1954 Cleveland Indians
Led by Hall of Fame manager Al Lopez, the 1954 Indians had one of the most dominant seasons’ in team history.
The Indians posted a 113-43 regular season to win the American League Pennant by eight games over the New York Yankees ending the Bombers five-year World Series title streak.
Cleveland’s offense was led by star hitters Larry Doby who hit 32 home runs with 126 RBI’s, Al Rosen, who hit .300 while slugging 24 homers with 102 RBI’s and Bobby Avila, who hit a team-high .341 with 15 home runs.
On the mound, the Indians rotation three future hall of famers in Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Early Wynn while also featuring two-time AL ERA leader and Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer Mike Garcia and 1950 All-Star Art Houtteman.
Out of the bullpen, the Indians had another future hall of famer in Hal Newhouser, two-time All-Star Ray Narleski and eventual 1957 All-Star Don Mossi as the team formed one of the deepest pitching staffs in MLB history.
After their 111-win regular season, the Indians faced off with the New York Giants in the World Series.
In Game One, Giants’ outfielder and All-Time Great Willie Mays made his famous over the shoulder catch on the run in a game New York would win in walk-off fashion.
The Giants would go on to sweep the Indians in four-games in what would be the Indians’ final World Series berth until 1995.