1954 Cleveland Indians season
The 1954 Cleveland Indians advanced to the World Series for the first time in six years. It was the team's third American League championship in franchise history. The Indians' 111–43 record is the all-time record for winning percentage by an American League team (.721), as this was before 162 games were played in a season.
|1954 Cleveland Indians|
|1954 American League Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Myron H. Wilson|
|General manager(s)||Hank Greenberg|
(Ken Coleman, Jim Britt)
(Jimmy Dudley, Ed Edwards)
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For more than 60 years, Cleveland had been the only team in Major League Baseball to have compiled two different 11-game winning streaks within the same season, until the Toronto Blue Jays were able to accomplish the rare feat during the 2015 regular season.
However, their great regular-season record would not be enough to win the World Series, as the Indians got swept in four games by the New York Giants, after which the Indians would not return to the Fall Classic until 1995.
|New York Yankees||103||51||0.669||8||54–23||49–28|
|Chicago White Sox||94||60||0.610||17||45–32||49–28|
|Boston Red Sox||69||85||0.448||42||38–39||31–46|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1954 American League Records
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- April 12, 1954: Hal Newhouser was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- June 1, 1954: Bob Chakales was traded by the Indians to the Baltimore Orioles for Vic Wertz.
|1954 Cleveland Indians|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
1954 World SeriesEdit
This was the first time (and only to date) that the Cleveland Indians were swept in a World Series. The only highlight for the Indians was that they kept the Yankees from winning their sixth straight series. The last time the Yankees had not won the series or pennant beforehand was 1948, when, again, the Indians kept them out (although that year, they won the Series). It was also the only World Series from 1949 to 1958 which did not feature the Yankees.
|New York (N)||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||5||9||3|
|W: Marv Grissom (1–0) L: Bob Lemon (0–1)|
|HR: NYG – Dusty Rhodes (1)|
|New York (N)||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||x||3||4||0|
|W: Johnny Antonelli (1–0) L: Early Wynn (0–1)|
|HR: CLE – Al Smith (1) NYG – Dusty Rhodes (2)|
|New York (N)||1||0||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||6||10||1|
|W: Rubén Gómez (1–0) L: Mike Garcia (0–1) S: Hoyt Wilhelm (1)|
|HR: CLE – Vic Wertz (1)|
|New York (N)||0||2||1||0||4||0||0||0||0||7||10||3|
|W: Don Liddle (1–0) L: Bob Lemon (0–2) S: Johnny Antonelli (1)|
|HR: CLE – Hank Majeski (1)|
1954 World Series (4–0): New York Giants (N.L.) over Cleveland Indians (A.L.)
|New York Giants||1||2||6||0||7||1||1||0||0||3||21||33||7|
|Total Attendance: 251,507 Average Attendance: 62,877|
|Winning Player's Share: – $11,118 Losing Player's Share – $6,713|
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- Perry, Dayn (August 13, 2015). "Blue Jays become first team since '54 Indians with two 11-game win streaks". CBSsports.com.
- Dave Philley page at Baseball Reference
- Hal Newhouser page at Baseball-Reference
- Bob Chakales page at Baseball-Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p.68, Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, Touchstone Books, Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4165-8928-0