1951 Philadelphia Athletics season

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1951 Philadelphia Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Earle Mack & Roy Mack
General manager(s) Arthur Ehlers
Manager(s) Jimmy Dykes
Local television WPTZ/WCAU/WFIL
Local radio WIBG
(Ray Walton, By Saam, Claude Haring)
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The 1951 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing sixth in the American League with a record of 70 wins and 84 losses.

American League Baseball league, part of Major League Baseball

The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League (AL), is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada. It developed from the Western League, a minor league based in the Great Lakes states, which eventually aspired to major league status. It is sometimes called the Junior Circuit because it claimed Major League status for the 1901 season, 25 years after the formation of the National League.

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Offseason

Morrie Martin American baseball player

Morris Webster "Lefty" Martin was an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1949), Philadelphia Athletics (1951-1954), Chicago White Sox (1954-1956), Baltimore Orioles (1956), St. Louis Cardinals (1957-1958), Cleveland Indians (1958) and Chicago Cubs (1959). He batted and threw left-handed. Martin appeared in 250 games.

The Rule 5 draft is a Major League Baseball player draft that occurs each year in December, at the annual Winter Meeting of general managers. The Rule 5 draft aims to prevent teams from stockpiling too many young players on their minor league affiliate teams when other teams would be willing to have them play in the majors. The Rule 5 draft is named for its place in Major League Rules. The June Rule 4 draft, known as simply "the draft", "amateur draft", or "first year player draft", is a distinctly different process in which teams select high school and college players.

Regular season

Ferris Fain won the American League batting championship with a .344 batting average.

Ferris Fain American baseball player

Ferris Roy Fain was an American baseball first baseman in Major League Baseball who played nine seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians in the American League.

Batting average (baseball)

In baseball, the batting average (BA) is defined by the number of hits divided by at bats. It is usually reported to three decimal places and read without the decimal: A player with a batting average of .300 is "batting three-hundred." If necessary to break ties, batting averages could be taken beyond the .001 measurement. In this context, a .001 is considered a "point," such that a .235 batter is 5 points higher than a .230 batter.

Season standings

American League WLPct.GB
New York Yankees 9856.636--
Cleveland Indians 9361.6045
Boston Red Sox 8767.56511
Chicago White Sox 8173.52617
Detroit Tigers 7381.47425
Philadelphia Athletics 7084.45528
Washington Senators 6292.40336
St. Louis Browns 52102.33846

Record vs. opponents

1951 American League Records

Sources:
TeamBOSCWSCLEDETNYYPHISTLWSH
Boston 11–118–1412–1011–1115–715–715–7
Chicago 11–1112–10–112–108–149–1315–714–8
Cleveland 14–810–12–117–57–1516–616–613–9
Detroit 10–1210–125–1710–1213–912–1013–9
New York 11–1114–815–712–1013–917–516–6
Philadelphia 7–1513–96–169–139–1314–812–10
St. Louis 7–157–156–1610–125–178–149–13
Washington 7–158–149–139–136–1610–1213–9

Notable transactions

Lou Brissie former Major League Baseball starting pitcher

Leland Victor Brissie was a professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1947 to 1953 for the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians.

Cleveland Indians Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Cleveland, Ohio, United States

The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships: in 1920 and 1948, along with 10 Central Division titles and six American League pennants. The Indians' current World Series championship drought is the longest active drought.

Paul Lehner American baseball player

Paul Eugene Lehner was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly as a center fielder for five American League teams from 1946 through 1952. A native of Dolomite, Alabama, Lehner batted and threw left-handed. Listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and 165 pounds (75 kg), he was nicknamed "Peanuts" or "Gulliver."

Roster

1951 Philadelphia Athletics
Roster
PitchersCatchers

Infielders

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Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

PosPlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
1B Ferris Fain 117425146.344657
OF Gus Zernial 139552151.27433125
OF Dave Philley 125468123.263759

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

PlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
Lou Limmer 9421334.159530
Kermit Wahl 205911.18606
Paul Lehner 9284.14301
Tod Davis 11151.06700

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

PlayerGIPWLERASO
Dick Fowler 221255115.6229
Lou Brissie 213.1026.753

Other pitchers

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

PlayerGIPWLERASO
Bob Hooper 3818912104.3864
Morrie Martin 351381143.7835
Joe Coleman 2896.1165.9834

Relief pitchers

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

PlayerGWLSVERASO
Moe Burtschy 70005.294
Bubba Harris 30009.002

Farm system

LevelTeamLeagueManager
A Savannah Indians Sally League George Staller
A Lincoln Athletics Western League Frank Skaff
B Fayetteville Athletics Carolina League Red Norris
B Salisbury Athletics Interstate League Bunny Griffiths
C Rome Colonels Canadian–American League Buck Etchison
D Tarboro A's Coastal Plain League Joe Rullo
D Cordele A's Georgia–Florida League Ducky Detweiler and Jimmie DeShong
D Lexington Indians North Carolina State League Harold Harrigan, Gray Hampton and Bob Deese
D Corning Athletics PONY League Irv Hall

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References

  1. Morrie Martin page at Baseball Reference
  2. Minnie Miñoso page at Baseball Reference
  3. Kermit Wahl page at Baseball Reference