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1954 Cincinnati Redlegs
Major league affiliations
1954 Information
Owner(s) Powel Crosley Jr.
General Manager(s) Gabe Paul
Manager(s) Birdie Tebbetts
Local television WCPO-TV
(Waite Hoyt, Bob Gilmore)
Local radio WCPO
(Waite Hoyt, Bob Gilmore)

The Cincinnati Redlegs' 1954 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Redlegs attempting to win the National League. During the season, Nino Escalera became the first black player in the history of the Cincinnati franchise.[1]



  • October 6, 1953: Art Fowler was sent to the Cincinnati Reds by the Milwaukee Braves as part of a conditional deal. [2]
  • December 1, 1953: Brooks Lawrence was drafted from the Redlegs by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1953 minor league draft.[3]

Regular season


Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
New York Giants 97 57 -- .630
Brooklyn Dodgers 92 62 5 .597
Milwaukee Braves 89 65 8 .578
Philadelphia Phillies 75 79 22 .487
Cincinnati Redlegs 74 80 23 .481
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 25 .468
Chicago Cubs 64 90 33 .416
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 101 44 .344

Notable transactions


1954 Cincinnati Redlegs roster
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
OF Greengrass, JimJim Greengrass 139 542 152 .280 27 92

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
Escalera, NinoNino Escalera 73 69 11 .159 0 3


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Baczewski, FredFred Baczewski 29 130 6 6 5.26 43

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pearce, JimJim Pearce 2 11 1 0 0.00 3

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Smith, FrankFrank Smith 50 5 8 20 2.67 51

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Tulsa Oilers Texas League Joe Schultz
A Columbia Reds Sally League Ernie White
B High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms Carolina League Tommy Reis, Don Padgett and Fred Lanifero
B Colonial Heights-Petersburg Colts Piedmont League Johnny Vander Meer
C Maryville-Alcoa/Morristown Twins Mountain States League Tuck McWilliams
C Duluth Dukes Northern League Oscar Khedarian, Dick Wade and Danny Litwhiler
C Ogden Reds Pioneer League Earle Brucker, Sr.
D Fort Walton Beach Jets Alabama-Florida League John Streza
D Douglas Trojans Georgia State League Charles Bledsoe
D Fitzgerald Redlegs Georgia-Florida League Red Treadway

Maryville-Alcoa franchise transferred to Morristown, June 19, 1954; Morristown club folded, July 7[6]


  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.199, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^
  3. ^ Brooks Lawrence page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ernie Broglio page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jim Pearce page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007



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