1959 Kansas City Athletics season

1959 Kansas City Athletics season

The 1959 Kansas City Athletics season was the fifth for the franchise in Kansas City, and its 59th overall. It involved the A's finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 66 wins and 88 losses, 28 games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

Offseason

Regular season

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 Kansas City Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Avg. Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
C House, FrankFrank House 98 347 32 82 .236 1 30
1B Hadley, KentKent Hadley 113 288 40 73 .253 10 39
2B Lumpe, JerryJerry Lumpe 108 403 47 98 .243 3 28
3B Williams, DickDick Williams 130 488 72 130 .266 16 75
SS DeMaestri, JoeJoe DeMaestri 118 352 31 86 .244 6 34
LF Cerv, BobBob Cerv 125 463 61 132 .285 20 87
CF Tuttle, BillBill Tuttle 126 463 74 139 .300 7 43
RF Maris, RogerRoger Maris 122 433 69 118 .273 16 72
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Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
Smith, HalHal Smith 108 292 36 84 .288 5 31
Terwilliger, WayneWayne Terwilliger 74 180 27 48 .267 2 18
Chiti, HarryHarry Chiti 55 162 20 44 .272 5 25
López, HéctorHéctor López 35 135 22 38 .281 6 24
Boone, RayRay Boone 61 132 19 36 .273 2 12
Herzog, WhiteyWhitey Herzog 38 123 25 36 .293 1 9
Ward, PrestonPreston Ward 58 109 8 27 .248 2 19
Simpson, HarryHarry Simpson 8 14 1 4 .286 1 2
Carroll, TomTom Carroll 14 7 1 .143 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
Daley, BudBud Daley 39 216.1 16 13 3.16 125
Garver, NedNed Garver 32 201 10 13 3.71 61
Kucks, JohnnyJohnny Kucks 33 151.1 8 11 3.87 51
Terry, RalphRalph Terry 9 46.1 2 4 5.24 35

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
Grim, BobBob Grim 40 125.1 6 10 4.09 65
Tsitouris, JohnJohn Tsitouris 24 83.1 4 3 4.97 50
Coleman, RipRip Coleman 29 81 2 10 4.56 54

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
Sturdivant, TomTom Sturdivant 36 2 6 5 4.65 57
Gorman, TomTom Gorman 17 1 0 1 7.08 9
Kutyna, MartyMarty Kutyna 4 0 0 1 0.00 1
Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 2 0 0 0 11.57 7

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Tommy Heath
AA Shreveport Sports Southern Association Les Peden
A Albany Senators Eastern League Al Evans
B Sioux City Soos Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Bill Capps
C Pocatello Athletics Pioneer League Tommy Giordano
D Grand Island Athletics Nebraska State League Art Mazmanian
D Olean Athletics New York-Penn League Bill Robertson
D Plainview Athletics Sophomore League Bobby Hofman
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References

External links

  • 1959 Kansas City Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1959 Kansas City Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com