1955 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1955 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
General manager(s) Roy Hamey
Manager(s) Mayo Smith
Local television WPTZ
WFIL
Local radio WIP
(By Saam, Claude Haring, Gene Kelly)
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The 1955 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. It was the first season for Phillies' manager Mayo Smith. Prior to the season, the Phillies were seen to have strong pitching with ace Robin Roberts but did not have power hitters to match pennant favorites Brooklyn, New York, or Milwaukee,[1] behind whom the Phillies finished in fourth place with a record of 77 and 77.

Offseason

Prior to the 1955 season, the Phillies purchased the 50-foot-tall (15 m) Ballantine Beer electronic scoreboard from Yankee Stadium for $175,000 from the Yankees. It was placed in right-center field at Connie Mack Stadium. This scoreboard was used through the final year at the ballpark.[2]

Spring training

In March 1955, the Phillies began spring training play at Clearwater's Jack Russell Stadium. The stadium was dedicated on March 10, 1955.[3] Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, National League president Warren Giles, American League president Will Harridge, Clearwater mayor Herbert M. Brown, and other city dignitaries were in attendance.[4] The Phillies played their first game at the stadium on the day of the dedication. Robin Roberts started for the Phillies against the Detroit Tigers. The Phillies won 4–2 on a two-run double by Willie Jones before 4,209 attendees.

Notable transactions

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 0.641 56–21 42–34
Milwaukee Braves 85 69 0.552 13½ 46–31 39–38
New York Giants 80 74 0.519 18½ 44–35 36–39
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 0.500 21½ 46–31 31–46
Cincinnati Redlegs 75 79 0.487 23½ 46–31 29–48
Chicago Cubs 72 81 0.471 26 43–33 29–48
St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 0.442 30½ 41–36 27–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 0.390 38½ 36–39 24–55


Record vs. opponents

1955 National League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 14–7–1 12–10 15–7 13–9 16–6 14–8 14–8
Chicago 7–14–1 11–11 7–15 12–10 10–12 11–11 14–8
Cincinnati 10–12 11–11 9–13 9–13 11–11 14–8 11–11
Milwaukee 7–15 15–7 13–9 14–8 14–8 11–11 11–11
New York 9–13 10–12 13–9 8–14 10–12 17–5 13–9
Philadelphia 6–16 12–10 11–11 8–14 12–10 15–7 13–9
Pittsburgh 8–14 11–11 8–14 11–11 5–17 7–15 10–12
St. Louis 8–14 8–14 11–11 11–11 9–13 9–13 12–10


Notable transactions

Roster

1955 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Seminick, AndyAndy Seminick 93 289 71 .246 11 34
3B Jones, WillieWillie Jones 146 516 133 .258 16 81
SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 92 260 51 .196 7 39
OF Greengrass, JimJim Greengrass 94 323 88 .272 12 37

Other batters

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
Gorbous, GlenGlen Gorbous 91 224 53 .237 4 23
Lowrey, PeanutsPeanuts Lowrey 54 106 20 .189 0 8
Palys, StanStan Palys 15 52 15 .288 1 8
Burgess, SmokySmoky Burgess 7 21 4 .190 1 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roberts, RobinRobin Roberts 40 305 23 14 3.28 160
Dickson, MurryMurry Dickson 36 216 12 11 3.50 92

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kuzava, BobBob Kuzava 17 32.1 1 0 7.24 13
Cole, DaveDave Cole 7 18.1 0 3 6.38 6
Ridzik, SteveSteve Ridzik 3 11 0 1 2.45 6

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Meyer, JackJack Meyer 50 6 11 16 3.43 97
Miller, BobBob Miller 40 8 4 1 2.41 28
Kipper, ThorntonThornton Kipper 24 0 1 0 4.99 15
Mrozinski, RonRon Mrozinski 22 0 2 1 6.55 18
Lovenguth, LynnLynn Lovenguth 14 0 1 0 4.50 14
Greenwood, BobBob Greenwood 1 0 0 0 15.43 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Skeeter Newsome
A Schenectady Blue Jays Eastern League Don Osborn
B Reidsville Phillies Carolina League Charlie Gassaway
C Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League Don Sturgeon and Red Jessen
C Trois-Rivières Phillies Provincial League Al Barillari
D Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Eddie Murphy
D Mattoon Phillies Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Burl Storie
D Bradford Phillies PONY League Lew Krausse, Sr., and Patrick Colgan

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References

  1. John Drebinger (April 10, 1955). "BASEBALL SEASON OPENS TOMORROW". New York Times. p. S1. 
  2. Joe Sixpack (October 28, 2009). "Joe Sixpack: Phillies have Yanks to thank for Ballantine sign". Philadelphia Daily News. 
  3. "Phillies". Miami Daily News. March 10, 1955. p. 12A. 
  4. Lewis, Allen (March 1986). "Philadelphia Clearwater '47 '86". 1986 Phillies Spring Training 40th Year in Clearwater. Clearwater, Florida: Philadelphia Phillies: 4, 5. 
  5. Peanuts Lowrey at Baseball Reference
  6. Jimmie Coker at Baseball Reference
  7. Ed Bouchee at Baseball Reference
  8. Smoky Burgess at Baseball Reference
  9. http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1955as.shtml
  10. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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