1959 Detroit Tigers season

1959 Detroit Tigers season

1959 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Fred Knorr, John Fetzer
Manager(s) Bill Norman, Jimmy Dykes
Local television WJBK
Local radio WKMH
(George Kell)
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The 1959 Detroit Tigers season was the 59th season for the American League franchise in Detroit. It involved the Tigers finishing in fourth place with a record of 76-78, eighteen games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

Contents

  • Offseason 1
  • Regular season 2
    • Season standings 2.1
    • Notable transactions 2.2
    • Roster 2.3
  • Player stats 3
    • Batting 3.1
      • Starters by position 3.1.1
      • Other batters 3.1.2
    • Pitching 3.2
      • Starting pitchers 3.2.1
      • Other pitchers 3.2.2
      • Relief pitchers 3.2.3
  • Farm system 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6

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

  • April 2, 1959: Maury Wills was returned by the Detroit Tigers to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a conditional deal.[1]
  • June 13, 1959: Bob Smith was selected off waivers by the Tigers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.[5]

Roster

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 Harris, GailGail Harris 114 349 77 .221 9 39

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
Álvarez, OssieOssie Álvarez 8 2 1 .500 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
Bunning, JimJim Bunning 40 249.2 17 13 3.89 201
Mossi, DonDon Mossi 34 228 17 9 3.36 125

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
Narleski, RayRay Narleski 42 104.1 4 12 5.78 71
Bruce, BobBob Bruce 2 2 0 1 9.00 1

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
Susce, GeorgeGeorge Susce 9 0 0 0 12.89 9
Smith, BobBob Smith 9 0 0 0 8.18 10
Aguirre, HankHank Aguirre 3 0 0 0 3.38 3

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Senators American Association Bill Adair
AA Birmingham Barons Southern Association Skeeter Newsome
A Knoxville Smokies Sally League Johnny Pesky
B Durham Bulls Carolina League Frank Skaff
D Montgomery Rebels Alabama-Florida League Frank Carswell
D Decatur Commodores Midwest League Stubby Overmire
D Erie Sailors New York-Penn League Al Lakeman and Pat Mullin

Notes

  1. ^ a b Maury Wills page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Billy Martin page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Lou Skizas page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Andy Kosco page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Bob Smith page at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.  
  • 1959 Detroit Tigers season at Baseball Reference