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1959 Boston Red Sox season

1959 Boston Red Sox
Pumpsie Green becomes the Red Sox first black player
Earl Wilson becomes the Red Sox first black pitcher
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Fenway Park (since 1912)
  • Boston (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
    Manager(s) Pinky Higgins, Rudy York, and Billy Jurges
    Local television WHDH-TV
    Local radio WHDH-AM 850
    (Curt Gowdy, Bob Murphy, Bill Crowley)
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    The 1959 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 75 wins and 79 losses, nineteen games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

    Offseason

    1958 turned out to be Jimmy Piersall's final season with the Red Sox. On December 2, 1958, Piersall was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Gary Geiger and Vic Wertz.[1]

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    • The 1959 season was the year that the color barrier was broken for the Red Sox. Elijah "Pumpsie" Green became the first black player to play for the Red Sox.[4] Later in the season, Earl Wilson became the first black pitcher to play for the Boston Red Sox.[1]
    • Ted Williams would have an off year as he batted below .300.[5]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610 --
    Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 5
    New York Yankees 79 75 .513 15
    Detroit Tigers 76 78 .494 18
    Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 19
    Baltimore Orioles 74 80 .481 20
    Kansas City Athletics 66 88 .429 28
    Washington Senators 63 91 .409 31

    Notable transactions

    Opening day lineup

    24 Don Buddin SS
      3 Pete Runnels 2B
    10 Gene Stephens    CF
      6 Vic Wertz 1B
      4 Jackie Jensen RF
    11 Frank Malzone 3B
    37 Gary Geiger RF
    22 Sammy White C
    23 Tom Brewer P

    Roster

    1959 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
    LF Williams, TedTed Williams 103 272 69 .254 10 43

    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
    Geiger, GaryGary Geiger 120 335 82 .245 11 48
    Wertz, VicVic Wertz 94 247 68 .275 7 49
    Green, PumpsiePumpsie Green 50 172 40 .233 1 10

    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 36 215.1 10 12 3.76 121
    Casale, JerryJerry Casale 31 179.2 13 8 4.31 93

    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 26 95.2 6 4 4.05 48
    Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson 9 23.2 1 1 6.08 17
    Bowsfield, TedTed Bowsfield 5 9 0 1 15.00 4

    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

    See also

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Minneapolis, Waterloo, Alpine[7]

    Notes

    1. 1.0 1.1 The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 32, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
    2. Mike Page page at Baseball Reference
    3. 3.0 3.1 Chuck Tanner Trades and Transactions by Baseball Almanac
    4. The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 33
    5. The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 31
    6. Billy Muffett page at Baseball Reference
    7. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

    References