1953 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Philip K. Wrigley
General manager(s)Wid Matthews
Manager(s)Phil Cavarretta
Local televisionWGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Harry Creighton)
Local radioWIND
(Bert Wilson, Bud Campbell)
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The 1953 Chicago Cubs season was the 82nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 78th in the National League and the 38th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished seventh in the National League with a record of 65–89.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 0.682 60–17 45–32
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 13 45–31 47–31
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 0.539 22 48–29 35–42
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 0.539 22 48–30 35–41
New York Giants 70 84 0.455 35 38–39 32–45
Cincinnati Redlegs 68 86 0.442 37 38–39 30–47
Chicago Cubs 65 89 0.422 40 43–34 22–55
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 0.325 55 26–51 24–53

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 13–9–1 15–7 13–9 15–7 14–8 20–2 15–7
Chicago 9–13–1 12–10 8–14 9–13 5–17 11–11 11–11
Cincinnati 7–15 10–12 8–14 9–13 12–10 15–7 7–15–1
Milwaukee 9–13 14–8 14–8 14–8–1 13–9–1 15–7 13–9–1
New York 7–15 13–9 13–9 8–14–1 9–13 11–11 9–13
Philadelphia 8–14 17–5 10–12 9–13–1 13–9 15–7 11–11–1
Pittsburgh 2–20 11–11 7–15 7–15 11–11 7–15 5–17
St. Louis 7–15 11–11 15–7–1 9–13–1 13–9 11–11–1 17–5


Notable transactions

Roster

1953 Chicago Cubs
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
C Clyde McCullough 77 229 59 .258 6 23
1B Dee Fondy 150 594 184 .309 18 78
2B Eddie Miksis 142 577 145 .251 8 39
SS Roy Smalley 82 253 63 .249 6 25
3B Randy Jackson 139 498 142 .285 19 66
OF Ralph Kiner 117 414 117 .283 28 87
OF Frank Baumholtz 133 520 159 .306 3 25
OF Hank Sauer 108 395 104 .263 19 60

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
Bill Serena 93 275 69 .251 10 52
Joe Garagiola 74 228 62 .272 1 21
Hal Jeffcoat 106 183 43 .235 4 22
Tommy Brown 65 138 27 .196 2 13
George Metkovich 61 124 29 .234 2 12
Preston Ward 33 100 23 .230 4 12
Toby Atwell 24 74 17 .230 1 8
Carl Sawatski 43 59 13 .220 1 5
Gene Hermanski 18 40 6 .150 0 1
Bob Ramazzotti 26 39 6 .154 0 4
Ernie Banks 10 35 11 .314 2 6
Bob Talbot 8 30 10 .333 0 0
Gene Baker 7 22 5 .227 0 0
Phil Cavarretta 27 21 6 .286 0 3
Bob Addis 10 12 2 .167 0 1
Paul Schramka 2 0 0 ---- 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
Warren Hacker 39 221.2 12 19 4.38 106
Paul Minner 31 201.0 12 15 4.21 64
Bob Rush 29 166.2 9 14 4.54 84

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
Johnny Klippstein 48 167.2 10 11 4.83 113
Turk Lown 49 148.1 8 7 5.16 76
Howie Pollet 25 111.1 5 6 4.12 45
Bubba Church 27 104.1 4 5 5.00 47
Jim Willis 13 43.1 2 1 3.12 15
Bob Schultz 7 11.2 0 2 5.40 4
Don Elston 2 5.0 0 1 14.40 2

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
Dutch Leonard 45 2 3 9 4.60 27
Duke Simpson 30 1 2 0 8.00 21
Sheldon Jones 22 0 2 0 5.40 9
Bob Kelly 14 0 1 0 9.53 6
Fred Baczewski 9 0 0 0 6.30 3
Bill Moisan 3 0 0 0 5.40 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
Open Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League Stan Hack
AAA Springfield Cubs International League Bruce Edwards and Jack Sheehan
A Macon Peaches Sally League Frank Kerr
A Des Moines Bruins Western League Kemp Wicker and Bruce Edwards
B Cedar Rapids Indians Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Al Kubski and Bill Prince
C Stockton Ports California League Bill Salkeld
C Sioux Falls Canaries Northern League Dale Lynch
D Gainesville Owls Sooner State League Jimmy Grigg, Ernie Shadid and Jesse Landrum
D Hickory Rebels Tar Heel League Bill Parker
D Janesville Cubs Wisconsin State League Bob Dant

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Des Moines

Notes

  1. ^ Ralph Kiner at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Ernie Banks at Baseball Reference

References