 .604 8.5
    Chicago White Sox 89 65 .578 11.5
    Boston Red Sox 84 69 .549 16
    Washington Senators 76 76 .500 23.5
    Detroit Tigers 60 94 .325 40.5
    Philadelphia Athletics 59 95 .383 41.5
    St. Louis Browns 54 100 .351 46.5

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1953 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
    3B Rosen, AlAl Rosen 155 599 201 .336 43 145

    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
    Boone, RayRay Boone 34 112 27 .241 4 21

    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

    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
    Aber, AlAl Aber 6 1 1 0 7.50 4

    Awards and records

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Fargo-Moorhead, Daytona Beach, Green Bay[5]

    • On May 6, 1953, the Fargo-Moorhead Twins defeated Sioux Falls in their Opening Day game by a score of 12–3. A record crowd of 10,123 fans came to Barnett Field. In the game, Roger Maris got his first professional baseball hit.[6] That season, Twins player Frank Gravino would hit 52 home runs.[7] The Twins would host the Northern League All-Star game and defeat the Northern League All-Stars by a score of 8–4.[8] The Twins finished with a record of 86–39 (improving from their record of 44–80 in 1952[8]) and bested Duluth to win the Northern League championship.[9] Roger Maris was selected as the 1953 Northern League Rookie of the Year.[9]

    Notes

    1. ^ Earl Averill, Jr. page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 152, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    3. ^ Brooks Lawrence page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Ray Boone page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
    6. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 54, Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, Touchstone Books, Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4165-8928-0
    7. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 55
    8. ^ a b Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 56
    9. ^ a b Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 58

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