1964 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Gabe Paul
General manager(s)Gabe Paul
Manager(s)George Strickland (acting manager through July 2); Birdie Tebbetts
Local televisionWJW-TV
(Bob Neal, Herb Score)
Local radioWERE
(Jimmy Dudley, Harry Jones)
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The 1964 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in a tie for sixth place in the American League with the Minnesota Twins, while winning 79 and losing 83, 20 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.

Offseason

Regular season

In 1964, Vernon Stouffer became an investor in the Cleveland Indians due to the threat of the franchise relocating.[2]

Manager Birdie Tebbetts suffered a heart attack during the offseason. George Strickland served as the Indians' acting manager during his convalescence. Tebbetts returned to the team on July 3.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 99 63 0.611 50–31 49–32
Chicago White Sox 98 64 0.605 1 52–29 46–35
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 0.599 2 49–32 48–33
Detroit Tigers 85 77 0.525 14 46–35 39–42
Los Angeles Angels 82 80 0.506 17 45–36 37–44
Cleveland Indians 79 83 0.488 20 41–40 38–43
Minnesota Twins 79 83 0.488 20 40–41 39–42
Boston Red Sox 72 90 0.444 27 45–36 27–54
Washington Senators 62 100 0.383 37 31–50 31–50
Kansas City Athletics 57 105 0.352 42 26–55 31–50


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 11–7 10–8 8–10 11–7 13–5–1 11–7 10–8 10–8 13–5
Boston 7–11 4–14 9–9 5–13 12–6 9–9 5–13 9–9 12–6
Chicago 8–10 14–4 12–6 11–7 16–2 10–8 9–9 6–12 12–6
Cleveland 10–8 9–9 6–12 11–7 10–8 9–9 10–8–1 3–15–1 11–7
Detroit 7–11 13–5 7–11 7–11 11–7 10–8 11–7 8–10–1 11–7
Kansas City 5–13–1 6–12 2–16 8–10 7–11 6–12 9–9 6–12 8–10
Los Angeles 7–11 9–9 8–10 9–9 8–10 12–6 12–6 7–11 10–8
Minnesota 8–10 13–5 9–9 8–10–1 7–11 9–9 6–12 8–10 11–7
New York 8–10 9–9 12–6 15–3–1 10–8–1 12–6 11–7 10–8 12–6
Washington 5–13 6–12 6–12 7–11 7–11 10–8 8–10 7–11 6–12


Notable transactions

Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day Starters
# Name Position
18 Dick Howser SS
25 Vic Davalillo CF
27 Leon Wagner LF
10 Max Alvis 3B
15 Fred Whitfield 1B
24 Tito Francona RF
7 Johnny Romano C
12 Woodie Held 2B
33 Mudcat Grant P

[4]

Roster

1964 Cleveland Indians
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 Johnny Romano 106 352 85 .241 19 47
1B Bob Chance 120 390 109 .279 14 75
2B Larry Brown 115 335 77 .230 12 40
3B Max Alvis 107 381 96 .252 18 53
SS Dick Howser 162 637 163 .256 3 52
LF Leon Wagner 163 641 162 .253 31 100
CF Vic Davalillo 150 577 156 .270 6 51
RF Tito Francona 111 270 67 .248 8 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
Woodie Held 118 364 86 .236 18 49
Fred Whitfield 101 293 79 .270 10 29
Chico Salmon 86 283 87 .307 4 25
Joe Azcue 83 271 74 .273 4 34
Billy Moran 69 151 31 .205 1 10
Al Smith 61 136 22 .162 4 9
Jerry Kindall 23 25 9 .360 2 2
Al Luplow 19 18 2 .111 0 1
George Banks 9 17 5 .294 2 3
Tony Martínez 9 14 3 .214 0 2
Tommie Agee 13 12 2 .167 0 0
Paul Dicken 11 11 0 .000 0 0
Wally Post 5 8 0 .000 0 0
Duke Sims 2 6 0 .000 0 0
Vern Fuller 2 1 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 Kralick 30 190.2 12 7 3.21 119
Sam McDowell 31 173.1 11 6 2.70 177
Dick Donovan 30 158.1 7 9 4.55 83
Luis Tiant 19 127.0 10 4 2.83 105

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
Sonny Siebert 41 156.0 7 9 3.23 144
Pedro Ramos 36 133.0 7 10 5.14 98
Tommy John 25 94.1 2 9 3.91 65
Lee Stange 23 91.2 4 8 4.12 78
Mudcat Grant 13 62.0 3 4 5.95 43

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
Don McMahon 70 6 4 16 2.41 92
Gary Bell 56 8 6 4 4.33 89
Ted Abernathy 53 2 6 11 4.33 57
Jerry Walker 6 0 1 0 4.66 5
Tom Kelley 6 0 0 0 5.59 7
Gordon Seyfried 2 0 0 0 0.00 0

Farm system

See also: Minor league baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Johnny Lipon
AA Charleston Indians Eastern League Bob Nieman
A Burlington Indians Carolina League Bill Herring
A Dubuque Packers Midwest League Walt Novick

[5]

Awards

References

  1. ^ Dave Nelson page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p.4, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0
  3. ^ Pedro Ramos page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ 1964 Opening Day Lineup at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  6. ^ Vic Davalillo at Baseball Reference