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1955 Boston Red Sox season

1955 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Fenway Park (since 1912)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
    Manager(s) Pinky Higgins
    Local television WBZ-TV, Ch. 4 and WNAC-TV, Ch. 7
    Local radio WHDH-AM 850
    (Curt Gowdy, Bob Murphy, Tom Hussey)
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    The 1955 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 4th in the American League with a record of 84 wins and 70 losses.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    After finishing fourth — but 42 games behind the pennant-winning Cleveland Indians — in 1954, the 1955 Red Sox improved substantially, gaining 15 games in the win column (although again finishing fourth). The Red Sox played especially well throughout the early and middle parts of the season, seemingly in pennant contention for the first time since 1950. Much of the improvement was ascribed to rookie manager Pinky Higgins, promoted to Boston after eight years as a skipper in the team's farm system.

    But the Red Sox' improvement on the field was overshadowed by the sudden illness and death, on June 27, of the team's sophomore first baseman, Harry Agganis. Perhaps the most celebrated Boston-area athlete of the 20th century, the Lynn, Massachusetts, native had starred in football as the quarterback of the Boston University Terriers before signing a professional baseball contract with the Red Sox. He was batting .313 in 83 at bats on June 2 when he was initially taken ill with pneumonia. He died less than four weeks later, at 26, of a massive pulmonary embolism.

    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

    Opening Day lineup

    10 Billy Goodman 2B
    20 Eddie Joost SS
    26 Faye Throneberry     LF
      4 Jackie Jensen RF
      8 Sammy White C
      3 Norm Zauchin 1B
    12 Ted Lepcio 3B
    37 Jimmy Piersall CF
    18 Frank Sullivan P

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1955 Boston Red Sox
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders 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
    2B Goodman, BillyBilly Goodman 149 599 176 .294 0 52

    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
    Agganis, HarryHarry Agganis 25 83 26 .313 0 10
    Friend, OwenOwen Friend 14 42 11 .262 0 2

    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
    Brewer, TomTom Brewer 31 192.2 11 10 4.20 91

    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
    Baumann, FrankFrank Baumann 7 34 2 1 0.00 1

    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
    Brodowski, DickDick Brodowski 16 1 0 0 5.63 10
    Smith, BobBob Smith 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ a b Owen Friend page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

    References