In the 1954 World Series the Oswego Panthers defeated the Peoria Chiefs 4 games to 1. The Panthers were led by Ernie Banks (.333 avg., 7 RBI) and series MVP, Mike Garcia. Garcia shut down the vaunted Peoria offense by pitching 16.2 innings, and allowing only one earned run, while Banks delivered in the clutch on numerous occasions. There were few bright spots for the Chiefs who never were able to get on track and very nearly got swept by the dominant Panthers.
During the regular season, Peoria won the Eastern Division in runaway fashion by compiling a record of 107-47, besting the Des Moines Dusters by 22 games. In the West, Oswego compiled an 83-71 record and squeaked by the Butte Stompers by 2 games. Theaward voting was also dominated by Peoria and Oswego. Ted Kluszewski of the Chiefs slugged 54 home runs, knocked in 164 runs, and hit .331, winning two-thirds of the Triple Crown, the league’s MVP and Babe Ruth Awards. Meanwhile, Virgil Trucks was a unanimous Cy Young choice as he posted a 22-7 record with a league leading 2.27 E.R.A. The league also witnessed the first two No Hittersin its history. Both were thrown on May 7, 1954, the first by Bob Turley of the Butte Stompers against the Wilmington Hornets, and the second by Bob Porterfield of the Peoria Chiefs against the Carolina Grays.