1959 Washington Senators
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s)Calvin Griffith
Manager(s)Cookie Lavagetto
Local televisionWTOP
Local radioWTOP
(Chuck Thompson, Bob Wolff, Jack Guinan)
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The 1959 Washington Senators won 63 games, lost 91, and finished in eighth place in the American League, 31 games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox in their penultimate season in The Nation's Capital. They were managed by Cookie Lavagetto and played home games at Griffith Stadium.

Regular season

On September 7, Ron Samford hit a home run in the last at bat of his career.[1]

Pedro Ramos led the American League in losses.[2]

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


Notable transactions

Roster

1959 Washington Senators
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 Hal Naragon 71 195 47 .241 0 11
1B Roy Sievers 115 385 93 .242 21 49
2B Reno Bertoia 90 308 73 .237 8 29
SS Billy Consolo 79 202 43 .213 0 10
3B Harmon Killebrew 153 546 132 .242 42 105
LF Jim Lemon 147 531 148 .279 33 100
CF Bob Allison 150 570 149 .261 30 85
RF Faye Throneberry 117 327 82 .251 10 42

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
Ron Samford 91 237 53 .224 5 22
Ken Aspromonte 70 225 55 .244 2 14
Julio Bécquer 108 220 59 .268 1 26
Lenny Green 88 190 46 .242 2 15
Clint Courtney 72 189 44 .233 2 18
Jay Porter 37 106 24 .226 1 10
Albie Pearson 25 80 15 .188 0 2
Norm Zauchin 19 71 15 .211 3 4
Ed Fitz Gerald 19 62 12 .194 0 5
Dan Dobbek 16 60 15 .250 1 5
Zoilo Versalles 29 59 9 .153 1 1
Johnny Schaive 16 59 9 .153 0 2
Steve Korcheck 22 51 8 .157 0 4
Herb Plews 27 40 9 .225 0 2
José Valdivielso 24 14 4 .286 0 0
Bobby Malkmus 6 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
Camilo Pascual 32 238.2 17 10 2.64 185
Pedro Ramos 37 233.2 13 19 4.16 95
Russ Kemmerer 37 206.0 8 17 4.50 89
Bill Fischer 34 187.1 9 11 4.28 62

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
Hal Griggs 37 97.2 2 8 5.25 43
Chuck Stobbs 41 90.2 1 8 2.98 50
John Romonosky 12 38.1 1 0 3.29 22
Vito Valentinetti 7 10.2 0 2 10.13 7
Jim Kaat 3 5.0 0 2 12.60 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
Tex Clevenger 50 8 5 8 3.91 71
Dick Hyde 37 2 5 5 4.97 29
Hal Woodeshick 31 2 4 0 3.69 30
Jack Kralick 6 0 0 0 6.57 7
Ralph Lumenti 2 0 0 0 0.00 2
Tom McAvoy 1 0 0 0 0.00 0
Murray Wall 1 0 0 0 6.75 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association Red Marion
A Charlotte Hornets Sally League Gene Verble
B Fox Cities Foxes Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Jack McKeon
C Missoula Timberjacks Pioneer League Ralph Rowe
D Fort Walton Beach Jets Alabama–Florida League Vince Magi
D Lynchburg Senators Appalachian League Chick Payne
D Sanford Greyhounds Florida State League Packy Rogers, Ed Barberito
and Joe Abernethy

Notes

  1. ^ "Home Run in Last at Bat | Baseball Almanac".
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 348, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. ^ Vito Valentinetti page at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Jay Porter page at Baseball-Reference

References