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1959 Philadelphia Phillies season

1959 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Connie Mack Stadium (since 1938)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (since 1883)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Robert R.M. Carpenter
    Manager(s) Eddie Sawyer
    Local television WFIL
    Local radio WIP
    (By Saam, Claude Haring, Gene Kelly)
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    The 1959 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 77th season in the history of the franchise. During spring training, manager Eddie Sawyer told the press, "We're definitely not a last place club... I think the biggest thing we've accomplished is getting rid of the losing complex. That alone makes us not a last place club."[1] The Phillies finished in last place in 1959, seven games behind seventh-place St. Louis and 23-games behind the pennant and World Series winning Dodgers.

    Offseason

    In early 1959, Phillies owner Bob Carpenter proposed building a new ballpark for the Phillies on Script error: No such module "convert". adjacent to the Garden State Park Racetrack in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Connie Mack Stadium was 50 years old, did not have sufficient parking, and the sale of alcohol was banned at sports venues in Pennsylvania. Beer sales were legal in New Jersey. The proposed ballpark would have seated 45,000 fans, been expandable to 60,000, and would have had 15,000 parking spaces.[2] The Phillies would eventually move to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex in 1971.

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    On April 11, coach Benny Bengough was removed from the coaching staff and reassigned to the front office where he worked in team public relations.[9]

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 -- .564
    Milwaukee Braves 86 70 2 .551
    San Francisco Giants 83 71 4 .539
    Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 9 .506
    Chicago Cubs 74 80 13 .481
    Cincinnati Reds 74 80 13 .481
    St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 16 .461
    Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 23 .416

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1959 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
    2B Anderson, SparkySparky Anderson 152 477 104 .218 0 34

    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
    Thomas, ValmyValmy Thomas 66 140 28 .200 1 7

    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
    Conley, GeneGene Conley 25 180 12 7 3.00 102
    Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell 25 153 9 10 4.06 106

    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
    Gómez, RubénRubén Gómez 20 72.1 3 8 6.10 37

    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

    Farm system

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