1957 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)William R. Daley
General manager(s)Hank Greenberg, Frank Lane
Manager(s)Kerby Farrell
Local televisionWEWS-TV
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Local radioWERE
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The 1957 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the American League with a record of 76–77, 21½ games behind the New York Yankees

Regular season

The Indians season was marked by change. Longtime Indians manager Al López took over as manager of the Chicago White Sox, and was replaced by Kerby Farrell, who had led the Indianapolis Indians to the 1956 Junior World Series crown.[1] Eddie Stanky also became the Indians new infield coach.

Rookie Roger Maris, who was part of Farrell's Indianapolis team, joined the Indians as the team's starting center fielder. He made his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox on April 16. In 5 at bats, Maris had 3 hits.[2] Two days later, Maris hit the first home run of his career, a grand slam off Tigers pitcher Jack Crimian at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.[3]

In grimmer news, on May 7 Gil McDougald of the Yankees hit a pitch off Indians pitcher Herb Score in the first inning. The pitch would strike Score in the face.[4]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 98 56 0.636 48–29 50–27
Chicago White Sox 90 64 0.584 8 45–32 45–32
Boston Red Sox 82 72 0.532 16 44–33 38–39
Detroit Tigers 78 76 0.506 20 45–32 33–44
Baltimore Orioles 76 76 0.500 21 42–33 34–43
Cleveland Indians 76 77 0.497 21½ 40–37 36–40
Kansas City Athletics 59 94 0.386 38½ 37–40 22–54
Washington Senators 55 99 0.357 43 28–49 27–50


Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Roster

1957 Cleveland Indians
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 Jim Hegan 58 148 32 .216 4 15
1B Vic Wertz 144 515 145 .282 28 105
2B Bobby Ávila 129 463 124 .268 5 48
SS Chico Carrasquel 125 392 108 .276 8 57
3B Al Smith 135 507 125 .247 11 49
LF Gene Woodling 133 430 138 .321 19 78
CF Roger Maris 116 358 84 .235 14 51
RF Rocky Colavito 134 461 116 .252 25 84

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
Larry Raines 96 244 64 .262 2 16
Dick Williams 67 205 58 .283 6 17
George Strickland 89 201 47 .234 1 19
Russ Nixon 62 185 52 .281 2 18
Hal Naragon 57 121 31 .256 0 8
Dick Brown 34 114 30 .263 4 22
Joe Caffie 32 89 24 .270 3 10
Joe Altobelli 83 87 18 .207 0 9
Jim Busby 30 74 14 .189 2 4
Billy Harrell 22 57 15 .263 1 5
Kenny Kuhn 40 53 9 .170 0 5
Eddie Robinson 19 27 6 .222 1 3
Preston Ward 10 11 2 .182 0 0
Bob Usher 10 8 1 .125 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
Early Wynn 40 263.0 14 17 4.31 184
Mike Garcia 38 211.1 12 8 3.75 110
Bob Lemon 21 117.1 6 11 4.60 45
Herb Score 5 36.0 2 1 2.00 39

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
Don Mossi 36 159.0 11 10 4.13 97
Ray Narleski 46 154.1 11 5 3.09 93
Cal McLish 42 144.1 9 7 2.74 88
Bud Daley 34 87.1 2 8 4.43 54
Stan Pitula 23 59.2 2 2 4.98 17
Vito Valentinetti 11 23.2 2 2 4.94 9
Johnny Gray 7 20.0 1 3 5.85 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
Dick Tomanek 34 2 1 0 5.68 55
Hank Aguirre 10 1 1 0 5.75 9
Bob Alexander 5 0 1 0 9.00 1
Art Houtteman 3 0 0 0 6.75 3
Hoyt Wilhelm 2 1 0 1 2.45 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
Open San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League Bob Elliott and Catfish Metkovich
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Don Heffner
A Reading Indians Eastern League Jo-Jo White
B Keokuk Kernels Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Pinky May
C Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League Frank Tornay and Ken Blackman
D Cocoa Indians Florida State League Hank Majeski and Jim Gruzdis
D North Platte Indians Nebraska State League Rudy York
D Batavia Indians New York–Penn League Don Richmond

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Reading[7]

Notes

  1. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 85, Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, Touchstone Books, Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4165-8928-0
  2. ^ Roger Maris at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 87
  4. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, pp. 88–89
  5. ^ Vito Valentinetti at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Hoyt Wilhelm at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References