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The 1955 season of the American League was the fifty-fifth 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 New York Yankees 154 96 58 0 .623 -.- 762 (4.95) 569 (3.69) 0.260 0.338 0.418 3.23 0.978
2 Cleveland Indians 154 93 61 0 .604 3.0 698 (4.53) 601 (3.90) 0.257 0.349 0.394 3.39 0.981
3 Chicago White Sox 155 91 63 1 .587 5.0 725 (4.68) 557 (3.59) 0.268 0.340 0.388 3.37 0.981
4 Boston Red Sox 154 84 70 0 .545 12.0 755 (4.90) 652 (4.23) 0.264 0.351 0.402 3.72 0.977
5 Detroit Tigers 154 79 75 0 .513 17.0 775 (5.03) 658 (4.27) 0.266 0.346 0.394 3.79 0.976
6 Kansas City Athletics 155 63 91 1 .406 33.0 638 (4.12) 911 (5.88) 0.261 0.320 0.382 5.35 0.976
7 Baltimore Orioles 156 57 97 2 .365 39.0 540 (3.46) 754 (4.83) 0.240 0.313 0.320 4.21 0.973
8 Washington Senators 154 53 101 0 .344 43.0 598 (3.88) 789 (5.12) 0.248 0.320 0.351 4.62 0.974

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Nellie Fox
Al Smith
Bill Tuttle
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
154
At Bats Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 636
Runs Scored Al Smith Cleveland Indians 123
Hits Al Kaline Detroit Tigers 200
Doubles Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers 38
Triples Andy Carey
Mickey Mantle
New York Yankees
New York Yankees
11
Home Runs Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 37
Total Bases Al Kaline Detroit Tigers 321
Runs Batted In Ray Boone
Jackie Jensen
Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox
116
Stolen Bases Jim Rivera Chicago White Sox 25
Caught Stealing Jim Rivera Chicago White Sox 16
Walks Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 113
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 17
Hit by Pitch Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 17
Strikeouts Norm Zauchin Boston Red Sox 105
Sacrifice Hits Bobby Avila Cleveland Indians 18
Sacrifice Flies Jackie Jensen Boston Red Sox 12
Grounded into Double Plays Bill Tuttle Detroit Tigers 25
Batting Average Al Kaline Detroit Tigers 0.340
On-Base Percentage Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 0.431
Slugging Percentage Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 0.611
On-Base plus Slugging Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 1.042
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 181

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Whitey Ford
Bob Lemon
Frank Sullivan
New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians
Boston Red Sox
18
Losses Jim Wilson Baltimore Orioles 18
Win-Loss Percentage Tommy Byrne New York Yankees 0.762
Appearances Ray Narleski Cleveland Indians 60
Games Started Frank Sullivan Boston Red Sox 35
Complete Games Whitey Ford New York Yankees 18
Shutouts Billy Hoeft Detroit Tigers 7
Games Finished Ellis Kinder Boston Red Sox 38
Saves Ray Narleski Cleveland Indians 19
Innings Pitched Frank Sullivan Boston Red Sox 260.0
Batters Faced Frank Sullivan Boston Red Sox 1100
Hits Allowed Ned Garver Detroit Tigers 251
Home Runs Allowed Steve Gromek Detroit Tigers 26
Base-on-Balls Allowed Bob Turley New York Yankees 177
Intentional Base-on-Balls Bobby Shantz Kansas City Athletics 11
Hit Batsmen Pedro Ramos Washington Senators 11
Strikeouts Herb Score Cleveland Indians 245
Wild Pitches Herb Score Cleveland Indians 12
Balks 19 players tied 1
Runs Allowed Ned Garver Detroit Tigers 115
Earned Runs Allowed Ned Garver Detroit Tigers 102
Earned Run Average Billy Pierce Chicago White Sox 1.97
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Billy Pierce Chicago White Sox 1.099

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the twenty-second midsummer classic at County Stadium in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, July 12, 1955 by a score of 6 to 5 in 12 innings. The league's manager was Al Lopez.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees were defeated by the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers, 4 games to 3.

[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 218 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 Herb Score, a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. In the award's voting, he had 18 out of a possible 24 points and 18 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fourteenth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 25 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Boston Red Sox defeated the Milwaukee Braves of the National League by a score of 4 to 2.

[edit] Notable events

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