1959 Boston Red Sox season

1959 Boston Red Sox season

The 1959 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 75 wins and 79 losses, nineteen games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

Offseason

1958 turned out to be Jimmy Piersall's final season with the Red Sox. On December 2, 1958, Piersall was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Gary Geiger and Vic Wertz.[1]

Notable transactions

Regular season

  • The 1959 season was the year that the color barrier was broken for the Red Sox. Elijah "Pumpsie" Green became the first black player to play for the Red Sox.[4] Later in the season, Earl Wilson became the first black pitcher to play for the Boston Red Sox.[1]
  • Ted Williams would have an off year as he batted below .300.[5]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610 --
Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 5
New York Yankees 79 75 .513 15
Detroit Tigers 76 78 .494 18
Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 19
Baltimore Orioles 74 80 .481 20
Kansas City Athletics 66 88 .429 28
Washington Senators 63 91 .409 31

Notable transactions

Opening day lineup

24 Don Buddin SS
  3 Pete Runnels 2B
10 Gene Stephens    CF
  6 Vic Wertz 1B
  4 Jackie Jensen RF
11 Frank Malzone 3B
37 Gary Geiger RF
22 Sammy White C
23 Tom Brewer P

Roster

1959 Boston Red Sox
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
LF Williams, TedTed Williams 103 272 69 .254 10 43

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
Geiger, GaryGary Geiger 120 335 82 .245 11 48
Wertz, VicVic Wertz 94 247 68 .275 7 49
Green, PumpsiePumpsie Green 50 172 40 .233 1 10

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
Brewer, TomTom Brewer 36 215.1 10 12 3.76 121
Casale, JerryJerry Casale 31 179.2 13 8 4.31 93

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
Baumann, FrankFrank Baumann 26 95.2 6 4 4.05 48
Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson 9 23.2 1 1 6.08 17
Bowsfield, TedTed Bowsfield 5 9 0 1 15.00 4

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

See also

  • List of first black Major League Baseball players by team and date

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Minneapolis Millers American Association Gene Mauch
A Allentown Red Sox Eastern League Sheriff Robinson
B Raleigh Capitals Carolina League Ken Deal
D Waterloo Hawks Midwest League Elmer Yoter
D Corning Cor-Sox New York–Penn League Len Okrie
D Alpine Cowboys Sophomore League Eddie Popowski

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Minneapolis, Waterloo, Alpine[7]

Notes

References

  • 1959 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1959 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com