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1959 Detroit Tigers season

1959 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Briggs Stadium (since 1912)
  • Detroit, Michigan (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Fred Knorr, John Fetzer
    Manager(s) Bill Norman, Jimmy Dykes
    Local television WJBK
    Local radio WKMH
    (Van Patrick, George Kell)
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    The 1959 Detroit Tigers season was the 59th season for the American League franchise in Detroit. Although the Tigers lost 15 of their first 17 games in

    1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year—resulting in the May 2 firing of manager Bill Norman—they recovered under his successor, Jimmy Dykes, to finish in fourth place with a record of 76–78, eighteen games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    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

    • April 2, 1959: Maury Wills was returned by the Detroit Tigers to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a conditional deal.[1]
    • June 13, 1959: Bob Smith was selected off waivers by the Tigers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.[5]

    Roster

    1959 Detroit Tigers
    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
    1B Harris, GailGail Harris 114 349 77 .221 9 39

    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
    Álvarez, OssieOssie Álvarez 8 2 1 .500 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
    Bunning, JimJim Bunning 40 249.2 17 13 3.89 201
    Mossi, DonDon Mossi 34 228 17 9 3.36 125

    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
    Narleski, RayRay Narleski 42 104.1 4 12 5.78 71
    Bruce, BobBob Bruce 2 2 0 1 9.00 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
    Susce, GeorgeGeorge Susce 9 0 0 0 12.89 9
    Smith, BobBob Smith 9 0 0 0 8.18 10
    Aguirre, HankHank Aguirre 3 0 0 0 3.38 3

    Farm system

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