1952 Philadelphia Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Earle Mack & Roy Mack
General manager(s)Arthur Ehlers
Manager(s)Jimmy Dykes
Local televisionWPTZ/WCAU/WFIL
(By Saam, Claude Haring)
Local radioWIBG
(By Saam, Claude Haring, George Walsh)
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The 1952 Philadelphia Athletics season saw the A's finish fourth in the American League with a record of 79 wins and 75 losses. They finished 16 games behind the eventual World Series Champion New York Yankees. The Athletics' 1952 campaign would be their final winning season in Philadelphia; it would also be their only winning season of the 1950s. The Athletics would have to wait until 1968, their first season in Oakland, for their next winning record.

Offseason

Regular season

The Athletics improved 9 games from their 70–84 record in 1951 and improved to 4th in the American League. A Most Valuable Player season was turned in by left-handed pitcher Bobby Shantz and the A.L. batting championship was won by Ferris Fain with a .320 batting average.

Gus Zernial hit 29 home runs and drove in 100 RBI while Eddie Joost chipped in 20 HRS and 75 RBI. However, outside Bobby Shantz, who went 24–7, their best pitcher record-wise was Harry Byrd, with a 15–15 record. They finished 16 games behind the New York Yankees. This would also be the last time that the Athletics would finish with a winning record until 1968, when the team began playing in Oakland.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 95 59 0.617 49–28 46–31
Cleveland Indians 93 61 0.604 2 49–28 44–33
Chicago White Sox 81 73 0.526 14 44–33 37–40
Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 0.513 16 45–32 34–43
Washington Senators 78 76 0.506 17 42–35 36–41
Boston Red Sox 76 78 0.494 19 50–27 26–51
St. Louis Browns 64 90 0.416 31 42–35 22–55
Detroit Tigers 50 104 0.325 45 32–45 18–59


Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 12–10 9–13 16–6 8–14 12–10 11–11 8–14
Chicago 10–12 8–14–1 17–5 8–14 11–11 14–8 13–9–1
Cleveland 13–9 14–8–1 16–6 10–12 13–9 15–7 12–10
Detroit 6–16 5–17 6–16 9–13 5–17–1 8–14 11–11–1
New York 14–8 14–8 12–10 13–9 13–9 14–8 15–7
Philadelphia 10–12 11–11 9–13 17–5–1 9–13 14–8 9–13
St. Louis 11–11 8–14 7–15 14–8 8–14 8–14 8–14–1
Washington 14–8 9–13–1 10–12 11–11–1 7–15 13–9 14–8–1


Notable transactions

Roster

1952 Philadelphia Athletics
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
C Joe Astroth 104 337 84 .249 1 36
1B Ferris Fain 145 538 176 .327 2 59
2B Skeeter Kell 75 213 47 .221 0 17
SS Eddie Joost 146 540 132 .244 20 75
3B Billy Hitchcock 119 407 100 .246 1 56
OF Gus Zernial 145 549 144 .262 29 100
OF Elmer Valo 129 388 109 .281 5 47
OF Dave Philley 151 586 154 .263 7 71

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
Pete Suder 74 228 55 .241 1 20
Cass Michaels 55 200 50 .250 1 18
Allie Clark 71 186 51 .274 7 29
Ray Murray 44 136 28 .206 1 10
Hank Majeski 34 117 30 .256 2 20
Kite Thomas 75 116 29 .250 6 18
Joe Tipton 23 68 13 .191 3 8
Sherry Robertson 43 60 12 .200 0 5
Hal Bevan 8 17 6 .353 0 4
Tom Hamilton 9 10 2 .200 0 1
Jack Littrell 4 2 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
Bobby Shantz 33 279.2 24 7 2.48 152
Alex Kellner 34 231.1 12 14 4.36 105
Harry Byrd 37 228.1 15 15 3.31 116
Charlie Bishop 6 30.2 2 2 6.46 17
Morrie Martin 5 25.1 0 2 6.39 13

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
Carl Scheib 30 158 11 7 4.39 42
Bob Hooper 43 144.1 8 15 5.18 40
Bobo Newsom 14 47.2 3 3 3.59 22
Charlie Bishop 6 30.2 2 2 6.46 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
Johnny Kucab 25 0 1 2 5.26 17
Ed Wright 24 2 1 1 6.53 9
Dick Fowler 18 1 2 0 6.44 14
Tex Hoyle 3 0 0 0 27.00 1
Marion Fricano 2 0 0 0 1.80 0
Walt Kellner 1 0 0 0 6.75 2
Len Matarazzo 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honors

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ottawa Athletics International League Frank Skaff
A Savannah Indians Sally League George Staller
A Lincoln Athletics Western League Les Bell
B Fayetteville Athletics Carolina League Ducky Detweiler and Red Norris
B Harrisburg Senators Interstate League Buck Etchison and Woody Wheaton
C St. Hyacinthe A's Provincial League John Sosh
D Cordele A's Georgia–Florida League Norm Wilson
D Lexington Indians North Carolina State League Bob Deese, Ducky Detweiler,
Carl Campbell and Cliff Bolton
D Corning Athletics PONY League Joe Rullo

References