Bob Feller's Little Black Book of Baseball Wisdom
by Bob Feller
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1954íS 111 WINS: THE BEST EVER?
In 1954 the Cleveland Indians
won 111 games, which was the highest winning percentage since the Chicago Cubs
won 116 in 1906. We had a better percentage than the 1998 World Champion New York Yankees when they won 114 games in a 162-game schedule, even though the Yankees went on to win the World Series
in four straight games. They had a very well-balanced ball club and so did we, but our team was beaten in four straight by the red-hot New York Giants
. Sal Maglie
, Willie Mays
, and Monte Irvin
all made us look bad. Rochester native Johnny Antonelli
, whose pitches were unhittable, made us look especially bad because he kept our bats as silent as lambs. Al Smith
, our first batter, hit a home run in the Polo Grounds
, and that was the biggest noise we made the entire series.
From Bob Feller's Little Black Book of Baseball Wisdom by Bob Feller.
Copyright © 2001 by Bob Feller. Reprinted by permission of the McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.