1955 Season News

April 14 - Elston Howard becomes the first African American to wear the New York Yankees uniform. He singles in his first-at-bat, against the Boston Red Sox, as the Yanks win 8-4.

May 12 - At Wrigley Field, Sam Jones of the Chicago Cubs no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0, becoming the first African American to pitch a no-hitter in the Major Leagues.

September 8 - The Brooklyn Dodgers clinches the National League pennant by beating the Braves 10-2 for their 8th straight win. They break their own Major League Baseball record for the earliest clinching, set in 1953.

October 3 - No more "wait till' next year" as the Brooklyn Dodgers, behind the 2-0 pitching of Johnny Podres, brings its first world championship to Brooklyn after 7 previous frustrated World Series appearances. sixth-inning replacement Sandy Amoros races over to the wall in left field to one-hand an opposite-field bid for extra bases by Yogi Berra with the tying runs on. Amoros turns and fires to shortstop Pee Wee Reese who throws a bullet to Gil Hodges at first base for the double play on Yankee baserunner Gil McDougald.
1955 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 96-58 -
Cleveland Indians 93-61 3.0
Chicago White Sox 91-63 5.0
Boston Red Sox 84-70 12.0
Detroit Tigers 79-75 17.0
Kansas City Athletics 63-91 33.0
Baltimore Orioles 57-97 39.0
Washington Senators 53-101 43.0
1955 National League
Team Record GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 98-55 -
Milwaukee Braves 85-69 13.5
New York Giants 80-74 18.5
Philadelphia Phillies 77-77 21.5
Cincinnati Redlegs 75-79 23.5
Chicago Cubs 72-81 26.0
St. Louis Cardinals 68-86 30.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 60-94 38.5
American 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 Yankees 96 58 0.623 762 4.95 569 3.69 175 108 0.260 0.338 0.418 3.23 688 731 0.978 180
Cleveland Indians 93 61 0.604 698 4.53 601 3.90 148 111 0.257 0.349 0.394 3.39 558 877 0.981 152
Chicago White Sox 91 63 0.591 725 4.71 557 3.62 116 111 0.268 0.340 0.388 3.37 497 720 0.981 147
Boston Red Sox 84 70 0.545 755 4.90 652 4.23 137 128 0.264 0.351 0.402 3.72 582 674 0.977 140
Detroit Tigers 79 75 0.513 775 5.03 658 4.27 130 126 0.266 0.346 0.394 3.79 517 629 0.976 159
Kansas City Athletics 63 91 0.409 638 4.14 911 5.92 121 175 0.261 0.320 0.382 5.35 707 572 0.976 174
Baltimore Orioles 57 97 0.370 540 3.51 754 4.90 54 103 0.240 0.313 0.320 4.21 625 595 0.973 159
Washington Senators 53 101 0.344 598 3.88 789 5.12 80 99 .0248 0.320 0.351 4.62 634 607 0.974 170
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 0.641 857 5.60 650 4.25 201 168 0.271 0.355 0.448 3.68 483 773 0.978 156
Milwaukee Braves 85 69 0.552 743 4.82 668 4.34 182 138 0.261 0.325 0.427 3.85 591 654 0.975 155
New York Giants 80 74 0.519 702 4.56 673 4.37 169 155 0.260 0.324 0.402 3.77 560 721 0.976 165
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 0.500 675 4.38 666 4.32 132 161 0.255 0.340 0.395 3.93 477 657 0.981 117
Cincinnati Redlegs 75 79 0.487 761 4.94 684 4.44 181 161 0.270 0.340 0.425 3.95 443 576 0.977 169
Chicago Cubs 72 81 0.471 626 4.09 713 4.66 164 153 0.247 0.304 0.398 4.17 601 686 0.975 147
St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 0.442 654 4.25 757 4.92 143 185 0.261 0.320 0.400 4.56 549 730 0.975 152
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 0.390 560 3.64 767 4.98 91 142 0.244 0.307 0.361 4.39 536 622 0.972 175