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1953 American Association season

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The 1953 American Association season was the 52nd in the league's history, and ended with the Kansas City Blues winning their second straight league championship. The Blues would go on to lose the Junior World Series.

Contents

[edit] Final standings

Playoff teams in bold.

W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Toledo Sox 90 64 .584 -- Tommy Holmes/George Selkirk Milwaukee Braves
Kansas City Blues 88 66 .571 2 Harry Craft New York Yankees
Louisville Colonels 84 70 .545 6 Pinky Higgins Boston Red Sox
Indianapolis Indians 82 72 .532 8 Birdie Tebbetts Cleveland Indians
Minneapolis Millers 76 78 .494 14 Freddie Fitzsimmons/Frank Genovese New York Giants
St. Paul Saints 72 82 .468 18 Clay Bryant Brooklyn Dodgers
Columbus Red Birds 64 90 .416 26 Johnny Keane St. Louis Cardinals
Charleston Senators 60 94 .390 30 Joe Becker Chicago White Sox

[edit] Playoffs

  First Round Championship Finals
                 
1  Toledo Sox 4  
3  Louisville Colonels 3  
    1  Toledo Sox 3
  2  Kansas City Blues 4
2  Kansas City Blues 4
4  Indianapolis Indians 2  

[edit] First Round

Toledo vs. Louisville
Date Away Home
September 15 Louisville 3 Toledo 4
September 16 Louisville 3 Toledo 0
September 17 Louisville 2 Toledo 3
September 19 Toledo 0 Louisville 2
September 20 Toledo 5 Louisville 4
10 innings
September 21 Toledo 2 Louisville 3
September 22 Toledo 5 Louisville 2
Toledo wins series 4-3
Kansas City vs. Indianapolis
Date Away Home
September 15 Indianapolis 3 Kansas City 0
September 16 Indianapolis 1 Kansas City 4
September 17 Indianapolis 3 Kansas City 4
September 18 Kansas City 2 Indianapolis 5
September 20 Kansas City 3 Indianapolis 2
11 innings
September 21 Kansas City 2 Indianapolis 0
Kansas City wins series 4-2

[edit] Championship Finals

Toledo vs. Kansas City
Date Away Home
September 23 Kansas City 5 Toledo 2
September 24 Kansas City 9 Toledo 8
September 26 Kansas City 10 Toledo 0
September 27 Toledo 8 Kansas City 3
September 28 Toledo 5 Kansas City 4
September 29 Toledo 4 Kansas City 2
September 30 Toledo 1 Kansas City 4
Kansas City wins series 4-3 and
advances to Junior World Series

[edit] League Leaders

[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

  • Wins Gene Conley, Toledo, 23
  • Earned Run Average Conley, 2.90
  • Complete Games Conley, 24
  • Shutouts Conley, 4
  • Strikeouts Conley, 211

[edit] References

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. W. Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, editors. Baseball America, 1993.

1954 Baseball Guide

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