1953 Detroit Tigers season

The 1953 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the American League with a record of 60–94, 40½ games behind the New York Yankees.

1953 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Walter Briggs, Jr.
General manager(s)Charlie Gehringer
Manager(s)Fred Hutchinson
Local televisionWWJ
Local radioWJBK/WXYZ
(Van Patrick, Dizzy Trout)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 99 52 0.656 50–27 49–25
Cleveland Indians 92 62 0.597 53–24 39–38
Chicago White Sox 89 65 0.578 11½ 41–36 48–29
Boston Red Sox 84 69 0.549 16 38–38 46–31
Washington Senators 76 76 0.500 23½ 39–36 37–40
Detroit Tigers 60 94 0.390 40½ 30–47 30–47
Philadelphia Athletics 59 95 0.383 41½ 27–50 32–45
St. Louis Browns 54 100 0.351 46½ 23–54 31–46


Record vs. opponentsEdit


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 6–16 13–9 13–9 10–11 15–7 17–5 10–12
Chicago 16–6 11–11–1 14–8–1 9–13 10–12 17–5 12–10
Cleveland 9–13 11–11–1 14–8 11–11 19–3 17–5 11–11
Detroit 9–13 8–14–1 8–14 6–16 11–11–3 7–15 11–11
New York 11–10 13–9 11–11 16–6 17–5 17–5 14–6
Philadelphia 7–15 12–10 3–19 11–11–3 5–17 13–9 8–14
St. Louis 5–17 5–17 5–17 15–7 5–17 9–13 10–12
Washington 12–10 10–12 11–11 11–11 6–14 14–8 12–10


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1953 Detroit Tigers
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
C Matt Batts 116 374 104 .278 6 42
1B Walt Dropo 152 606 150 .248 13 96
2B Johnny Pesky 103 308 90 .292 2 24
SS Harvey Kuenn 155 679 209 .308 2 48
3B Ray Boone 101 385 120 .312 22 93
OF Bob Nieman 142 508 143 .281 15 69
OF Jim Delsing 138 479 138 .288 11 62
OF Don Lund 131 421 108 .257 9 47

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
Fred Hatfield 109 311 79 .254 3 19
Bud Souchock 89 278 84 .302 11 46
Jerry Priddy 65 196 46 .235 1 24
Johnny Bucha 60 158 35 .222 1 14
Pat Mullin 79 97 26 .268 4 17
Owen Friend 31 96 17 .177 3 10
Russ Sullivan 23 72 18 .250 1 6
Joe Ginsberg 18 53 16 .302 0 3
Billy Hitchcock 22 38 8 .211 0 0
Al Kaline 30 28 7 .250 1 2
John Baumgartner 7 27 5 .185 0 2
Frank Carswell 16 15 4 .267 0 2
Bob Swift 2 3 1 .333 0 1
George Freese 1 1 0 .000 0 0
Reno Bertoia 1 1 0 .000 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
Ned Garver 30 198.1 11 11 4.45 69
Billy Hoeft 29 197.2 9 14 4.83 90
Ted Gray 30 176.0 10 15 4.60 115
Steve Gromek 19 125.2 6 8 4.51 59
Ralph Branca 17 102.0 4 7 4.15 50

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
Dick Marlowe 42 119.2 6 7 5.26 52
Art Houtteman 16 68.2 2 6 5.90 28
Al Aber 17 66.2 4 3 4.46 34
Bill Wight 13 25.1 0 3 8.88 10
Hal Newhouser 7 21.2 0 1 7.06 6
Earl Harrist 8 18.2 0 2 8.68 7
Milt Jordan 8 17.0 0 1 5.82 4

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
Ray Herbert 43 4 6 6 5.24 37
Dave Madison 32 3 4 0 6.82 27
Hal Erickson 18 0 1 1 4.73 19
Bob Miller 13 1 2 0 5.94 9
Ray Scarborough 13 0 2 2 8.27 12
Dick Weik 12 0 1 0 13.97 6
Paul Foytack 6 0 0 0 11.17 7
Fred Hutchinson 3 0 0 0 2.79 4

Farm systemEdit

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Jack Tighe
AA Little Rock Travelers Southern Association Paul Campbell
A Montgomery Grays Sally League Charlie Metro
B Durham Bulls Carolina League Marv Owen
C Bakersfield Indians California League Ray Perry
C Jackson Senators Cotton States League Marland Doolittle
D Jamestown Falcons PONY League Dan Carnevale
D Wausau Timberjacks Wisconsin State League Wayne Blackburn

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jamestown

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Neil Berry at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jay Porter at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bob Shaw at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Ray Boone at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Hal Newhouser at Baseball Reference

ReferencesEdit

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
  • 1953 Detroit Tigers season at Baseball Reference