1959 Cleveland Indians season

1959 Cleveland Indians season

The 1959 Cleveland Indians season was the 59th in franchise history. The Indians finished in second place in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 65 losses, five games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

Offseason

Regular season

On June 10, right fielder Rocky Colavito hit four home runs in one game against the Baltimore Orioles.[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

Roster

1959 Cleveland Indians
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
2B Martin, BillyBilly Martin 73 242 63 .260 9 24
CF Piersall, JimmyJimmy Piersall 100 317 78 .246 4 30
RF Colavito, RockyRocky Colavito 154 588 151 .257 42 111

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
Bolger, JimJim Bolger 8 7 0 .000 0 0

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
Bell, GaryGary Bell 44 234 16 11 4.04 136

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
Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 38 165.1 10 7 4.14 85
Locke, BobbyBobby Locke 24 77.2 0 1 5.22 17
Garcia, MikeMike Garcia 29 72 3 6 4.00 49
Ferrarese, DonDon Ferrarese 15 76 5 3 3.20 45
Smith, BobBob Smith 12 29.1 0 1 5.22 17
Briggs, JohnJohn Briggs 4 12.2 0 1 5.22 17

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
Brodowski, DickDick Brodowski 18 2 2 5 1.80 9
Cicotte, AlAl Cicotte 26 3 1 1 5.32 23
Robinson, HumbertoHumberto Robinson 5 1 0 0 4.15 6

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League Catfish Metkovich
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Mel McGaha
A Reading Indians Eastern League Al Hollingsworth
B Burlington Indians Carolina League Pinky May
C Minot Mallards Northern League Ken Landenberger
D Selma Cloverleafs Alabama-Florida League Johnny Lipon
D North Platte Indians Nebraska State League Mark Wylie
D Batavia Indians New York-Penn League Paul O'Dea

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Selma[9]

Notes

References

  • 1959 Cleveland Indians team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1959 Cleveland Indians team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
  • 1959 WS page at Baseball Reference