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1955 Baltimore Orioles season

1955 Baltimore Orioles
Brooks Robinson's MLB debut
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Memorial Stadium (since 1954)
  • Baltimore, Maryland (since 1954)
  • Results
    Record 57–97 (.370)
    League place 7th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Jerold Hoffberger, Clarence Miles
    Manager(s) Paul Richards
    Local television WMAR-TV/WAAM/WBAL-TV
    (Ernie Harwell, Bailey Goss)
    Local radio WCBM
    (Ernie Harwell, Chuck Thompson, Bailey Goss)
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    The 1955 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 57 wins and 97 losses, 39 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees. The team was managed by first-year manager Paul Richards and played their home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

    Offseason

    In the fall of 1954, the Orioles further distanced themselves from their Browns past by making a 17-player trade with the New York Yankees that included most former Browns of note still on the Baltimore roster. Indeed, to this day the Orioles make almost no mention of their past as the Browns.[citation needed] Though the deal did little to improve the short-term competitiveness of the club, it helped establish a fresh identity for the Oriole franchise.

    The details of the trade were as follows: Don Larsen, Billy Hunter, Bob Turley, and players to be named later were traded by the Orioles to the New York Yankees for Gene Woodling, Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, Hal Smith, Gus Triandos, Willy Miranda and players to be named later. The deal was completed on December 1, when the Yankees sent Bill Miller, Kal Segrist, Don Leppert, and Ted Del Guercio (minors) to the Orioles, and the Orioles sent Mike Blyzka, Darrell Johnson, Jim Fridley, and Dick Kryhoski to the Yankees.[1]

    Unlike other clubs that transferred in the 1950s, retaining their nickname and a sense of continuity with their past (such as the Brooklyn-Los Angeles Dodgers and New York-San Francisco Giants), the St. Louis Browns were renamed upon their transfer, implicitly distancing themselves at least somewhat from their history.

    Other notable transactions

    Regular season

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 96 58 .623 --
    Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 3
    Chicago White Sox 91 63 .591 5
    Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 12
    Detroit Tigers 79 75 .513 17
    Kansas City Athletics 63 91 .409 33
    Baltimore Orioles 57 97 .370 39
    Washington Senators 53 101 .344 43

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1955 Baltimore Orioles
    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
    CF Diering, ChuckChuck Diering 137 371 95 .256 3 31

    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
    Woodling, GeneGene Woodling 47 145 32 .221 3 18

    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
    Byrd, HarryHarry Byrd 14 65.1 3 2 4.55 25
    Brown, HalHal Brown 15 57 0 4 4.11 26
    McDonald, JimJim McDonald 21 51.2 3 5 7.14 20

    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
    Alexander, BobBob Alexander 4 1 0 0 13.50 1

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    Notes

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