1952 Philadelphia Athletics season

1952 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1952 Philadelphia Athletics season saw the A's finish fourth in the American League with a record of 79 wins and 75 losses. They finished 16 games behind the eventual World Champion New York Yankees. The Athletics' 1952 campaign would be their final winning season in Philadelphia; it would also be their only winning season of the 1950s. Indeed, the Athletics would have to wait until 1968, their first season in Oakland, for their next winning record.

Offseason

Regular season

The Athletics improved 9 games from their 70-84 record in 1951 and improved to 4th in the American League. A Most Valuable Player season was turned in by left-handed pitcher Bobby Shantz and the A.L. batting championship was won by Ferris Fain with a .320 batting average.

Gus Zernial hit 29 home runs and drove in 100 RBI while Eddie Joost chipped in 20 HRS and 75 RBI. However, outside Bobby Shantz, who went 24-7, their best pitcher record-wise was Harry Byrd, with a 15-15 record. They finished 16 games behind the New York Yankees. This would also be the last time that the Athletics would finish with a winning record until 1968, when the team began playing in Oakland.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 95 59 .617 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 2
Chicago White Sox 81 73 .526 14
Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 .513 16
Washington Senators 78 76 .506 17
Boston Red Sox 76 78 .494 19
St. Louis Browns 64 90 .416 31
Detroit Tigers 50 104 .325 45

Notable transactions

Roster

1952 Philadelphia Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
1B Fain, FerrisFerris Fain 145 538 176 .327 2 59
2B Kell, SkeeterSkeeter Kell 75 213 47 .221 0 17
SS Joost, EddieEddie Joost 146 540 132 .244 20 75
OF Zernial, GusGus Zernial 145 549 144 .262 29 100

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
Hamilton, TomTom Hamilton 9 10 2 .200 0 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
Shantz, BobbyBobby Shantz 33 279.2 24 7 2.48 152
Byrd, HarryHarry Byrd 37 228.1 15 15 3.31 116
Bishop, CharlieCharlie Bishop 6 30.2 2 2 6.46 17

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

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
Fowler, DickDick Fowler 18 1 2 0 6.44 14
Fricano, MarionMarion Fricano 2 0 0 0 1.80 0

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ottawa Athletics International League Frank Skaff
A Savannah Indians Sally League George Staller
A Lincoln Athletics Western League Les Bell
B Fayetteville Athletics Carolina League Ducky Detweiler and Red Norris
B Harrisburg Senators Interstate League Buck Etchison and Woody Wheaton
C St. Hyacinthe A's Provincial League John Sosh
D Cordele A's Georgia-Florida League Norm Wilson
D Lexington Indians North Carolina State League Bob Deese, Ducky Detweiler,
Carl Campbell and Cliff Bolton
D Corning Athletics PONY League Joe Rullo

References

External links

  • 1952 Philadelphia Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1952 Philadelphia Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com