The 1953 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 72nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 62nd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 83–71 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League.

1953 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record83–71 (.539)
League place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s)Eddie Stanky
Local radioWIL
(Harry Caray, Gus Mancuso, Stretch Miller)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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Prior to the start of the season, August A. Busch, Jr. of Anheuser-Busch bought the team from Fred Saigh. That started a reign that would last until March, 1996, when William DeWitt, Jr., Drew Baur and Fred Hanser bought the club. Realizing the Cardinals now had more resources than he could possibly match, Bill Veeck, owner of the St. Louis Browns decided to search for another city to which to move the Browns. As a first step, he sold Sportsman's Park to the Cardinals. He would have probably had to sell the park in any case; the park had fallen into disrepair over the years, and the city had threatened to have it condemned. With the Browns' declining revenues – despite collecting rent from the Cardinals – Veeck could not afford to bring it up to code. Busch heavily renovated the 44-year-old park and renamed it Busch Stadium. Within a year, Veeck also sold the Browns to Jerold Hoffberger and Clarence Miles, and the new owners moved them to Baltimore as the Orioles.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 0.682 60–17 45–32
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 13 45–31 47–31
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 0.539 22 48–29 35–42
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 0.539 22 48–30 35–41
New York Giants 70 84 0.455 35 38–39 32–45
Cincinnati Redlegs 68 86 0.442 37 38–39 30–47
Chicago Cubs 65 89 0.422 40 43–34 22–55
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 0.325 55 26–51 24–53

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1953 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 13–9–1 15–7 13–9 15–7 14–8 20–2 15–7
Chicago 9–13–1 12–10 8–14 9–13 5–17 11–11 11–11
Cincinnati 7–15 10–12 8–14 9–13 12–10 15–7 7–15–1
Milwaukee 9–13 14–8 14–8 14–8–1 13–9–1 15–7 13–9–1
New York 7–15 13–9 13–9 8–14–1 9–13 11–11 9–13
Philadelphia 8–14 17–5 10–12 9–13–1 13–9 15–7 11–11–1
Pittsburgh 2–20 11–11 7–15 7–15 11–11 7–15 5–17
St. Louis 7–15 11–11 15–7–1 9–13–1 13–9 11–11–1 17–5


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1953 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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

Other battersEdit

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
Pete Castiglione 67 52 9 .173 0 3
Dick Rand 9 31 9 .290 0 1
Grant Dunlap 16 17 6 .353 1 3
Billy Johnson 11 5 1 .200 0 1
Eddie Phillips 9 0 0 ---- 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Al Brazle 60 6 7 18 4.21 57
Eddie Erautt 20 3 1 0 6.31 15
Jackie Collum 7 0 0 0 6.35 5
Dick Bokelmann 3 0 0 0 6.00 0

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit