1963 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Gabe Paul
General manager(s)Gabe Paul
Manager(s)Birdie Tebbetts
Local televisionWJW-TV
(Ken Coleman, Bob Neal)
Local radioWERE
(Jimmy Dudley, Harry Jones)
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The 1963 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished tied for fifth in the American League with a record of 79–83, 25½ games behind the New York Yankees.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 104 57 0.646 58–22 46–35
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 10½ 49–33 45–35
Minnesota Twins 91 70 0.565 13 48–33 43–37
Baltimore Orioles 86 76 0.531 18½ 48–33 38–43
Cleveland Indians 79 83 0.488 25½ 41–40 38–43
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 25½ 47–34 32–49
Boston Red Sox 76 85 0.472 28 44–36 32–49
Kansas City Athletics 73 89 0.451 31½ 36–45 37–44
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 0.435 34 39–42 31–49
Washington Senators 56 106 0.346 48½ 31–49 25–57


Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day Starters
# Name Position
25 Vic Davalillo CF
16 Tony Martínez SS
14 Tito Francona LF
15 Fred Whitfield 1B
9 Johnny Romano C
29 Ellis Burton RF
10 Max Alvis 3B
12 Woodie Held 2B
33 Mudcat Grant P

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Roster

1963 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 Joe Azcue 94 320 91 .284 14 46
1B Fred Whitfield 109 346 87 .251 21 54
2B Woodie Held 133 416 103 .248 17 61
SS Larry Brown 74 247 63 .255 5 18
3B Max Alvis 158 602 165 .274 22 67
LF Tito Francona 142 500 114 .228 10 41
CF Vic Davalillo 90 370 108 .292 7 36
RF Al Luplow 100 295 69 .234 7 27

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
Willie Kirkland 127 427 98 .230 15 47
Joe Adcock 97 283 71 .251 13 49
Johnny Romano 89 255 55 .216 10 34
Jerry Kindall 86 234 48 .205 5 20
Dick Howser 49 162 40 .247 1 10
Mike de la Hoz 67 150 40 .267 5 25
Tony Martínez 43 141 22 .156 0 8
Willie Tasby 52 116 26 .224 4 5
Gene Green 43 78 16 .205 2 7
Bob Chance 16 52 15 .288 2 7
Doc Edwards 10 31 8 .258 0 0
Ellis Burton 26 31 6 .194 1 1
Tommie Agee 13 27 4 .148 1 3
Sammy Taylor 4 10 3 .300 0 1
Cal Neeman 9 9 0 .000 0 0
Bob Lipski 2 1 0 .000 0 0
Jim Lawrence 2 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
Mudcat Grant 38 229.1 13 14 3.69 157
Dick Donovan 30 206.0 11 13 4.24 84
Jack Kralick 28 197.1 13 9 2.92 116
Sam McDowell 14 65.0 3 5 4.85 63

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
Pedro Ramos 36 184.2 9 8 3.12 169
Barry Latman 38 149.1 7 12 4.94 133
Early Wynn 20 55.1 1 2 2.28 29
Tommy John 6 20.1 0 2 2.21 9
Gordon Seyfried 3 7.1 0 1 1.23 1

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
Gary Bell 58 8 5 5 2.95 98
Ted Abernathy 43 7 2 12 2.88 47
Bob Allen 43 1 2 2 4.66 51
Jerry Walker 39 6 6 1 4.91 41
Ron Nischwitz 14 0 2 1 6.48 10
Jim Perry 5 0 0 0 5.23 7
Jack Curtis 4 0 0 0 18.00 3

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

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Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Jacksonville Suns International League Ben Geraghty and Casey Wise
AA Charleston Indians Eastern League Johnny Lipon
A Burlington Indians Carolina League Patrick Colgan
A Dubuque Packers Midwest League Walt Novick
A Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League Ray Dabek

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charleston, Grand Forks[9]

References

  1. ^ Lou Piniella page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b Bob Lipski page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Rubén Gómez page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Duke Carmel page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b Ellis Burton page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Joe Azcue page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ 1963 Opening Day Lineup at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ "1963 All-Star Game".
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007