The World Champion New York Yankees were not the best team in the American League last week. The sixth-place Baltimore Orioles were. Twenty-game winners Billy Pierce, Bob Lemon, Frank Lary and Billy Hoeft were not the best pitchers. Four undistinguished Orioles named Brown, Loes, Johnson and Moore were. While Pierce & Co. gave up a staggering total of 32 runs, the Baltimore quartet—in four consecutive games—allowed exactly none. This tied a 54-year-old American League record set by the Indians in 1903 that had been equaled only twice before (in 1932 by the Yankees and in 1948 by the Indians). Hector Brown started the streak with a five-hit shutout. Then came Billy Loes, followed by Connie Johnson and finally Ray Moore to complete the series. Each pitched a three-hit shutout.