1953 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1953 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing seventh in the American League with a record of 59 wins and 95 losses, 41½ games behind the New York Yankees, who would win their fifth consecutive World Series Championship. It was also the penultimate season for the franchise in Philadelphia.

1953 Philadelphia Athletics
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Earle Mack & Roy Mack
General manager(s)Arthur Ehlers
Manager(s)Jimmy Dykes
Local televisionWPTZ/WCAU/WFIL
Local radioWIBG
(By Saam, Claude Haring)
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Regular season

During the season, Bob Trice became the first black player in the history of the Athletics.[3]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 9952 0.656 50–27 49–25
Cleveland Indians 9262 0.597 53–24 39–38
Chicago White Sox 8965 0.578 11½ 41–36 48–29
Boston Red Sox 8469 0.549 16 38–38 46–31
Washington Senators 7676 0.500 23½ 39–36 37–40
Detroit Tigers 6094 0.390 40½ 30–47 30–47
Philadelphia Athletics 5995 0.383 41½ 27–50 32–45
St. Louis Browns 54100 0.351 46½ 23–54 31–46

Record vs. opponents

Boston 6–1613–913–910–1115–717–510–12
Chicago 16–611–11–114–8–19–1310–1217–512–10
Cleveland 9–1311–11–114–811–1119–317–511–11
Detroit 9–138–14–18–146–1611–11–37–1511–11
New York 11–1013–911–1116–617–517–514–6
Philadelphia 7–1512–103–1911–11–35–1713–98–14
St. Louis 5–175–175–1715–75–179–1310–12
Washington 12–1010–1211–1111–116–1414–812–10


1953 Philadelphia Athletics
  • 38 Charlie Bishop
  • 39 Harry Byrd
  • 25 Joe Coleman
  • 15 Frank Fanovich
  • 37 Marion Fricano
  • 18 Bill Harrington
  • 22 Alex Kellner
  • 21 Walt Kellner
  • 41 John Mackinson
  • 26 Morrie Martin
  • 34 Rinty Monahan
  • 20 Bobo Newsom
  • 23 Dick Rozek
  • 24 Carl Scheib
  • 30 Bobby Shantz
  • 23 Bob Trice
  •  9 Joe Astroth
  • 14 Ray Murray
  • 45 Neal Watlington


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

Starters by position

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
CRay Murray8426876.284641
1BEddie Robinson156615152.24722102
2BCass Michaels117411103.2511242
SSJoe DeMaestri111420107.255635
3BLoren Babe10334377.224020
OFGus Zernial147556158.28442108
OFEd McGhee10435894.263129
OFDave Philley157620188.303959

Other batters

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
Pete Suder115454130.286435
Joe Astroth8226077.296324
Eddie Joost5117744.249615
Carmen Mauro6416544.267017
Elmer Valo508519.22409
Allie Clark207415.203313
Tom Hamilton585611.19605
Kite Thomas24496.12202
Neal Watlington21447.15903
Tommy Giordano11407.17525
Spider Wilhelm772.28600
Don Kolloway210.00000

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Harry Byrd40236.211205.51122
Alex Kellner25201.211123.9381
Bobby Shantz16105.2594.0958
Bob Trice323.0215.484

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Marion Fricano39211.09123.8867
Charlie Bishop39160.23145.6666
Morrie Martin58156.110124.4364
Carl Scheib2896.0374.8825
Joe Coleman2190.0344.0018

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Frank Fanovich260305.5537
Bobo Newsom172104.8916
Rinty Monahan40004.222
Dick Rozek20005.062
Walt Kellner20006.004
Bill Harrington100013.500
John Mackinson10000.000

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ottawa Athletics International League Frank Skaff
A Williamsport Athletics Eastern League George Staller
A Savannah Indians Sally League Les Bell
B Fayetteville Athletics Carolina League Buck Etchison, Bill Bergeron,
Bob Eiziminger and Kemp Wicker
C St. Hyacinthe A's Provincial League John Sosh and Joe Rullo
D Welch Miners Appalachian League Jack Crosswhite
D Cordele A's Georgia–Florida League Joe Rullo and Lew Richardson
D Hopkinsville Hoppers KITTY League Norm Wilson and Ed Wright



  1. Joe DeMaestri at Baseball Reference
  2. Sam Zoldak at Baseball Reference
  3. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 199, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
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