1959 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record74–80 (.481)
League place6th
Other information
Owner(s)Jerold Hoffberger, Joseph Iglehart
General manager(s)Lee MacPhail
Manager(s)Paul Richards
Local televisionWJZ-TV
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Ernie Harwell, Herb Carneal)
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The 1959 Baltimore Orioles season was the franchise's sixth season in Baltimore, Maryland, and its 59th overall. It resulted with the Orioles finishing sixth in the American League with a record of 74 wins and 80 losses, 22 games behind the AL champion Chicago White Sox.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 94 60 0.610 47–30 47–30
Cleveland Indians 89 65 0.578 5 43–34 46–31
New York Yankees 79 75 0.513 15 40–37 39–38
Detroit Tigers 76 78 0.494 18 41–36 35–42
Boston Red Sox 75 79 0.487 19 43–34 32–45
Baltimore Orioles 74 80 0.481 20 38–39 36–41
Kansas City Athletics 66 88 0.429 28 37–40 29–48
Washington Senators 63 91 0.409 31 34–43 29–48


Record vs. opponents


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


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1959 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 126 393 85 .216 25 73
1B Bob Boyd 128 415 110 .265 3 41
2B Billy Gardner 140 401 87 .217 6 27
3B Brooks Robinson 88 313 89 .284 4 24
SS Chico Carrasquel 114 346 77 .223 4 28
LF Bob Nieman 118 360 105 .292 21 60
CF Willie Tasby 142 505 126 .250 13 48
RF Al Pilarcik 130 273 77 .282 3 16

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 140 440 132 .300 14 77
Billy Klaus 104 321 80 .249 3 25
Joe Ginsberg 65 166 30 .181 1 14
Walt Dropo 62 151 42 .278 6 21
Albie Pearson 80 138 32 .232 0 6
Jim Finigan 48 119 30 .252 1 10
Willy Miranda 65 88 14 .159 0 7
Barry Shetrone 33 79 16 .203 0 5
Whitey Lockman 38 69 15 .217 0 2
Bob Hale 40 54 10 .185 0 7
Bobby Ávila 20 47 8 .170 0 0
Jerry Adair 12 35 11 .314 0 2
Joe Taylor 14 32 5 .156 1 2
Lenny Green 27 24 7 .292 2 15
Fred Valentine 12 19 6 .316 0 1
Leo Burke 5 10 2 .200 0 1
Ron Hansen 2 4 0 .000 0 0
Bob Saverine 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
Hoyt Wilhelm 32 226.0 15 11 2.19 139
Milt Pappas 33 209.1 15 9 3.27 120
Jerry Walker 30 182.0 11 10 2.92 100
Hal Brown 31 164.0 11 9 3.79 81

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 38 199.1 10 12 2.93 88
Arnie Portocarrero 27 90.0 2 7 6.80 23
Jack Fisher 27 88.2 1 6 3.05 52
Jack Harshman 14 47.1 0 6 6.85 24
George Bamberger 3 8.1 0 0 7.56 2

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
Billy Loes 37 4 7 14 4.06 34
Ernie Johnson 31 4 1 1 4.11 29
Billy Hoeft 16 1 1 0 5.71 30
Wes Stock 7 0 0 1 3.55 8
George Zuverink 6 0 1 0 4.15 1
Rip Coleman 3 0 0 0 0.00 4

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Miami Marlins International League Pepper Martin
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Charlie Metro
AA Amarillo Gold Sox Texas League Barney Lutz and George Staller
C Stockton Ports California League Billy DeMars
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Earl Weaver
D Pensacola Dons Alabama–Florida League Lou Fitzgerald
D Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Bob Hooper

Notes

  1. ^ Chico Carrasquel page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ John Anderson page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bob Saverine page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 258, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  5. ^ "1959 Baltimore Orioles Roster by Baseball Almanac".
  6. ^ Vito Valentinetti page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bobby Avila transactions at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Albie Pearson transactions at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Billy Hoeft page at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ Walt Dropo page at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Rip Coleman page at Baseball-Reference

References