1954 Philadelphia Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Earle Mack, Roy Mack
Manager(s)Eddie Joost
Local televisionWPTZ/WCAU/WFIL
(By Saam, Claude Haring)
Local radioWIBG/WIP
(By Saam, Claude Haring, Herb Carneal)
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The 1954 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing eighth in the American League with a record of 51 wins and 103 losses, 60 games behind AL Champion Cleveland in their 54th and final season in Philadelphia, before moving to Kansas City, Missouri for the following season.

Offseason

Regular season

The Athletics played the Philadelphia Phillies for the last time in their Philadelphia City Series on June 28, 1954 in the seventh annual Junior Baseball Federation of Philadelphia benefit exhibition game.[2] The Phillies beat the Athletics 3 to 2 in 7 innings in front of 15,993 fans.[3]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 111 43 0.721 59–18 52–25
New York Yankees 103 51 0.669 8 54–23 49–28
Chicago White Sox 94 60 0.610 17 45–32 49–28
Boston Red Sox 69 85 0.448 42 38–39 31–46
Detroit Tigers 68 86 0.442 43 35–42 33–44
Washington Senators 66 88 0.429 45 37–41 29–47
Baltimore Orioles 54 100 0.351 57 32–45 22–55
Philadelphia Athletics 51 103 0.331 60 29–47 22–56


Record vs. opponents

1954 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BAL BOS CHW CLE DET NYY PHA WSH
Baltimore 11–11 7–15 3–19 8–14 5–17 10–12 10–12
Boston 11–11 5–17 2–20–2 14–8 9–13 15–7 13–9
Chicago 15–7 17–5 11–11 12–10–1 7–15 17–5 15–7
Cleveland 19–3 20–2–2 11–11 14–8 11–11 18–4 18–4
Detroit 14–8 8–14 10–12–1 8–14 6–16 13–9 9–13
New York 17–5 13–9 15–7 11–11 16–6 18–4–1 13–9
Philadelphia 12–10 7–15 5–17 4–18 9–13 4–18–1 10–12–1
Washington 12–10 9–13 7–15 4–18 13–9 9–13 12–10–1


Notable transactions

Roster

1954 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 77 226 50 .221 1 23
1B Lou Limmer 115 316 73 .231 14 32
2B Spook Jacobs 132 508 131 .258 0 26
SS Joe DeMaestri 146 539 124 .230 8 40
3B Jim Finigan 136 487 147 .302 7 51
LF Gus Zernial 97 336 84 .250 14 62
CF Bill Wilson 94 323 77 .238 15 33
RF Bill Renna 123 422 98 .232 13 53

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
Vic Power 127 462 118 .255 8 38
Don Bollweg 103 268 60 .224 5 24
Elmer Valo 95 224 48 .214 1 33
Pete Suder 69 205 41 .200 0 16
Billy Shantz 51 164 42 .256 1 17
Jim Robertson 63 147 27 .184 0 8
Joe Taylor 18 58 13 .224 1 8
Ed McGhee 21 53 11 .208 2 9
Eddie Joost 19 47 17 .362 1 9
Jack Littrell 9 30 9 .300 1 3

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
Arnie Portocarrero 34 248 9 18 4.06 132
Alex Kellner 27 173.2 6 17 5.39 69
Bob Trice 19 119 7 8 5.60 22
Johnny Gray 18 105 3 12 6.51 51
Carl Scheib 1 2 0 1 22.50 1

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
Marion Fricano 37 151.2 5 11 5.16 43
Charlie Bishop 20 96 4 6 4.41 34
Al Sima 29 79.1 2 5 5.22 36
Morrie Martin 13 52.2 2 4 5.47 24
Art Ditmar 14 39.1 1 4 6.41 14
Lee Wheat 8 28.1 0 2 5.72 7
Ozzie Van Brabant 9 26.2 0 2 7.09 10
Bill Oster 8 15.2 0 1 6.32 5
Bobby Shantz 2 8 1 0 7.88 3

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
Moe Burtschy 46 5 4 4 3.80 54
Sonny Dixon 38 5 7 4 4.86 42
Dutch Romberger 10 1 1 0 11.49 6
Bill Upton 2 0 0 0 1.80 2
Dick Rozek 2 0 0 0 6.75 0
Hal Raether 1 0 0 0 4.50 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ottawa Athletics International League Les Bell and Taft Wright
A Savannah Indians Sally League Clyde Kluttz
B Lancaster Red Roses Piedmont League Kemp Wicker, Lena Blackburne and Buddy Walker
C Drummondville A's Provincial League Hank Biasatti
D Welch Miners Appalachian League Jack Crosswhite
D Hopkinsville Hoppers KITTY League Ed Wright, Bearl Brooks and Paul Ramsey

References