1958 Detroit Tigers
LeagueAmerican League
BallparkBriggs Stadium
CityDetroit, Michigan
OwnersFred Knorr, John Fetzer
General managersJohn McHale
ManagersJack Tighe, Bill Norman
TelevisionWJBK
RadioWKMH
(Van Patrick, Mel Ott)
← 1957 Seasons 1959 →

The 1958 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 77–77, 15 games behind the New York Yankees.

Offseason

Regular season

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 KCA NYY 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 Detroit Tigers
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 Red Wilson 103 298 89 .299 3 29
1B Gail Harris 134 451 123 .273 20 82
2B Frank Bolling 154 610 164 .269 14 75
SS Billy Martin 131 498 127 .255 7 42
3B Reno Bertoia 86 240 56 .233 6 27
LF Charlie Maxwell 131 397 108 .272 13 65
CF Harvey Kuenn 139 561 179 .319 8 54
RF Al Kaline 146 543 170 .313 16 85

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
Coot Veal 58 207 53 .256 0 16
Ozzie Virgil Sr. 49 193 47 .244 3 19
Johnny Groth 88 146 41 .281 2 11
Jim Hegan 45 130 25 .192 1 7
Gus Zernial 66 124 40 .323 5 23
Ray Boone 39 114 27 .237 6 20
Tito Francona 45 69 17 .246 0 10
Charley Lau 30 68 10 .147 0 6
Bob Hazle 43 58 14 .241 2 5
Lou Skizas 23 33 8 .242 1 2
Milt Bolling 24 31 6 .194 0 0
Bill Taylor 8 8 3 .375 0 1
Tim Thompson 4 6 1 .167 0 0
George Alusik 2 2 0 .000 0 0
Steve Boros 6 2 0 .000 0 0
Bobo Osborne 2 2 0 .000 0 0
Jack Feller 1 0 0 ---- 0 0
George Thomas 1 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
Frank Lary 39 260.1 16 15 2.90 131
Paul Foytack 39 230.0 15 13 3.44 135
Jim Bunning 35 219.2 14 12 3.52 177

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 Hoeft 36 143.0 10 9 4.15 94
Herb Moford 25 109.2 4 9 3.61 58
George Susce 27 90.2 4 3 3.67 42
Al Cicotte 14 43.0 3 1 3.56 21
Bob Shaw 11 26.2 1 2 5.06 17
Herm Wehmeier 7 22.2 1 0 2.38 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
Hank Aguirre 44 3 4 5 3.75 38
Tom Morgan 39 2 5 1 3.16 32
Bill Fischer 22 2 4 2 7.63 16
Vito Valentinetti 15 1 0 2 3.38 10
Joe Presko 7 0 0 2 3.38 6
George Spencer 7 1 0 0 2.70 5
Lou Sleater 4 0 0 0 6.75 4
Mickey McDermott 2 0 0 0 9.00 0
Don Lee 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Senators American Association Bill Norman and Bill Adair
AA Birmingham Barons Southern Association Cal Ermer
A Lancaster Red Roses Eastern League Johnny Pesky
A Augusta Tigers Sally League Bill Adair, Stan Charnofsky
and Wayne Blackburn
B Durham Bulls Carolina League Chuck Kress
C Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League Al Lakeman
D Montgomery Rebels Alabama–Florida League Schoolboy Rowe and Neil Berry
D Valdosta Tigers Georgia–Florida League Stubby Overmire
D Decatur Commodores Midwest League Frank Carswell
D Erie Sailors New York–Penn League Steve Gromek

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Birmingham, Valdosta

Notes

  1. ^ Billy Martin at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Dave Philley at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Jay Porter at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ a b Vito Valentinetti at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Ray Boone at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Mickey Lolich at Baseball Reference

References