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1959 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1959 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1959 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 77th season in the history of the franchise. During spring training, manager Eddie Sawyer told the press, "We're definitely not a last place club... I think the biggest thing we've accomplished is getting rid of the losing complex. That alone makes us not a last place club."[1] The Phillies finished in last place in 1959, seven games behind seventh-place St. Louis and 23-games behind the pennant and World Series winning Dodgers.


In early 1959, Phillies owner Bob Carpenter proposed building a new ballpark for the Phillies on 72 acres (290,000 m2) adjacent to the Garden State Park Racetrack in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Connie Mack Stadium was 50 years old, did not have sufficient parking, and the sale of alcohol was banned at sports venues in Pennsylvania. Beer sales were legal in New Jersey. The proposed ballpark would have seated 45,000 fans, been expandable to 60,000, and would have had 15,000 parking spaces.[2] The Phillies would eventually move to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex in 1971.

Notable transactions

Regular season

On April 11, coach Benny Bengough was removed from the coaching staff and reassigned to the front office where he worked in team public relations.[9]

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 -- .564
Milwaukee Braves 86 70 2 .551
San Francisco Giants 83 71 4 .539
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 9 .506
Chicago Cubs 74 80 13 .481
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 13 .481
St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 16 .461
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 23 .416

Notable transactions


1959 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters

  • 16 John Easton


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
2B Anderson, SparkySparky Anderson 152 477 104 .218 0 34

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
Thomas, ValmyValmy Thomas 66 140 28 .200 1 7


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
Conley, GeneGene Conley 25 180 12 7 3.00 102
Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell 25 153 9 10 4.06 106

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
Gómez, RubénRubén Gómez 20 72.1 3 8 6.10 37

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Kerby Farrell
A Williamsport Grays Eastern League Frank Lucchesi
A Asheville Tourists Sally League Clyde McCullough
B Des Moines Demons Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Chuck Kress
C Bakersfield Bears California League Paul Owens
D Johnson City Phillies Appalachian League Eddie Lyons
D Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Charlie Gassaway
D Elmira Pioneers New York-Penn League Andy Seminick



  • 1959 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference
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