1953 Cincinnati Redlegs
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Powel Crosley, Jr.
General manager(s)Gabe Paul
Manager(s)Rogers Hornsby
Buster Mills
Local televisionWCPO-TV
(Waite Hoyt, Bob Gilmore)
Local radioWCPO
(Waite Hoyt, Bob Gilmore)
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The 1953 Cincinnati Redlegs season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the National League with a record of 68–86, 37 games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers. The team changed its name from "Reds" to "Redlegs" prior to this season in response to rampant American anti-communist sentiment during this time period.

Offseason

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 Cincinnati Redlegs
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 Andy Seminick 119 387 91 .235 19 64
1B Ted Kluszewski 149 570 180 .316 40 108
2B Rocky Bridges 122 432 98 .227 1 21
SS Roy McMillan 155 557 130 .233 5 43
3B Bobby Adams 150 607 167 .275 8 49
OF Jim Greengrass 154 606 173 .285 20 100
OF Gus Bell 151 610 183 .300 30 105
OF Willard Marshall 122 357 95 .266 17 62

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
Bob Borkowski 94 249 67 .269 7 29
Grady Hatton 83 159 37 .233 7 22
Hobie Landrith 52 154 37 .240 3 16
Johnny Temple 63 110 29 .264 1 9
Bob Marquis 40 44 12 .273 2 3
Wally Post 11 33 8 .242 1 4
Frank Baldwin 16 20 2 .100 0 0
George Lerchen 22 17 5 .294 0 2
Hank Foiles 5 13 2 .154 0 0
Joe Szekely 5 13 1 .077 0 0
Ed Bailey 2 8 3 .375 0 1

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
Harry Perkowski 33 193.0 12 11 4.52 70
Bud Podbielan 36 186.1 6 16 4.73 74
Ken Raffensberger 26 174.0 7 14 3.93 47
Fred Baczewski 24 138.1 11 4 3.45 58

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
Joe Nuxhall 30 141.2 9 11 4.32 52
Jackie Collum 30 124.2 7 11 3.75 51
Herm Wehmeier 28 81.2 1 6 7.16 32
Clyde King 35 76.0 3 6 5.21 21
Bob Kelly 28 66.1 1 2 4.34 29
Bubba Church 11 43.2 3 3 5.98 12
Howie Judson 10 38.2 0 1 5.59 11

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
Frank Smith 50 8 1 2 5.49 42
Ernie Nevel 10 0 0 0 6.10 5
Eddie Erautt 4 0 0 0 5.79 1
Barney Martin 1 0 0 0 9.00 1
Ed Blake 1 0 0 0 inf 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AA Tulsa Oilers Texas League Joe Schultz
A Columbia Reds Sally League Ernie White
B Burlington Flints Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Johnny Vander Meer
C Ogden Reds Pioneer League Earle Brucker Sr.
D Fitzgerald Pioneers Georgia–Florida League Bob Carson, Charlie Ridgeway
and Bull Hamons
D Jackon Generals KITTY League Mickey O'Neil
D Lawton Reds Sooner State League Tuck McWilliams

References