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The 1954 season of the American League was the fifty-fourth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 Cleveland Indians 156 111 43 2 .712 -.- 746 (4.78) 504 (3.23) 0.262 0.342 0.403 2.78 0.979
2 New York Yankees 155 103 51 1 .665 8.0 805 (5.19) 563 (3.63) 0.268 0.349 0.408 3.26 0.979
3 Chicago White Sox 155 94 60 1 .606 17.0 711 (4.59) 521 (3.36) 0.267 0.344 0.379 3.05 0.982
4 Boston Red Sox 156 69 85 2 .442 42.0 700 (4.49) 728 (4.67) 0.266 0.345 0.395 4.01 0.972
5 Detroit Tigers 155 68 86 1 .439 43.0 584 (3.77) 664 (4.28) 0.258 0.322 0.367 3.81 0.978
6 Washington Senators 155 66 88 1 .426 45.0 632 (4.08) 680 (4.39) 0.246 0.325 0.355 3.84 0.977
7 Baltimore Orioles 154 54 100 0 .351 57.0 483 (3.14) 668 (4.34) 0.251 0.313 0.338 3.88 0.975
8 Philadelphia Athletics 156 51 103 2 .327 60.0 542 (3.47) 875 (5.61) 0.236 0.303 0.342 5.18 0.971

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Jim Busby
Chico Carrasquel
Nellie Fox
Harvey Kuenn
Eddie Yost
Washington Senators
Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Washington Senators
155
At Bats Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers 656
Runs Scored Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 129
Hits Nellie Fox
Harvey Kuenn
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
201
Doubles Mickey Vernon Washington Senators 33
Triples Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox 18
Home Runs Larry Doby Cleveland Indians 32
Total Bases Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox 304
Runs Batted In Larry Doby Cleveland Indians 126
Stolen Bases Jackie Jensen Boston Red Sox 22
Caught Stealing Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox 11
Walks Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 136
Hit by Pitch Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox 16
Strikeouts Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 107
Sacrifice Hits Bobby Avila Cleveland Indians 19
Sacrifice Flies Jackie Jensen
Al Rosen
Roy Sievers
Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians
Washington Senators
11
Grounded into Double Plays Jackie Jensen Boston Red Sox 32
Batting Average Bobby Avila Cleveland Indians 0.341
On-Base Percentage Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 0.513 *
Slugging Percentage Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 0.635 *
On-Base plus Slugging Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 1.148 *
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 201

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Bob Lemon
Early Wynn
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
23
Losses Don Larsen Baltimore Orioles 21
Win-Loss Percentage Sandy Consuegra Chicago White Sox 0.842
Appearances Sonny Dixon Washington Senators/Philadelphia Athletics 54
Games Started Early Wynn Cleveland Indians 36
Complete Games Bob Lemon
Bob Porterfield
Cleveland Indians
Washington Senators
21
Shutouts Mike Garcia
Virgil Trucks
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
5
Games Finished Johnny Sain New York Yankees 39
Saves Johnny Sain New York Yankees 22
Innings Pitched Early Wynn Cleveland Indians 270.2
Batters Faced Early Wynn Cleveland Indians 1102
Hits Allowed Bob Porterfield Washington Senators 249
Home Runs Allowed Steve Gromek Detroit Tigers 26
Base-on-Balls Allowed Bob Turley Baltimore Orioles 181
Hit Batsmen Steve Gromek Detroit Tigers 12
Strikeouts Bob Turley Baltimore Orioles 185
Wild Pitches Arnie Portocarrero Philadelphia Athletics 9
Balks Camilo Pascual Washington Senators 3
Runs Allowed Arnie Portocarrero Philadelphia Athletics 124
Earned Runs Allowed Arnie Portocarrero Philadelphia Athletics 112
Earned Run Average Mike Garcia Cleveland Indians 2.64
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Mike Garcia Cleveland Indians 1.125

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the twenty-first midsummer classic at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, July 13, 1954 by a score of 11 to 9. The league's manager was Casey Stengel.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the American League champion Cleveland Indians were defeated by the National League's New York Giants, 4 games to 0.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Yogi Berra, a catcher with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 230 out of a possible 336 points and 7 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Bob Grim, a pitcher with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 15 out of a possible 24 points and 15 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirteenth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 9 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Redlegs of the National League by a score of 10 to 9.

[edit] Notable events

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