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1955 Philadelphia Phillies season

1955 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Connie Mack Stadium (since 1938)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (since 1883)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
    Manager(s) Mayo Smith
    Local television WPTZ
    WFIL
    Local radio WIP
    (By Saam, Claude Haring, Gene Kelly)
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    The 1955 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. It was the first season for Phillies' manager Mayo Smith. Prior to the season, the Phillies were seen to have strong pitching with ace Robin Roberts but did not have power hitters to match pennant favorites Brooklyn, New York, or Milwaukee,[1] behind whom the Phillies finished in fourth place with a record of 77 and 77.

    Offseason

    Prior to the 1955 season, the Phillies purchased the Script error: No such module "convert". Ballantine Beer electronic scoreboard from Yankee Stadium for $175,000 from the Yankees. It was placed in right-center field at Connie Mack Stadium. This scoreboard was used through the final year at the ballpark.[2]

    Spring training

    In March 1955, the Phillies began spring training play at Clearwater's Jack Russell Stadium. The stadium was dedicated on March 10, 1955.[3] Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, National League president Warren Giles, American League president Will Harridge, Clearwater mayor Herbert M. Brown, and other city dignitaries were in attendance.[4] The Phillies played their first game at the stadium on the day of the dedication. Robin Roberts started for the Phillies against the Detroit Tigers. The Phillies won 4–2 on a two-run double by Willie Jones before 4,209 attendees.

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 -- .641
    Milwaukee Braves 85 69 13.5 .552
    New York Giants 80 74 18.5 .519
    Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 21.5 .500
    Cincinnati Redlegs 75 79 23.5 .487
    Chicago Cubs 72 81 26 .471
    St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 30.5 .442
    Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 38.5 .390

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1955 Philadelphia Phillies
    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
    C Seminick, AndyAndy Seminick 93 289 71 .246 11 34
    3B Jones, WillieWillie Jones 146 516 133 .258 16 81
    SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 92 260 51 .196 7 39
    OF Greengrass, JimJim Greengrass 94 323 88 .272 12 37

    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
    Gorbous, GlenGlen Gorbous 91 224 53 .237 4 23
    Lowrey, PeanutsPeanuts Lowrey 54 106 20 .189 0 8
    Palys, StanStan Palys 15 52 15 .288 1 8
    Burgess, SmokySmoky Burgess 7 21 4 .190 1 1

    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
    Roberts, RobinRobin Roberts 40 305 23 14 3.28 160
    Dickson, MurryMurry Dickson 36 216 12 11 3.50 92

    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
    Kuzava, BobBob Kuzava 17 32.1 1 0 7.24 13
    Cole, DaveDave Cole 7 18.1 0 3 6.38 6
    Ridzik, SteveSteve Ridzik 3 11 0 1 2.45 6

    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
    Meyer, JackJack Meyer 50 6 11 16 3.43 97
    Miller, BobBob Miller 40 8 4 1 2.41 28
    Kipper, ThorntonThornton Kipper 24 0 1 0 4.99 15
    Mrozinski, RonRon Mrozinski 22 0 2 1 6.55 18
    Lovenguth, LynnLynn Lovenguth 14 0 1 0 4.50 14
    Greenwood, BobBob Greenwood 1 0 0 0 15.43 0

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ John Drebinger (April 10, 1955). "BASEBALL SEASON OPENS TOMORROW". New York Times. p. S1. 
    2. ^ Joe Sixpack (October 28, 2009). "Joe Sixpack: Phillies have Yanks to thank for Ballantine sign". Philadelphia Daily News. 
    3. ^ "Phillies". Miami Daily News. March 10, 1955. p. 12A. 
    4. ^ Lewis, Allen (March 1986). "Philadelphia Clearwater '47 '86". 1986 Phillies Spring Training 40th Year in Clearwater (Clearwater, FL: Philadelphia Phillies): 4, 5. 
    5. ^ Peanuts Lowrey page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Jimmie Coker page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Ed Bouchee page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ Smoky Burgess page at Baseball Reference
    9. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1955as.shtml
    10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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