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1959 Cleveland Indians season

1959 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Cleveland Municipal Stadium (since 1932)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) William R. Daley
    Manager(s) Joe Gordon
    Local television WEWS-TV
    Local radio WERE (1300)
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    The 1959 Cleveland Indians season was the 59th in franchise history. The Indians finished in second place in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 65 losses, five games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    On June 10, right fielder Rocky Colavito hit four home runs in one game against the Baltimore Orioles.[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

    Roster

    1959 Cleveland Indians
    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
    2B Martin, BillyBilly Martin 73 242 63 .260 9 24
    CF Piersall, JimmyJimmy Piersall 100 317 78 .246 4 30
    RF Colavito, RockyRocky Colavito 154 588 151 .257 42 111

    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
    Bolger, JimJim Bolger 8 7 0 .000 0 0

    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
    Bell, GaryGary Bell 44 234 16 11 4.04 136

    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
    Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 38 165.1 10 7 4.14 85
    Locke, BobbyBobby Locke 24 77.2 0 1 5.22 17
    Garcia, MikeMike Garcia 29 72 3 6 4.00 49
    Ferrarese, DonDon Ferrarese 15 76 5 3 3.20 45
    Smith, BobBob Smith 12 29.1 0 1 5.22 17
    Briggs, JohnJohn Briggs 4 12.2 0 1 5.22 17

    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 18 2 2 5 1.80 9
    Cicotte, AlAl Cicotte 26 3 1 1 5.32 23
    Robinson, HumbertoHumberto Robinson 5 1 0 0 4.15 6

    Awards and honors

    League leaders

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Selma[9]

    Notes

    1. ^ Jay Porter page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Billy Martin page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Jim Piersall page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ a b Jim Bolger page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 258, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    6. ^ Mickey Vernon page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Bob Smith page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ Chuck Tanner Trades and Transactions by Baseball Almanac
    9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

    References