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1954 Chicago White Sox season

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1954 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Grace Comiskey
General manager(s) Frank Lane
Manager(s) Paul Richards, Marty Marion
Local television WGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Harry Creighton)
Local radio WCFL
(Bob Elson, Don Wells)
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The 1954 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 54th season in the major leagues, and its 55th season overall. They finished with a record 94–60, good enough for third place in the American League, 17 games behind the first place Cleveland Indians.

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On the first Tuesday of every month, 112 sirens are switched on around the city of Chicago. They are part of the our Emergency Warning System, designed to warn people of immanent danger. Today, that mainly consist of natural disasters, however, the reason they were installed in the first place is far more ominous When America was thrust into WW2 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor the office of civilian defense was formed to prepare the country for other possible attacks. The main threat would be an air attack, so major air raid siren networks were installed throughout the country. Chicago started by installing 5 sirens, two of which were Chrysler Bell Sirens. Weighing in at 5 and half thousand pound, the Chrysler Air Raid Siren is the loudest sound signaling device ever built. It produced 138 dBC at 100 feet away. The sound of a commercial airplane taking off at the same distance is about 110 dBC. The siren would spin on its axis providing a two and one-half mile radius coverage area. 1000’s of people gathered in the loop for what would be the first public testing of the system in April 1942. However, they were would be disappointed as all they could hear would be distant wail. To fix the problem and create an effective system Chicago would install 20 Chrysler Air Raid Siren and additional smaller steam sirens. Soon we would amass a system of nearly 100 sirens strategically located around the City of Chicago During the war, the system was only tested sporadically, mainly for the purpose of training operations. Given the time the siren system couldn’t be beaten as you had the ability to warn the whole city almost instantly of imminent danger. The sirens would give off a 2 minute fluctuating sound to alert for imminent danger, civilians would then find refuge they could then tune into the radio for further updates or wait for the sirens gave a 2 min continuos pitch sound to announce the all clear. As would be expected, the sound of any siren could create panic, so during the war Chicago’s emergency vehicles were banned from using their sirens, they had to rely on bells, whistles and rattles instead. After the war Chicago kept its system around as new treats were brewing from the cold war and the possibility of an atomic attack. In 1952 Chicago’s civil defense testing the system weekly, 10:30am every Tuesday. It was time of great tension and children were learning the whole “duck and cover” in School. In 1959 after the White Sox won the american pennant the Fire commissioner Robert Quinn ordered a celebratory five-minute sounding of the air-raid sirens. People were not very happy as it caused quite the panic. With the treat of the cold war fading away Chicago continued the weekly test of its system. All the way up until 1989 as far as I’m aware. Even though at that time the system was in disrepair with only 17 of the sirens actually working. While most major cities decided to decommission their systems, Chicago elected to revamp it and in the late 90’s installed a new 2.2 million dollar system. Today the system will sound for 3 minutes at variable pitch to signify a major emergency or disaster, this includes severe storms, tornado warnings, earthquakes, chemical hazard or hazardous material incident, extreme winds and biological hazards or event. While some sirens have the tradition air raid sound, other use a variable pitch. The combination of these along which the weather can create quite the spooky other worldly experience. Today we have the ability to send alerts to mobile devices and with technology even more accessible than before people are starting to question the effectiveness of the siren system. However, the main reason for keeping it around is to alert those who are outdoors and for those who are not exactly technologically able. So for the time being the monthly tests will continue and Chicagoans will go on without even noticing. If you want to learn more about the technical specification of the siren you can do so by watching the video here. I wanted to thank Alex The Chicagoan for suggesting this video, if you want to suggest your own you can do so in the comments or in link in the description.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 111 43 .721 --
New York Yankees 103 51 .669 8
Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610 17
Boston Red Sox 69 85 .448 42
Detroit Tigers 68 86 .442 43
Washington Senators 66 88 .429 45
Baltimore Orioles 54 100 .351 57
Philadelphia Athletics 51 103 .331 60

Record vs. opponents

1954 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI WSH
Baltimore 11–11 7–15 3–19 8–14 5–17 10–12 10–12
Boston 11–11 5–17 2–20–2 14–8 9–13 15–7 13–9
Chicago 15–7 17–5 11–11 12–10–1 7–15 17–5 15–7
Cleveland 19–3 20–2–2 11–11 14–8 11–11 18–4 18–4
Detroit 14–8 8–14 10–12–1 8–14 6–16 13–9 9–13
New York 17–5 13–9 15–7 11–11 16–6 18–4–1 13–9
Philadelphia 12–10 7–15 5–17 4–18 9–13 4–18–1 10–12–1
Washington 12–10 9–13 7–15 4–18 13–9 9–13 12–10–1


Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1954 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Matt Batts, C 55 158 16 36 7 1 3 19 17 15 .228 0
Bob Boyd, LF,1B 29 56 10 10 3 0 0 5 4 3 .179 2
Bob Cain, PR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Chico Carrasquel, SS 155 620 106 158 28 3 12 62 85 67 .255 7
Phil Cavarretta, 1B,RF,LF 71 158 21 50 6 0 3 24 26 12 .316 4
Ferris Fain, 1B 65 235 30 71 10 1 5 51 40 14 .302 5
Nellie Fox, 2B 155 631 111 201 24 8 2 47 51 12 .319 16
Johnny Groth, CF,LF 125 422 41 116 20 0 7 60 42 37 .275 3
Grady Hatton, 3B 13 30 3 5 1 0 0 3 5 3 .167 1
Ron Jackson, 1B 40 93 10 26 4 0 4 10 6 20 .280 2
Stan Jok, 3B 3 12 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 .167 0
George Kell, 1B,3B 71 233 25 66 10 0 5 48 18 12 .283 1
Joe Kirrene, 3B 9 23 4 7 1 0 0 4 5 2 .304 1
Sherm Lollar, C 107 316 31 77 13 0 7 34 37 28 .244 0
Fred Marsh, 3B 62 98 21 30 5 2 0 4 9 16 .306 4
Willard Marshall, RF,LF 47 71 7 18 2 0 1 7 11 9 .254 0
Ed McGhee, OF 42 75 12 17 1 0 0 5 12 8 .227 5
Cass Michaels, 3B 101 282 35 74 13 2 7 44 56 31 .262 10
Minnie Miñoso, LF,RF,CF,3B 153 568 119 182 29 18 19 116 77 46 .320 18
Don Nicholas, PR,PH 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 0
Jim Rivera, RF,CF 145 490 62 140 16 8 13 61 49 68 .286 18
Carl Sawatski, C 43 109 6 20 3 3 1 12 15 20 .183 0
Bud Stewart, RF 18 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 .077 0
Bill Wilson, LF,RF 20 35 4 6 1 0 2 5 7 5 .171 0
Red Wilson, C 8 20 2 4 0 0 1 1 1 2 .200 0
Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Sandy Consuegra, P 39 48 4 11 0 0 0 3 3 11 .229 0
Fritz Dorish, P 37 27 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .111 0
Mike Fornieles, P 16 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 1
Jack Harshman, P 36 56 6 8 1 0 2 5 12 21 .143 0
Don Johnson, P 46 35 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 12 .029 0
Bob Keegan, P 32 75 5 9 2 1 0 7 4 11 .120 0
Morrie Martin, P 35 15 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 6 .133 0
Billy Pierce, P 38 57 4 11 0 0 0 5 4 12 .193 0
Al Sima, P 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0
Dick Strahs, P 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
Virgil Trucks, P 40 93 5 17 2 0 0 8 1 21 .183 0
Team totals
155 5168 711 1382 203 47 94 655 604 536 .267 98

Pitching

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Sandy Consuegra 16 3 2.69 39 17 3 154.0 142 52 46 9 35 31
Fritz Dorish 6 4 2.72 37 6 6 109.0 88 35 33 9 29 48
Tom Flanigan 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0
Mike Fornieles 1 2 4.29 15 6 1 42.0 41 24 20 4 14 18
Jack Harshman 14 8 2.95 35 21 1 177.0 157 61 58 7 96 134
Don Johnson 8 7 3.13 46 16 7 144.0 129 53 50 14 43 68
Bob Keegan 16 9 3.09 31 27 2 209.2 211 84 72 16 82 61
Morrie Martin 5 4 2.06 35 2 5 70.0 52 18 16 5 24 31
Billy Pierce 9 10 3.48 36 26 3 188.2 179 86 73 15 86 148
Al Sima 0 1 5.14 5 1 1 7.0 11 5 4 1 2 1
Dick Strahs 0 0 5.65 9 0 1 14.1 16 10 9 0 8 8
Virgil Trucks 19 12 2.79 40 33 3 264.2 224 87 82 13 95 152
Vito Valentinetti 0 0 54.00 1 0 0 1.0 4 6 6 1 2 1
Team totals
94 60 3.05 155 155 33 1383.0 1255 521 469 94 517 701

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Senators American Association Joe Becker
AA Memphis Chicks Southern Association Don Gutteridge
A Colorado Springs Sky Sox Western League Mickey Livingston, Bud Stewart and Al Jacinto
B Waterloo White Hawks Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Wally Millies
C Topeka Owls Western Association Ira Hutchinson
D Madisonville Miners KITTY League Bob Latshaw and Bill Close
D Dubuque Packers Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Jack Conway

[5]

Notes

  1. ^ Al Sima page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Carl Sawatski page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Johnny Groth page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Morrie Martin page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997

References

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