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1953 St. Louis Cardinals season

1953 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Busch Stadium I (since 1920)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (since 1882)
  • Results
    Record 83–71 (.539)
    League place 3rd
    Other information
    Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
    Manager(s) Eddie Stanky
    Local radio WIL
    (Harry Caray, Gus Mancuso)
    Stats ESPN.com
    BB-reference
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    The 1953 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 72nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 62nd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 83–71 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League.

    Prior to the start of the season, August A. Busch, Jr. of Anheuser-Busch bought the team from Fred Saigh. That started a reign that would last until March, 1996, when William DeWitt, Jr., Drew Baur and Fred Hanser bought the club. Realizing the Cardinals now had more resources than he could possibly match, Bill Veeck, owner of the St. Louis Browns decided to search for another city to which to move the Browns. As a first step, he sold Sportsman's Park to the Cardinals. He would have probably had to sell the park in any case; the park had fallen into disrepair over the years, and the city had threatened to have it condemned. With the Browns' declining revenues – despite collecting rent from the Cardinals – Veeck could not afford to bring it up to code. Busch heavily renovated the 44-year-old park and renamed it Busch Stadium. Within a year, Veeck also sold the Browns to Jerold Hoffberger and Clarence Miles, and the new owners moved them to Baltimore as the Orioles.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 -- .682
    Milwaukee Braves 92 62 13 .597
    Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 22 .539
    St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 22 .439
    New York Giants 70 84 35 .455
    Cincinnati Redlegs 68 86 37 .442
    Chicago Cubs 65 89 40 .422
    Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 55 .325

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1953 St. Louis Cardinals
    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

    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
    Castiglione, PetePete Castiglione 67 52 9 .173 0 3
    Rand, DickDick Rand 9 31 9 .290 0 1
    Dunlap, GrantGrant Dunlap 16 17 6 .353 1 3
    Johnson, BillyBilly Johnson 11 5 1 .200 0 1
    Phillips, EddieEddie Phillips 9 0 0 ---- 0 0

    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
    Brazle, AlAl Brazle 60 6 7 18 4.21 57
    Erautt, EddieEddie Erautt 20 3 1 0 6.31 15
    Collum, JackieJackie Collum 7 0 0 0 6.35 5
    Bokelmann, DickDick Bokelmann 3 0 0 0 6.00 0

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Dothan, Hazlehurst-Baxley, Paducah

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