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The Yankees’ unprecedented string of five consecutive American League pennants and world championships came to an end in 1954, even though they compiled their best record under manager Casey Stengel.  Despite posting 103 victories over the course of the regular season, New York finished eight games behind the pennant-winning Cleveland Indians, who claimed their first league championship in six years after having placed second to the Yankees in each of the three previous seasons.  The Indians established a new American League record by finishing the campaign with a mark of 111-43.

Strong both at the bat and on the mound, the Indians finished second in the league with 746 runs scored, and they also surrendered a league-low 504 runs to their opposition.  Second baseman Bobby Avila scored 112 runs and placed second in the A.L. batting race with a mark of .341.  Larry Doby scored 94 runs and topped the circuit with 32 home runs and 126 runs batted in.  Al Rosen hit 24 homers, knocked in 102 runs, and batted .300.
 
Meanwhile, Cleveland had the deepest pitching staff in all of baseball, leading the American League with a team ERA of 2.78.  Bob Lemon and Early Wynn tied for the league lead with 23 victories apiece, and both men placed among the leaders in ERA, complete games, and innings pitched as well.  Mike Garcia posted 19 victories and led all A.L. hurlers with a 2.64 ERA and five shutouts.  Art Houtterman won 15 games, while 35-year-old Bob Feller finished 13-3, to place second in the league with a winning percentage of .813.

After performing so well over the course of the regular season, the Indians entered the World Series as heavy favorites to defeat the New York Giants.  However, led by the clutch hitting of Dusty Rhodes, the extraordinary defense of Willie Mays, and outstanding pitching that held Cleveland’s lineup to a batting average of just .190, the Giants swept the Indians in four straight games.  Only Vic Wertz hit well for Cleveland, collecting eight hits and batting an even .500.

Although the Indians put an end to New York’s stranglehold on the American League pennant, the Yankees had a rather remarkable season in their own right, leading all of baseball with 805 runs scored en route to posting a record of 103-51.  Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle paced New York’s potent offense.  Mantle hit 27 homers, drove in 102 runs, batted .300, compiled an on-base percentage of .408, and led the league with 129 runs scored.  Berra earned A.L. MVP honors for the second time by hitting 22 home runs, knocking in 125 runs, scoring 88 others, and batting .307.    

Other notable events from around the league and players who distinguished themselves over the course of the season included:

• The American League won the All-Star Game 11-9 in Cleveland, as hometown star Al Rosen hit two homers and knocked in five runs.

• Cleveland pitchers Mike Garcia (2.64), Bob Lemon (2.72), and Early Wynn (2.73) ranked first, second, and third in the league in ERA.

• After returning from Korean War duty, Ted Williams posted a league-leading batting average of .345.

• New York’s Bob Grim earned A.L. Rookie of the Year honors by finishing the season with a record of 20-6.  With only 199 innings pitched, Grim became the only pitcher in major league history to win 20 games without throwing at least 200 innings.

• Bill Veeck sold the Browns to a group that moved the team to Baltimore, making the franchise the first in the junior circuit to relocate since 1903.

• Arnold Johnson purchased the Athletics from Connie Mack and then moved them to Kansas City at the end of the season.

• The Hall of Fame inducted Rabbit Maranville, Bill Dickey, and Bill Terry.

• Cass Michaels of the White Sox suffered a beaning that fractured his skull.  He subsequently retired at the age of 28.

• Al Kaline played his first full season with the Detroit Tigers.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BAL 1860 5206 483 1309 451 .186 195 49 52 30 31 1758 .315 .251 .617 131 44 99
BOS 1989 5399 700 1436 657 .206 244 41 123 51 30 2131 .332 .288 .637 148 53 78
CHA 1881 5168 711 1382 655 .206 203 47 94 98 58 1961 .333 .280 .631 128 53 96
CLE 1928 5222 746 1368 714 .247 188 39 156 30 33 2102 .422 .368 .814 114 59 107
DET 1921 5233 584 1351 552 .187 215 41 90 48 44 1918 .307 .273 .617 148 41 80
NYA 2045 5226 805 1400 747 .205 215 59 133 34 41 2132 .366 .280 .698 94 47 84
PHA 1847 5206 542 1228 503 .205 191 41 94 30 29 1783 .312 .278 .590 106 31 54
WS1 1820 5249 632 1292 592 .189 188 69 81 37 21 1861 .309 .249 .566 111 42 77

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BAL 310 54 100 1372 668 688 5971 1279 78 87.450 592 668 58 6 8 20 1
BOS 380 69 85 1413 707 612 6194 1434 118 65.810 630 728 41 9 22 24 6
CHA 331 94 60 1384 701 517 5776 1255 94 91.990 469 521 60 21 33 23 2
CLE 316 111 43 1421 678 486 5866 1220 89 35.440 439 504 77 12 36 13 2
DET 334 68 86 1383 603 506 5946 1375 138 61.440 585 664 58 13 13 14 1
NYA 337 103 51 1379 655 552 5818 1284 86 59.840 500 563 51 15 37 20 3
PHA 338 51 103 1372 555 685 6217 1523 141 130.940 789 875 49 3 13 40 6
WS1 313 66 88 1383 562 573 5997 1396 79 46.580 590 680 69 10 7 25 7

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BAL 2148 7027 5197 1655 175 .975 16478 55 50 1.00 12
BOS 2349 7287 5220 1870 197 .965 16945 55 38 0 13
CHA 2275 7017 5199 1680 138 .965 16596 33 41 3.00 4
CLE 2277 7156 5339 1673 144 .953 17032 43 40 1.00 6
DET 2253 7146 5235 1763 148 .960 16595 33 44 3.00 5
NYA 2373 7051 5109 1792 150 .973 16551 34 36 1.00 7
PHA 2158 7136 5238 1696 202 .960 16455 48 41 1.00 12
WS1 2146 7222 5293 1772 157 .967 16600 50 36 0 8

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1954 World Series, Al Kaline, Al Rosen, American League, Arnold Johnson, Art Houtteman, Bill Dickey, Bill Terry, Bill Veeck, Bob Feller, Bob Grim, Bob Lemon, Bobby Avila, Casey Stengel, Cass Michaels, Cleveland Indians, Dusty Rhodes, Early Wynn, Larry Doby, Mickey Mantle, Mike Garcia, New York Giants, New York Yankees, Rabbit Maranville, Ted Williams, Vic Wertz, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra

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