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1952 Detroit Tigers season

Major League Baseball season

1952 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Walter Briggs, Sr., Walter Briggs, Jr.
General manager(s)Charlie Gehringer
Manager(s)Red Rolfe, Fred Hutchinson
Local televisionWWJ
(Van Patrick)
Local radioWJBK/WXYZ
(Van Patrick)
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The 1952 Detroit Tigers had a record of 50–104 (.325) — the worst record in Tigers' history until the 2003 Tigers lost 119 games. Virgil Trucks became the third pitcher in major league history to throw two no-hitters in one season.[1]

1952 Detroit Tigers season Intro articles: 3

Regular season

The 1952 Tigers winning percentage ranks as the second worst in the Tigers' history, as shown in this chart. The club was managed by Red Rolfe (April 15 through July 4), who compiled a win-loss record of 23–49 (.319), then by pitcher-manager Fred Hutchinson, who had a record of 27–55 (.329) from July 5 through closing day, September 28.[2]

Worst Seasons in Detroit Tigers History
Rank Year Wins Losses Win %
1 2003 43 119 .265
2 1952 50 104 .325
3 1996 53 109 .327
4 2002 55 106 .342
5 1975 57 102 .358

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 95 59 0.617 49–28 46–31
Cleveland Indians 93 61 0.604 2 49–28 44–33
Chicago White Sox 81 73 0.526 14 44–33 37–40
Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 0.513 16 45–32 34–43
Washington Senators 78 76 0.506 17 42–35 36–41
Boston Red Sox 76 78 0.494 19 50–27 26–51
St. Louis Browns 64 90 0.416 31 42–35 22–55
Detroit Tigers 50 104 0.325 45 32–45 18–59


Record vs. opponents

1952 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 12–10 9–13 16–6 8–14 12–10 11–11 8–14
Chicago 10–12 8–14–1 17–5 8–14 11–11 14–8 13–9–1
Cleveland 13–9 14–8–1 16–6 10–12 13–9 15–7 12–10
Detroit 6–16 5–17 6–16 9–13 5–17–1 8–14 11–11–1
New York 14–8 14–8 12–10 13–9 13–9 14–8 15–7
Philadelphia 10–12 11–11 9–13 17–5–1 9–13 14–8 9–13
St. Louis 11–11 8–14 7–15 14–8 8–14 8–14 8–14–1
Washington 14–8 9–13–1 10–12 11–11–1 7–15 13–9 14–8–1


Notable transactions

Roster

1952 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

1952 Detroit Tigers season Regular season articles: 70

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Joe Ginsberg 113 307 68 .221 6 36
1B Walt Dropo 115 459 128 .279 23 70
2B Jerry Priddy 75 279 79 .283 4 20
3B Fred Hatfield 112 441 104 .236 2 25
SS Neil Berry 73 189 43 .228 0 13
OF Johnny Groth 141 524 149 .284 4 51
OF Vic Wertz 85 285 70 .246 17 51
OF Pat Mullin 97 255 64 .251 7 35

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
Steve Souchock 92 265 66 .249 13 45
Al Federoff 74 231 56 .242 0 14
Cliff Mapes 86 193 26 .197 9 23
Johnny Pesky 69 177 45 .254 1 9
Matt Batts 56 173 41 .237 3 13
George Kell 39 152 45 .296 1 17
Don Lenhardt 45 144 27 .188 3 13
Johnny Lipon 39 136 30 .221 0 12
Harvey Kuenn 19 80 26 .325 0 8
Ben Taylor 7 18 3 .167 0 0
Hoot Evers 1 1 1 1.000 0 0

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ted Gray 35 224 12 17 4.14 138
Art Houtteman 35 221 8 20 4.36 109
Virgil Trucks 35 197 5 19 3.97 129
Hal Newhouser 25 154 9 9 3.74 57
Bill Wight 23 143.7 5 9 3.88 57
Ned Garver 1 9 1 0 2.00 3
Bud Black 2 8 0 1 10.13 0

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
Billy Hoeft 34 125 2 7 4.32 65
Dizzy Trout 10 27 1 5 5.33 20

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
Dick Littlefield 28 0 3 1 4.34 32
Fred Hutchinson 12 2 1 0 3.38 12

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Players ranking among top 100 of all time at position

The following members of the 1952 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their positions, as ranked by The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

  • Jerry Priddy: 73rd best second baseman of all time
  • Johnny Pesky: 20th best shortstop of all time (played 69 games for 1952 Tigers)
  • George Kell: 30th best third baseman of all time (played only 39 games for 1952 Tigers)
  • Vic Wertz: 61st best right fielder of all time
  • Harvey Kuenn: 62nd best right fielder of all time (played only 19 games for 1952 Tigers)
  • Hal Newhouser: 36th best pitcher of all time
  • Virgil Trucks: 61st best pitcher of all time

Overview of "The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract" article

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Jack Tighe and Schoolboy Rowe
AA Little Rock Travelers Southern Association Willis Hudlin
A Williamsport Tigers Eastern League Paul Campbell
B Durham Bulls Carolina League Ace Parker
B Davenport Tigers Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Marv Olson
D Kinston Eagles Coastal Plain League Wayne Blackburn
D Jamestown Falcons PONY League Tony Lupien
D Wausau Lumberjacks Wisconsin State League Mike Tresh

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jamestown

Notes

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 139, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Retrosheet.org
  3. ^ Walt Dropo at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bud Black at Baseball Reference

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