1954 New York Giants (MLB) season

1954 New York Giants
1954 World Series Champions
National League champions
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
General manager(s) Chub Feeney
Manager(s) Leo Durocher
Local television WPIX
(Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney)
Local radio WMCA
(Russ Hodges, Bob DeLaney)
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The 1954 New York Giants season was the franchise's 72nd season. The Giants won the National League pennant with a record of 97 wins and 57 losses and then defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. It was the team's final World Series championship until 2010.

Offseason

Regular season

  • September 22, 1954: In a game against the New York Giants, Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers struck out 15 batters in his very first game, setting a Major League record.[6]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 97 57 0.630 53–23 44–34
Brooklyn Dodgers 92 62 0.597 5 45–32 47–30
Milwaukee Braves 89 65 0.578 8 43–34 46–31
Philadelphia Phillies 75 79 0.487 22 39–39 36–40
Cincinnati Redlegs 74 80 0.481 23 41–36 33–44
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 0.468 25 33–44 39–38
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 33 40–37 24–53
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 101 0.344 44 31–46 22–55

Record vs. opponents

1954 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 15–7 16–6 10–12 9–13 13–9 15–7 14–8
Chicago 7–15 8–14 6–16 7–15 7–15 15–7 14–8
Cincinnati 6–16 14–8 10–12 7–15 14–8 15–7 8–14
Milwaukee 12–10 16–6 12–10 10–12 13–9 14–8 12–10
New York 13–9 15–7 15–7 12–10 16–6 14–8 12–10
Philadelphia 9–13 15–7 8–14 9–13 6–16 16–6 12–10
Pittsburgh 7–15 7–15 7–15 8–14 8–14 6–16 10–12
St. Louis 8–14 8–14 14–8 10–12 10–12 10–12 12–10


Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

Player stats

Batting

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
C Wes Westrum 98 246 46 .187 8 27
1B Whitey Lockman 148 570 143 .251 16 60
2B Davey Williams 142 544 121 .222 9 46
SS Al Dark 154 644 189 .293 20 70
3B Hank Thompson 136 448 118 .263 26 86
LF Monte Irvin 135 432 113 .262 19 64
CF Willie Mays 151 565 195 .345 41 110
RF Don Mueller 153 619 212 .342 4 71

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
Ray Katt 86 200 51 .255 9 33
Dusty Rhodes 82 164 56 .341 15 50
Bobby Hofman 71 125 28 .224 8 30
Billy Gardner 62 108 23 .213 1 7
Bill Taylor 55 65 12 .185 2 10
Ebba St. Claire 20 42 11 .262 2 6
Foster Castleman 13 12 3 .250 0 1
Joe Garagiola 5 11 3 .273 0 1
Hoot Evers 12 11 1 .091 1 3
Joey Amalfitano 9 5 0 .000 0 0
Harvey Gentry 5 4 1 .250 0 1
Ron Samford 12 5 0 .000 0 0
Joey Amalfitano 9 5 0 .000 0 0
Bob Lennon 3 3 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Johnny Antonelli 39 258.2 21 7 2.30 152
Rubén Gómez 37 221.2 17 9 2.88 106
Sal Maglie 34 218.1 14 6 3.26 117

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Hearn 29 130 8 8 4.15 45
Don Liddle 28 126.2 9 4 3.06 44
Larry Jansen 13 40.2 2 2 5.98 15

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hoyt Wilhelm 57 12 4 7 2.10 64
Marv Grissom 56 10 7 19 2.35 64
Windy McCall 33 2 5 2 3.25 38
Al Corwin 20 1 3 0 4.02 14
Alex Konikowski 10 0 0 0 7.50 6
Al Worthington 10 0 2 0 3.50 8
Ramón Monzant 6 0 0 0 4.70 5
Paul Giel 6 0 0 0 8.31 4
George Spencer 6 1 0 0 3.65 4
Mario Picone 5 0 0 0 5.27 6

1954 World Series

The New York Giants swept the Cleveland Indians in what would be their final World Series win in New York. Their next World Series win would occur in 2010, 52 years after relocating to San Francisco.

It was the first time the Cleveland Indians had been swept in a World Series. The only highlight for the Indians was that they kept the Yankees from winning their sixth straight series. The last time the Yankees had not won the series or pennant beforehand was 1948, when, again, the Indians kept them out (although that year, they won the Series). It was also the only World Series from 1949 to 1958 which did not feature the Yankees.

Game 1

September 29, 1954, at the Polo Grounds in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Cleveland (A) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
New York (N) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 9 3
W: Marv Grissom (1–0)   L: Bob Lemon (0–1)
HR: NYGDusty Rhodes (1)

Game 2

September 30, 1954, at the Polo Grounds in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland (A) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
New York (N) 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 x 3 4 0
W: Johnny Antonelli (1–0)   L: Early Wynn (0–1)
HR: CLEAl Smith (1)    NYGDusty Rhodes (2)

Game 3

October 1, 1954, at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (N) 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 10 1
Cleveland (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 4 2
W: Ruben Gomez (1–0)  L: Mike Garcia (0–1)   S: Hoyt Wilhelm (1)
HR: CLEVic Wertz (1)

Game 4

October 2, 1954, at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (N) 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 10 3
Cleveland (A) 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 6 2
W: Don Liddle (1–0)  L: Bob Lemon (0–2)   S: Johnny Antonelli (1)
HR: CLEHank Majeski (1)

Awards and honors

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Danville (M-OV)

Tar Heel League disbanded, June 21, 1954[10]

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