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1953 Milwaukee Braves season


1953 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1953 Milwaukee Braves season saw the return of Major League Baseball to Milwaukee for the first time since 1901, when the original Milwaukee Brewers played before moving to St. Louis and becoming the Browns. With attendance and interest in Boston very low, team owner Lou Perini moved the team to Milwaukee, Wisconsin just weeks before the start of the season. In their first season in the Badger State, the Braves finished in second place in the National League standings, with a 92-62 record, thirteen games behind the NL Champion Brooklyn Dodgers.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 -- .682
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 13 .597
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 22 .539
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 22 .439
New York Giants 70 84 35 .455
Cincinnati Redlegs 68 86 37 .442
Chicago Cubs 65 89 40 .422
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 55 .325


1953 Milwaukee Braves
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
SS Logan, JohnnyJohnny Logan 150 611 167 .273 11 73

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
Thorpe, BobBob Thorpe 27 37 6 .162 0 5
Burris, PaulPaul Burris 2 1 0 .000 0 0


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
Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli 31 175.1 12 12 3.18 131
Wilson, JimJim Wilson 20 114 4 9 4.34 71

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
Burdette, LewLew Burdette 46 175 15 5 3.24 58
Buhl, BobBob Buhl 30 154.1 13 9 2.97 83
Liddle, DonDon Liddle 31 128.2 7 6 3.08 63
Bickford, VernVern Bickford 20 58 2 5 5.28 25
Jay, JoeyJoey Jay 3 10 1 0 0.00 4

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
Johnson, ErnieErnie Johnson 36 4 3 0 2.67 36
Cole, DaveDave Cole 10 0 1 0 8.59 13

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Sox American Association Tommy Holmes and George Selkirk
AA Atlanta Crackers Southern Association Gene Mauch
A Jacksonville Braves Sally League Ben Geraghty
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Lou Finney and Walt Linden
B Wichita Falls Spudders Big State League Whitey Wietelmann
B Evansville Braves Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Bob Coleman
B Hagerstown Braves Piedmont League Dutch Dorman, Jimmy Zinn
and Billy Jurges
C Modesto Reds California League Guy Fletcher
C Eau Claire Bears Northern League Rex Carr
C Quebec Braves Provincial League George McQuinn
D Sandersville Wacos Georgia State League Gabby Grant, Parnell Ruark,
Lucius Morgan and Julian Morgan
D Wellsville Braves PONY League Ted Sepkowski
D Appleton Papermakers Wisconsin State League Travis Jackson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Wichita Falls, Quebec



  • 1953 Milwaukee Braves season at Baseball Reference
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