1955 Baseball Season

More 1955 Baseball Season Highlights

Harmon Killebrew was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
Harmon Killebrew was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

See below for more 1955 baseball season highlights, including Joe DiMaggio's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame and Harmon Killebrew's first major league home run:

  • Don Newcombe wins 20 games, tops National League in win pct. (.800).
  • Pirate Bob Friend leads the National League in ERA (2.84).
  • Calvin Griffith, adopted son of Clark, takes over as Senators president upon his father's death.
  • Washington's Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run on June 24 at age 18.
  • Banks becomes the first shortstop to hit 40 homers in a season, as he cracks 44.
  • The Dodgers open the season with ten consecutive wins.
  • Milwaukee's Bill Bruton takes the third consecutive National League theft crown (25).
  • Al Kaline leads the American League in hits (200), total bases (321), and runs produced (196).
  • Bob Lemon, Whitey Ford, and Boston's Frank Sullivan tie for the American League lead in wins with 18.
  • For the first time in history, no American League pitcher wins 20 games.
  • Ford leads the American League in CGs with just 18 -- the fewest by a loop leader to this juncture.
  • Frank Sullivan paces the American League in innings with just 260.
  • Yankee Tommy Byrne, back from the minors, leads the American League in win pct. (.762).
  • White Sox Billy Pierce's 1.97 ERA tops the majors.
  • Enos Slaughter of the A's tops the majors with 16 pinch hits; has .322 BA in 267 at-bats at age 39.
  • Boston's Jackie Jensen and Detroit's Ray Boone tie for the American League RBI lead (116).
  • Joe DeMaestri of the A's goes 6-for-7 in an 11-inning game on July 8.
  • The Pirates finish last for the fourth consecutive year.
  • The A's move to Kansas City -- the first franchise shift that is not an immediate financial success.
  • Six American League teams begin the 1955 season with managers who were not at their helm at the start of the 1954 season.
  • In a four-inning relief stint on July 19, Detroit's Babe Birrer hits two home runs in his only two at-bats.
  • Braves teammates Hank Aaron and Johnny Logan tie for the National League lead in doubles with 37.
  • Mickey Mantle and teammate Andy Carey tie for the American League triples lead with 11.
  • The Phils swap Smoky Burgess and two other players to the Reds for Andy Seminick, Jim Greengrass, and Glen Gorbous.
  • Al Smith of Cleveland leads the American League in runs with 123. Ray Narleski of Cleveland tops the majors with 19 saves.

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