1958 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record74–79 (.484)
League place6th
Other information
Owner(s)Jerold Hoffberger, Joseph Iglehart
General manager(s)Paul Richards
Manager(s)Paul Richards
Local televisionWJZ-TV
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Ernie Harwell, Herb Carneal)
< Previous season     Next season >

The 1958 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 6th in the American League with a record of 74 wins and 79 losses, 17.5 games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees. The team was managed by Paul Richards, and played their home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, which hosted the All-Star Game that season. During the 1958 season, Gus Triandos hit 30 home runs, setting a Baltimore Orioles franchise record (since broken) for most home runs in one season. [1]

Offseason

Regular season

On June 6, 1958, Orioles president James Keelty, Jr. reached agreement with Miami Marlins president George B. Storer to move the Orioles' spring training home from Scottsdale, Arizona to Miami Stadium for the 1959 spring training season.[3]

On September 20, pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm struck out eight batters while throwing a no-hitter against the New York Yankees. It was the first no-hitter in Baltimore Orioles history, as Gus Triandos contributed a home run in the 1–0 win. [4]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 92 62 0.597 44–33 48–29
Chicago White Sox 82 72 0.532 10 47–30 35–42
Boston Red Sox 79 75 0.513 13 49–28 30–47
Cleveland Indians 77 76 0.503 14½ 42–34 35–42
Detroit Tigers 77 77 0.500 15 43–34 34–43
Baltimore Orioles 74 79 0.484 17½ 46–31 28–48
Kansas City Athletics 73 81 0.474 19 43–34 30–47
Washington Senators 61 93 0.396 31 33–44 28–49


Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Roster

1958 Baltimore Orioles
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 Gus Triandos 137 474 116 .245 30 79
1B Bob Boyd 125 401 124 .309 7 36
2B Billy Gardner 151 560 126 .225 3 33
SS Willy Miranda 102 214 43 .201 1 8
3B Brooks Robinson 145 463 110 .238 3 32
LF Bob Nieman 105 366 119 .325 16 60
CF Jim Busby 113 215 51 .237 3 19
RF Al Pilarcik 141 379 92 .243 1 24

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
Gene Woodling 133 413 114 .276 15 65
Dick Williams 128 409 113 .276 4 32
Foster Castleman 48 200 34 .170 3 14
Jim Marshall 85 191 41 .215 5 19
Joe Ginsberg 61 109 23 .211 3 16
Lenny Green 69 91 21 .231 0 4
Joe Taylor 36 77 21 .273 2 9
Willie Tasby 18 50 10 .200 1 1
Bob Hale 19 20 7 .350 0 3
Ron Hansen 12 19 0 .000 0 1
Jerry Adair 11 19 2 .105 0 0
Chuck Oertel 14 12 2 .167 1 1
Leo Burke 7 11 5 .455 1 4
Bert Hamric 8 8 1 .125 0 0
Eddie Miksis 3 2 0 .000 0 0
Frank Zupo 1 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
Jack Harshman 34 236.1 12 15 2.89 161
Arnie Portocarrero 32 204.2 15 11 3.25 90
Hal Brown 19 96.2 7 5 3.07 44

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
Billy O'Dell 41 221.1 14 11 2.97 137
Milt Pappas 31 135.1 10 10 4.06 72
Connie Johnson 26 118.1 6 9 3.88 68
Billy Loes 32 114.0 3 9 3.63 44
Charlie Beamon 21 49.2 1 3 4.35 26
Hoyt Wilhelm 9 40.2 1 3 1.99 35

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
George Zuverink 45 2 2 7 3.39 22
Ken Lehman 31 2 1 0 3.48 36
Jerry Walker 6 0 0 0 6.97 6
Lou Sleater 6 1 0 0 12.86 5
Ron Moeller 4 0 0 0 4.15 3

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Del Wilber
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Charlie Metro
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Grady Hatton
A Knoxville Smokies Sally League George Staller
B Wilson Tobs Carolina League Bob Hooper and Barney Lutz
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Barney Lutz and Billy DeMars
D Pensacola Dons Alabama–Florida League Lou Fitzgerald
D Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Barney Lutz, Fred Hofmann and Bob Hooper
D Dublin Orioles Georgia–Florida League Earl Weaver

Notes

  1. ^ 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Dan Connolly, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2015, ISBN 978-1-62937-041-5, p.179
  2. ^ Foster Castleman page at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ "Orioles Select Miami in Spring". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. June 7, 1957. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
  4. ^ 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Dan Connolly, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2015, ISBN 978-1-62937-041-5, p.212
  5. ^ Eddie Miksis page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Hoyt Wilhelm page at Baseball Reference

References