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1955 Kansas City Athletics
Major league affiliations
Location
1955 Information
Owner(s) Arnold Johnson
Manager(s) Lou Boudreau
Local television none
Local radio KMBC
(Merle Harmon, Larry Ray)

The Kansas City Athletics' 1955 season involved the A's finishing 6th in the American League with a record of 63 wins and 91 losses.

On October 12, 1954, the owners approved the sale of the Athletics to Chicago businessman Arnold Johnson, moved the team from Philadelphia to Kansas City for the 1955 season. In 1955, the new Kansas City Athletics drew 1,393,054 to Municipal Stadium.

The A's won 63 games in 1955, only the fifth time in the last 20 years that they'd managed to win more than 60 games. However, the A's ended up 33 games behind the AL Champion Yankees.

Contents

Offseason

  • Prior to 1955 season: Bob Davis was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[1]
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Spring training

The A's and Philadelphia Phillies had played a Philadelphia City Series since 1903. The Kansas City A's returned to Philadelphia at the end of spring training in 1955, and the teams played two games. The A's beat the Phillies in the second game, 10-2, at Wilmington Park, home of the original Wilmington Blue Rocks.[2]

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 96 58 .623 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 3
Chicago White Sox 91 63 .591 5
Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 12
Detroit Tigers 79 75 .513 17
Kansas City Athletics 63 91 .409 33
Baltimore Orioles 57 97 .370 39
Washington Senators 53 101 .344 43

Notable transactions

Roster

1955 Kansas City Athletics roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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 Power, VicVic Power 147 596 190 .319 19 76
2B Finigan, JimJim Finigan 150 549 135 .255 9 68
3B López, HéctorHéctor López 128 483 140 .290 15 68

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Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Wilson, BillBill Wilson 98 273 61 .223 15 38
Slaughter, EnosEnos Slaughter 108 267 86 .322 5 34
Boyer, CleteClete Boyer 47 79 19 .241 0 6

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cox, GlennGlenn Cox 2 2.1 0 2 30.86 2

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Boyer, CloydCloyd Boyer 30 98.1 5 5 6.22 32
Keriazakos, GusGus Keriazakos 5 11.2 0 1 12.34 8

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Gorman, TomTom Gorman 57 7 6 18 3.55 46
Harrington, BillBill Harrington 34 3 3 2 4.11 26
Sain, JohnnyJohnny Sain 25 2 5 1 5.44 12
Fricano, MarionMarion Fricano 10 0 0 0 3.15 5
Burtschy, MoeMoe Burtschy 7 2 0 0 10.32 9
Bishop, CharlieCharlie Bishop 4 1 0 0 5.40 4
Blackwell, EwellEwell Blackwell 2 0 1 0 6.75 2
Dixon, SonnySonny Dixon 2 0 0 0 16.20 0
Wilson, BillBill Wilson 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

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Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Nick Cullop
A Savannah Athletics Sally League Clyde Kluttz
B Lancaster Red Roses Piedmont League Hank Biasatti
C Hot Springs Bathers Cotton States League Joe Lutz and Mickey O'Neil
C Burlington A's Provincial League Vince Plumbo
D Welch Miners/Marion A's Appalachian League Herb Mancini
D Seminole Oilers Sooner State League Charles Hopkins and Al Evans

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lancaster

Welch franchise transferred to Marion and renamed, July 14, 1955

Notes

References


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