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1952 Philadelphia Athletics
Major league affiliations
1952 Information
Owner(s) Earle Mack & Roy Mack
Manager(s) Jimmy Dykes
Local television WPTZ/WCAU/WFIL
(By Saam, Claude Haring)
Local radio WIBG
(By Saam, Claude Haring, George Walsh)

The Philadelphia Athletics' 1952 season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League with a record of 79 wins and 75 losses. 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.



Regular season

The Athletics improved 9 games from their 70-84 record in 1951 and improved to 4th in the American League. 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


1952 Philadelphia Athletics roster
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
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


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Shantz, BobbyBobby Shantz 33 279.2 24 7 2.48 152
Bishop, CharlieCharlie Bishop 6 30.2 2 2 6.46 17

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
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




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