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1955 Kansas City Athletics season

1955 Kansas City Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Municipal Stadium (since 1955)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1955)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Arnold Johnson
    Manager(s) Lou Boudreau
    Local television none
    Local radio KMBC
    (Merle Harmon, Larry Ray)
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    The 1955 Kansas City Athletics season was the 55th season for the franchise in MLB's American League, and the first in Kansas City after playing the previous 54 in Philadelphia. The team won 63 games – only the fifth time in 20 years that they won more than 60 games – and lost 91, finishing sixth in the American League, 33 games behind the AL Champion New York Yankees.

    Offseason

    In 1954, the Mack family decided to sell the Philadelphia Athletics. Charlie Finley made an offer to purchase the team, but was refused.[1] Clint Murchison also made an offer to purchase the team with plans to relocate to Southern California, but was also refused. On October 12, 1954, the owners approved the sale of the Athletics to Chicago businessman Arnold Johnson, who moved the team from Philadelphia to Kansas City for the 1955 season. Finley would later buy the A's from Johnson's estate in 1960. Murchison's son, Clint Jr., would later become one of the founders of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys franchise in 1960.

    In 1955, the new Kansas City Athletics drew 1,393,054 to Municipal Stadium.

    Notable transactions

    • Prior to 1955 season: Bob Davis was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[2]

    Spring training

    The A's and Philadelphia Phillies had played a Philadelphia City Series since 1903. The Kansas City A's returned to Philadelphia at the end of spring training in 1955, and the teams played two games. The A's beat the Phillies in the second game, 10–2, at Wilmington Park, home of the original Wilmington Blue Rocks.[3] Both games were played at Wilmington Park, Wilmington, DE on April 9, and April 10, 1955 immediately prior to the start of the regular season.

    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 Kansas City Athletics
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    = Indicates team leader

    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
    1B Power, VicVic Power 147 596 190 .319 19 76
    2B Finigan, JimJim Finigan 150 549 135 .255 9 68
    3B López, HéctorHéctor López 128 483 140 .290 15 68
    LF Zernial, GusGus Zernial 120 413 105 .254 30 84
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    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
    Wilson, BillBill Wilson 98 273 61 .223 15 38
    Slaughter, EnosEnos Slaughter 108 267 86 .322 5 34
    Boyer, CleteClete Boyer 47 79 19 .241 0 6
    George, AlexAlex George 5 10 1 .100 0 0
    Mackenzie, EricEric Mackenzie 1 1 0 .000 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Kellner, AlexAlex Kellner 30 162.2 11 8 4.20 75
    Cox, GlennGlenn Cox 2 2.1 0 2 30.86 2

    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
    Ditmar, ArtArt Ditmar 35 175.1 12 12 5.03 79
    Ceccarelli, ArtArt Ceccarelli 31 123.2 4 7 5.31 68
    Boyer, CloydCloyd Boyer 30 98.1 5 5 6.22 32
    Craddock, WaltWalt Craddock 4 15 0 2 7.80 9
    Keriazakos, GusGus Keriazakos 5 11.2 0 1 12.34 8

    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
    Gorman, TomTom Gorman 57 7 6 18 3.55 46
    Harrington, BillBill Harrington 34 3 3 2 4.11 26
    Sain, JohnnyJohnny Sain 25 2 5 1 5.44 12
    Fricano, MarionMarion Fricano 10 0 0 0 3.15 5
    Burtschy, MoeMoe Burtschy 7 2 0 0 10.32 9
    Bishop, CharlieCharlie Bishop 4 1 0 0 5.40 4
    Blackwell, EwellEwell Blackwell 2 0 1 0 6.75 2
    Dixon, SonnySonny Dixon 2 0 0 0 16.20 0
    Wilson, BillBill Wilson 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

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    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lancaster

    Welch franchise transferred to Marion and renamed, July 14, 1955

    References

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