1954 Season News

The Boston Red Sox managed to pull off a rare triple play, but still lost to the Baltimore Orioles during a seventeen-inning game that set a new American League record for time consumed at four hours and fifty-eight minutes, and tied the Major League mark (set seven weeks earlier) for the most players used in a single game (forty-two).

On August 30th, the Cleveland Indians completed an embarrassing eleven home-game sweep of the visiting Boston Red Sox. It was the first such sweep since the New York Yankees, led by "Murderers Row", had blanked the laughable St. Louis Browns back in 1927.

Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals hit five home runs himself during a May 2nd doubleheader against the New York Giants. In a strange coincidence, eight-year-old Nate Colbert (who would grow up to play for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics) was in attendance and would become the only other player in Major League history to tie Musial's mark. Both teams split for the day as the Cards won the first game 10-6 and the Giants took the second 9-7.

In Game 1 of the Fall Classic, New York Giants outfielder Willie Mays made what many consider to be the greatest catch in World Series history. "Say Hey" managed to hold the game to a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning after racing back to deep centerfield and making an awkward "over-the-head" snatch of Cleveland Indian Vic Wertz's 462-foot drive.
1954 American League
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 111-43 -
New York Yankees 103-51 8.0
Chicago White Sox 94-60 17.0
Boston Red Sox 69-85 42.0
Detroit Tigers 68-86 43.0
Washington Senators 66-88 45.0
Baltimore Orioles 54-100 57.0
Philadelphia Athletics 51-103 60.0
1954 National League
Team Record GB
New York Giants 97-57 -
Brooklyn Dodgers 92-62 5.0
Milwaukee Braves 89-65 8.0
Philadelphia Phillies 75-79 22.0
Cincinnati Redlegs 74-80 23.0
St. Louis Cardinals 72-85 25.0
Chicago Cubs 64-90 33.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 53-101 44.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cleveland Indians 111 43 0.721 746 4.84 504 3.27 156 89 0.262 0.342 0.403 2.78 486 678 0.979 148
New York Yankees 103 51 0.669 805 5.23 563 3.66 133 86 0.268 0.349 0.408 3.26 552 655 0.979 198
Chicago White Sox 94 60 0.610 711 4.62 521 3.38 94 94 0.267 0.344 0.379 3.05 517 701 0.982 149
Boston Red Sox 69 85 0.448 700 4.55 728 4.73 123 118 0.266 0.345 0.395 4.01 612 707 0.972 163
Detroit Tigers 68 86 0.442 584 3.79 664 4.31 90 138 0.258 0.322 0.367 3.81 506 603 0.978 131
Washington Senators 66 88 0.429 632 4.10 680 4.42 81 79 0.246 0.325 0.355 3.84 573 562 0.977 172
Baltimore Orioles 54 100 0.351 483 3.14 668 4.34 52 78 0.251 0.313 0.338 3.88 688 668 0.975 152
Philadelphia Athletics 51 103 0.331 542 3.52 875 5.68 94 141 0.236 0.303 0.342 5.18 685 555 0.971 163
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Giants 97 57 0.630 732 4.75 550 3.57 186 113 0.264 0.331 0.424 3.09 613 692 0.974 172
Brooklyn Dodgers 92 62 0.597 778 5.05 740 4.81 186 164 0.270 0.349 0.444 4.31 533 762 0.978 138
Milwaukee Braves 89 65 0.578 670 4.35 556 3.61 139 106 0.265 0.326 0.401 3.19 553 698 0.981 171
Philadelphia Phillies 75 79 0.487 659 4.28 614 3.99 102 133 0.267 0.343 0.395 3.59 450 570 0.975 133
Cincinnati Redlegs 74 80 0.481 729 4.73 763 4.95 147 169 0.262 0.333 0.406 4.50 547 537 0.977 194
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 0.468 799 5.19 790 5.13 119 170 0.281 0.351 0.421 4.50 535 680 0.976 178
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 700 4.55 766 4.97 159 131 0.263 0.324 0.412 4.51 619 622 0.974 164
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 101 0.344 557 3.62 845 5.49 76 128 0.248 0.323 0.350 4.92 564 525 0.971 136