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1955 Philadelphia Phillies
Major league affiliations
1955 Information
Owner(s) Robert R.M. Carpenter
General Manager(s) Roy Hamey
Manager(s) Mayo Smith
Local television WPTZ
Local radio WIP
(By Saam, Claude Haring, Gene Kelly)

The 1955 season was the first for manager Mayo Smith. Prior to the season, the Phillies were seen to have strong pitching with ace Robin Roberts but did not have power-hitters to match pennant favorites Brooklyn, New York, or Milwaukee,[1] behind whom the Phillies finished in fourth-place with a record of 77 and 77.

Prior to the 1955 season, the Phillies purchased the 50-foot tall Ballantine Beer electronic scoreboard from Yankee Stadium for $175,000 from the Yankees. It was placed in right-center field at Connie Mack Stadium. This scoreboard was used through the final year at the ballpark.[2]



Spring Training

In March 1955, the Phillies began spring training play at Clearwater's Jack Russell Stadium. The stadium was dedicated on March 10, 1955.[6] Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, National League president Warren Giles, American League president Will Harridge, Clearwater mayor Herbert M. Brown, and other city dignitaries were in attendance. [7] The Phillies played their first game at the stadium on the day of the dedication. Robin Roberts started for the Phillies against the Detroit Tigers. The Phillies won 4-2 on a two-run double by Willie Jones before 4,209 attendees.

Regular season


Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 -- .641
Milwaukee Braves 85 69 13.5 .552
New York Giants 80 74 18.5 .519
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 21.5 .500
Cincinnati Redlegs 75 79 23.5 .487
Chicago Cubs 72 81 26 .471
St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 30.5 .442
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 38.5 .390

Notable transactions


1955 Philadelphia Phillies 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
SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 92 260 51 .196 7 39
OF Greengrass, JimJim Greengrass 94 323 88 .272 12 37

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
Lowrey, PeanutsPeanuts Lowrey 54 106 20 .189 0 8
Burgess, SmokySmoky Burgess 7 21 4 .190 1 1


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
Dickson, MurryMurry Dickson 36 216 12 11 3.50 92

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
Cole, DaveDave Cole 7 18.1 0 3 6.38 6

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

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Skeeter Newsome
A Schenectady Blue Jays Eastern League Don Osborn
B Reidsville Phillies Carolina League Charlie Gassaway
C Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League Don Sturgeon and Red Jessen
C Trois-Rivières Phillies Provincial League Al Barillari
D Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Eddie Murphy
D Mattoon Phillies Mississippi-Ohio Valley League Burl Storie
D Bradford Phillies PONY League Lew Krausse, Sr., and Patrick Colgan



  1. ^ John Drebinger (1955-04-10). "BASEBALL SEASON OPENS TOMORROW". New York Times: p. S1. 
  2. ^ Joe Sixpack (2009-10-28). "Joe Sixpack: Phillies have Yanks to thank for Ballantine sign". Philadelphia Daily News. 
  3. ^ Peanuts Lowrey page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jimmie Coker page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Ed Bouchee page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ "Phillies". Miami Daily News: p. 12A. 1955-03-10.,3099285&dq=phillies&hl=en. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Allen (March 1986). ""Philadelphia Clearwater '47 '86". 1986 Phillies Spring Training 40th Year in Clearwater (Clearwater, FL: Philadelphia Phillies): 4, 5. 
  8. ^ Smoky Burgess page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007



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